'The Mastering Show' (Episode 87) podcast resources page

Following on from my conversation with Ian Shepherd on Episode 87 of The Mastering Show podcast, here are a few resources I’ve collected together to support our discussion.

Audio Examples

The pencil trick.
The pencil trick.

Producers Quoted

There are quotes from more than 250 high-profile engineers and producers in Recording Secrets For The Small Studio, and I mentioned a few of them while talking with Ian. Here are the full quotes, with links to the larger interviews they come from.

“That’s always a nightmare, but the way around it is to move the piano as close as possible to the drums, which is contrary to what you’d think… It’s the time delay that’s the problem, not the actual separation.”

“When you’re recording a vocal, you have to think about how you want the vocalist’s voice to sit in the track. If you’re doing a rock tune and you’ve got the singer right up against the microphone, you’re going to have to work really hard with EQ to make it sound like it sits in the track. Something I learned from John Leckie: you record the vocalist where you think you want to position them in the piece of music, and with a rock singer it’s better to record them an arm’s length away so that it seems to sit on that scale in the track.”

Using cylindrical reflectors to generate early reflections for vocal recording.
Using cylindrical reflectors to generate early reflections for vocal recording.

“The Tube Trap, to me, is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Michael loved my Tube Traps — he was fascinated with them. We would try all sorts of different setups with the Tube Traps to get a soundfield that was really interesting. They save a lot of time.”

“One thing we discovered on the Sterophonics albums was that if we used the small stone room at Real World Studios all the vocals had a really rich enhanced sound from the room! Normally you associate ambience and the sound of a room with drum kits, but in this instance all the best singing went down in this particular room, because of its sound.”

“Once while recording one particular heavy metal band I suggested putting an acoustic guitar on the record. The guitarist’s retort was very Spinal Tap. He said ‘Acoustic guitars in heavy metal? You’ve got to be joking!’ Then I pointed out to him that all the Who albums had acoustic guitars sitting underneath Pete Townshend’s rhythm guitars to make it sound bigger.”

Mix Magician's Toolkit course from Cambridge-MT

Here are a few other free resources with more information about some of the topics Ian and I touched on during the episode: