Our Relationship With Records
How do we listen to CDs and MP3s? We hear them in the car, while jogging, over computer speakers while we blog (as I am now, listening to yesterday’s mastering project, Dave Matthews), and from the tiny little ear buds plugged into our iPhones.
How do we listen to records?
Remembering Lou Reed
Let’s talk about some basic equipment. The most important piece of audio equipment in my disk cutting room is my ears. Because every single decision I make is based on what I’m hearing, and how that relates to thousands of other records I’ve heard and mastered. Gearheads might be a little disappointed with that statement, but musicians can probably relate.
The Process and Jargon of Vinyl
I joined Masterdisk in 2010. A lifelong musician, I had also been working as a marketer in the staffing industry for 10 years. Joining the Masterdisk team was a move I was very excited about. I knew the legacy of the studio, the work of the engineers, and the parade of stars whose music had passed through the Masterdisk mastering consoles.
Deciding How Long To Make Each Side Of Your Vinyl Record
Making a vinyl record is a rather complex manual and chemical process. Let’s look at some of the steps and terminology to make things easier.
A vinyl LP can hold over 40 minutes of music a side. But, the sound quality isn’t good at all.
So, to make a great sounding record I have to be concerned about the playing time, and how the music itself sets the parameters for sound quality. It’s complex, but I will break it down: