Discussion in 'Mastering' started by audiokid, Oct 3, 2010.
For those who are interested in sitting in on a mastering session with Bob Katz:
Kinda like watching grass grow. Not a fast paced mastering session by any means. I could not master sitting on a couch all day long my back, knees and hips could not take it. But if it works for Bob it works.
Good to hear your response, Thomas. I know a lot of ME are increasingly inviting their clients to sit in. It would be somewhat distracting for me if this clip was the norm. I personally need total silence for those times you need to think and listen. I admire Bob for being so candid and sharing this to the public. He's obviously very confident and so comfortable.
How do others compare their ME styles and room layout?
I love to have clients here with me when I am mastering as they can provide instant feedback. I just could not sit on a couch all day long.
Different strokes for different folks...
As to room layout. What works for you works for you and although my mastering room is more conventional in its setup I have been in mastering rooms that look more like someone's living room or like you are in the control room of a space ship. Again what works, works!!!
I don't think I would be as cool as BK with a camera filming my every move. Any idea why this was shot and put up on the WWW???
Bob is a highly esteemed ME colleague, but this looks more like an online scrabble game going on ...lol..
I am not too impressed with the room, either. For me, it would be not possible to work sitting in a sofa for the same reasons Tom mentioned. But, hey: what works, works ( for him ). Also I can't stand being out of center to the speakers. It would leave me most uncertain of the results of my work. But, I think, sound mastering has been done already or follows afterwards.. They seem to do only some cutting, there.
For me, working with customers is desireable at the end of a session for the fine-tuning that depends on the customers taste, rather then what I'd do. Having them hanging about all the time mostly sucks. Some don't know what you are just doing, anyhow, and fall asleep, fairly quick, and others give off constant input and requests, were you are somwhere completely else with your mind within the sound landscape... I rather have them comming in later with fresh minds and ears...
Anyhow, being a mastering engineer is a cool job, isn't it...
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