Top Mastering Facilities

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  1. I'm trying to dig up some research on what would be considered some of the top (say top 25 in the US), mastering facilities today. I know this is a subjective category, but if some of the more knowledgable folks could drop some names of the facilities they feel are the best, I'd definitely appreciate it!

    Many thanks.
  2. white swan

    white swan Guest

    Gateway (Bob Ludwig) in Portland Maine would have to be in anyone's top 5, I would think.
  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    It's not so much the facility as the individual. There are many great mastering engineers. But you can take a look at the records you like and gather names.
  4. duxsmer

    duxsmer Guest

    holy crap!

    john golden mastering!
    john golden mastering!
    john golden mastering!
  5. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    Bernie Grundman and Oasis Mastering are my 2 fav.
  6. stewie

    stewie Guest

    alan douches at west west side..
  7. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Just for the record here are some more top mastering engineers from all over the world....

    Bob Katz (he wrote the book on mastering - literally)
    Bob Ludwig
    Glenn Meadows
    Bob Olhsson
    Ronny Morris
    Bill Park
    Dave Collins
    Jay Frigoletto
    K.K. Profit
    Dave Martin
    Greg Reierson
    Brad Blackwood
    Goran Finnberg
    Clete Baker
    Lynn Fuston
    Paul Gold
    Dave Davis
    Andrew Hamilton
    Ted Jensen
    Christ Athens
    Greg Calbi
    Tom Coyne
    Chris Gehringer
    Geroge Marino
    Doug Sax
    Bobby Owsinski
    Steve Hall
    Stephen Marcussen
    Bernie Grundman

    The list is much longer than just these names off the top of my head. I have probably left off 10 times as many names as I have listed but the good ones are out there. The trick is to find a good mastering engineer, one you can afford and who will relate to your music and then cultivate a good working relationship with him or her. It could be a lifetime working relationship so cultivate it well.

    The best way to find a really good local mastering engineer is to ask people you know and trust for a recommendation.

    You can also look on the back of your favorite CDs for the mastering engineer and book a session with that person.

    The one problem with trying to book your sessions with a really big mastering house is that you may not be able to afford the really big engieers.

    The other problem is that people who book mastering sessions with big mastering houses think they will be getting Ted Jensen or Bob Ludwig doing their mastering. It is only after they have arrived, that they find out they are getting a lesser known but very qualified indivdual doing their session(s) because the big guys have bigger clients to service.

    Hope this helps...

    [ November 30, 2003, 09:39 AM: Message edited by: Thomas W. Bethel ]

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