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Friday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Now More Than Ever; The Importance of the Mastering Engineer

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Mastering is the final stage of music production after a song/record is mixed. Recent technological advancements have emerged, making the decision as to whether to hire a mastering engineer a difficult one. New software is available that will analyze and automatically correct and normalize mixes. But does this compare to the ears of a professional?

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avatar for Adam Ayan

Adam Ayan

Adam Ayan is a Grammy Award, 3x Latin Grammy Award, and TEC Award winning Mastering Engineer, who works at the world class mastering facility Gateway Mastering in Portland, ME. Adam’s diverse list of mastering credits includes projects for such artists as Nirvana, Madonna, the Foo Fighters, Sarah McLachlan, Keith Urban, the Rolling Stones, Rascal Flatts, Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Godsmack, and Incubus, to name a few. Adam has mastered... Read More →
avatar for Jay Franco

Jay Franco

native New Yorker, Jay Franco began his mastering career at the top, Sterling Sound. | | Since joining the staff in 2001, Jay has lent his technical expertise to a variety of top-selling releases from such varied artists as Coldplay, The Neptunes, Athlete, Erykah Badu, Johnny Cash, Stephen and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Art Brut, Rick Ross, CéU, The Beastie Boys, Ben Folds, Chris Brown, Ash, The Brazilian Girls, Diddy and Usher... Read More →
avatar for Devin Kerr

Devin Kerr

Devin Kerr is a musician, designer, and sound engineer focused on creative audio mastering, production, and mixing. | | With a background as a bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Devin has worked in varied genres and contexts and has performed on stages in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. In 2011, he received a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Media Arts from the University of Michigan School of Music, where he also holds a Bachelor of... Read More →
avatar for Drew Lavyne

Drew Lavyne

Drew Lavyne has been mastering Grammy winning albums and home made masterpieces for artists all over the world since 1993. A fixture on the New York City studio scene for nearly 20 years, Drew's clients include Kings Of Leon, Taylor Swift, The White Stripes, Stromae & Kanye West, Dave Matthews, Elvis Presley, Van Halen, Ringo Starr, John Mark McMillan, Jennifer Hudson, Sting and the Twilight Soundtrack. It’s easy to see how this one man shop... Read More →
avatar for Andy VanDette

Andy VanDette

Andy VanDette started at Masterdisk as intern, summer of 1984. By 2000 he was promoted to Chief Engineer, with a growing collection of mastering awards from the US and around the world. | | Andy started out by supporting Masterdisk's top engineers. Beginning with digital editing and vinyl cutting, he learned the art of mastering from the best. His technical abilities helped him adapt to the individual style of each engineer, and the ever... Read More →


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