Audio Engineering Society Webinar - Mastering In The Streaming Era


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This might interest those who are interested in high DRs - the speaker hates the Loudness Wars! It is open to non-AES members, but you do have to register for the Webinar, and it is in the UK time Zone - sometimes they're made available after the date.

Mastering In The Streaming Era​

Wednesday 16th November 2022, 19:00–20:30
Ian Shepherd, Mastering Media Ltd
Online via Zoom and in person at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Online music delivery has changed every part of the music industry in recent years, including mastering. Data is encoded to squeeze as much quality as possible into the smallest possible file sizes. Loud material is reduced in level to avoid annoying listeners. Even the way people listen is changing with the popularity of portable players and playlists.

So what is the best approach, now that CD and vinyl are used by only a small percentage of people? Should we change the way we master, and the results we’re trying to get? How much does streaming change the sound, and why? How loud should we master? Are there targets we should aim for, and is there any advantage to being louder than other, similar releases?

In this talk, mastering engineer Ian Shepherd addresses all these issues and more, explaining his own approach to getting the very best results mastering in the 21st Century for any delivery format, including online — and how you can do the same.

Ian Shepherd is a British mastering engineer and MD at Mastering Media Ltd. Over the course of his career he has worked on thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for all of the major record labels, TV stations and independents, including several number one singles and award-winning albums. He also runs the popular Production Advice website, and hosts The Mastering Show podcast.

He is a fierce critic of proponents of the so-called Loudness Wars, and in 2010 founded Dynamic Range Day, an online event intended to raise awareness of the issue. He has also worked with MeterPlugs to create the Loudness Penalty website and a plugin, Dynameter, which helps users achieve optimal audio dynamics for their music, and the acclaimed Perception AB plugin, which received an AudioMedia Gear Of The Year award.

This online lecture is open to all, but registration is required here. A link to the Zoom session will be sent to registered participants prior to the talk.

For those attending in person, please allow plenty of time before the lecture starts. Follow government advice relating to Covid on attending in-person events. Please note that on-site parking is limited, although there are nearby public car parks.

Venue address: Critical Listening Room, Compass House, Anglia Ruskin University, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DZ.