13. Ian Shepherd: Mastering Engineer; Podcast Host; Audiophile; Entrepreneur -- On Mastering Hit Records; the Loudness Wars; His Path From Youth Orchestra to Music Entrepreneur; and More!

Brenton Hund Podcast

Jul 22 2021 • 1 hr 33 mins

Our next guest accepts that he has become “The Loudness Guy.”  So buckle up!  This is an audiophile master course where we’ll discuss everything from what the heck is “U-matic” to did Metallica make the loudest record ever?

Ian Shepherd is a professional mastering engineer, owner of Mastering Media Ltd., and host of “The Mastering Show” podcast.  Over twenty some years he’s worked on thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for all of the major record labels, TV stations and independents.  He’s worked on number one singles and award winning albums, with clients from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Deep Purple, Keane to Culture Club.  Ian also runs the Production Advice Website with over 50,000 readers each month.

Ian and I take a deep dive into such topics as: lossless vs. lossy audio; compression, limiting and EQ; LUFS; the Loudness War in music; correcting the misunderstanding that a “picture disc” is NOT a Blu-ray; and we’ll even discuss whether D&D is cool again.

He describes the art of mastering as a weird mix of arrogance and humility, and there’s no one better to simplify these concepts and get us up to speed, than Ian Shepherd.

- Mastering Media Ltd: https://mastering-media.co.uk/
- Production Advice Website: https://productionadvice.co.uk/
- Dynamic Range Day Website: https://dynamicrangeday.co.uk/
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/ianshepherd
- "The Mastering Show" Podcast: https://themasteringshow.com/
- Meter Plugs (Ian's Recording Plugins): https://www.meterplugs.com/

- Endlesss app: https://endlesss.fm/
- "You Are Not So Smart" Podcast: https://youarenotsosmart.com/podcast/
- Ian's "Wired" Article About Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (9.16.2008): https://www.wired.com/2008/09/does-metallicas/

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