AES Pacific Northwest Section Event – Mastering Your Recording A Brief Overview of Mastering for Release and Tips for Optimizing Your Recording for Mastering
Mastering a recording for release in the 21st century is a combination of art, engineering, love of music and understanding technology. Ed Brooks and Rachel Field will provide an overview of mastering to set the stage and then will discuss, along with Reed Ruddy, Chris Rahm and Trevor Spencer, common challenges encountered in the mastering studio and hints to optimize mixes for mastering.
Rachel Field, Mastering Engineer and owner – Resonant Audio
Rachel Field is a mastering engineer and owner of Resonant Mastering, a mastering studio in Seattle with a hybrid digital/analog setup. Rachel entered the audio field in 2009 and has been working specifically as a professional mastering engineer since 2012. Her credits include a wide variety of local, national and international artists such as Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Whitney Mongé, Thunderpussy, Alec Shaw, Dispatch, and many more. Rachel works to support her community as much as she can by serving on the elected board of governors of the Recording Academy PNW Chapter, mentoring for Grammy U, and advocating for women and non-binary people in the industry. She has volunteered with a local homeless support organization to provide professional recording and mastering services to musicians living outside. She also spearheads fundraisers to support community members in need.
Ed Brooks, Mastering Engineer and owner – Resonant Audio
Ed Brooks is a mastering engineer and owner of Resonant Mastering in Seattle. Ed started out in recording studios in the mid 80’s as an engineer and maintenance technician. After 15 years as a freelance engineer Ed started working as a mastering engineer at RFI mastering. Mastering turned out to be a good fit for his engineering aesthetics and has now spent 24 years mastering records. His credits include Fleet Foxes, Death Cab For Cutie, The Head and The Heart, Pearl Jam, Minus the Bear & The Dip. Ed plays the Pedal Steel guitar with several local artists including Amanda Winterhalter, Pineola, and Peter Donovan & the Secret Orchestra. He also does session work on the Pedal Steel and has contributed steel parts to releases from Cumulus, Alec Shaw, Silver Torches, Zach Fleury and Alex Blum and the Roadside Quartet.
Reed Ruddy, Independent Engineer
Reed Ruddy started his career at Kaye-Smith Studios in the 1970’s and has worked continuously as a recording engineer since then. He has led the engineering team at Studio X for many years, including their transition to Capitol Hill. Reed has engineered recordings by David Lanz, Diane Schuur, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Soundgarden and a wide variety of film scores.
Chris Rahm, Independent Engineer
Chris Rahm is an integral part of the recording scene in the Seattle area. Chris frequently works at Robert Lang Studios, Studio X, Temple of the Trees, Studio Litho and many other studios around the Northwest and has engineered releases from Natalie Merchant, Allen Stone, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Biohazard, Soundgarden and others.
Trevor Spencer, Producer Mixer Engineer
Trevor Spencer owns and operates Way Out, a studio just outside of Seattle and engineers and produces artists as diverse as Beach House, Father John Misty, Valley Maker, Mary Lattimore, Kyle Craft and others.
Time above listed in event local time.