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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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18Bernie Grundman, Grundman Mastering

ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY RESPECTED NAMES IN THE RECORDING INDUSTRY, Bernie Grundman has mastered hundreds of platinum and gold albums, including some of the most successful landmark recordings of all time, such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Steely Dan’s Aja, and Carole King’s Tapestry. A mainstay at A&M records for 15 years before starting his own facility (Grundman Mastering) in 1984, Bernie is certainly one of the most celebrated mastering engineers of our time.

Do you have a philosophy on mastering?

I think that mastering is a way of maximizing music to make it more effective for the listener, as well as maybe maximizing it in a competitive way for the industry. It’s the final creative step and the last ...

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