Behind the Music
Posted: 21 April 2020
Be it songs or soundtracks, as the Mastering Engineer at Abbey Road, Christian is the man behind the final piece of the puzzle. With 20 years at one of the most prestigious studios in the world under his belt, Christian knows what it takes to make your mark in music. We got some time with him to discuss how he got started, what his role involves, and how his relationship with music has changed as a result.
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How would you describe the role of mastering engineer?
It’s the final stage in the production process before your music is shared with the world. Previously we were called cutting engineers because the only format we would go to was vinyl. Somewhere along the way that evolved into different formats, and now we’re often prepping things for DSPs (Digital Streaming Platforms) vinyl and all sorts of other formats.
Mastering is the last chance to change the music sonically by working on the EQ or sonic processing but what you’re really looking to do is bring an album together and bring balance to a collection of songs.