Ian Shepherd is a professional mastering engineer and owner of Mastering Media Ltd that specialises in high definition audio services, Blu-ray and DVD authoring.
Over the last fifteen years he has worked on literally 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.
Artists and clients include: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Leslie Garret, Culture Club, Porcupine Tree, Andy Weatherall, The Las, Ozric Tentacles, Christine Tobin, New Order and King Crimson amongst many others.
Ian is a fierce critic of the so-called “Loudness Wars” and in 2010 organised the first Dynamic Range Day to raise awareness about the issue.
In this interview James asks about Ian's back story and move into Mastering. Ian talks about the key roles of a Mastering Engineer.
Ian shares some of his tips and most common mistakes that he often has to try to fix in mastering, before exploring the question - Is there anything that can't fixed in mastering?
Finally Ian talks studio build and acoustic treatment, before discussing processing on audio tracks and auto-tune to round up the interview.