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Hear No Evil: Nick Moon

After the tracks are cut and the mixes complete, it’s up to mastering whiz Nick Moon to bring a record along that crucial, final stretch home. Every day from his Tone Proper mastering studio in Portland, Ore., Moon and his team apply the final polish and sheen to a dizzying array of recordings, making sure everything from digital CD text to the analog “warmth” of the music are spot-on.

Balancing Act: Joe Lambert

If you weren’t specifically looking for it, you would miss Joe Lambert’s mastering studio, which is buried beneath a small pocket of Brooklyn’s historic DUMBO district on the edge of Wallabout Bay. Hidden almost directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge and lodged between trendy coffee shops and industrial-sized power generators, the studio is not exactly the kind of place where you’d think musical magic happens.

Careers in Music: Making the Album

Compared to producing a feature film or video game, recording an album is a small operation, employing just a handful of people directly involved in the creative process alongside supporting staff within recording and audio post-production studios. Based on census data, recording studios employ an average of just four people. However, that figure is deceptive and shouldn’t discourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.

Assistant Mastering Engineer

The assistant mastering engineer serves much like an apprentice—whether formally or informally—to the mastering engineer. He or she is expected to observe more than actually participate in the process. However, the assistant does have a vital role to perform. To ensure that the primary engineer is able to work as efficiently as possible, the assistant is responsible for prepping and organizing sessions. 

Mastering Engineer

Producing an album is essentially a four-step process: recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. Mastering refers to the process of refining and transferring the final mix of audio tracks to a data storage device (the master) that will serve as the source for all future duplication; this may be a CD, vinyl record, or digital file.