Interview with Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray

Mastering Engineer Matthew Gray on MixCoach

Matthew Gray is one of the most sought after mastering engineers in Australia and all over the world. His client list includes: top Australian bands Drawn From Bees and The Middle East, UK artist Pixie Lott, Michelle Branch, Hillsong, and many others. Besides his world-class mastering services, Matt is also an accomplished musician. He has…

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Mixing The Band Webinar

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A little longer than a week now, MIX Magazine offered a free webinar (sponsored by Universal Audio) with some of the top engineers/ mixers/ producers in the world: Joe Chiccarelli (U2, The White Stripes, The Killers), Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, The Rolling Stones) and Ryan West (Eminem, Kanye West) etc. These gentlemen discussed topics…

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My vocal looks like a shoe

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Maybe I’m too sleep deprived right now, but don’t you think my vocal track looks like a shoe?

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All mono

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I’m on a return flight from Los Angeles where I was recording some live concerts. I was listening to the in-flight music. Classical, jazz, country… All mono. Have I mentioned how important it is to mix (or at least reference) in mono? (I’m writing this at that awkward time after the plane pulls up yo…

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Live recording in Alta Loma, California

I had some problems last night.. but as I say… we learn more from mistakes most of the time… I learned a LOT!

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Mix Bus Compression: Should I Use It?

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There are different schools of thought when it comes to the use of compression in a 2-track mix bus. It seems to turn into a hot debate every time I see engineers discussing stereo bus compression.

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Live Recording process in Stockton California

Hey Guys ‘n Gals.  I’m doing some remote recording Today, September 29, 2011 through Saturday.  I wanted to include you in on what I’m doing. This is a live recording.  The Front of House engineer (Tony Rhode) is using a Digico DB-8 console.  It has tons of DSP built into it, but the coolest thing…

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MixCoach Podcast 027 : MixCoach Season 2 and Mixing Volume

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In this episode, MixCoach “Season 2” is introduced and the topic of mixing volume is discussed. Kevin talks about not only what volume to mix at but about protecting your ears everyday.   Question: What is the term for things sounding better (due to the way we hear) at higher volumes?

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Creating depth: The Haas effect

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The Haas effect is a psycho-acoustic effect described by Helmut Haas as the ability of our ears to localize sounds coming from anywhere around us.

In short, our ears determine the position of a sound based on which ear perceives it first and its successive reflections (arriving within 1-35 ms from the initial sound) which, will give us the perception of depth and spaciousness. Pretty simple!

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MixCoach Podcast 026 : Know Your Price

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In this episode, the tricky topic of knowing how much to charge for your services is discussed.  Kevin discusses being prepared for the conversation about the budget as well as being respectful of the artist and knowing when it is okay to compromise.   Question: Do you have any additional thoughts to add to this…

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