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Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 12 - Mastering Part 2

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In the final episode of Greg Well's Epic Start To Finish Series, Greg and Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering, complete the master of Bryce Drew's "Lucky Number".

In part 1 of this two part mastering video, Greg and Brian cleaned up some areas of the mix with digital EQ, did broad tonal shaping with Brian's well curated analog mastering chain, and focused on a few key moments of the song with specific techniques.

In part 2, watch as Brian and Greg:

  • Discuss Loudness
  • Emphasize the bass
  • Discuss revisions, communication, and collaboration
  • Fix some "crunchiness"
  • Keep the energy building throughout the master
  • Manage the low end
  • Complete the production of "Lucky Number"!

This is your chance to see what an attended mastering session looks like with two of the world's most highly regarded music creators, in real-time.

Watch the rest of the series here.

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Equipment & Software

Hardware

  • Mytek 8x192 DA
  • Focusrite Blue 315 MkII
  • Elysia Alpha
  • Fairman TMEQ
  • Pacific Microsonics AD
  • Waves L2 Limiter
  • Crane Song HEDD
  • Bricasti M1

Software

  • Sequoia
    • Fab Filter Pro-C2
    • Fab Filter Pro-Q2
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    Mentors
    Greg Wells

    Grammy award-winning, Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, Greg Wells, has been dubbed “A Swiss Army Knife” in the recording studio by the legendary Stewart Copeland for good reason.

    As a multi-instrumentalist, he has the ability to artfully mold his productions with incredible precision, craftsmanship, and most importantly, taste. Combining his musicianship with his uncanny abilities as a producer, engineer, and mixer, he has seen album sales top 120 million, with streaming numbers in the billions. With a B.

    His diverse list of credits includes superstars such as Adele, Dua Lipa, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Deftones, Kid Cudi, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Aerosmith and so many more that we would need a really long scroll bar to list them all. 

    Greg has seen monumental success recently with the release of the motion picture soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which he not only produced but played on as well.

    Credits

    The Greatest Showman

    Adele

    Katy Perry

    Twenty One Pilots

    Grace VanderWaal

    Dua Lipa

    What do you have to say?
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    pipo
    2020 Feb 25
    What an amazing series! Greg is so inspiring, and really fun. Listening to the track on Spotify (and Deezer), it sounds quite different from the final master in the video. Were there some revisions after all?
    geragera
    2020 Feb 24
    Amazing series. And ear-opener. I really learned a lot from it. Thanks, Greg, Brian, and Bryce. Really, really appreciate it.
    Tipotipoti
    2020 Feb 16
    In the end of this looooong story, distortion from hackintosh. Back to console mix. Less is more...
    slammy80
    2020 Feb 12
    @StudioSix - if it were the video host, then the distortion would still be there when they switch to Greg's original mix, but it's not. When they switch back to the original, it sounds glorious. It's such a shame.
    studiosix
    2020 Feb 11
    Amazing moments with gold in the casual banter. For the sound, I wonder if the video streaming host is altering the master.
    marsa
    2020 Feb 11
    Looks like a nightmare having the whole band, the producer and the mixing engineer present at your mastering session ;)
    AnnapolisBob
    2020 Feb 09
    Absolutely fabulous series -- thank you Greg, Bryce, Zach, Brian and the entire Pure Mix crew! Keep 'em coming!
    mataran
    2020 Feb 08
    Masterpiece!! From the beginning to the end. Thank you so much to all for sharing this. It's difficult for me to tell how this is valuable for a hobbyist like me but what I can say is that it has definitely changed and improved a lot the way I record and mix. Merci!
    Stormwarner
    2020 Feb 08
    Following the other comments: Yes, great series thank you! But still the kick is butchered. The printed mix is much better.
    Pearlpassionstudio
    2020 Feb 08
    WOW.....What a great series. Artist has to be overwhelmed with joy with this fine piece of work. Great song, great engineer/producer and Brians final touches. Thanks for this. Best yet on Puremix.....besides Fabs tutorials. :)
    2nibroo
    2020 Feb 08
    super moment partager avec Greg Bryce et Brian j'espère que PureMix renouvellera ce type d'expèrience on y apprend beaucoup à commencer par l'humilité de ces grands personnage du monde musical..merci merci merci !!! bien sur la qualité de l'audio n'est certainement pas au niveau bien que amélioré par rapport à la première partie du mastering.. cela ne m'empêche pas ne m'être régaler(bananas in english? Yep! ) Denis please again
    pho
    2020 Feb 08
    First I'd like to thank PureMix for this wonderful series. I'm a great admirer of both Greg's and Brian's work, so I imagine the clipped sound of the presented master has nothing to do with what was achieved in the studio and is the result of some faulty edit or conversion? Please fix this if possible, as the current state is not a good representation of this up to this point absolutely well done production. Best regards from Germany and keep up the good work!
    slammy80
    2020 Feb 08
    That distortion in the master is still killing me. :( It's such a great song, and well performed. I feel like these guys must not be hearing what is coming through the video's audio. Every time the kick drum hits, there's a nasty clipping and distortion that is depressing.
    leobro
    2020 Feb 08
    This whole series has been excellent. I've commented earlier in praise of Greg and Bryce, but I want to add my compliments to the Puremix video crew who captured both visual and behinid-the-scenes audio that lets us feel like we're right there. No easy feat! Congratulations.
    filipwil
    2020 Feb 07
    Great conclusion to the best PureMix videos of all time, in my humble opinion. Thanks Greg!
    leesparey
    2020 Feb 07
    It was nice of you to send an email following up my comment on the last video but I don't really agree with you that the issue of the distortion has been fixed. I've worked with radio presenters most of my life and most of them will say they're only as good as their last programme. I have no doubt that Greg and Brian have produced a lovely master but I can't hear it here and if you haven't captured the session honestly I think you'd be better off pulling the final two eps and leaving the series in the recording studio
    Iburwell
    2020 Feb 07
    This guy is awesome.. I love watching his work .. I have leArnt a lot regarding composition, mixing, production and mastering .. thank you Greg for your inspiration .. each mix I produce contains the qualities I’ve learned from your experience!
    Chuckswice
    2020 Feb 07
    I guess he’ll be getting a mix credit.
    pmlogin