December 2021 - 54

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AngelHeaded
Hipster
The
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Beyond: The Final Steps...
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I usually do not attend mastering sessions
myself unless the producer wants me there,
like in this case. Howie admits that, " Some
projects need that extra love... " and that
ultimately, he's all about making clients
happy-something we can all relate to.
Although AngelHeaded Hipster was
primarily mixed at one studio, with two
songs at another, it contains more than 25
tracks from different artists, genres, and
multiple tracking studios. When I asked
Howie if that presented a challenge, he
said, " Most definitely, but I was very fortunate
to have you mix and record the entire
album, and especially mix it in the same
studios. " I asked him whether anything
stood out about this album, and he replied,
" Nothing other than 25+ tracks that
really work together-incredible work! "
I was also interested in whether he
could hear a difference between AngelHeaded
Hipster, which was recorded
and mixed entirely through analog consoles
and gear, and the many all-digital
in-the-box productions he masters so often
these days. Howie's reaction was,
" Oh yes, totally! It's more about the
overall vibe... I started in the 80s when it
was only analog processing, now digital
has really caught up... " Then he added a
very important gem: " Just remember, it's
never about the equipment... although
the gear is important, skills always win! "
Since he mentioned the gear,
I had
to ask him about his normal mastering
process. " Nothing is normal! " he exclaimed.
" Generally, I like to approach
mastering with digital or analog processing,
or both, depending on how strong
the mixes are, and how much, or how
little processing I feel the mixes need in
order to be competitive. Less was more
on this, only because the mixes were
pretty much 'dead on' sounding. "
Howie was a pleasure to work with. He
gave us space to try things and, importantly,
to listen to things. His studio and equipment
are a state-of-the-art blend of analog
and digital chains. I was privileged to be
able to watch the master at work.
Above and beyond
There are many moving parts behind a
multi-artist record like this one, and while
mastering is the final step, it does not end
there. Before, during, and after the record
is finished, a team of people works in the
background to make sure that things actually
get done. In the case of Hal Willner,
the team was one person: Rachel Fox.
Rachel worked with Hal for so long
that she knew precisely what Hal wanted
and when. She was Hal's manager,
lawyer and right arm-talk about trust!
Rachel worked tirelessly throughout
the five years it took to make this record
Peluso Microphone Lab
Marc Urselli, Rachel Fox, Hal Willner
at Cafe Du Mond after U2 session
54 RECORDING DECEMBER 2021
INTRODUCING THE
NEW PELUSO P-280
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December 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of December 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
Arturia: MiniFuse 2
AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
Genelec 8361A
Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Intro
December 2021 - Cover1
December 2021 - Cover2
December 2021 - 1
December 2021 - 2
December 2021 - 3
December 2021 - Fade In
December 2021 - 5
December 2021 - 6
December 2021 - 7
December 2021 - Fast Forward
December 2021 - 9
December 2021 - RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
December 2021 - 11
December 2021 - 12
December 2021 - 13
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December 2021 - 20
December 2021 - 21
December 2021 - Arturia: MiniFuse 2
December 2021 - 23
December 2021 - AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
December 2021 - 25
December 2021 - A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
December 2021 - 27
December 2021 - 28
December 2021 - 29
December 2021 - 30
December 2021 - 31
December 2021 - 32
December 2021 - 33
December 2021 - 34
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December 2021 - 36
December 2021 - 37
December 2021 - Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
December 2021 - 39
December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
December 2021 - 41
December 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
December 2021 - 43
December 2021 - 44
December 2021 - 45
December 2021 - ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
December 2021 - 47
December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
December 2021 - 49
December 2021 - Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
December 2021 - 51
December 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
December 2021 - 53
December 2021 - 54
December 2021 - 55
December 2021 - Genelec 8361A
December 2021 - 57
December 2021 - Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
December 2021 - 59
December 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
December 2021 - 61
December 2021 - Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
December 2021 - 63
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December 2021 - 71
December 2021 - Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Cover3
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