The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy has some sage advice for intergalactic travelers in it’s most recent revision.
-Always bring a towel. You never know when you might need it.
-Get a Babel Fish as soon as you can. That way you can understand what people are talking about.
-And don’t panic!
Up the now that wise advice has covered most of what we might encounter in the Galaxy.
But if a revision were published today it would need to include advice also for those of us on a musical journey to record from our home studios.
Recording from a home studio is now a common practice that has only existed for a relative few minutes, hardly a blip, on the galactic calendar. And our abillity to master those recordings ourselves from a simple laptop setup has really only been around for a few seconds.
In fact it was created more recently than when I started writing this review. (that should make your brain twist up into a pretzel)
So here we are trying to record our music, and like new life forms emerging from the primordial ooze we stumble around trying to get our recordings to sound like the great epochal records of our ancestors (is epochal even a word?) Only to find ourselves a little deafeated and deflated at the conclusion, when our record sounds less like a masterpiece, and more like the ooze from which we just emerged.
If only we had a guide for mastering our music…
If only we knew what all those knobs and buttons do on our computer screens, and why our wireless keyboards keeps running out of batteries…
If only there was a podcast to teach us how to master our music!
The next revision of The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy will have to include a new chapter on mastering your own music.
It will have to include the advice to listen to The Mastering Show with Ian Shepherd. Ian can guide you through these strange lands. He can provide you with more than just a map of these alien systems, but an actual understanding of galactic mysteries like eq and compression by bringing it down to earth with simple analogies to common household objects.
For example you will learn how compression is much like punching a pillow.
And how using a limiter is like breaking your knuckles against a brick wall. Like the last time you listened to your record and it didnt sound good enough.
Well no more! It’s time fo you to become a captain of the galaxy.
Listen to this show and master your universe! You will be glad you did.