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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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14 Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound

GREG CALBI STARTED HIS CAREER AS A MASTERING ENGINEER at the Record Plant in New York in 1973 before moving over to Sterling Sound in 1976. After a brief stint at Masterdisk from 1994 to 1998, Greg returned to Sterling as an owner, where he remains today. Greg’s credits are numerous, ranging from Bob Dylan and John Lennon to David Bowie, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Branford Marsalis, and Bon Iver, among many, many others.

Do you have a philosophy on mastering?

I do. My philosophy in general is to try to figure out how to improve what the person brings me and then try to figure out what his intent was. In other words, I don’t just plug in my own idea without first really communicating with the client. ...

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