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

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19Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering

AFTER HAVING WORKED ON LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF PLATINUM AND GOLD RECORDS AND MASTERED PROJECTS that have been nominated for scores of Grammys, Bob Ludwig certainly stands among the giants in the mastering business. After leaving New York City to open his own Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine, in 1993, Bob has proved that you can still be in the center of the media business without being in a media center.

What do you think is the difference between someone who’s just merely competent and someone who’s really great as a mastering engineer?

I always say that the secret of being a great mastering engineer is being able to hear a raw tape and then in your mind hear what it could sound like, and then knowing what knobs ...

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