MixWithTheMasters GAVIN LURSSEN Mastering Workshop #3
Step inside the elite studio of Lurssen Mastering for our first ever series with Gavin Lurssen & Reuben Cohen! The two engineers give an overview of the passive mastering console and modified outboard chain they use on a daily basis, alongside detailed explanations of how each piece of gear affects the audio. Cohen opens the mix of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and recalls the original mastering settings, taking you through every step of the process and comparing mastered vs. unmastered versions. Lurssen does similar with ‘Ti Fa Stare Bene’ by Caparezza, revealing why he made certain decisions with particular gear. Other topics discussed include gain structure, converter clipping, monitoring, subwoofer crossover, reference tracks, LUFS for streaming, MFiT, and mastering albums vs. singles.
Console & equipment overview, typical signal path, gear characteristics & purposes
Passive console & gear modification, reference tracks, monitoring, frequency crossover
Cohen – comparison between ‘Happy’ mix and master, commentary, EQ & level rides
Cohen – soft bypass full chain, individual insert activation, D-A & A-D gain structure
Lurssen – signal chain for ‘Ti Fa Stare Bene’, solid state vs. tube circuitry, LMC plug-in
Lurssen – mastering the track with real-time level & EQ manoeuvres, commentary