Early training, signal path, conversion, clocking, hardware units, console, monitoring, bit depth, sample rate
Internal balance vs. loudness, retaining dynamics, limiting, target levels, headroom, minimal treatment
EQ, filters, de-essing, compression, mastering ‘Just A Play’ & ‘Act 1: Liberator of Minds’
‘Just a Play’ & ‘Act 1: Liberator of Minds’
R-SHIE & Dead Can Dance(11 min / 41 min)
Step inside London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios for a mastering workshop with Geoff Pesche! For his debut series, the veteran mastering engineer gives an overview of his background, the evolution of his job over time, and how he approaches projects on a daily basis. Geoff takes you through his analog signal path and explains the playback-to-capture computer setup.
He comments on advancements in clocking and digital conversion, and illustrates why he typically aims to restrict all of his processing to the simple analog chain. Pesche also elaborates on some intrinsic elements of his vocation, including bit depth, sample rates, monitoring, and headroom. He demonstrates his techniques on two mixes – ‘Just a Play’ by R-SHIE and ‘Act 1: Liberator of Minds’ by Dead Can Dance.
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese
About Geoff Pesche
Geoff Pesche is a British mastering engineer currently based at Abbey Road Studios in London, U.K. After leaving high school, Geoff took up a job as a motorbike messenger at Tape One Studios, shuffling tapes through the buzzing cultural capital of Camden. His role grew from delivering tapes to copying them inside the studio’s cutting room, and over the course of three years, Tape One’s mastering engineer taught Pesche the all about the process. Geoff soon built a name for himself,...