Apr 10, 2013
Paul Blakemore on Mastering Grammy-Winning Hits for Esperanza Spalding, Arturo Sandoval with UAD Plug-Ins
Paul Blakemore at his home base in Concord Music Group's mastering studio in Cleveland, Ohio.
We often overlook the importance of good mastering. While advances in hardware and software technology have brought previously unattainable gear within reach, most still recognize the importance that an 'outside ear' in a properly designed room can bring. Though mastering engineer Paul Blakemore humbly credits Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, and Al Schmitt as his role models, his experienced ear for solving mastering "puzzles" has earned him multiple Grammys for his work on recordings for singer Esperanza Spalding and latin jazz artist Arturo Sandoval. Marsha Vdovin learns how he got into the mastering game, how UAD Precision Mastering plug-ins are instrumental to his workflow, and what keeps it fun after nearly 40 years in the studio.