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Mastering is about sounding great right now, everywhere ... and sounding great twenty years from now. It's about connecting with the largest possible audience emotionally (vibe), physically (moving air) and mentally (clarity). Its about the vision of the artist/producer being furthered ... never damaged. Music needs the best balance of harmonics, frequencies and transients. Needs to be right for the style. Needs to be right for this moment in the artists career.
Brian Lucey is a guitarist, singer and pianist who became a tracking engineer, mixing engineer, producer ... and is the mastering engineer on a number of Grammy-winning and multi-platinum releases. Originally from Columbus, Ohio ... he currently lives in Los Angeles.
Modified solid state and new old stock tube gear in a short analog path fill a single desk of remarkable power. Room and monitoring have been tweaked over the years but remain essentially the same concept. Speakers from an immensely clever German designer, made by Immedia in Berkeley, California.
Located on a street with artists of all genres in Atwater Village, the Los Angeles room is a new concept in mastering design. The freestanding walls treat mid and high frequencies, while the low end is allowed to escape into the three story, open floor plan, concrete structure. This provides great low end clarity, and gives a more human connection to the outside world. Mastering is about connection, and this design gives something to the work the "windowless cave" mastering room can not.
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
"Billboard US #1, CAN #1, AUS #1, UK #2"
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
"Produced by Dan Auerbach, USA #1 Rock release"
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
"Australia #1 Pop, Mixed by Eric J"
The Arctic Monkeys - AM
"Tchad Blake again mixing here, with riffs from Josh Homme. UK #1 for many weeks, International Top 10."
Dr John - Locked Down
"Mac, Dan A. and band all kill it on this Grammy winner, combining his real life stories with the sounds of 60s-era Gris-Gris and Babylon."
The Black Keys - Brothers
"This one got me noticed. I knew it was timeless, but was pleased how it took off all over the world. Mark Neill Tracking, Tchad Blake Mixing. Multiple Grammys"
Beck - I Won't Be Long
"Beck is not releasing a lot lately but it was cool to work on this track mixed by Cassidy Turbin"
The Black Keys - El Camino
"Multiple Grammy winning follow up to 'Brothers' with ten hot bangers. A more aggressive mastering sound compliments the music and that unique moment in the artists career."
Newsted - Heavy Metal Music
"Was fun to do the new metal record from Jason Newsted and his new band. Honesty and integrity in a timeless style. The vinyl is super cool."
"I've pre-mastered the last two 12" singles for Sigur Ros, and Chris Bellman has cut them using the backwards groove technique. Painterly records of great texture."
Out Of Nowhere
The Soft White Sixties
Crazy Clown Time
Loud Is The Night
Port of Morrow
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Between The Ditches
Leave It All Behind
What Would Christ Do
Hanni El Khatib
Head In The Dirt
JEFF the Brotherhood
Yellow Red Sparks
Yellow Red Sparks
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Letters In The Deep
Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow
Live on Red Rocks
The David Mayfield Parade
Good Man Down