Event #85 – The Appropriate Premaster with Steve Turnidge – Online April 22nd, 7PM MDT

Steve Turnidge (author or Desktop Mastering, and Beyond Mastering) will beam in from Seattle to lead us through some of the fundamentals of sound and perception and clarify what we are really seeing and hearing in audio waveforms. Then, we’ll visit dynamic range and how that relates to digital audio bit depth. This leads to a brief history of music recording technology, and how the rules that used to be appropriate for the tools of the day are now different…

Here is some recommended reading prior to attending the event:

  1. “Appropriate Pre-Master” – https://www.dagogo.com/appropriate-pre-master/
  2. “The Colors of Sound” – https://www.dagogo.com/the-colors-of-sound/

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

Pro Tips

  1. If you’ve never been on a Zoom Cloud meeting read this FAQ for joining online events
  2. Headphones 🎧 are highly recommended for all platforms.
  3. All times in this invite are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) which is -6GMT.


  • 6:50 PM Get the App Join the Waiting Room. For new Zoom Cloud users click the link early and get the app downloaded so you can start on time.
  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Open Discussion

About Steve Turnidge

Steve Turnidge is a noted mastering engineer at UltraViolet Studios with hundreds of albums and thousands of music tracks to his credit. With over 35 years experience in the Pro Audio electronics industry, he specializes in mixed digital and analog printed circuit board design. 

Steve is a published author having written both Desktop Mastering and Beyond Mastering for Hal Leonard Books, and taught Audio Recording at Shoreline Community College. He currently teaches mastering at local studios. He was a past chair of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Pacific Northwest Section and Governor of the Recording Academy.  

Website: http://www.arsdivina.com

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Notes from This or a Previous Event

I’m starting to add comments to the bottom of these even with post event notes.

  • Notes from event #84 Sound Design with Ableton Live with Huston Singletary
  • Notes from event #83 Intro to The ZOIA modular pedal with Mitch Lantz
  • Notes from event #82 Breakout Session OBS Studio for Live Streaming

3 responses to “Event #85 – The Appropriate Premaster with Steve Turnidge – Online April 22nd, 7PM MDT”

  1. Good meeting!

    When the Zoom meeting ended, the application immediately closed the window, and the entire Chat was then N/A.
https://www.instagram.com/protovolt/ ‘ I saw a way to download it while the window was up, but when t went away, I couldn’t find anything at all.


  2. I’ve distilled and depersonalized the notes from the this event. If you have any additions or comments feel free to chime-in.

    * Remember to look at bottom of each event on the web site to view and add notes from the event

    Links from Steve Turnidge:
    * Website: http://www.arsdivina.com which includes links to Steve’s books on mastering
    * https://www.pinterest.com/arsdivina/mastering-work/
    * “Appropriate Pre-Master” – https://www.dagogo.com/appropriate-pre-master/
    * “The Colors of Sound” – https://www.dagogo.com/the-colors-of-sound/
    * Here Comes the Reign Again – The Second British Invasion Album
    * https://currycuts.bandcamp.com/album/here-comes-the-reign-again-the-second-british-invasion

    Iris asked a question to Steve about mixing for live. His reply was “You may already know all this, but: Mix live while broadcasting live? or mix first and then send? If mix first, then some of the usual “premastering”, to have levels at least similar, maybe especially Bass range and loudness, and make sure vocals are heard clearly enough for the genre(s). Types of music matter. Jazz and Classical usually want a wider dynamic range, little or no compression on the mix. Pop and some Rock usually but not always have a more-narrow dynamic range, with more compression on the mix (at some stage), and of course compression where needed on any individual channels. Broadcast has technical standards that require study. Your Mileage May Vary. :)”

    Mark mentioned:
    * Blog posts on synths and music tech https://ModulateThis.com
    * Online Streaming tips https://modulatethis.com/category/online-streaming/
    * Audiomoves Listento plugin https://audiomovers.com/

    Mike shared:
    * https://radiospiral.net
    * New YouTube channel with some Hydrasynth demos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSTwY5p_RnWB9I277ZEa3rg
    * http://forums.musicplayer.com/ for the forums I told folks in my breakout about… and I am doing a series of little videos about the ASM Hydrasynth (I have a YouTube channel now!)
    * 3-part series he wrote on RX 7 (https://www.izotope.com/en/products/rx.html) for Isotope. https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/magic-of-rx-music-rebalance-part-1.html | https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/magic-of-rx-music-rebalance-part-2.html | https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/magic-of-rx-music-rebalance-part-3.html
    * http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/56/1/dr-mikes-studio-workshop

    Wayne mentioned:
    * To donate to RMSM for operating expenses… https://rockymountainsynth.com/donate/ [Thanks Wayne!]

    Stephen mentioned:
    * Sound Forge 14 demo is free…. Sound Forge Audio Studio 14 is $59, and has Ozone lite in it https://www.magix.com/us/music/sound-forge/sound-forge-audio-studio/

    Links to this weekend’s Ableton Loop Events:
    1. https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/loopathome-loop-music-making-weekend-april-24-26/

    Jennifer shared:
    * https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-bertoletti

    Tom mentioned:
    * Frontiers Magazine Research topic – https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/12555/neuroscience-and-new-music-assessing-behavioral-and-cerebral-aspects-of-its-perception-cognition-ind

    Huston mentioned:
    * Huston Music podcast – https://anchor.fm/huston-singletary
    * https://www.instagram.com/protovolt/

    Upcoming Colorado Modular Synth Society Event and Link:
    * Web site is https://coloradomodularsynthsociety.com/
    * Colorado Modular Synth Society Meetup Live Stream is Sunday April 26th – 2-3:30 PM. See official invite https://www.facebook.com/events/229071458427649/
    * Link to the California Synth Society from last week – This was a section from Colorado Modular Synth Society https://youtu.be/Z8HtmdJuK5o


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