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Alécio Costa - Brazil

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Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« on: August 11, 2005, 01:28:55 pm »

Hi,
A very weird thing is becoming ppular here with new releses in Brazil.
Some albums are having more than one mastering engineer getting the credits.
In a specific  major release the label had Tom C. from Sterling sound as well as Carlos F from Classic MAster Brazil doing the same job.
The artist endeded up chosing 9 songs from Carlo's job and 3 from Tom C.
Talking with Carlos F he said that in fact both masters sounded the SAME!, even employing different gear/ears.
I guess a Green Day Hits Collection album had similar stuff on credits.
Anyone else noticed this? is this becoming common worldwide?
Thanks
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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2005, 04:20:52 pm »

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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005, 05:49:12 pm »

Apart from the compilation example, you see it sometimes when two engineers in the same studio work on the same project, or when a newer engineer is gaining experience under the supervision of senior engineer. You also sometimes see it when a single song that quite different from the rest of the album, or a remix comes from a different source and you are asked to include it as-is. It's not the normal situation, but it is not unheard of.

However, having two very different engineers do the same project and taking a mix-n-match approach between them is quite uncommon. I haven't noticed such a trend.
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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2005, 08:39:06 pm »

I saw it on the new Coldplay (Sterling) and the new Faith Hill (AA and Hank Williams).  

It happened to me for the first time earlier this year (because of some very complicated politics) where I basically did a remaster (their 3rd one on this project).  Because they were having it redone again without the producer's blessing, they kept 3 of the other masters to appease him.  I did the final compiliation.

It definitely wasn't my favorite thing but I am seeing it more and more.
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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2005, 10:20:54 pm »

Bob Boyd wrote on Thu, 11 August 2005 19:39

It happened to me for the first time earlier this year (because of some very complicated politics) where I basically did a remaster (their 3rd one on this project).  Because they were having it redone again without the producer's blessing, they kept 3 of the other masters to appease him.  I did the final compiliation.

It definitely wasn't my favorite thing but I am seeing it more and more.

Same here. I certainly wouldn't call it uncommon, and guess it will start showing up more and more. Just had a recent album release with my name along some one else's with mastering credit - not the first and certainly won't be the last...
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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2005, 11:28:14 pm »

A few here too, but not any this year. I think it's more of "I spent $5000 mastering as xyz, even if I only use one song from there, I'm going to put their name on it".
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Re: Multiple MEs on same album: becoming common?
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005, 07:53:28 am »

Don't you think it could be a tendency of looking for "mixing in the mastering" where artists actually want choose between different version from different mastering houses?

Just a thought.....

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