The go-to guy for anyone seeking the analogue dream in a digital world, mastering engineer John Dent started in the glory days of the industry working at Island Records in ‘70s and placed himself at the heart of London’s sound world seeing the birth of the CD and the explosion of digital.
In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy Dent explained why digital sound is inferior to analogue and why mp3 doesn’t even register while taking us through the mastering process step by step.
0:30 - Mastering defined
10:25 - Trident Studios
26:34 - Mastering process
33:57 - Vinyl quality
56:31 - Sample rates
1:14:50 - Mark Pritchard
08:47 - Santogold — “L.E.S. Artistes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCeZzW54a2o
09:55 - Dr Mika — unknown
15:30 - Bob Marley & The Wailers — “Is This Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOJsK8qbAaA
36:45 - Zero 7 – “Futures” (CD and vinyl versions) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=423pbDqgsjc
39:29 - George Clinton – “Atomic Dog” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuyS9M8T03A
40:31 - George Clinton – “Atomic Dog” cont.
42:14 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience — “All Along The Watchtower” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY
1:13:30 - Bauhaus — “Double Dare” (original CD version and remastered vinyl version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUDjhyrjDes
1:14:33 - PJ Harvey — “Dear Darkness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAs9B34lleA
1:46:31 - Harmonic 313 — “The Returners” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftorf0fDQcM
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