In this conversation as part of the Lisboa Electronica festival, Mike Grinser retraced his steps to the mastering studio and shared details on what exactly goes on behind the doors to get the best sound out.
Mike Grinser has made a name for himself in Berlin’s electronic world and beyond as one of half of mastering studio Manmade Mastering, alongside his partner Tim Xavier. In addition, Grinser also works at another renowned Berlin studio, Dubplates & Mastering. Born and raised in Bavaria, Grinser was a rock fan at first before being turned onto electronic music in clubs via early Chicago records from the likes of Phuture. Intrigued, he sought to understand how this new music was created eventually learning to DJ before moving to production. Sitting in mastering sessions for his own records he acquired a deep interest in the technical side of electronic music, launching him on a new path. Since then his ears have helped put the finishing touch to music on labels like Ostgut Ton, Plus 8 and Bpitch Control among many.
4:35 - Early days in Bavaria
8:34 - Mastering defniition and basics
18:06 - The impact of consumer expectations
35:03 - Processing chain at Manmade Mastering
44:43 - Lathes and cutting vinyl
57:39 - Playback issues
1:07:08 - The Love of Life Orchestra – “Condor”
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