Close Up: Vlado Meller Mastering

Mastering Through the Vinyl, CD and Digital Eras: One of the undisputed masters of mastering, two-time Grammy winner Vlado Meller— who launched his career cutting vinyl at CBS Records in 1969—has worked with projects across a spectrum of music, including rock, hip-hop, pop, jazz, metal, dance, opera, Broadway and classical. After working with Sony for 38 years, he later worked for Universal Mastering and Masterdisk in New York City. In 2014, he relocated to Charleston, SC, where he launched his independent Vlado Meller Mastering as part of the Truphonic Recording studio complex. His studio features a personal mix of gear that includes PMC Monitors and Bryston Amplifiers. In addition to working with major labels and superstars (including Andrea Bocelli, Slipknot and Josh Groban), he serves independent artists and producers all over the world. Meller recently mastered albums for French and British bands, as well as local Charleston-based rockers.

A Legacy of Superstar Artists: This month, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its ninth annual Grammy Week event by honoring eight-time Grammy winner Rick Rubin. Meller has worked extensively with the legendary producer over the years, including Johnny Cash, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Metallica, Kanye West, Neil Diamond and Linkin Park. Meller’s resume of artists and projects beyond that is seemingly endless: Beastie Boys, Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Kenny G, Kenny Loggins, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Limp Bizkit, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, Weezer, Jack White and many others.

Mastering Workshops: Meller is personally selecting a limited number of qualified engineers to be a part of his Mastering Workshop Sessions, to share his secrets and continue his legacy. He provides three days of intense, hands-on small group audio mastering training in a state of the art, modern recording studio. Participants are encouraged to bring in music tracks that he will use to demonstrate how to take every mix to the ready to release level.

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