The Vinyl Factory’s new short film profiles three of the finest minds in mastering.

Practically everything that is pressed to vinyl passes through the hands of a mastering engineer, who oversees the transition from tape, CD or MP3 onto the master disc or dubplate that will then be sent to the pressing plant for wider production.

Our friends at The Vinyl Factory tracked down three of the world’s foremost mastering engineers for a short film, Sculpting Sound, that looks into their role in the increasingly threatened vinyl manufacturing process.

The filmmakers join Andreas ‘Lupo’ Lubich at Calyx Mastering in Berlin, renowned for its attention to detail in cutting some of the most demanding avant-garde records around, and visit the home studio of Rashad Becker, stalwart of Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering and producer of last year’s remarkable Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1 on PAN.

Back in London, they join Noel Summerville (formerly of Pye Studios and Metropolis, now running his own 3343 Mastering studio) to cut a record live-to-vinyl and hear about his mastering work for the likes of The Clash, Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Boards of Canada.

The soundtrack to the film is taken from James Lavelle’s recent remix of sound artist Haroon Mirza, released by The Vinyl Factory earlier this year.

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