Tips from a Pro: Dave Moulton

Engineer, educator, and Golden Ears author offers tips on mastering.


David Moulton is an audio engineer, author, composer, educator and acoustician. With degrees in music from Bard College and the Juilliard School of Music, Moulton began working in audio in the late 1960s, founding Dondisound Studios in Red Hook, NY. In 1980, Moulton joined the faculty of the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, chairing the Sound Recording Technoloogy Program there.

In 1987, he became Chair of Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He resigned from Berklee in 1993 to devote full time to recording, composing, research and writing. At present, he operates Moulton Laboratories in Groton, MA.

Dave Moulton's Mastering Articles

Tips 'n' Tricks for Mastering

Dave offers tons of helpful hints for mastering your mixes, as well as why you really shouldn't. Check out this article for plenty of real-world advice on how to go about mastering your own mixes if you really, really have to.
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Taming Wild Mastering Levels

Where has all the dynamic range gone? It seems that the "who's louder" game has gotten a bit out of hand, made evident by the over-compressed recordings of today. To help us make some more educated decisions, Dave offers some practical information on loudness, listening environments and the radio.
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Stereo Reconsidered: Mid/Side Thinking

Many of us are used to thinking of our recordings in terms of left and right channel. However listening to and processing recordings as mid/side (center and edges of the stereo field) leads us to many interesting possibilities. Dave talks about "listening in side" and how it can reveal mixing tricks and flaws, and about the basics of applying mid/side processing in a mastering setting.
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Dave Moulton on Spectral Management

In this feature, Dave discusses a concept he calls spectral management, which refers to a process for allocating parts of the spectrum to different instruments and voices.
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