RSR219 – Ryan Smith – Sterling Sound Engineer & Tips for DIY Mastering At Home - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR219 – Ryan Smith – Sterling Sound Engineer & Tips for DIY Mastering At Home

Ryan talked about learning vinyl mastering from George Marino, how to get started listening to vinyl, his new studio at Sterling Sound Nashville, and pro tips for DIY mastering from your home studio!

My guest today is Ryan Smith a mastering engineer at Sterling Sound.  He has mastered records for a wide array of artists, including Greta Van Fleet, Elle King, and AC/DC.

Ryan Smith began his journey in the world of audio when he moved to New York City in 1995.  In the late 90’s he moved through various recording studio gigs and other “audio odd jobs” around New York City.  This eventually led to a job as an assistant engineer at the Manhattan’s Right Track Recording, where Ryan had the opportunity to work alongside legendary engineers and producers, including Phil Ramone, Arif Mardin, Russ Titelman and Frank Filipetti.

In 2002, Ryan made the move to mastering.  He joined Sterling Sound where he’s been for the past 17 years.  Early in his time at Sterling, Ryan spent time working alongside both Ted Jensen and the late George Marino.  In addition to digital mastering, Ryan learned the art of vinyl mastering and lacquer cutting from George. During the current resurgence of vinyl, Ryan has become one of the most in demand vinyl specialists around.

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