RSR310 - Jessica Thompson - Audio Restoration and Mastering From Tape and Vinyl - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR310 – Jessica Thompson – Audio Restoration and Mastering From Tape and Vinyl

Is noise really a bad thing in a recording? Jessica talked about cleaning up audio with iZotope RX, focusing bass with Low-End Focus, and even re-balancing a mono mix using amazing new plugins to restore audio from old tapes and vinyl records.

My guest today is Jessica Thompson a GRAMMY-nominated mastering and restoration engineer, audio preservation specialist, and educator. She has digitized, restored, and revived historic recordings for artists ranging from jazz pianist Erroll Garner to blues and folk revolutionary Barbara Dane, from Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia to proto punk band Jack Ruby, from anarcho-punk band Crucifix to synthesizer legend Pauline Anna Strom.  

She masters music both new and old and has worked on records for Michael Daves, Flipsyde, Matthew McNeal, International Dub Ambassadors, Teno Afrika, Occurrence, and many more. 

She sometimes writes gear reviews for Tape Op Magazine and contributed a chapter on "Mastering the Sonics of Historic Recording Media" for the book Music Preservation and Archiving Today.  

She currently serves as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. In her spare time, she likes to ride steel bikes and walk her dog, Eddie.

Thanks so much to Ian Brennan for making our introduction!

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