Andy VanDette is a busy, A-list, mastering engineer at the Engine Room studio in New York City, and in his own operation, Andy VanDette Mastering. He’s mastered some legendary titles ranging from the re-mastered Rush catalog to Porcupine Tree’s biggest titles to major rock and pop records and concert videos from the likes of Dream Theater, David Bowie, and Whitney Houston. Suffice to say he’s got the right creds to talk about quality record mastering.
Unlike typical mastering engineers, VanDette is also sought for a nearly-lost skill: he masters and cuts vinyl! With the resurgence of vinyl as an audiophile’s desired listening medium, he’s probably busier mastering for vinyl today than over the past two decades in their entirety.
I refuse to master specifically for ear buds.
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Scott Kahn, Editor in Chief, was the co-founder and associate editor of Korg Connection, the first official user group publication for users of Korg musical instruments. During a decade of work in Silicon Valley, CA, Scott wrote professionally for computer industry publications including PC Week Magazine and NewMedia Magazine. Outside of work, Scott is an accomplished musician and producer with many independent CD credits writing, playing, and producing.
Scott launched MusicPlayers.com in 1998 as a simple website hosting musicians' classifieds for the first few years, but he knew that when the time was right, he would turn his attention to building MusicPlayers.com into the kind of destination site that he wanted to visit as a serious musician himself. In March 2006, MusicPlayers.com was officially re-launched as an online magazine focused on the needs of serious musicians, and in December 2017, the site underwent a next-generation overhaul to position it better for continued growth.
Scott is also author of the popular Hal-Leonard book, Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic's Guide to Integrating Amps & Effects, now in its second edition.