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The Fader, Ep 5: Troy Glessner Explains What A Mastering Engineer Looks For

by Zach Varnell
music & audio

troyspectreWelcome to the fifth episode of the Fader podcast, a production of CreativeLive’s Music and Audio Channel.

This week, we got to talk with mastering engineer Troy Glessner from Spectre Mastering.

While Troy has recorded, mixed and produced records for over two decades in the Northwest, he is probably most known as one of the most highly sough after mastering engineers in metal. His mastering clients include Devin Townshend, August Burns Red, Living Sacrifice, Underoath, and Demon Hunter.

Troy is known for his meticulous obsession to detail and ability to craft batches of mixes into a coherent album. We talked about gear and workflow, but really got into what a mastering engineer is listening for when he first hears a mix and how that process has changed in the modern digital era.

The Fader is an opportunity to catch up with producers, engineers, bands, players, songwriters or pretty much anyone who is doing something cool in the studio or on stage. To hear older episodes, go here. 

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Zach Varnell

Zach began recording in his parents basement in Denver with a two track reel-to-reel and a mixer from radioshack. In the summer of 2014, Zach went back to education, working with CreativeLive as a content producer for the audio channel.