Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mastering Adam Ayan Q&A Reference Masters You Use Reply To: Reference Masters You Use

Adam Ayan

    Hi Jared,

    Great questions!

    I do not normally listen to references before a session, I usually dive in and do my thing. There are of course exceptions:

    - if I've done a record with the producer or artist before I might pull up something we've done and they've already approved, just to get my head in the game.

    - if they specifically ask me to check something out I will, but I don't always put a ton of stock into it, as I try to treat their recording the way that works best for it.

    - if I'm really having a difficult time trying to get a mix to sound good (a bad mix, for example) I might pull up something I really love sonically (and in the same ballpark in terms of genre) to regain perspective.

    Of course early on I had several favorites that I knew very well and listened to often, and they are as follows:

    Foo Fighters "The Colour and the Shape"
    Sheryl Crow (self titled)
    Should Coughing - all 3 of their records
    Madonna "Erotica"

    As for recordings that I have mastered that I go back to often for sonics, I mentioned them in another post, but I'll copy and past here as well:

    Some sonic favorite masters of mine are:

    Pearl Jam “Vs” and “Vitalogy” remasters that I did in 2010
    Augustana (self titled album)
    The Dandy Warhols “This Machine”
    Mavis Staples “Livin’ on a High Note”
    Rascal Flatts “Me and My Gang”
    The Band Perry “Pioneer”
    Carrie Underwood “Blown Away”
    Trevor Hall “Kala”
    Blakroc (self titled)