LOS ANGELES, CA – At the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN, The Bakery founder and primary mastering engineer Eric Boulanger will be appearing on the show’s Vinyl Mastering Panel, part of the convention’s TEC Tracks series of educational sessions. The panel is taking place on Friday, July 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the TEC Tracks booth, #263, in the Nashville Convention Center’s main hall. Boulanger is among the nation’s most in-demand vinyl mastering engineers, with numerous recent high-profile credits to his name (for instance, the soundtrack for La La Land, which was the highest-selling vinyl album in the U.S. in Q1 2017).
Vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017, with sales nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium, according to Forbes. In this session, three leading mastering engineers will fill attendees in on how to ride the vinyl wave with high-fidelity results. The session will be moderated by noted journalist Dan Daley, and alongside Boulanger will be fellow panelists Glenn Meadows (mastering engineer, Mayfield Mastering) and Cameron Henry (mastering engineer, Welcome to 1979).
Topics of discussion will include the differences, in both hardware and technique, between mastering for vinyl vs. digital formats; unique challenges faced in mastering for vinyl; the direction of the role of vinyl in the music industry; financial aspects of the vinyl mastering world; and more.
Boulanger states, “I am very much looking forward to this panel. In particular, I am eager to discuss the business aspects of vinyl. One of the major challenges in producing vinyl is the expectations of record labels and management – they are used to a digital, point-and-click distribution world, and sometimes they figure that mastering for vinyl should be as easy as uploading masters to iTunes. If we can help spread the perspective from mastering engineers on the technical ins-and-outs of vinyl mastering, and how that intersects with the business realities and expectations of the industry, then I think this will be a highly successful panel.”