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Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better

Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better

“A mechanical tool is following an intricate signal.”

“These are coaxial speakers, and the tweeter’s in the throat of the woofer.”

“Now you have 16 sets of stampers for a set of lacquers.”

The language can get pretty heady when Bernie Grundman is talking shop at his sprawling, 20,000-square-foot studio in the heart of Hollywood.

One of the music industry’s most respected mastering engineers, Grundman specializes in an arcane yet crucial part of the recording process — the last step, essentially, before a piece of music is readied for mass consumption on CD or vinyl or, as is most often the case these days, as a stream of digital information beamed down from the...

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