“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...