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MPG aims to standardise mastering with new group

Industry-wide QC processes and broadcast audio standards are among the topics to be discussed at the launch of MPG’s latest initiative.

The Music Producers Guild officially launches its new Mastering Group on 24 May to promote new standards and a QC process that the Group hopes the entire industry will adopt. The new group was first reported on by PSNEurope in our November issue, which you can still download here. The launch will take place at Alchemea College in London, where MPG Mastering Group administrator and veteran AIR Studios mastering engineer Ray Staff (pictured) will introduce a set of guidelines that aim to prevent the wrong masters from ending up in the CD manufacturing chain, which has been a problem in the industry recently. “Many of those working in the mastering business already know the process but there are a lot of people who are new to mastering or are working in small home-based facilities that need guidelines and need a structure that establishes a clear chain of responsibility,” said Staff. “The remit of the MPG Mastering Group is to focus on topics that help promote the very best in terms of audio performance and quality. There is a seed change in attitude to sound, with people these days talking more about quality and not just level. The public does want quality and a sound they can enjoy and we, as an industry, need to focus on this across all digital formats, whether they are CD, downloads or broadcast,” he added. Barry Grint, Director of Alchemy Mastering, will also report on his collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to enable ISRC codes to be embedded into the broadcast WAV standard. As a founding member of the MPG Mastering Group, Grint is working towards broadcast WAV becoming the standard file interchange format for the Music, Radio and Television industries across Europe. Mike Sinnott sales and marketing director, commented on the launch: “MPG events like this play a critical role in helping to drive the industry forward so we are thrilled to see our facilities put to such good use. Hopefully this will be the first of many more to come.” The MPG Mastering Group launch will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, followed by a panel discussion starting at 7.00pm. If you would like to attend, please register your interest at