EP 121: Mat Leffler-Schulman – Focusing on the Big Picture with Audio

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Mat Leffler-Schulman is a mastering engineer based out of Baltimore, MD.

He’s mastered countless records for an eclectic range of artists from Maine to Spain to Ukraine. Projects include Billboard #1 & Top 10 charting songs, GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, and many records with multi-million spins on Spotify.

Artists he’s worked with include Jon Batiste, Beach House, Mon Laferte, will.i.am, Blondie, Gipsy Kings, The National Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Dean, Lesane, Future Islands, Waka Flocka Flame, Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, and Ice Cube. 


  • Using analog vs digital gear for mastering
  • How working with limitations will improve your audio skills
  • Mixing and mastering on headphones
  • The secret to mixes that translate
  • What to listen for with reference tracks
  • Battling imposter syndrome
  • Avoiding debt while starting a studio
  • Niching down your services and genres
  • Creating intake forms to help give you direction and to reduce revisions
  • Knowing when to take a minimalist approach with your work
  • Mastering software vs traditional DAWs
  • Mastering to specific levels: Does it matter how loud your masters are?
  • Do you need expensive monitors/cables to hear mixes properly?

To learn more about Mat Leffler-Schulman, visit: https://matlefflerschulman.com/

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