EP 152: Scott Hull – The Psychology of Mastering

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Scott Hull is a 39-year veteran mastering engineer and the owner of Masterdisk studios in Peekskill, New York. Scott started his career in 1983 and has mastered and cut major hit records in every genre, as well as many Grammy-winning titles. He is widely regarded as an expert in vinyl mastering.

Scott Hull started his mastering journey at Masterdisk in 1983. He started as an intern, and then became Bob Ludwig’s (then chief engineer) assistant and digital editor. In 1994, Scott was named chief engineer at Masterdisk, and has been working on major label and independent projects from around the world every day.


  • Fixing issues in a mix before sending to mastering
  • Taking a holistic approach to mastering
  • What to do when you aren’t feeling inspired
  • How your speakers could be hiding important details of your mix
  • How to get masters to translate
  • Understanding how to communicate effectively with musicians
  • Why mastering shootouts are a bad idea
  • How to prepare for mastering
  • Mixing with master bus processing
  • Should you limit your mixes?
  • Why louder isn’t always better
  • How much headroom to leave in your mix
  • Mixing and mastering in the same session
  • How loudness is affected by streaming services
  • Understanding LUFS values

To learn more about Scott Hull, visit: https://www.masterdisk.com/scott-hull

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