EP 162: TW Walsh – Understanding How Loudness Affects Your Masters

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TW Walsh is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer who’s worked with Sufjan Stevens, Jimmy Eat World, Julien Baker, J. Tillman (Father John Misty), Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), The Shins, Chris Staples, Damien Jurado, David Bazan, Starflyer 59 and many others.

Over the years, he’s been in several bands, including Pedro the Lion, Lo Tom, Headphones, and The Soft Drugs. Currently based in Boston, he continues to master records, write and record songs, and collaborate with other artists.


  • To go to recording school or not?
  • Making the switch from analog to digital
  • How loud should your mixes and masters be?
  • Navigating the loudness wars
  • How loudness can impact the sound quality of a mix
  • Should you master to -14LUFS?
  • Creating cohesiveness between songs on an album
  • Using AI tools during the mastering process
  • Personal taste vs. consumer expectations
  • Using templates in mastering
  • Picking a DAW for mastering
  • Mastering in a non-mastering-specific DAW
  • Why you don’t always want to master each song to sound the best it can

To learn more about TW Walsh, visit: https://twwalsh.com/

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