TVD Radar: Bernie Grundman to receive Making Vinyl Lifetime Achievement Award

VIA PRESS RELEASE | A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to LP mastering legend Bernie Grundman at the third annual Making Vinyl conference on October 14, 2019 that celebrates the global rebirth of the record manufacturing industry.

The ceremony will be held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, a few blocks away from Grundman’s flagship facility which opened in 1984, following a 15-year tenure with A&M Studios. In 1997, Grundman opened his Tokyo mastering studios and in 1998 relocated to expanded facilities in Hollywood. “The name Bernie Grundman is synonymous with mastering,” says Making Vinyl president Bryan Ekus. “Bernie’s world-renowned facilities responsible for a consistently large percentage of chart recordings, and makes him the perfect recipient of our award.”

Grundman’s mastering credits include: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Van Halen, Prince, The Carpenters, Steely Dan, Herb Alpert, Barbra Streisand, Jack Johnson, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, and Outkast, among thousands of other top recording artists.

Grundman’s Hollywood facilities comprise a complex of six studios, including dedicated 5.1 Surround and Lacquer Cutting rooms, which provide mastering services for vinyl, digital streaming, and CDs. Coexistence of physical media in the digital age is a theme of this year’s Making Vinyl conference, which soon will be announcing other confirmed speakers.

Grundman, an expert with the LP cutting lathe, describes mastering as “basically post-production for the recording industry—the final creative step before delivery to the manufacturer for mass production.”

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