This Week at Mastering Academy#3 | Vocal Production

This Week at Mastering Academy #3

This Week at Mastering Academy #3

Hi! Another eventful week at the Mastering Academy is ending. I’m starting to realize that I’ll be on vacation soon, compressing the work I’m still desperate to get off my desk. Soon there will be big news to report from the Mastering Academy, but I’m not allowed to write about it this week. Nevertheless, at the end of the post, you’ll find a “sneak peek” at one of the projects currently in the pipeline. This will be a compact Master Class on the topic of Vocal Production. Otherwise, this week we have a new interview with our CEO Friedemann Tischmeyer and an offer that might interest you. Also, our partners at are offering a free trial class for you next week. In addition, an auction is currently being held for a good cause, with rarities from the estate of long-time VISIONS editor-in-chief Dirk Siepe up for sale.

Interview: Norbert Lehmann (Lehmannaudio) with Friedemann Tischmeyer (Mastering Academy, MAAT )

This week at Mastering Academy #3 | Norbert Lehmann & Friedemann Tischmeyer

The first of three recorded conversations during Norbert Lehmann’s visit to Mastering Academy is online. In this part, Norbert Lehmann talks to Friedemann Tischmeyer about Dynamic Range and headphone amplifiers like the Linear Pro in mastering audio. The interview has a running time of about 25 minutes. It contains exciting comments and thoughts from Friedemann Tischmeyer about the workflow of a professional mastering engineer and what differences it makes, whether mastering on headphones or in a mastering studio on tuned monitors.

I was there during the recording and am thrilled that these two audio gurus are sharing their knowledge. Therefore I recommend you watch the video. Either on the Youtube channel of Lehmannaudio or directly here on our site, where I have embedded the video for you. Unfortunately, this interview is currently only available in German.

“A Tribute To Dirk Siepe”: Auction of rarities from the estate of Dirk Siepe

Are you interested in musical rarities, autographs, signed CDs, and Vinyl? Currently, a whole series of them is being auctioned off for a good cause on eBay > Click here! The reason, however, is a sad one, because the pieces up for sale come from the estate of music journalist Dirk Siepe. The former chief editor of the established music magazine VISIONS, Dirk Siepe, died on February 17, 2021; he was just 53 years old. 

During his lifetime, Dirk Siepe was socially committed and involved, among other things, with the Tafel ( in Dortmund. His parents have now decided to continue their son’s charitable commitment. To this end, unique pieces from the journalist’s extensive music collection are now being sold on eBay. All proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the Tafel, the Neven Subotic Foundation and the non-profit organization Vinyl Hippo. At the moment, you can participate in auctions for some rare or unique pieces by David Bowie, AC/DC and Angus Young, Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, Slayer, Silverchair, Tool, The White Stripes, and others.

So, what does all this have to do with the Mastering Academy? When I asked Friedemann if I could refer to the auctions in our blog, I wanted to point out the social commitment of Dirk Siepe, which remains even after his death. The story touched me, and apart from the fact that I often read in VISIONS in my youth, I was unaware of any connection with the Mastering Academy. Friedemann first heard only estate auctions for a good cause and said directly: “sure; it’s a good thing!” When I spoke further and mentioned that it was the estate of Dirk Siepe, he gulped briefly and said, “I used to master the monthly CD for VISIONS magazine.” So, there is a connection between VISIONS magazine and the CEO of the Mastering Academy that I didn’t know about. You can “flip through” the current issue of VISIONS > here, which includes an article titled “Für Dirk” on page 12 that influenced this blog post.

Looking for a student internship or fancy a student job in social media?

Internship Minijob

Are you studying and want to do your mandatory internship in an exciting start-up? Do you want to become part of our international team of employees? Are you passionate about pro audio, especially mixing and mastering? Do you know your way around social media, or are you willing to learn more about the topic? If you are also proficient in German and English – both written and spoken – then we would be happy to hear from you. We have decided to keep at least one 450-euro position open each semester for students who want to develop themselves with us.

You have an idea for a new format on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or TikTok and are looking for a company where you can implement and evaluate it? We are open to suggestions and ideas. Just get us excited about you by emailing the subject “Student Internship” to [email protected].

I look forward to hearing from you. Everyone makes coffee here, so don’t worry about that becoming your job. By the way, I drink black, the boss, with almond milk.

Note: Local collaboration at our headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Work focus: Marketing, social media marketing, conceptual design, audio/video production, and post-production.

If you are looking for a job alongside your studies, please email [email protected] with the subject “Student Job.” We could use some support for our social media team. You should have a basic knowledge of how to take photos and videos with a smartphone (Apple) and how to post-process them (professionally). You will often be close to the action when guests are in the Mastering Academy. You’ll also learn about lighting, photography, audio and video editing, and how to prepare content for various social media channels.

Free Ableton Online Training on the topic “Deep House Music” on 15.09.2022 at our partner

music Deep House Party

This online trial course is all about how you create your electronic music in Ableton Live. Music producer, DJ, and label boss Ingo Rieber and founder Denis Gastreich allow you to find out if electronic music production is something for you. Even though this course focuses on deep house music, it doesn’t matter if your heart beats faster for Techno, Schranz, Trance, or House.

Sneak Peek: „Vocal Production“ Master Class

Titelbild Vocal Production Behind the scenes Tonee Jukeboxx Farzad Rahnavard

In the past semester, there have been repeated inquiries about whether we could offer a course focusing on vocal production. A song stands and falls with the vocals. Our coaches Tonee Jukeboxx and Farzad Rahnavard from Duo Mastering will go through the entire process with you in this master class, from recording, arranging, cleaning, EQing and the use of effects, de-essing as well as corrections with Autotune and Melodyne to “mixing ready” vocals. You will learn directly from two professional mixing engineers from the music industry who also work as Mastering Academy coaches. Our Master Class, “Vocal Production,” will be a compact course that does not include live sessions. Of course, the master class has the usual quality of our products and brings you further on your way to becoming a mixing engineer.

Finally, I’d like to share two images from a test run for the “Vocal Production” video production that gives you a candid behind-the-scenes look at the production process.

That’s it again for this week. Thank you for reading and your interest in this blog and the Mastering Academy. There are only a few seats left in the Pro Mixing Coaching and Pro Mastering Coaching for the coming semester. Did you know that our coaches also offer gear consulting? If you participate in our coaching sessions, you can book time with one of the coaches.

I am pleased about your feedback; feel free to write me at [email protected]. If you like this post, please share it. I will be on vacation until October, so that I will have no new blog posts for the next three weeks. To stay up to date, you can also subscribe to our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. Until then, I wish you a good time.

Yours, Thomas Heuer