“Mastering Music for 21st Century Commercial Delivery Formats”


Media & Studio Arts Symposium

Affecting Change in the World, New Tools for Media Creation and Performance

Mastering Music for 21st Century Commercial Delivery Formats 

February 12, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Paul R. Blakemore, Staff Mastering Engineer, Concord Music 

Description:  Paul R. Blakemore will discuss the role of the mastering engineer in music production and describe preparing album projects for CD, standard digital download (MP3 or AAC), Mastered for iTunes, HiRes downloads and streaming, and vinyl LP phonograph records.

Presenter Bio:

Paul Blakemore is an audio engineer with over 40 years of full time experience. He has been nominated for seven Gram mys in engineering categories and won a Best Engineered Latin Grammy in 2012. In addition, he has credits as an engineer or music editor on 45 Grammy nominated and 21 Grammy winning recordings in a wide variety of artist’s categories including classical, jazz, pop, blues, bluegrass, Americana, and Latin Jazz. He has also mastered two Juno nominated or winning recordings by Canadian artists. In 2015 he received a NAMM TEC Award nomination in the album production category for mastering work on Diana Krall’s album, “Wallflower.”

He has over 500 verified album credits on Allmusic.com. He was the technical director for the 1980 Peabody Award winning broadcast program, “Jazzmobile Sunday Special” on National Public Radio. He has also worked in national television audio, surround sound design for film, and dialog recording/replacement work for feature films and episodic television, including “Enemy of the State” (Will Smith), “The Chamber” (Gene Hackman), “Palmetto” (Woody Harrelson), “Lazarus Man” (Robert Urich), and others.

He is currently staff mastering engineer for Concord Music, one of the largest independent music companies in North America with main offices in Los Angeles, CA. Concord Music is comprised of several active and catalog record labels plus extensive music publishing and licensing. He does both new release mastering and catalog album remastering and audio restoration for record labels that include Concord Jazz, Concord Records, Craft Recordings, Fantasy, Loma Vista, Original Jazz Classics (Pablo, Riverside and Milestone), Prestige, Razor & Tie, Rounder, Sugar Hill, Stax, Telarc, Vanguard, and VeeJay. Before becoming a full time audio engineer in the mid 1970’s, Blakemore was a professional musician in the Austin, TX, scene.

He studied applied percussion at the University of Texas, Austin, and recording techniques at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NV. He has taught college level recording courses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, SUNV Fredonia, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Miami. He has been speaker for the Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, and also the Full Sall recording school in Orlando, FL. Blakemore has resided in Cleveland, OH, since 2000.