Mastering for Physical Media Panel Discussion – 20/04/2024


The Music Producers Guild NZ (MPGNZ), in collaboration with Audio Foundation, presents a Record Store Day Panel Discussion on Mastering for Physical Media. Join us at Audio Foundation from 2-4pm on Saturday 20 April, 2024.

Looking at all aspects of the process, we’ll be discussing the considerations to take into account when working with physical media, especially vinyl (we may even take a look at cassettes and CDs too!).

Joining the panel we have Tom Henderson from Holiday Records, Mastering Engineer Josh Llewellyn from Downbeat Mastering along with artist, musician, and avid consumer Kyle Sattler. The discussion will be moderated by MPGNZ Executive Committee Member Emily Wheatcroft Snape.

Tom Henderson is a Press Operator at Holiday Records, a vinyl record pressing plant in Tāmaki Makaurau. His role at Holiday is centred on production and quality control, ensuring every record they put out adheres to their high quality standards. Through years of experience, Tom has gathered an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of record pressing which he is delighted to share.

Josh Llewellyn is a mastering engineer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. He operates from his studio, Downbeat Mastering, where he primarily works with independent artists from local and international music scenes. In 2014, while he was in Germany, Josh purchased his first lathe and since then, he has cut countless vinyl dubplates for DJs worldwide. In 2018, Josh acquired a Neumann VMS70, which he plans to use for cutting master lacquers – an essential part of the vinyl production process.

Kyle Sattler MA BFA, is a Tauranga based multi-disciplinary artist, musician and recording artist, working and experimenting across a broad range of methodologies.
In all media approaches, Sattler’s work includes an underlying investigation of ontological themes and the study of the metaphysical. His (video-based) works look at the influence of rhythm and flow on human experience, often reflecting upon the notion of the ‘real present’.
Sattler holds a master’s degree in visual arts and is currently employed as a visual arts tutor on the Bachelor of Creative Industries Degree, at Toiohomai Institute of Technology, in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Kyle Sattler also masquerades as synth-punk solo artist, We Will Ride Fast, a singer/multi-instrumentalist/multimedia side project described as, “what Robocop’s band would be if he was allowed to express feelings”. WWRF’s genre-straddling style deploys fuzzy guitars/keys, pulsing new wavey electronics and often looping, goth-tinted grooves as an aural backdrop for Sattler’s philosophical lyrical musings.

Emily Wheatcroft-Snape is an audio engineer with six years industry experience. She grew up in Auckland, before studying audio engineering at MAINZ, and working at Roundhead Studios. Emily now works freelance out of her space at Parachute Studios, and for-hire at Roundhead Studios, Parachute Studios, and Big Fan.
Artists Emily has worked with include Fazerdaze, Tiny Ruins, Te Kaahu, Louisa Nicklin, and Karl Steven.
In 2022, Emily created the “Record Enable” initiative to help women and non-binary people create sustainable careers in music creation. She also has her own music project “Em”, that she uses to explore production ideas.

This event is free, please register via eventfinda.