Mitsonian Institute ~ Professional Mastering By David Mitson
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Black Country native, David Mitson didn`t realize that "Go West Young
Man" was a movie cliché and duly headed for California in 1985,
after a decade playing the UK club circuit as a bass player in various brilliant
(or so he says) but unheralded bands.
Soon after arriving in L.A. he was employed by Sony Music (then still CBS
records) as assistant engineer to the legendary mastering engineer Joe Gastwirt.
When Joe left to open his own facility David was promoted to take over his
chair and then in 1992 took on the management of the audio post (mastering)
dept. as well as being the senior engineer, eventually becoming Assoc. Director.
He was a very busy lad.
As Sony`s "main guy" in Los Angeles, David has worked with some
of the top names in the music business, in nearly all genres of music. Michael
Jackson, Barbera Streisand, Carlos Santana, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Alice
in Chains, The Muppets and South Park were all clients. He also did many movie
soundtrack albums including Dead Man Walking, Cool Runnings, The Blair Witch
Project and The Mask. After all those fancy names David is most proud to have
worked with Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad), from the Magic Band on his
2001 release "We saw Bozo Under The Sea".
If that wasn`t enough he also remastered a large portion of Sony`s catalogue.
Living Blues Awards were received for his restoration and mastering of the
Bessie Smith catalogue and Blind Willie Johnson. The remastering also included
working with Johnny Winter, Pete Seeger, Bill Monroe, The Clancy Bros. and
the catalogues of such historical figures as Son House, Blind Willie McTell,
The Carter Family and W.C. Handy. He also remastered the very first blues
song ever recorded, Mamie Smith`s "Crazy Blues" (1920).
Having done all that, David did what he always intended and returned to the
Black Country in 2006 and is now up and running and mastering in Stourbridge
in the West Midlands. His philosophy on this is simple. Independent bands
and labels do the music for the sheer joy of creativity and the desire to
just play music. "It is a pleasure to work with people like that and
it is very inspiring and fulfilling to be able to contribute to the quality
of their releases". He say`s that it is great to be back in the Black
Country, where he can finally, after 21 years, enjoy a real cup of tea and
a decent pint! Yes, he does miss the S. California weather, but not the earthquakes. What Is Mastering?