Back row, l-r: Joe LaPorta, Butch Vig, Pat Smear, James Brown, Chris Shifflet, Taylor Hawkins; Front row, l-r: Nate Mendel, Emily Lazar, Dave Grohl.
Edmeston, NY (March 26, 2012)—Foo Fighters’ vaunted all-analog album, which won five Grammy Awards recently, was also mastered using an analog Dangerous Music Master unit at The Lodge.
At the 54th Grammy Awards show, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl proclaimed proudly that his band recorded and mixed their album in his garage and used all analog gear throughout the production, including recording all the tracks to tape. But the analog sound didn’t stop there. Wasting Light was mastered by engineers Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta at The Lodge Mastering in NY, using the Dangerous Music Master, which features the “S&M capability” for processing the “sides” and the “middle” of the stereo field separately.
“The Dangerous S&M process found its way into the analog chain on the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light quite a bunch.” says Emily Lazar, chief mastering engineer at The Lodge.
“I’m a huge fan of the Dangerous Master’s S&M circuitry. It always seems to add an elegant width and depth to the mix and can at times even fix mixes that lack dimension. It’s super versatile with its side-chain capabilities, and I even love running things through it flat,” adds Lazar.
“I have always favored gear that allows me to effect changes without artificially coloring the sound too much,” says Lazar. “My choice pieces from our arsenal are both musical and clean but without being too clinical; with that in mind, I can always rely on the Dangerous Music Master with its S&M capability to give me a true and desirable result. The versatility and overall transparency of the Dangerous gear has allowed me to remain flexible regardless of the genre of music that I’m mastering.”