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Don Bartley

Don Bartley - Mastering Engineer

Don Bartley process's a wealth of experience unsurpassed in this country. Having worked on countless award winning releases both Local and International and along with Mastering Engineer Reece Tunbridge Benchmark is able to offer the best possible results for any Genre of Music. Combining the latest state of the art equipment with a musical and artistic approach Benchmark Mastering will bring a level of quality and attention to detail to fulfil any artists vision.



Don's Credits are too extensive to mention all of them and but here are some:

  • Metallica
  • Alanis Morissette
  • British India - "Thieves" Album
  • Duran Duran
  • The Beatles
  • Slim Dusty
  • The Beautiful Girls
  • Silverchair
  • Ed Kuepper
  • Powderfinger
  • The Necks
  • The Vines
  • Anika
  • Thirsty Merc
  • Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set
  • The Saints
  • Mista Savona - Melbourne Meets Kingston
  • Inxs
  • Art of Fighting
  • Cold Chisel
  • Travis Collins
  • Missy Higgins
  • Midnight Oil
  • Paul Kelly
  • The Whitlams
  • Dallas
  • Crane
  • You Am I
  • The Living End
  • Youth Group
  • Tex, Don & Charlie

Don also has mastered numerous multi-million selling releases for international artists from Japan, Russia, and Indonesia as well as countless classical and world music productions.

Being a Mastering Engineer

The answer to following questions can be purchased from nciMUSIC in either

  • DVD ($20 US ) or

  • Downloadable hi res quicktime format ($10 US).

That's over 40 mins of information from an industry professional at the top of their craft.

For more information please contact - ncimusic@tafensw.edu.au

  • Should you do several different mixes of your song?

  • Do you recommend bringing in the multi-track mix to the mastering session?

  • Has mastering changed since the introduction of computers?

  • How useful is a spectrum analyser?

  • Do different music styles require a different approach to mastering?

  • Do you consider yourself an artist?

  • What is the most important aspect of a mastering session?

  • Can clients be difficult to deal with?

  • Do you support the trend for home recording?

  • What are the advantages of home recording?

  • What are the issues to be considered with home mastering?

  • How does your studio sound?

  • What is warmth?

  • What is the loudness war?

  • Do loud mixes mean loud CDs?

  • How do you maintain your position in the music industry?

  • What’s your dream job?

  • What is your most important piece of equipment?

  • What has been your best experience in the music industry?

  • Is fatigue a problem when mastering?

  • What has been your worst experience in the music industry?

  • Is it important to network in the music industry?

  • At what point did you think I’ve made it?

  • Where do you start when mastering an album?

  • What skills do you need to be a Mastering Engineer?

  • Can you get work experience in a Mastering Studio?

  • What was your fist paid job in the music industry?

  • Technology or Art’ which is more important?