Joe LaPorta, senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, has moved outside of New York City, but like most mastering engineers, he remains always on call for clients. Because mastering is the final stage before duplication and distribution of an artist’s project, it’s the mastering engineer’s responsibility to cater to strict deadlines. And he couldn’t always drive in to his main facility at a moment’s notice. When looking for a way to access his main computer in the City, from his home upstate, he found a solution with a Tieline codec.
“My mastering rig is predominately all analog gear, so I always need to do my actual mastering processing in the studio,” he explains. “However, there are certain times when I need to remotely listen to my work while communicating with the client, usually in situations where I need to make additional edits like spacings, fades and sequence changes. I also need to be able to quickly provide finalized master parts like DDPs, MFiTs [Mastered for iTunes] and HD .WAVs, once the client has approved the mastering and desperately needs to hand in their project to hit their release date.
“The Tieline Genie STL codec has been crucial for me to achieve this remote access, he continues. “I connect over IP from home and use the AES in/outs on the box to route audio at both ends. At home the codec is connected to a D/A converter for monitoring, so I have access to files stored at the studio and listen to all of my projects that range in sample rates from standard 44.1kHz, up to high resolution 96kHz sampling.
“The Genie STL is extremely easy to use, and I can instantly start listening remotely with the simple click of one button. I can also monitor my connection at both ends of the IP link using Tieline’s Toolbox Web-browser GUI and upload files through our personal server at Sterling as required. The codec has saved me many rush trips back into the city.”