Figment is a social role playing game based around a virtual music industry.  To play the game you wear the hat of a musician, recording engineer, producer, label chief, graphic artist, tour manager and any other music industry hat you choose to put on.  It’s fun, because it’s all in your imagination, but what’s it like to actually wear one of these hats in the real world of music?  We thought we’d find out in a new feature here on Figment News called “Industry Insiders.”

Industry Insiders is a series of interviews with music professionals who work on both the creative and business sides of the industry.  We’ll talk to the people who help musicians create, market and distribute their music to give you an idea of what it’s really like to work in the music industry.

Let’s kick of this new feature by talking to Mastering Engineer, Ellen Fitton. Ellen is a music industry veteran who has worked at some of the top recording studios in New York including Right Track, Atlantic, The Hit Factory and Sony Music Studios, engineering recording sessions with artists as diverse as Ornette Coleman, Firehouse and David Byrne among others.  She began her career as an assistant to legendary Atlantic producer Arif Mardin, honed her craft engineering classical recordings, and has become a sought after mastering engineer with credits that include “The Complete Motown Singles” box set series, the 40th Anniversary Edition of Derek and The Dominos “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs”, and a Grammy nomination for her work on “Sony Music 100 Years:  Soundtrack For A Century” box set.  Ellen now has her own company, Ellen Fitton Audio, and a new home at the legendary Masterdisk studios in NY.

We recently sat down with Ellen at her home to discuss what it’s like to be a mastering engineer.



To find out more about Ellen and her work we suggest you check out the following:

Check out Ellen’s Album Credits.

Follow Ellen on Twitter.

Follow Ellen Fitton Audio on Facebook.



2 Responses to “Industry Insiders: Ellen Fitton, Mastering Engineer”

  1. Furious Grace Says:

    Great interview! Thanks Ellen for participating & giving us your time!

  2. theHoseman Says:

    Another interesting and informative interview. Thank you Eric and also thanks to Ellen for taking the time to talk about her process. Mastering, it seems, is sort of the big un-known to most music listeners, myself included. When I studied audio engineering at McNally Smith we only got about 2 or 3 days in the mastering room, so I don’t think I really got anything more than a cursory grasp of the concept. But it is indeed a crucial aspect of the sound of the end product.

    I dig this new feature and look forward to future interviews.

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