Jetsetting engineer Glenn Schick gives tips on mastering and preparing a mix for the mastering stageRead More
Glenn Schick is an acclaimed engineer and producer who has worked on over a hundred gold and platinum records. With clients as diverse as 2 Chainz, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Future, and Jason Isbell, Schick has established himself as an audio and mastering engineer who crafts hits. He has worked on over a dozen projects that have been nominated for Grammy Awards, including Widespread Panic’s Dirty Side Down, nominated as “Best Engineered Album” in 2010.
Schick’s three decade-long career has included being a musician, producer, mixer, studio owner, and engineer, but he has most been in demand over the past decade as a mastering engineer. With his company “Glenn Schick Mastering,” Schick has established a reputation as one today’s most respected mastering talents. In the first half of 2016 alone, Schick worked on a dozen records that were certified RIAA Gold or Platinum.
Schick has also been an innovator in mastering and audio technology. Glenn Schick Mastering is approved by Apple to offer the “Mastered for iTunes” label. Using cutting-edge tools, Schick has been a forerunner in the use of mobile audio mastering rigs. He does most of his work these days with a state-of-the-art mastering set-up that allows him to be mobile, offer quick turn-around, but results in better end product sound.
Schick began his career in New York where he studied electronic music with Herbert Deutch and Robert Moog, the developers of modern electronic synthesis. He worked on many “old school” hip hop and rap records in the South Bronx, before heading to Atlanta in 1990. There, Schick’s imprint as a producer, engineer, and mastering engineer played a big role in the tremendous commercial success of “The Dirty South” movement. With his work in Atlanta and New York, Schick was involved in the birth of two hip hop movements, including the creation of the genre initially.
Over his career, Schick has also been active in many professional organizations, including NARAS, the Grammy Awards organization. Schick has held prestigious positions as NARAS Trustee, Chapter President, and Governor. Schick has also lectured at many colleges and professional conferences.
Schick has owned several studios, but since 2014, he has travelled the globe with his mobile mastering rig, creating hits wherever he lays down his overnight bag. It is an innovative and global business model that is unlike any other mastering engineer working today, and has earned Schick rave reviews in the audio press. “Ahead of the pack,” wrote Plugin-Alliance.
But in the end it’s Schick’s skills, and ears, that matter the most. Whether he’s working with a cutting edge hip hop artist, or a pop ingénue, Schick’s goal is, as his company motto reads, always to “serve the music.”
“The old rules don’t apply anymore,” he says of the shifting technology landscape. “But with cutting edge technology, the music — which is what matters the most — has never sounded better.”