Apple Digital Masters

Le Lab Mastering was one the first Mastering studio to work with Apple on workflow and practices for mastering audio especially for encoded music.

With their Apple Digital Masters, Apple has released a new generation of AAC encoding tools that accept hi-resolution PCM sources.

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Marc Thériault

Chief Mastering Engineer / Research & Development

Marc Theriault is a highly skilled mastering engineer and founder of the renowned music mastering studio, Le Lab Mastering, which is located in Montreal, Quebec.

He has been working in the music industry for over 35 years, and quickly gained a reputation for his exceptional skills as an audio engineer. He has worked with a wide range of artists and musical genres and has been involved in the mastering of many award-winning albums.

In addition to his work as a mastering engineer, Theriault is also an audio researcher, focusing on the science of sound and how it can be optimized for the best listening experience. He has conducted research on topics such as digital audio processing and development in the field of immersive sound, particularly in the areas of 3D audio and binaural audio. As a member of AES, Theriault has been involved in various committees and initiatives aimed at promoting excellence in audio engineering.

Theriault is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his commitment to using the latest technologies and techniques to achieve the best possible sound quality. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and innovative mastering engineers in the industry and his work has earned him numerous awards and accolades over the years.

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Marc-Olivier Bouchard

Senior Mastering Engineer

Marc-Olivier started to play violin at the early age of 9. His love for music definitely helped him find his path as a mastering engineer. Asked by Alain DeRoque to join SNB Mastering team when he was 19 years old, he received an intensive training and became one of the youngest mastering engineer who ever worked at this facility. After moving SNB to Pure Mastering, Marc-Olivier was asked to rebuild the critical monitoring with a team of professionals.

With mastered gold discs such as Annie Villeneuve and IMA, he proved that his knowledge helps artists to achieve their sonic goal in this critical last step. For Marc-Olivier, mastering is more than just an audio project to master. It’s putting breath and life into it and making sure that the vision of the artist and producer is well respected.

After a few years behind the mastering console, Marc-Olivier joined Le Lab Mastering in 2010. His assurance and approach are still appreciated by the people who have been working with him in the studio. His musical background leads him to work in many musical styles with different artists such as Anne Bisson, Gregory Charles, Ima, Zachary Richard, Michel Rivard, Anodajay and many others.

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Philip Gosselin

Mastering Engineer / Cutting Engineer

From a young age, Philip starts experimenting with his very first microphones and instruments lying around the house. Wanting more than what his basement had to offer, he decides to study electroacoustic music composition at Concordia University where he gains musical and technical knowledge. During his studies, he is also involved in several independent music and film projects, working both on the production and post production side of things.

Deciding to pursue his studies further, Philip proceeds to a masters in sound recording at McGill University where he receives the John Bradley award for his outstanding work.

In 2014, he participates in a recording program at the Banff Centre for the Arts where he works with artists such as Daniel Lanois, Reuben and the Dark, The Wooden Sky, Coeur de Pirate, Year of Glad and many more.

Now part of the team at Le Lab, Philip brings his capacity to outline the driving elements of a project, and to collaborate with the artists to value the unique characteristics of each project. With a growing vinyl collection, Philip is fascinated by the listening experience that this medium brings as well as the mastering process involved to craft it.

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Marc-Olivier Germain

Mastering engineer / Cutting engineer

Marc-Olivier Germain has been passionate about audio in all its forms for over 20 years. In addition to playing the drums since the age of 14, he acquired his first ''groove box '' at the age of 16 and embarked on sound exploration and composition of experimental electronic music. After receiving his college diploma in electrical engineering, he found himself in Montreal, where he quickly grew to become one of the most sought-after sound system technicians. Over a period of 10 years, he had the privilege of working around the globe with artists such as Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and Diana Krall.

Marc-Olivier is also passionate about studio recording, mastering and sound design. In 2015 he founded his own company called Méduse Audio inc. He then obtained major contracts with international clients such as Florence and the machine, Radiohead and Arcade Fire. In addition to touring work, Marc-Olivier offers mastering services and immersive solutions for several projects. He pushes research in the field of immersive audio and offers turnkey services for innovative projects. SFX, spatialization, immersive stems mastering and more.

Marc-Olivier proudly joins the Lab in 2021 where he intends to provide customers with his technical background while respecting their artistic vision to achieve the best possible results.

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Félix Laliberté

Studio Assistant / Quality Control

Felix is the newest addition to the team and the youngest. Since his young age he’s been interested in music, he began playing piano at 6 years old and learned a few other instruments along the way. Playing music created an interest in Felix that brought him in the exploration of sound creation and mixing. He decided to push his passion further and attended Recording Arts Canada, graduating from the Sound and Music Recording program in 2021. Interested in pursuing a career in mastering, he joined our team the following year. He now works alongside Marc Thériault on the maintenance of our equipment to make sure we can always offer the best service. Whenever you send us a vinyl test press for quality check or an order for vinyl, you’ll most likely work with Felix.

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Cristobal Urbina

Mastering Engineer / Cutting Engineer

Cristobal spent his summers from the age of 13 on assisting his uncle who was a sound editor for film. He became fascinated by all things sound, the tape machines, mixing boards and microphones which he learned to use at very young age, this led him to work as a sound recordist for several years traveling and recording for film and documentaries in Guatemala, Mexico and Cuba.

Ultimately his work as a record label owner and DJ led him to his mastering and vinyl cutting focus and specialization.

In 2015 he moved to Berlin to learn how to master and cut for vinyl with Stefan Betke at Scape Mastering Berlin. Working in this prolific studio for three years, he spent most of his time cutting mainly dance, electronic and ambient music 12 inches on the infamous Neumann VMS70 record cutting lathe, focusing on deep and bass heavy sound for underground electronic music.

He has worked, mastered and cut thousands of tracks over the past 6 years and is focused on giving the artist the closest possible experience when moving from the audio mix down to mastering stage. Always respecting contemporary loudness standards, while not losing the most important thing, the essence of the music.

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Carl Talbot

Mastering Engineer

Carl Talbot, recording producer and sound engineer, is a well-established audio professional in his community. His productions have received nominations, honours, and awards across the globe: Grammy, Juno, Felix, Gramophone Critics’ choice awards, Diapason d’Or, and many more. His 20 years of experience have led to hundreds of albums and films. Known for his musical approach and aesthetics, he benefits from having the rare qualities of being at ease artistically and technically in many genres of music. Starting in 2008, this strong experience led to a premier position with Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal as sound recording engineer, and, in 2009, to a new collaboration with Montreal-based state-of-the-art mastering studio ‘Le Lab Mastering’.

Carl is currently the leading producer at Analekta, Canada’s largest classical label. He worked as well for Effendi Records, Justin Time Records, Sony-BMG, EMI, Virgin Classics and Radio-Canada.

Talbot holds a Bachelor‘s Degree in Piano and a Master’s Degree in Sound Recording from McGill University. He is a guest lecturer at the Banff Center for the Arts and at McGill University.

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Eric Poitevin

Mastering Engineer

Eric has been involved in the professional audio production of the arts throughout his 25+ years career. His experience encompasses all of the live performing arts: musical production, concert, theatre, dance, etc. Working for organizations such as MTV Asia, Cirque du Soleil, Laservision and many others who demand the highest level of professionalism, he has engineered many musical genres from pop to hard-rock both from a concert and studio production perspective and handled live broadcasts for Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber, Neon Trees among others.

Hard rock and high energy musical style remain his favourite framework in which he strives to maintain the artistic intention while formatting the product for final release.

He has several hundreds of hours of broadcast material ranging from sitcoms, live quiz, talk shows and musical mixing. He did the surround sound design for the Singapore water show "Wonder Full" seen by over 2 million people since February 2011. He can offer expertise on the various audio level requirements for broadcasting such as R-128, BS-1770 et ATSC85.

He was the Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (Singapore) from 2011 to 2013. He has been solicited as an audio lecturer by prestigious institutions such the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore.

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Alexis Gladu

Re-recording and Score Mixer / Lead 3D Artist and R/D Research

Alexis Pilon-Gladu has discovered turntablism and electric bass in 1996. A passion for scratching, beat-juggling and low frequencies was born. In 2004, he begins studies in upright bass, jazz interpretation at CÉGEP Marie-Victorin and then at Laval University (2008). Quickly, he works on stages and composes film scores. In 2012, he does an internship as an assistant re-recording mixer.

Since then, he has been associated with many film productions as a re-recording mixer and sound editor or composer who was nominated for or won awards in the movie industry . APG continues to specialize himself by pursuing graduate studies at UQAM (2018) specifically in 3D sound.

These broad experiences have given him an understanding of the language of sound immersion and music, allowing him to define a custom-made craft for your 3D sound projects. Further more, he also participates in research on ambisonic sound and other 3D architectures in order to use loudspeakers array systems as an interpretive instrument for different VR, MR or AR contexts. It is in the use and design of new technologies that combine musical, cinematographic and immersive language that APG participates in the development of emerging sound approaches.