Heba Kadry on Mastering as a Creative Act

Heba Kadry got her start in the pro audio world at Houston's SugarHill Recording Studios, where she served as the studio manager and recording engineer. In 2007, she moved to New York to focus on mastering—and she has since mastered the releases of some of the most accomplished artists in indie rock and pop, including The Mars Volta, Slowdive, Lightning Bolt, and Beach House—as well as mixing Björk's Utopia.

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Go behind the scenes of Björk’s Utopia with the women who engineered it.

It was clear that the process of making Utopia was incredibly meaningful for all three of them. Collaborating with Björk was a one-of-a-kind experience, they said, but to be on a team with mostly women, working on such a transcendent, feminist record — that was something closer to groundbreaking.

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New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry

Heba Kadry is a mastering engineer based in Brooklyn. She says she doesn't believe the Grammys are the best indication of what's actually going on in the music industry right now, and that some advances in diversity have been made — but that even so, she is a still a minority in her field and faces uphill battles in getting work.

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20 Questions with Vintage King

If you haven't heard of Heba Kadry, then you clearly have been sleeping on some of the hottest independent records to come out in the past few years. Since moving into the mastering world in 2007, the Egypt-born engineer has been amassing quality credits from the likes of the Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Wooden Shjips, Ty Segal, Slowdive and Palehound, while working in her New York studio

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