Audio Engineer

My name in Joe Finstrom and I the man behind the curtain at Lithium Mastering. Lithium is a professional audio mastering studio located in Minneapolis, MN offering mastering for CD and digital release as well as digital file resotoration and file conversion. Lithium is an Apple Digital Masters certified studio. 

Audio mastering is the process of preparing a mix for distribution. Knowing how to listen and what to listen for is a skill. For decades I have trained my ears to understand the elements of music and characteristics of sound. Curiosity has guided my development as a listener by exposing myself to different styles of music, new sounds, and greater understanding of the biological process of hearing. 

Mastering takes patience and discipline. Every artist and every track is a little different. I take my time to listen, make changes, check my work, and chat with clients. My pursuit of audio mastering brings me closer to the world, especially the musical part, which is inhabited by so many unique, interesting, and wonderful people.

Audio mastering also brings me closer to the disciplines of composition, musical performance, and audio recording. I continue to play the cello, and electric bass, and I’m continuosly pushing myself as a songwriter. Understanding the many facets of music and audio makes me a better mastering engineer.

My formal education comes from The Institute of Production and Recording where I received an AAS in Audio Production and Engineering. I also hold a BA from Augsburg University in Music and Music Business with a minor in Studio Art and Graphic Design. My love of learning informs my life greatly.