Russ suggests that CD was the high water mark of audio playback quality for the masses. If this is true and many will listen to streaming, MP3 and in mono. How should audio professionals respond?
We test the IKEA SYMFONISK wireless speaker to see if it’s useful in the recording studio. No one in their right mind would suggest mixing on such a device or even mixing for one, but it is prudent to have one to check mixes. We put it through its paces to see if a £99 wireless speaker has a part to play in our workflow.
In the article we explain several different ways that audio is graphically represented in DAWs and a number of different tools from a range of developers to help you understand not only what these visuals tell us but to show you what they are for and how to interpret these graphics and displays to help you. This article isn’t a deep physics lesson in audio, instead we try to explain each of these points as practically as possible.
Are You Listening? is a video series from professional mastering engineer and iZotope Education Director Jonathan Wyner. though this series Jonathan guides us through audio mastering principles like critical listening, how to set up your room, and using techniques like EQ, compression, and limiting in mastering.
In a recent poll of nearly 2,000 professionals and hobbyists recording and mixing audio, only 1 in 5 said they bothered recording and mixing above 44.1kHz/48kHz.
Two groups were polled, those who said they were professionals and those who said they recorded and mixed as a hobby, in both cases the majority opted to record at either 44.1kHz or 48kHz.
MeterPlugs has released a plug-in version of its Loudness Penalty web tool, which brings this useful tool into your DAW and helps you pinpoint the issues and fix them within your DAW.
In this free video tutorial Dan Cooper shows you a mastering EQ plug-in he’s really enthusiastic about. It’s utterly transparent and always manages to add that sheen to music through its simple to set EQ controls and the resulting masters don’t sound overly harsh or overdone.
In this video with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew shares his thoughts and ideas when it comes to mastering the track Thought of Love by Rooftop Renegades. In this final part in the series, Paul shows us how he uses the SSL Bus Compressor to glue to mix together then he reaches for the new Brainworx bx_masterdesk, which he uses as a “one stop” mastering processor.
I want to say from the outset I'm not a mastering engineer, so I have no skin in the game, but I think it's about time we stopped calling the insertion of a plugin on a mix and reducing the dynamic range 'mastering'.
There has long been a debate on the topic of self mastering. Many believe it’s impossible for anyone to master their own mixes… yet many do. We’ve listed a number of mastering mistakes you should avoid if you master your own music. I’m not going to argue the for and againsts of mastering your own music but I will say it does come with a number of challenges that you should be aware of if you want your masters to sound amazing.
Why do so many of us allow our beloved songs, which we've sometimes spent months lovingly crafting to be spoiled trying to make them louder? Russ thinks there are good reasons not to
At NAMM 2019, in collaboration with KORG iZotope’s mastering software, Ozone Elements worth $129, will now come bundled free with KORG’s MIDI controllers. You also have a chance to enter a contest to win a iZotope Spire Studio.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton demonstrates the importance of True Peak metering and limiting and how they can help prevent the consumer getting distorted tracks.
As a bit of fun on the team we’ve challenged one another to this; you get to keep all the plugins supplied with you DAW but then you only get to keep one more plugin. Julian Rodgers makes his choice.
With the growth of music streaming services and how they deliver music to the consumer is changing the way we need to mix and master content, especially for music streaming services. In this article and free video Tutorial in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton shows how the loudness wars have destroyed the dynamic range of our music and how loudness normalisation used my music streaming services is enabling us to bring back life into our music tracks.
Now that revenue from audio streaming services is higher than all other music delivery formats combined, it’s even more important to understand the impact that streaming has on audio production and how best to optimise our mixes to make the most of the way streaming services deliver our content to the consumer. In this series of 3 articles and free video tutorials in conjunction with Nugen Audio, our own loudness guru Mike Thornton takes you through the history, why loudness is important for music, and how to prepare your mixes ready for music streaming services.
If your loved ones are asking you for stocking filler ideas for Christmas then you may have missed this list we compiled from members of the community over the years. It has some great books on their including some of our favourites.
In this article we debunk 5 basic mastering myths that have floated around the music industry for years. Are there any other mastering myths we haven't explored in this article?
Primarily, I’d use the original Insight in post production and mastering. I might refer to it from time to time for mixing, but not as often as in other cases. This has changed with Insight 2, as the suite provides several improvements that make it a killer companion for mixing duties for me. In this article I will outline its killer features…
Waves has just released a new modular mastering chain plug-in modeled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering studios since the early '70s to date. Create custom processing chains with a flexible flow and the TG magic on master tracks, individual tracks or sub groups in your mixing sessions.