I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot recently, ‘can you believe this album is 20 years old’, whether it a friend reminiscing about our favourite albums growing up, or a radio station celebrating a classic album reaching it’s 20-year mark. This got me thinking, was 1997 truly a great year for albums releases, or is Read More →

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I love compression… to the point that it’s probably an issue. Day to day, I write dance music, so i love pumping as an artistic choice, rather than an accident or an unintentional production method. But, other than using compression for these types of arty (some might not find it arty) and creative reasons, compression Read More →

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In this series of blogs around mastering topics and mastering jargon, we take a look at what these practices are and why they are done. In the first one we covered headroom, which is directly related to our good old friend, compression. How is it related? It’s one of the most common mix mistakes; adding Read More →

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  We have some exciting news from Mastering World HQ – Hafod Mastering’s engineers are headed to Mumbai at the end of May to host their first Mastering Masterclass in India! Back in 2014, Hafod’s senior mastering engineer headed there to teach students about mastering and we hosted a live mastering session all the way Read More →

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Headroom in mastering is an important aspect, in fact it is probably the most important. In this series of ‘terms that you need to know’ set of posts, we’ll go ahead and talk through what they are and why they are important. Put simply, Headroom is the space you’ve got left in your mix.  This Read More →

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Record store day is one of our favourite days of the year, along with Dynamic Range Day, so it’s only fair that we reflect on it somehow. So, what happened on Record Store Day 2017? It was the 10th Anniversary of the Record Store Day celebrations, and what a day it was. Well, what didn’t Read More →

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Making you mixes sound better isn’t always as easy at should be. We’ve run down the top ways to get your mix sounding as good and as crisp as possible. As mastering engineers, if we have a good mix to start with, what we do with our analogue and digital tools will make your mixes Read More →

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Finding musical inspiration is hard, especially when you’re all ‘inspirationed’ out. Here’s some helpful tips on how you can get some musical inspiration to fuel your next song. Listen to something new. This is not mind-blowing, but it works. If you know what style you want to be writing in, then you can easily search Read More →

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Knowing when a track is finished is the hard part, then you’ve got think about the recording and the mixing. If you’re anything like me, I get my ideas out and recorded, then worry about the mixing (I don’t care if you think this is wrong, because you’re wrong). When it is finally finished, and Read More →

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It’s time to look at the online music production tools we have at our fingertips. We’ve done analogue, we’ve done digital, now it’s time for the ‘online’ music creation tools, it must be, right? For years we’ve had great tools like SoundCloud to showcase our sounds, and recently, Landr for AI mastering (sighs) but there’s Read More →

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