6 reasons why you should get some analogue gear!   We’ve all been to those studios with huge amounts of analogue gear, and we’ve all got friends who own a shed load of vintage gear that they never use, but why should we invest in analogue gear?   Whenever buying a new piece of equipment 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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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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Why do my audio files need to be hi-res when CD’s are 44.1/16bit? When you get your tracks mastered, the mastering studio will need the highest resolution files to get the most out of your mixes. If you get your tracks mastered at this hi res rate (usually 96k/24bit), the mastering engineer will then dither Read More →

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How Should My Masters sound? Mastering World Blog   This is completely up to you, but the mastering engineer will be able to gauge what kind of thing you want. It’s important to remember when mastering that this process is the refining process, it’s the tidying up and clarity element of your mixes. So, usually Read More →

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High-resolution audio is exactly as it sounds, audio that is of a particularly high resolution, higher than C.D. quality and most definitely higher than .mp3 files. Hi-res audio files are usually 24bit, and at a sampling frequency of 96kHz, or 192kHz. When getting your tracks mastered it is recommended that you give the mastering engineer Read More →

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  After Apple Music‘s cheek, it is nice to see that someone out there (good ol’ Swifty) has put their foot down. In 2014, Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify based on the fact that she eflt the streaming service didn’t pay artists fairly. Fast forward to now. Apple Music is announced, another streaming service Read More →

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  Before the release of the new Apple Music streaming service there were tonnes of blogs and rumored reports on what was going to happen with the service, how much it was going to cost and how they were planning on beating the streaming giant, Spotify. Which is a good point, how are they going Read More →

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Apple Music had its big reveal earlier this week, and it looks pretty good, and I’m worried it might do quite well… This is Apple’s first advance in the world of streaming, since the advent of their digital downloads service back in 2003. Does this mean the digital download will be over? Much like Jay Read More →

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If you watch a lot of TV…or just some TV, you will probably have seen the BBC Now trailer appearing in between programs. Recorded in Cardiff by the National Orchestra of Wales, Donal at Hafod Mastering had the pleasure of mastering this piece for the good folk of the BBC, check out the video below! Read More →

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