I’m forever thinking of blogs to post that are informative and give people awesome information that will help them do things better. I try to think of stuff like ‘Top 5 things to remember when mastering‘ or ‘How much headroom should I leave?’, and today I thought of something as informative, but not necessary Read More →

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It’s over 20 years since Nirvana released their incredible second album ‘Nevermind’. I was only a small child when Nirvana were dominating the world with this album, and by the time I turned 9 it was by far my main inspiration musically. I can remember being in year 6 and performing the track ‘Breed’ on Read More →

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Last night I stumbled on the news story about Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to give it up’. I was chatting with my boss this morning and played him ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke (bear in mind he has never heard that track, which I know is hard to believe as it Read More →

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  Compression is used in almost every aspect or recording, mixing and mastering and has different effects depending on how you use it, and how subtly you use it. Compression is a good tool, if used correctly (check out our other blogs on compression and limiting), but if done wrong can completely ruin mixes. So, Read More →

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Dither is by far one of the trickiest parts of audio production to approach and get our musical heads around. So, what is Dither exactly? Dither is low-level noise that gets added to digital audio when changing and reducing the bit-depth of an audio file to prevent quantisation distortion. The most common time you’ll need Read More →

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What is the Perception Plugin? The Perception Plugin is a tool for A/B testing your plugins and signal chain, level matching and tweaking dynamic range from Ian Shepherd, the mastering engineer behind Dynamic Range Day and ProductionAdvice.co.uk. This new plugin lets you to find the perfect level between dynamics and loudness for your masters. How does Read More →

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What is headroom? Headroom is the range between your highest peaks of an audio track and 0dBFS or in other words ‘clipping’. What’s the benefit of headroom?  Headroom left after the mix allows the track to have clarity and dynamics. Leaving headroom in your mix gives  the mix some life, if you’re not leaving any Read More →

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“Don’t cheat on your mix” – Mike Isaacs, August 2014. What Mike said is true, you wouldn’t cheat on your partner (or maybe you would) so why cheat on your mix? Mixing with buss compressors: Mixing music is an art and something that can take years of practice. The option to try and find easier Read More →

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In the studio we get quite a few mixes coming in that are out of phase, or have some phase issue in the mix. This isn’t the end of the world as these issues can be easily fixed and everyone can still do a great job on a record, the only downside is how time Read More →

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Stem mastering Vs. Stereo Mastering Firstly, we’ll explain the difference between the two; Stereo Mastering: Stereo mastering is probably the most common of these two types. Stereo mastering is the final stereo track that the mix engineer has produced. The mastering engineer will take the stereo .wav file and master just this track. Stem Mastering: Read More →

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