The online music streaming service SoundCloud has partnered with online digital mastering platform, Landr. For a long time now, SoundCloud has been the go to place for musicians, producers and DJ’s to host their tracks, remixes and DJ sets. Now, they have begun a partnership to bring a bit audio consistency to their platform. Don’t Read More →

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It’s upon us once again, Dynamic Range Day. Friday 20th May sees the return of Ian Shepherd’s Dynamic Range Day, a day made to recognise the joy that dynamics bring to music. Every year this gets bigger and bigger, and this year is no exception. There is a challenge every year, and there is a Read More →

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There’s nothing better than finishing a mix. Nothing is more complicated than explaining mastering, except for mastering itself. Mastering is a misunderstood and confusing art. When I first ended up at a mastering studio 4 years ago I probably couldn’t have told you exactly what mastering was, in fact, I definitely couldn’t have. Mastering is Read More →

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Ears are important, you find many musicians these days suffering from tinnitus – an irritating ringing in the ears, that affects around 10-15% of the population. We all wear sun glasses when the sun is out, right? We need to do the same for our ears, especially in the industry we work in, your ears Read More →

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Good mixing goes a long way, but without mastering, your mix can sound quiet and untidy. Mastering is the final stage for any musician or producer, it will give your music that edge and allow it to stand up against commercial music releases. These days everyone can produce music at home and has the ability 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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Everyday we have chats with clients, and between ourselves about dynamics and about loudness, and you’d think by now that loudness doesn’t matter, but it still does to a lot of people. But, with loudness comes problems, the louder you make a track the closer you come to peaking and distortion, and then there is 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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What is loudness normalisation? Firstly, what is loudness normalization? Well, it’s quite simple, really. The volume of each track played on an app such as Spotify, or iTunes (and now even YouTube) is the same, it’s at an equal loudness to every other track on the app. Quite simply, Loud songs become quieter and quiet songs become louder. Um, Read More →

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