It’s the 21st century, everything is digital (pretty much) and is down to binary, so why do people want to master records with tape? Simply because it has its own unique sound and feel. How does mastering to tape work? As the majority of work we will do now is all digital, quite often from Read More →

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Mastering makes such a difference to a single track, an E.P. or an album, but this also depends on the mix. Having a bad mix can affect your master substantially. Most problems people have in the mix are pretty similar, and happen a lot. For mastering engineers, there is one mix problem we see all Read More →

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So today is that wonderful day of the year, Dynamic Range Day. So with that in mind I figured it’s a good day to post a blog about something audio dynamics related, for months I’ve been trying to write about Spotify, maybe today is the day. Over the last few decades we have been suffering Read More →

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The internet is a fantastic place to hang out and read lots of interesting stuff, but I’m forever finding bits that are completely wrong and incorrect. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d collate my favourite 7 misunderstood facts about mastering. Enjoy. 1. “Hey, don’t worry that your mix is awful, the mastering guy Read More →

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Well it’s a good job we love mastering, really, we do, we do it every day. So why should everyone else love it? Not only because all the music you listen to on a daily basis will have been mastered at some point, but without mastering, music can sound totally different. Mastering adds an extra Read More →

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It all began when I got an email from Murray in New Zealand with a link to an ebay auction for a pair of speakers and the instruction, “Whatever you  do buy these speakers. Sell your wife and boy if you have to, they’ll be easier to replace than a pair of these babies.”    Read More →

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Here it is, the 2014 break down. So what happened in the world in the last year? 1. Bono annoyed people, couldn’t even give the U2 album away.  2. Apple annoyed people, couldn’t even give anyone the U2 album 3. Apple bought Beats 4. Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, and people are still Read More →

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At the time when streaming reigns supreme, it’s nice to know that  vinyl is having a serious revival. With sales of vinyl increasing from £3m to over £20m in a mere five year window it is obvious that vinyl is becoming even more popular. Below is the list of top selling vinyls this year! The Read More →

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A few weeks back we were talking about extending our office at Hafod Mastering, things soon escalated and we started demolishing the office in the studio. Here’s what happened… The Removal: This was by far the worst part. It’s like moving out or moving house, everything has to be packed and moved out of the Read More →

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  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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