Streaming has taken a turn in the last few weeks – A couple of weeks ago this blog post mentioned Jay Z’s acquisition of Tidal – the new streaming service. Firstly, what is it? This is it, it’s the same as every other streaming service, it just also offers a higher rate lossless audio version, which Read More →

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Every day I spend an hour or so searching round the internet to see whats going on. For the last 6 months the first page of Google News with this term has been filled with bits and pieces on streaming, and I’m thinking this will continue for a while yet. So what does it look Read More →

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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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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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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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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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