I’ve been hearing this phrase a lot recently, ‘can you believe this album is 20 years old’, whether it a friend reminiscing about our favourite albums growing up, or a radio station celebrating a classic album reaching it’s 20-year mark. This got me thinking, was 1997 truly a great year for albums releases, or is Read More →

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Record store day is one of our favourite days of the year, along with Dynamic Range Day, so it’s only fair that we reflect on it somehow. So, what happened on Record Store Day 2017? It was the 10th Anniversary of the Record Store Day celebrations, and what a day it was. Well, what didn’t Read More →

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Wales’s leading dedicated mastering studio have begun a partnership with Cardiff based record label Golden Boy Records. Golden Boy Records consists of vocalists, songwriters, DJ’s and producers, Cardiff’s new hub for musical talent. Earlier in 2015 we spoke with record label MD Tej about mixing and mastering, and drafted in the mixing wisdom of Hafod’s Read More →

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Another year, another unfeasibly long list of records being released especially for the nostalgic, vinyl loving elite (which is now everybody), Record Store Day is almost here. For a mastering engineer, anyone mentioning the word ‘vinyl’ will more than likely get a hug when they want an album mastering. Contrary to popular belief, vinyl records 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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  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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