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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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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Should I limit my mixes before sending them to get mastered? This is a simple one, no. The best thing to do with your mixes is listen to them and mix them as mixes, without any master processing on the main buss. The issue you have with limiting and compressing a whole mix is that Read More →

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