Over the last decade we have seen such a vast change in the music consumption landscape it’s surprising that we’ve kept up with it. Back in 2007, digital downloads were the ‘thing’ and ascending month by month, whilst vinyl and C.D. sales dwindled and stood in the dust of digital. But, thankfully, this is Read More →

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  Getting your tracks to the final mix stage is a pretty good feeling, especially when their sounding great. The next stage you have to prepare for is mastering, and doing this properly the first time will save you time and possibly money. Whether you’re about to send your mixes off to a professional mastering Read More →

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A few months ago I wrote a blog about Tidal, the new streaming venture pushed out by Jay Z and friends. The one thing that Jay Z had already done differently to others, he had got artists to release tracks solely on his platform, which to me said that this could be the new norm. Read More →

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                        Mastering is the final step in the process of finishing your tracks, and without the right room, monitoring or engineer you could end up with a sub standard master. Quite often your mix could have the potential to sound incredible post-mastering, but if Read More →

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Is all music compressed, and if so, why?  This blog is referring to Dynamic Range compression, not the lossy or  MP3 compression that we also have to put up with these days. Dynamic range compression has been around for as long as recorded music been around, but over the last few decades it has become Read More →

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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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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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