ISRC’s explained

ISRC shortLynley, our Mastering Coordinator explains the what, why and hows on everything ISRC. If you would like to obtain ISRC’s, or book mastering, contact Lynley on mastering@studios301.com or 02 9698 5888 What is an ISRC? ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code, and is a unique 12 digit string of numbers that identifies a recording and the copyright contained within […]

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Korg Volca Beats – FREE Samples!

VolcaLate last year we collaborated with Ableton Liveschool on an Ableton Live pack featuring the Korg Volca Beats. For those that aren’t using Ableton Live, we now have the raw .wav samples available for download. Also see below for a special offer on the purchase of any Korg Volca… Download The Volca Beats Samples Enter your email address to be sent […]

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Producer Insight: Nick Launay – PT. 1

Nick_Launay_02Producer Insights – with Nick Launay - PART 1 We have just completed a very special interview with none other than producer extraordinaire, Nick Launay. Nick is a veteran of the tape medium, and having had a long standing relationship with both 301 and Steve Smart, he was very kind to offer us his time to share his insights and some hilarious […]

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Steinway vs Yamaha Piano Recordings

main-room-pianoRecently we acquired a 1966 Steinway Model B grand piano for Studio 1 in Sydney, which lives beside our Yamaha C7 piano. To understand the strengths of each instrument, we gave three of our engineers, Simon Todkill, Jono Baker and Simon Cohen, the challenge of recording these pianos in the purest (is that the best?) way possible. The final recordings are below… […]

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Roland AIRA TR-8 samples (free download!)

RolandTR-8Together with our friends at Ableton Liveschool, we recently got hold of the yet-to-be-released Roland AIRA TR-8. Not only did we sample a selection of its awesome 808 and 909-style sounds, we then we ran it through our recently serviced and incredibly rare Fairchild 670 Valve compressor… Ooops! The samples went up a bit too soon. Join our mailing list […]

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Leon Zervos discusses mp3s and “Mastered for iTunes”.

Leon Zervos - 301 MasteringIt has been nearly two years since Apple launched “Mastered For iTunes” and almost as long since Studios 301 started mastering for the format. Over this time, Leon Zervos has mastered more releases for iTunes than most other mastering engineers combined, and as a result has a few thoughts about hi quality audio, good and bad mp3’s, and a bit […]

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From the Desk of Steve Smart: Vinyl interview on 2UE radio

Steve-+-JeffreyJust before christmas, Steve Smart was interviewed on 2UE radio by Mike Jeffreys. He was asked for his opinion on the vinyl and mp3 mediums: Have a listen to that interview here:   To book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com  

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From the desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl [Part 3]

custom mastering roomTo book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com   Going back to your time as a vinyl cutting engineer, what was the day-to-day process? First of all, when the engineer finished mixing, either they or the assistant would put together the many different takes of the mixes onto two reels of tape – […]

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Production Tips with Sameer: Tricks for mixing drums

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 1.32.24 PMI have been one of the resident Mastering Engineers here at Studios 301 for almost 3 years. You can usually find me in MS2 where I specialise in mastering electronic music. Alongside mastering, I also make music, producing artists, and mixdown albums. Today, I’ve decided to share some simple tricks I use when mixing drums. [1] Snappy snares. I use […]

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From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl [part 2]

Vinyl cutting lathe.This is the 2nd part continuing on from last week’s post, where we sat down with Senior Mastering Engineer, Steve Smart to chat about his experiences working with Vinyl. To book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com   What should be considered during recording and mixing to get the best out of the […]

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