Ben Feggans on Loudness – Part 2

loudnessLoudness Part 2 In the second part of this blog on loudness I’m going to delve more into metering and dynamic range in order to compare your music to other releases. Level Matching I often receive feedback from people that their track doesn’t sound like it has the same low end impact and presence as others. Quite often this is […]

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Creating punch and width in your mix

Fig-09-stereo-mix-1-GOOD  Creating width in your mixes. By Sameer Sengupta A lot of producers I meet are very interested in getting ‘width’ into their mixes, but there’s a common mistake that I frequently encounter in the mixes I’m sent for mastering. All too often, the producer’s obsession for width sees them dragging ‘stereo widening’ type plugins onto nearly every channel, to… you know… get width […]

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Mixing with your Mastering Engineer with Steve Smart

Steve Smart - 301 MasteringMixing with your Mastering Engineer By Steve Smart To book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com. In most mastering situations, stereo mixes are used for the final mastering session. But sometimes I go a little further than that…  And the producer or mixer brings in their computer, with their DAW mix sessions, into […]

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Jack Prest on Analogue Vs Digital – Part 2

hardwarevssoftwareAnalogue Vs Digital Part 2 – Synths and Drum Machines Read Part 1 Here For part two of the Analogue versus digital shootout we will be comparing (arguably) the worlds most famous drum machine, the Roland TR-808 with its software equivalent inside Ableton, and the monstrous Korg MS-20 with its software MS-20 from the Korg Legacy collection. Originally designed as an alternative for […]

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Ben Feggans on Loudness – Part 1

18149Sansui_VU_meter-580x240Loudness Part 1 One of the most common questions people ask a mastering engineer is “why is my track not as loud as everyone else’s?” In this article I’m going to explain in simple terms how humans perceive loudness and how it can be measured accurately.  Since the early Motown days of pressing vinyl, there has always been a race […]

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What is Stem Mastering?

Mixing-+-Mastering-31If you are interested in Stem Mastering with us, contact Lynley via 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com What is Stem Mastering? Working as mastering engineers, we tend to receive songs at varying amounts of mix standards – from the very accomplished, to the developing. Regardless of level, our job remains the same; to bring out the best in these songs […]

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Jack Prest on Analogue Vs Digital – Part 1

The Custom 75 Series at night.Analogue Vs Digital Part 1 – Custom 75 Console Demo To book Jack for your next project, contact Danielle on danielle@studios301.com or 02 9698 5888 The analogue versus digital debate is always sure to draw some strong opinions. On the one hand champions of the old school will wax lyrical about the magic of analogue equipment and tape recording, while the new wave of ITB […]

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Leon Zervos: Why I use VU meters.

Leon Zervos - 301 MasteringTo book Leon for a mastering session, contact Lynley via mastering@studios301.com or 02 9698 5888. Help me make your mixes tighter. If you can make your mixes sound tighter when you are mixing, then I can take it the next level when mastering. If you listen to the old vinyl “sound” that everyone loves, one of the reasons it sounds so pleasing is that […]

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From the desk of Steve Smart: Remastering “10….1″ by Midnight Oil.

Steve Smart - 301 Mastering  To book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com Being a mastering engineer, I listen to a multitude of different music, and I never know beforehand what I am getting myself in for. But on this occasion, I knew exactly what I was getting myself in for, and that was (re)mastering what I consider to be […]

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EQ Shootout with Ben Feggans: Dangerous BAX Hardware vs UAD’s BAX plugin

Ben Feggans - 301 MasteringTo book Ben Feggans for a mastering session, contact Lynley via mastering@studios301.com or 02 9698 5888. Dangerous BAX verses UAD BAX – Shootout. The Dangerous BAX EQ was released in 2009 and is based on the famous “Negative Feedback Tone Control” by P. J. Bandaxall designed in the 1950s. This circuit is used in many hi-fi equipment bass and treble “tilt” controls. The advantage of […]

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