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Talking music production with renowned producer, engine… - Power to the Music
Whether it's producing, tracking, mixing or mastering—Bob Power has done it. He's been around long enough to have seen the changeover from analog to digital, the demise of the record industry, the rise of the internet—you name it. He made his mark in the business with his engineering and mixing of the influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest…
Recording yourself - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 47
You probably all know that technical tasks are mainly processed with one hemisphere of your brain while the artistic domain is handled by the other one. For reasons I won't get into here, it just so happens that the two hemispheres of your brain don't communicate optimally with each other. Consequently, it is strongly recommended to organize your …
An interview with renowned mastering engineer Greg Calbi - Masterfully Done
Greg Calbi has had quite a run as a mastering engineer — 43 years, to be precise — and he's still going strong. He’s mastered over 8,000 albums during that time, many of them classics.
The hour of truth for your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 121
Dear friends, I know the closer we come to the end the more impatient you get. What do we have left after the delicate automation phase? Well, quite a few things and not particularly easy ones. In the coming weeks we'll look at different methods of listening that ought to help you judge better your mixes. This will help you give the finishing touc…
AUDIO RECORDING - ultimate guide (100 episodes) - Or how to become a pro sound engineer ;)
Once the mastering series is finished and now that the mixing guide is (finally!) arriving the end, it's only natural that Audiofanzine asked me to extend this tale told backwards with a new series dedicated to recording.
Engineer Nathan Hamiel on the art of mastering - The Human Factor
Mastering, like mixing, is an art form that requires good musical judgment and entails a great deal of decision-making. Just ask engineer Nathan Hamiel (pronounced “Hamel”), who does both mixing and mastering, as well as recording, at The Freq Zone, his facility in Jacksonville, FL.
That's an Order! - How to create a dynamic and engaging song order for your album or EP
Let’s face it: Albums are not what they used to be. I’m not talking about the music (although there are some who would make that argument), and I’m not talking about the production. I’m referring to the album as a vehicle for releasing music. With downloading and streaming so dominant, it’s easier than ever for the listener to cherry pick one song…
How to track and mix your project so it has a cohesive … - Give Your Album its Own Sonic Signature
A cohesive sonic signature helps make an album, EP or other multi-song project more appealing to listeners. If you listen to a classic album, whether it's Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” The Beatles' “Abbey Road,” Nirvana's "Nevermind," or countless others, you'll notice a sonic consistency throughout each one. You might think sonic cohesive…
Metering and Correction Software - The Loudness War - Part 11
In this, the penultimate installment in our series discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears, we look at tools for measuring loudness.
New Standards - The Loudness War - Part 10
In this installment, we'll discuss the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears.