Compression Has Consequences - The Loudness War ─ Part 6
In this new installment we'll continue discussing the consequences of volume on music, sound and human ears, and we'll see how digital technology has enabled the reduction of dynamic range in recorded music.
Weighing the pros and cons of DIY mastering - So You Want to Master Your Own Album?
For a long time the mastering process was a mystery for most musicians, even those with studio skills. But thanks to all the information now available online, it's a lot easier to learn about how mastering works. That and the availability of affordable mastering software has led some recordists to start dipping their toes into the world of DIY mas…
Subway + Radio = Ouch - The Loudness War ─ Part 5
In this new installment in our race for volume, we'll see how changes in music listening have fueled the loudness war, and we'll look at radio's role in the escalation.
Understanding your Ears - The Loudness War - Part 4
After discussing volume in the previous article, this time we'll focus on your ears.
Louder Doesn't Mean Better - The Loudness War - Part 3
In this installment, we'll look at the consequences of the loudness war on music, sound and human ears.
Compression in the Volume Wars - The Loudness War - Part 2
Today we'll continue our series on the volume wars. This time, we'll focus on mainly on compression.
Colin Leonard takes the analog path to mastering success - It's About the Vibe
Colin Leonard, owner and engineer of SING Mastering in Atlanta, has to be ready to handle any musical style that comes his way. “I could go from Gaelic Christmas music to hardcore hip-hop to pop to heavy metal in the same day,” he says. “it's totally different all the time.” Leonard’s credits range from Justin Bieber to Mastadon to newer groups …
Mastering at Home - Part 22 - How to Use Volume in Mastering
This penultimate article in our series dedicated to mastering at home is surely the one you've all been waiting for. Indeed, today we will talk about a couple of tricks to get a really HUGE sound. But before we start, a brief warning...
Mastering at Home - Part 21 - Best Audio Formats When Rendering a Mastered Track
In this antepenultimate installment, we'll discuss several points that you need to bear in mind to get an optimal final result, depending on how your music will be distributed.
Mastering at Home - Part 20 - Tips for Using the Oscilloscope When Mastering Music
To finish with the helping tools for mastering, in this installment we'll talk about the oscilloscope — very often underestimated by home studio owners — and a utilitarian plug-in, which, even if not indispensable, can come in very handy...