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  • The Loudness War - Part 4
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    The Loudness War - Part 4

    05/04/15 in Mastering

    After discussing volume in the previous article, this time we'll focus on your ears.

  • The Loudness War - Part 3
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    The Loudness War - Part 3

    04/29/15 in Mastering

    In this installment, we'll look at the consequences of the loudness war on music, sound and human ears.

  • The Loudness War - Part 2
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    The Loudness War - Part 2

    04/26/15 in Mastering

    Today we'll continue our series on the volume wars. This time, we'll focus on mainly on compression.

  • The Loudness War - Part 1
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    The Loudness War - Part 1

    03/04/15 in Mastering

    Volume, more volume! Yes, but at what price? This series of articles will review the origins of the volume race, the physical considerations, new standards and tools, and their impact on public health.

  • Colin Leonard takes the analog path to mastering success
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    Colin Leonard takes the analog path to mastering success

    10/30/14 in Mastering

    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 …

  • One for the road & links to the entire mastering series
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    One for the road & links to the entire mastering series

    08/25/14 in Mastering

    After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations, instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road."

  • How to get "hot" masters without losing dynamics
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    How to get "hot" masters without losing dynamics

    03/03/13 in Mastering

    I was driving along one of those Floridian roads that goes between the coasts, and is flatter than the Spice Girls without auto-tuning . . . in other words, a perfect place to crank up my car's CD player. As it segued from a recent CD into Simple Minds' "Real Life," which I hadn't heard in quite a while, I noticed it was somewhat quieter, so I tur…

  • Interview with Mastering Engineer Chris Athens
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    Interview with Mastering Engineer Chris Athens

    09/05/12 in Mastering

    Chris Athens is a senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, one of the world’s premier mastering facilities. Chris has mastered albums for Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Nas & Damien Marley, Ciara, Pitbull, Coldplay, Erykah Badu, Weerd Science, Ben Folds Five, and many others.

  • The 10 Most Common Questions About Mastering

    The 10 Most Common Questions About Mastering

    10/21/11 in Mastering

    Mastering is a crucial process, but it's not always all that well understood by the average musician…so let's deal with some of the basic issues.

  • Add that Final Polish to Your Mixes

    Add that Final Polish to Your Mixes

    05/17/11 in Mastering

    The article title alone is enough to cause some professional mastering engineers to run to various forums and start complaining. "That's what's wrong with this industry, these kids don't know how to master, you gotta have a professional do it, blah blah blah."