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All-in-one mastering tools vs creating your own chain

Written by Jaimy
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

Some engineers claim that using just an EQ and compressor is enough to master a track properly. There is some truth in that, but really only in the ideal situation of a master. In 9 out of 10 cases you are not going to get away with just using an EQ and compressor. I use an entire chain of plugins that all do a little bit of work in the entire mastering process. By doing so I have full control over the audio file and I can use the power of the plugins which each excel in just a small part of my chain. There are all-in-one mastering plugins, that work ok if you know what you are doing, but I personally am not a fan of using them.

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Video: A Guy Called Gerald on new technology in electronic music

Written by Iris
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Today this great video appeared on my Facebook timeline. I think many of us get tired of the constant 'vinyl vs digital' debate among DJs. To me it seems that, and I'm not even a DJ myself, it doesn't really matter the technology you use but rather what you do with it. Modern technology gives endless possibilities and keeps evolving at a speed you can hardly keep up with.

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Your sound and the importance of a good mixdown

Written by Jaimy
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

It is very important to make sure your mixdown is properly done before it is mastered. Why? Because your sound will not be determined during the mastering process. You, the producer, determine the sound of your track and you should have a clear idea on how to achieve that in your mix. How much reverb do you want on your vocals? How compressed should the snares or the kick be? Do you want to have a dreamy sound or should it be dry? These are the decisions you need to make during the mixing process.

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