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    Mastering Essentials: How Loud Should You Master?

    Part 3 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    How loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud?

    Techniques Nov 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: What Is Mastering?

    Part 1 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    In this six-part video tutorial series, produced in association with Steinberg, well-known mastering engineer Ian...

    Techniques Oct 2020
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    Mastering Essentials: The Three Ms of Mastering

    Part 2 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    Without a firm grasp of these three ‘core concepts’ of mastering, you’ll always struggle to get great results. In Part 2 of his series for SOS, mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes his “Three Ms of Mastering”, and why he thinks they’re so important.

    Techniques Oct 2020
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    MAAT thEQblue12

    Mastering EQ Plug‑in

    MAAT's mastering equaliser models the characteristics of 12 analogue EQ designs, but leaves out their real-world drawbacks!

    Reviews . Aug 2020
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    Making Masters In Studio One

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Tricks

    We look at the sweetening tools on offer for mastering in Studio One.

    Techniques Dec 2019
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    Inside Studio One Project Window

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One's Project window offers a fully fledged mastering environment.

    Techniques Nov 2019
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    Q. How loud should I master tracks intended for streaming?

    If the loudness sits below -14LUFS, can I rely on the streaming services to apply their normalisation process to bring up the level when the song is streamed?

    Sound Advice Jul 2019
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    IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 MAX

    Mastering Software Suite

    IK Multimedia take home-studio mastering to the MAX — and beyond!

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    Piper Payne

    Mastering Engineer

    The move away from traditional studio production has opened up new opportunities for mastering engineers like Piper Payne — but it’s also brought new challenges.

    People Dec 2018
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    Fred Anton Corvest Maxima Maximiser

    App For iOS

    For audio mastering, Fred Anton Corvest’s new Maxima app might be ideal for users simply looking to get the final audio levels right with a bit of compression or limiting...

    Reviews Jul 2018
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    iZotope Neutron 2 & Ozone 8

    Mixing & Mastering Plug-ins

    The latest versions of iZotope’s Ozone and Neutron are not only more intelligent than their predecessors, they can also communicate with one another.

    Reviews May 2018
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    Making Modern Metal: Part 3

    Mixing & Mastering

    Drawing our mini-series to a close, we take you on a detailed tour of the mix and mastering stages of the Damnation’s Hammer album Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    DIY Mastering Made Easy

    Crafty Masters

    Getting the tonality of your mix right is one of the most challenging aspects of home mastering. Thankfully, ‘profiling EQ’ plug-ins can help.

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    iZotope launch flash 75% off sale on Ozone 7 Elements

    Get the mastering plug-in for only £21.95/€26 until Monday

    This weekend only, iZotope are running a flash sale on Ozone 7 Elements — their simplified mastering...

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    LANDR join with Audient and others for $1300 prize giveaway

    Symphonic Distribution and Spectra prizes also in bundle

    The people behind online, AI-based mastering service LANDR are currently running a competition in collaboration with...

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    Mastering For Streaming Services

    On Stream

    Streaming is now the most important way in which music is consumed. So how can you make sure your music sounds as good as possible?

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    First ever Maselec sale announced

    Save 10% on high-end analogue hardware

    In an unprecedented move the US distributors for Maselec, Prism Media Products Inc, are offering 10% off list...

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    New course aims to shed light on ‘dark art’ of mastering

    Former SOS contributor teams with ex-Abbey Road mastering engineer for course

    Taught by former SOS contributor Russ Hepworth-Sawyer of MOTTOsound and ex-Abbey Road mastering engineer...

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    Q. Should I bounce to 32-bit floating point or 24-bit fixed point audio files?

    I’m using Ableton Live and bounced my last few finished tracks in the 32-bit float format. I’d rather not have too many different versions of the same tracks floating around, so is there a preferred word length for when I bounce files out for mastering?

    Sound Advice Dec 2016
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    Mäag Audio EQ4M

    Dual-channel Six-band Mastering EQ

    The EQ4M features the same Air Band that put Mäag on the EQ map — plus a whole lot more!

    Reviews Oct 2016
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    LANDR, CloudBounce & The Future Of Mastering

    Master Plans

    Are cloud-based mastering services a threat to traditional mastering engineers, or just a cheap alternative for producers who can’t afford the real thing? It depends who you ask...

    Techniques Sep 2016

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