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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Media Content - September 2016

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    Techniques Sep 2016
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    Mix Rescue | Media

    Spektakulatius - The mastering stage

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    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius

    The Mastering Stage

    Spektakulatius: With last month’s mixes in the bag, our engineer was tasked with finding and working with a mastering engineer to put the finishing touches to both albums.

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Remastering The Beatles

    Guy Massey, Paul Hicks & Steve Rooke

    Remastering projects dont come much bigger than this: a team of engineers spent four years in Abbey Road studios creating the definitive Beatles collection. Here's their story...

    Techniques Oct 2009
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    Using Waveburner: Part 2 | Mastering Your CD

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    This month we discuss in-depth features in Waveburner and look at some of the included plug-ins that can be used to polish up a mastering project.

    Techniques Jan 2007
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    Using Waveburner: Part 1

    The Basics

    Waveburner is bundled free with Logic Pro and offers some significant power in the mastering department. We take a look at the hidden jewel in Apple's crown.

    Techniques Dec 2006
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    Pro Tools Mastering Limiter Shootout: Part 1

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    If you want to get maximum level out of your Pro Tools mixes, you need a mastering limiter. But which one? We put the leading contenders to the test.

    Techniques May 2006
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    On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 2

    The Follow-Up

    A new business model for mastering houses allows you to submit tracks via the Web and pay on-line. Last month, we embarked on a unique test of these services. This month: the results are in...

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 1

    Web Masters

    A new business model based around the Internet promises to make professional mastering more convenient — and much more affordable. But is on-line mastering a real alternative or a false economy? We put the UK's leading services to the test.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Harbal Auto EQ & Windows Driver Model

    PC Notes

    Can Harbal's new automatic track EQ solve your equalisation problems with one click? We find out, as well as exploring the mysteries of the Windows Driver Model...

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Preparing Your Music For Mastering: Part 2

    Mastering: How The Pros Do It

    Last month we discussed how to prepare mixes so that they are ready for the mastering engineer. This month, we look inside the mastering room during the processing of an album, to see what kind of equipment is used, and the sort of processes that are applied to finish the tracks to the required standard.

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Preparing Your Music For Mastering: Part 1

    Case Study

    If you're looking to release a record that you have produced at home, it's a good idea to have the product professionally mastered, but it is not always obvious if a mix is adequately finished. We find out how to prepare your songs for the mastering house, and what the engineer can do for you.

    Techniques Sep 2005

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