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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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    Waves L3

    Multi-band Mastering Limiter [Mac/Windows]

    If you want your mixes to go to 11, Waves' new mastering limiter might be the weapon you need.

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    Q. Do I need an external CD recorder for mastering?

    I'm considering buying an Alesis ML9600 Mastering CD Recorder — but I was wondering if you would recommend this unit? Or should I keep it all based on the 'quiet' PC using my humble 32x speed CD recorder?

    Sound Advice Apr 2005
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    Dweezil Zappa: 64-bit Computing & The Frank Zappa Archive

    DAWs Of Future Past

    Frank Zappa produced a vast amount of recorded material during his career, often pushing both his musicians and the technology of the day to extremes. The task of editing, mixing and archiving these recordings is being undertaken by his son Dweezil, with the help of some cutting-edge computing hardware.

    People Sep 2004
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    Audio Mastering In Your Computer

    How To Achieve Classy-sounding Results

    Many home recordists hope to perfect their productions by undertaking their own mastering on their studio computer. However, few seem to achieve the classy results they're after. So how much can you realistically achieve by going it alone, and what techniques will deliver the highest-quality results?

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Q. How does the SACD format achieve higher sound quality?

    I've read that the SACD format uses a 1-bit word length throughout. Why is this the case, and how does it yield higher audio quality than standard 16-bit CDs?

    Sound Advice Aug 2004
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    Harbal

    Visual Mastering Software [PC]

    Harbal enables you to shape the EQ of your mastered mixes to match any reference track, and by compensating for the loudness changes involved in doing so, it provides a truly neutral means of comparing the original and the treated master.

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Using Linux For Recording & Mastering

    Mirror Image Studios

    An established studio in the USA is planning to rely on software that can be freely downloaded from the Internet. Are they crazy, or do Linux-based recording applications offer a real alternative to the established Windows and Mac packages?

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Yamaha Pitch Fix, Vocal Rack & Final Master

    PC/Mac VST & Audio Units Plug-ins

    The biggest music technology manufacturer in the world has stuck to hardware — until now. Do Yamaha's first plug-in processors have what it takes to compete with the big names in Mac and Windows software?

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Q. Should I master my material for vinyl?

    I had four tracks transferred to vinyl and told the pressing plant to do any necessary EQ'ing required. I got the test pressings back and found them to be very harsh in the upper frequencies when compared to my CD master. Should I get my tracks professionally mastered for vinyl next time?

    Sound Advice Feb 2004
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    Mastering CDs On Your PC

    Recording and mixing an album's worth of tracks is a big enough challenge, but turning the results into a consistent-sounding CD requires specialist tools and skills. The former, at least, are now available to anyone with a Windows PC...

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Recording A Jazz Band On Location: Part 2

    Stereo Editing & Mastering

    Last month we showed you how to go about recording a complete (jazz) band to stereo on location. Now let's examine the ways in which you can compile and process the different takes to make up a coherent whole.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Chris Gehringer of Sterling Sound

    Mastering Engineer

    As one of the senior engineers at New York's famous Sterling Sound, Chris Gehringer has mastered some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hits of recent years.

    People Jun 2003
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    Maximising The Loudness Of Your Masters

    More Of Everything!

    We provide some tips for making your masters sound as loud as commercial tracks, without sacrificing too much sonic quality along the way.

    Techniques Mar 2003

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