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Vintage Digital Series #3 :Junger Audio DO2 Digital Dynamics Processor

Published on October 29, 2017

I’m back on my vintage digital hype after a long break, mostly due to being deep into work doing masters and trying to fix various bits of obscure transfer gear I’ve picked up recently, maybe we’ll talk about that again soon but for now I’d like to tell you about something I picked up a …
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Mastering Engineers are not Audiophiles

Published on May 10, 2017

People often ask me about posh HIFIs out of the blue in the pub or on social media. Presumably this is because I post all about electronic music boxes and talk about frequencies and stuff. It took me years to work out why I was associated with people who spend money endlessly tweaking audio players …
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Vintage Digital Series #2 : TC Electronic – M5000 / MD2 Mastering

Published on November 23, 2015

Hey there, it’s been a while since I dropped in on this whole “Vintage Digital” thing. It’s kinda funny, I get some funny jibes and then some people genuinely intrigued when it comes to this stuff, I can’t deny that I do keep looking to pick this stuff up super cheap on eBay, but at …
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Dance/Club Music Producers.. We Need to Talk About Your Bottoms!

Published on July 17, 2015

Everyone likes fat bottoms right? Queen seemed to think it had something to do with gravitational forces they deemed it so important..For a long time now club oriented electronic music made in bedrooms and destined for the dance floor has paid for me to live. I see many tracks come in and out in a …
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Multiband Compression : let’s talk about it calmly…

Published on June 18, 2015

“Argh! get off my master! you’ve split the bands… you ruined my beautiful mix, multiband heathen!”“The mix was finished but we couldn’t get that damn low C note to work, after hours of processing individual channels we stuck a compressor over that frequency range and tucked it right back in, it sounds so TIGHT now!”Hang …
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What does “Mastering for Vinyl” actually mean?

Published on May 12, 2015

We mastering guys will often offer and be asked to perform the task of “mastering for vinyl”, almost always alongside digital audio masters of the same release (whether that is CD, digi download or both).But what does it actually mean?Well first of all it’s not the same as “Vinyl Mastering”! This is the process of …
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Mastering Grime Music

Published on February 26, 2015

Grime is a unique beast.It appears to be almost completely misunderstood by anyone outside of this island we call Great Britain, both sonically and artistically. On one hand it’s an incredibly complex sound of crashing noises which don’t fit in any other context, and on the other it’s angry teenagers on a Playstation banging out tunes …
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In Defence of “In The Box Mastering”

Published on August 9, 2014

It’s a strange time to be an audio engineer in 2014. Look at the racks of most pro guys in any field and it’s a mostly a mix of incredibly well designed digital plug-ins and the odd analogue processor for that more complex / non-linear audio effects. Of course, many engineers nailed their set up …
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Vintage Digital Series #1 : Weiss BW102 – interview with Daniel Weiss

Published on June 23, 2014

I have had an itch I’ve wanted to scratch for a long time. As a mastering engineer who entered the game just as native plug-in processing actually became good, I never got a chance to wrestle with the digital gear of the past, it’s all plug-ins and great converters feeding analogue units for me. So …
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Free VST Review #1 : Two Mastering/Bus Friendly EQs from Variety of Sound and Lkjb

Published on May 30, 2014

In this post I will taking a look and a listen at two free VST equalizers which I deem suitable for mastering/mix bus duties. This will be part of a series of reviews for small plug-in designers making neat free VST plugins. There is a lot out there in the free VST world and I …
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