Online Mastering – Has the machine finally won the battle against man?

Guest article from Big Tone Mastering – Online Audio Mastering Mastering… it’s an area that has come under fire over the last few years, with computers becoming much more clever as algorithms continue to advance and in this sense, advanced

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Less is More – Bigger sounds through simplification

Less is More! Bigger Sounds through Simplification

Want bigger & fuller sounding songs?  Less is More! The biggest problem I encounter with inexperienced artists, producers, and engineers these days is that there is too much of everything.  Too many parts in the song arrangements.  Too many tracks

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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone

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Mastering question…sort of

Question: how do professionally recorded and/or mastered audio recordings get that “sheen” or that “glass-like quality” ? Is that something done in the mastering stage, or is it something done during the mixdown stage? Is it something done with a

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Multiband Harmonic Exciter

Is there any use for a multiband harmonic exciter? A harmonic exciter, I thought and correct me if I’m wrong, adds a high frequency “touch” to a sound. Couldn’t an EQ do the same thing? What would be the advantage

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DC Offset question

In a previous post to me you wrote: If I use a high-pass filter it will be set to very low frequencies (10 or 20Hz at most) just to remove any possible DC offset and really low sub rumble that

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Mastering Levels Question

I was recently watching the Steinberg Internal Mixing DVD and, as a result, I have a question. One of they points they make on the DVD is that, when one is sending pop and rock music off for mastering, the

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Effects Order

I have a question regarding order of effects on the stereo output channel. I have Ozone 3 which is a “mastering” plug in. It contains a graphic EQ, some compressors, reverb, etc. I also have a separate compressor which I

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16 and 32 bit dithering

Oh Wise One: If I’m taking a track which was recorded in 16 bits and making it into an audio file to place on a mastering track, do I save it in the audio file as 16 or 32 bits? 

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Mastering Madness!!!

Greetings Master of All-Things-Audio: I really need your help. About a year ago I had asked you which audio production software you liked, why, etc.  I chose Cubase SX3 and I really enjoy it -it’s relatively steep on the learning

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