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Palindroma – Ghosts Interview with Nitin M Krishna

Step no. 1 What process do you follow when writing songs? Do you have ideas that you create and go back to them later in the music production phase? There is no particular process that I follow. Sometimes inspiration just hits and I’ll be done with the song in a few hours. Sometimes I’d come

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Industry Updates

Top 5 Saturators to look at for your mix and master

A Saturator is a tool that is commonly used during a mixing and mastering stage to add certain harmonic excitement to a track. Saturators come in various forms and today we will talk about a few common saturators that I use in my Mastering chain and that drive a lot of decisions that are taken

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Software and equipment

10 Mastering Plugins that I can’t live without

Everyone has their set of tools that they can’t live without, today in this blog post i’ll discuss some of the Mastering Plugins that are always a part of my signal chain. They vary from different kinds of EQs to compressors to Saturators. This post could be helpful for people who are looking for new

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headphones
Software and equipment

Headphone Buying Guide 2021

Every year as new students start their foray into the world of Audio Engineering, students are always looking to buy the best pair of headphones. There are many factors to consider when buying headphones and some are more important than others and in this blog post today we will discuss the factors that you need

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Software and equipment

5 Entry level Sound Cards for the budding Sound Engineer

Every year at the start of a new batch, every student finds themselves in this dilemma in which interface / sound card they should buy as a starting point to work on their projects and basic home recordings. This blog post will also be helpful for musicians who are looking to buy some basic home

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Miscellaneous

Betting on the Future

About betting on the future, remember those days when people like you and me used to actually BUY music? Waiting for the local Music store to bring in that cassette of the Artists you’ve heard about from a friend or a new album of an artist that you have been waiting to listen to? Waiting

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monitors
Software and equipment

How to Calibrate and Set Up your Monitors

Good monitoring and monitor calibration is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of Audio engineering, be it recording or Mixing or even Mastering. The lack of decent monitoring can make your life as an engineer hell. In this blog post we will talk about a few ways that we can set up

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Plugins
Industry Updates

7 Saturation Plugins you MUST try out

We’ve all been at that stage during a recording session or in a mix where we want a little more drive, a bit of that aggression and forwardness, brightness to the sound you’re working with. Saturation comes in many forms today, as plugins as physical hardware units but in this blog post, I’ll list down

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Software and equipment

Mastering in the Age of Streaming – Part 2

In the last series of this blog, we discussed how loudness normalization impacts how music is mastered in this day and age. What happens when you try to make a master loud vs play something that is not as limited as a loud master. Today let’s try to go through a few tools that will

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Software and equipment

Mastering in the Age of Streaming – Part 1

Over the past few weeks, everyone at the studio has been involved in this constant discussion about what the right approach to mastering a streaming service should be. Should we still aim to sound sonically loud or upfront as people call it? Or should we aim to sound the most dynamic of the batch? How

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