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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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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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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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Industry Updates

5 Plugins you MUST buy

In this blog series I will try to answer the most commonly asked question to me, which Plugins should I buy first if I wanna start mixing. Let me clarify you don’t “NEED” them, one can very easily build a good mix with just the stock plugins that are at your disposal in most DAWS,

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Industry Updates

5 Must-Read books about the biggest Music producers

In this blog, you can check out 5 books about the Biggest Music Producers of all time No. 1 Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces. . . by Glyn Johns A memoir of a remarkable rock-and-roll career from Glyn Johns, a

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Industry Updates

The Recording Studio Business- Part eight: The Art of Scheduling

A Studio manager’s primary task is to ensure the smooth flow of booking and clients through the day and to keep the daily activities running. In this blog post, I will talk about a few things you can look at from a recording studio perspective that will help set in place processes like Scheduling that will

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Industry Updates

The recording Studio Business : Part Seven

In any business, success is based on communication and building and fostering long term relationships with your customers and clientele. In this blog, we will talk about a few important aspects of developing connections. No. 1 Building Connections: It goes without saying that in the recording studio business, connections play an important role in finding

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