Quick Bettermaker Mastering Compressor review

Typed this on Gear….. space, thought I might as well bung it here. Lots happening here peeps, sorry for silence. More stuff soon, honest. ********* Ok, I wanted to write more about this comp but here we go. I’ve had it for about 6 months I think. It’s growing on me. The sound: In BM […]

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GOLY Dynamic shelving equaliser review

Hey hey everybody 🙂 This review will start with the now-standard apology to the manufacturer, for the lengthy delay in writing this review. I’ll follow that with the same reason I’ve given before: I’ve been too busy using the thing to write about it. So, I’m sorry Gustav, but it’s your own fault. I’ll follow […]

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Bob Olhsson quote

Just saw this courtesy of the Gearslutz mastering forum. He puts it much better than I ever have. And you can’t argue with Bob O, I don’t care who you are. ‘Mastering is creatively frustrating. We can work our “miracles” but they’ll never sound as good as getting the basic integrity of the mix right […]

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Mix headroom for the 86 billionth time

Response on a friend’s Facebook page, essentially asking “how much headroom is good for dance music?”. Short answer – it doesn’t matter. Just stay under 0dBFS and don’t worry about it. Export at 24-bit, or at 32-bit floating point. I can explain the difference if you need but it doesn’t really matter if you’re under […]

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Limiting / clipping things in the mix

“… Do you think it’s degrading my sound quality to be limiting my groups in the mix down process? To be honest, I never use compressors, only limiters if I’m trying to control sharp peaks or potentially smash a snare or clean sound. I just feel like there’s something I’m doing wrong, or some technique […]

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51dB Audio PEQEX review

I want to start this review with an apology. I’d like to apologise to Peter for it taking so very long to get this thing written. I could blame Coronavirus, lockdown and all that stuff. But the fact is I’ve been so busy using this thing that time has got away from me. So Peter, […]

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Technical frustrations be damned

[An email reply from a few years back – it’s been in draft on this blog for years now but there’s no reason not to post it…. Background: 2 years of work on an album and it’s quite possibly all going in the bin because of frustration about technical matters, sample rates being one of […]

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I’m alive

Hey hey everyone 🙂 I know not many people read this blog, but those who do say it’s useful. So I thought I’d pop in and say that I and the blog are both alive. Coronavirus / old age haven’t got me, I’m working like a madman as always, and I’m going to get a […]

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Mix Buss Compression / Limiting – check your mix, don’t wreck your mix

Sorry for the terrible title everyone. I wrote this in reply to a client wondering about all this sort of thing. Standard disclaimer: it’s not perfect but it can help a lot. “I know everyone mixes into compression these days but I’m not much of a fan. Main reason being, everyone always overdoes it (100% […]

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Guess what? Sidechaining!

Been a while eh? Here’s another one anyway. Client: “How was the kick drum level in the mix?” Kick drum wise, it’s actually a little hard to say. I mean, it’s absolutely fine level-wise from a certain point of view. With what seemed to be very heavy sidechaining holding absolutely everything rigidly in place though, […]

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