Thought for the day

Mixing into heavy buss processing that you then turn off, is like riding a bike with stabilisers. Advertisements

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Kii Three speaker review

The Kii Three is a new speaker on the market, the brainchild of Bruno Putzeys and friends. There are some reviews floating about, but with the Three being such a new product they’re a bit thin on the ground, and mostly first impression ‘reviews’ conducted in hotel rooms and conference halls. I thought I’d add my take on these speakers, […]

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Why I’d rather add than cut bass in mastering 

Right from the word go, I’d like to stress one thing very heavily; I’d rather receive stuff that sounds right, and doesn’t need me to do anything. I’d rather there wasn’t any doubt about how the artist wanted it to sound. If I don’t have to do anything then that’s a bonus – at least […]

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Sidechaining: In brief

Sidechaining: I could write a book here, and I’ve got a HUGE sidechaining article that needs a lot of tidying up. I’ve spent years thinking about it, how best to explain it, and I’ve got a few ways of thinking of and explaining it. But I’ll boil it down. There are two things I can […]

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The Mind Boggles

I write this having just seen somebody advise somebody else (on Facebook, of course) to have all their channels peaking at -18dBFS. Come to think of it, I’m just going to leave it there.

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Yet more on sidechaining

[Snipped from an email response to someone from whom I requested a revised mix with less compression] Ok so, it isn’t always easy to say what’s causing what from this end. Trying to do detective work like CSI or something, figuring out what happened after the fact. But really it’s pretty simple. The track […] sounds like […]

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On transients/RMS/peak/impact/punch/fullness

One question I have in mind is about impact/punch/transient/fullness. You wrote: “Impact is a tricky thing to define. Think of drums. Skinny little drums have punch or snap (make you blink), but no BEEF. Having everything mashed into a limiter has beef but no impact. The optimum balance of punch/transients and RMS/fullness is where impact, […]

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G21 Infundibulum review – addendum/update

I’ve been meaning for quite some time to write an addendum/update to the G21 review, with another year or so under the belt with it. And a friend asked about it, so it seemed like the right opportunity to do so. Really the main thing I want to get across when I think about that […]

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Mixing by peak numbers

It’s impossible to mix by numbers. Reading your message and taking it to a ‘logical’ (ish) conclusion, one could hypothetically mix by turning off the speakers, setting the numbers so they read the right values and calling it finished. Obviously this is daft – it’s way way way way way way (you get the idea) […]

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Mixing into buss processing (or, ‘More about the Cake’)

[…..] The cake is just an analogy to get people thinking about why and how they are doing what they are doing. I hear about a lot of illogical, suboptimal, inefficient, bad-sounding approaches that this simple analogy remedies. So it’s not a perfect description of all things related to sound 😉 Having said that, the […]

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