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Category : Tips and tricks

18 Jul 2019
Fade out perception

The fade out trick

You have probably stumbled upon the difficult task of a simple fade out (or in) in mastering (and/or mixing). It sounds as if there are high- and a low-pass filters that are slowly closing the frequency spectrum. This got me thinking of other ways to improve the flaws of the fade.

18 Jun 2019
Equal loudness contour

The correlation of sound pressure and frequency

Maybe you have stumbled upon this when mastering (or mixing) to loud or to silent and when adjusting the volume some frequencies has been to exaggerated or subdued. This is because the human hearing isn’t flat. Our perception of sound pressure is different over the frequency spectrum and it differs depending on sound pressure.

12 Apr 2019
Frequency spectrum of bit reduction, dithering and noise shaping

The difference between 16-bit depth and 24-bit depth audio

This is an audio (and visual) visualization of three different bit reduction conversions from 24bit to 16bit audio. With / without dither and noise shaping.

26 Feb 2019
attack time compressor wrong

How the attack time of the compressor actually work

I often hear people describing the attack time of compressors in the completely wrong way. I hear this everywhere, from home studio enthusiasts to professional studio owners and music educators. Maybe it’s just bad communication but I thought that it was worth looking into. 

11 Feb 2019
LANDR EQ

The LANDR eq algorithm

I did some in depth research and testing of the EQ algorithm with the LANDR website and some sinus tones. The tests are made with mp3 quality files but I still believe you can do a relevant reading out of the result, the most relevant reading being the handling of peaks. 

24 Nov 2018
Fade in

Avoid digital clicks

One thing I hear in mixes I receive all the time is digital clicks and pops. This is a very easy thing to miss after a few mixing revisions. But there is a easy solution. To avoid these digital clicks when finalizing your audio for mastering make sure that every start and stop of the individual tracks has a fade in and out.  

19 Nov 2018
Brian Enos Oblique Strategies

Brian Enos Oblique Strategies

Do you often get creative blocks when producing music? Try Brian Enos “Oblique Strategies”. It’s a deck of cards with different constraints written on them. Also avaliable as an app or homepage etc.

13 Nov 2018
microdynamics and macrodynamics

Microdynamics and macrodynamics

There’s an important difference between micro- and macrodynamics. Microdynamics refer to the short time difference in the dynamics while macrodynamics refer to the dynamic changes between different parts of a song

31 Oct 2018
identify mp3

Identify Mp3 encoding

Practice to identify an mp3 encoding. Make mp3 files of high resolution music and do some A/B testing.

23 Aug 2018
keyboard eq

Keyboard uses with EQ

Keeping a keyboard handy to determine the key of the song is a great way to learn to know the song when you are mastering. The EQ actually tends to be more musical on the keynotes of the master track and this gives us a head start when looking for our frequencies to boost (or dip if you are looking for problem notes).  If a song is played in A major and you think it needs a push somewhere around […]