Category: Mixing

What is Dynamic Mastering?

    Quick Answer Dynamic Mastering is the process of mastering a track in a manner to preserve transients and to retain the dynamic range of that recording.  Typically, dynamic mastering is accomplished by emphasizing the dynamic range instead of loudness, all while reducing the use of compression and limiting techniques. What is Dynamic Mastering […]

Is Analog Mastering Worth It?

    Quick Answer Although analog mastering may be slightly more expensive than digital mastering, it is often worth the extra expense for the increase in sonic quality.  Although a good master truly depends on the engineer, analog mastering provides unique and desirable sonic characteristics that simply are not available from a digital master. The […]

What is a Music Producer?

    Quick Answer A Music Producer contributes at least one of the following to the production of a song, EP, or album: Overview and organization, music performance, tracking, mixing and effects processing, and coaching and inspiration.  Being a music producer means knowing how you can positively affect the music production process. What is a […]

Selling Band Merchandise

    If you’re reading this, you have most likely sold merchandise.  You probably already know the basics and the obvious aspects of selling it.  These include but aren’t limited to: Directing fans to your merch table during the show Having someone at your table at all times. If people don’t know where your merchandise […]

What is Apple Digital Masters?

  Quick Answer Apple Digital Masters is a specification set by Apple Music to ensure that the highest quality masters are created for their Apple Music Platform.  Based on the Apple Digital Masters guidelines, your master should be of the highest original bit-depth and sampling-rate possible and should avoid clipping.  Apple Digital Masters in Detail […]

What is Dithering?

Occasionally, with digital music, you’ll find unwanted distortion in your mix after changing the bit depth of your track. This is an effect called quantization distortion. The way to fix this is to apply dithering when you process your music from one bit depth to another. Here’s how dithering works…

10 Mixing Mistakes to Avoid

It can be difficult to take criticisms on a mix. After you have put in hours of work, having somebody tell you that there is too much of this or too little of that can become frustrating. As fun as making music can be, it has many challenges to overcome. For musicians, learning notes, chords, […]

Top 10 Audio File Formats

  Audio formats can become complex pretty quickly.  There are a lot to choose from, and picking the best one for your professional audio needs, or just for casual listening can easily become daunting. Fortunately, there are ways to determine which audio format is best for you. We’ll be ranking the top 10 audio formats […]

What is Mastering?

  Quick Answer Mastering is the last step in post-production prior to a song or project’s distribution.  It is both a technical and creative process that involves equalization, compression, distortion, harmonic generation, stereo imaging, and includes adhering to certain loudness standards based on the medium on which a project is distributed. Mastering in Detail To […]

Top 10 Audio Engineering Words

Have you ever found yourself wondering what people are talking about when describing the qualities of audio? Many adjectives that get used to describe audio make little sense when thinking of them in their literal definitions. Even still, engineers everywhere use words like these every day to help describe the sounds they want when tracking, […]