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What is mastering?

What is mastering?

A black art to some, a science to others, mastering may be underestimated or overrated but is often misunderstood. Today I look at what mastering is and why it is needed and  in a future article I’ll look at what the mastering engineer really does. Hopefully this will...

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Mixing live (Part 2)

Mixing live (Part 2)

I recently had the chance to do some live mixing in a studio in the context of auditions for « Festival En Chanson de Petite Vallée ». The situation brought about some challenges I shared with you. Last time we looked at a few issues you may run into, this time we’ll...

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25 Useful ProTools’ Shortcuts

25 Useful ProTools’ Shortcuts

This is my top 25 of the most useful Protools' shortcuts, the ones that you need to know ! Of course, that depends on how and what you use the software for. I'm sure that you know more shortcuts than you think! Oh... that is for Mac. On PC replace the ⌘ by Ctrl...

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Mixing live (Part 1)

Mixing live (Part 1)

I recently had the chance to do some live mixing in the context of auditions for « Festival En Chanson de Petite Vallée ». The situation brought about some challenges I would like to share with you today. Once you’ve mastered pre fader aux mixes for the musicians and...

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Recording ambiance and walla on-location (Part 2)

Recording ambiance and walla on-location (Part 2)

As part of a contract, I'm going to Morocco to record some ambiance and wallas for a sound designer and thought I might offer some tips for those who have never done any on-location recording and want to avoid the pitfalls of beginner mistakes. In the first part I...

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Recording ambiance and walla on-location (Part 1)

Recording ambiance and walla on-location (Part 1)

As part of a contract, I'm going to Morocco to record some ambiances and walla for a sound designer and thought I might offer some tips for those who have never done any on-location recording and want to avoid the pitfalls of beginner mistakes. In addition to the...

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Audio compression using UA’s 1176 peak limiter(Part 2)

Audio compression using UA’s 1176 peak limiter(Part 2)

There is some new gear in the Red studio at Musitechnic… The 1176LN Peak limiter is a classic compressor designed by Bill Putnam and introduced in 1968 by UREI (now Universal Audio). Last time I looked at the history and features of the compressor. This time I’ll go...

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