Achieve genre-specific energy balance with iZotope’s Tonal Balance Control 2

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iZotope has launched Tonal Balance Control 2, the latest edition of its EQ analysis plug-in. In this version, the plug-in receives genre-specific targets, compatibility to control Ozone 9 and Neutron 3, and improved fluid metering to visualise subtle frequency details. Tonal Balance Control 2 measures the energy distribution of a track against an analysis-informed reference. […]

Softube and Weiss team up to bring revered Weiss mastering tools to your DAW

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“These products prove that Swiss and Swedish engineering make a stellar team”, says Softube and Weiss Engineering on their new selection of products. The two companies have combined their expertise to create a software version of the supreme mastering equaliser, EQ1, as well as a new channel strip, Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1. These […]

6 of the best freeware mastering tools

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Traditionally, when one thinks of a mastering suite, it’s common to imagine a pristine console room racked out with high-end compressors, limiters, EQs and acoustic treatment that is unattainable to mere mortals. The truth is, even the mastering engineers at Abbey Road Studios are working in-the-box, as we found out recently. So why can’t you? […]

Music production deals to help you make music at home

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As music makers, many of us have naturally retracted back into the studio to seek inspiration to finish that project we’ve been putting off. To help you out, an array of music production companies have slashed prices across some of their products, giving you new ways to breathe new sounds into your mix at a […]

70 music production tips from the pros to improve your tracks

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So 2018 then, another year that came and went too soon. If you’re anything like us, you’ll no doubt have numerous abandoned projects, half-finished mixes and sparks of ideas that still sit on that metaphorical shelf, gathering a fine coating of dust as we enter 2019. At MusicTech we strive to encourage and nurture your music-making process, […]

15 mastering tips from pros

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Once considered a dark art, we’ve done our utmost to illuminate the mastering process in these pages over the last few years. Here’s some of our best advice… Cassian Irvine Wired Masters was established in 2003 and specialises in advanced mastering techniques, including stem mastering. Cass is one of the co-founders of the innovative studio. […]

Show Off Your Studio: Luca Pretolesi’s Studio DMI

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Studio DMI Head Engineer and Studio DMI Co-Founder Luca Pretolesi Contact www.studiodmi.com Studio DMI or Study of Digital Music Innovation (‘studio’ is Italian for ‘study’) is the mixing and mastering brand behind the global commercial electronic music sound. It offers various music production services, educational programs, artist development strategies and is home to one of […]

“The golden rule is don’t have golden rules”, Abbey Road’s Christian Wright shares his mastering wisdom

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Christian Wright has been at Abbey Road since the age of 19, and has since been responsible for mastering projects from some of the most influential artists of our time, including Bjork, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Massive Attack, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Beyond Abbey Road, Christian independently manages production duo Model Man, who have recently been […]

How to master a track with Wavelab 10

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1. Go to www.steinberg.net, browse to the Support page and scroll down to locate the link to the downloads section – click the link. On the following page choose to download WaveLab 10. If you don’t have a Steinberg eLicenser dongle grab WaveLab 10 Elements instead. 2. Follow Steinberg’s instructions for installing WaveLab, which are […]