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July 30, 2019

This month I’m looking at the cutting and pressing process. After all the hardwork of recording, mixing and mastering we get to the “real deal” stage of actually cutting a groove into something. That something is called a lacquer. It’s also known as an acetate but this...

June 30, 2019

Hello good people. This month I’m going to take a look at three more important factors when mastering for vinyl records: dynamics, levels and stereo width. Interestingly, loud records with a large dynamic range make the stylus wiggle about so furiously that the tempera...

May 30, 2019

Hello PVC lovers. Vinyl is a very difficult beast to tame. It is very temperamental and can get quite upset at the slightest deviation from its comfort zone. In order to keep it happy it is always best to treat it with the respect it deserves. This means preparing your...

April 30, 2019

Leaving the CD behind us for a while, I want to focus over the next few months on what is undoubtedly the most toxic plastic on the planet: VINYL... or to give it its full name, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Unfortunately often the ‘right on’ people who want to save the pl...

March 30, 2019

So far we have peeped at file preparation, mused over metadata and now we are going to put it all together to make a CD. One of the first questions I have for bands coming in to master their magnum opus is “Do you have a running order?” Mastering an album/EP is the las...

February 28, 2019

Greetings noisemakers; last month I looked at how to prepare your files ready for mastering. This month I will address the thorny problems of Metadata: the stuff that isn’t music but is essential in identifying your music and ownership across the wide marketplace. This...

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