DDP for Red Book CD explained


Published On: March 17,2017

    DDP in place of CD-R pre-master discs :   For those planning a CD release of their music this article will explain what a DDP is. DDP stands for Disc Description Protocol, it is a file format which specifies the audio and data content of a CD or CD-R in place of an […]

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Audio related PC upgrades


Published On: March 06,2017

  Audio related PC upgrades        This blog entry is a little different from those I would normally post up that would have a direct relationship to recording, mixing or mastering. This one is going to be about computer replacement and hardware/software upgrades. I have commenced some computer upgrades in the studio and office […]

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Making loud music mixes


Published On: January 15,2016

  This is an article about loudness, making louder mixes and mixes that will go louder in mastering. Whilst volume normalization systems (which balance out the differences in volume between tracks) are being introduced across music media platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, and Youtube perceived volume continues to be a very common topic of discussion. […]

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Volume normalization and perceived volume in mastering


Published On: March 26,2015

  Volume normalization is a digital media outlets way of trying to minimize the volume differences between millions of audio uploads. Each media outlet (streaming service, digital music platform and in some cases media players) uses their own slightly different standard to manipulate volumes upwards or downwards in order to even out the difference for […]

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A guide to music release formats


Published On: October 18,2014

      Digital distribution of music online means there are numerous file types and formats to be aware of, we are going to take a look at both digital and analogue formats, the resultant files and some good practice when finalizing and exporting your music tracks.     A very prudent move is to […]

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Choosing production sound sources


Published On: June 24,2014

  Being a mastering engineer means I hear a lot of music, sometimes I can identify sound sources (or a collection/interaction of sources) that have sonic problems which cannot be resolved in the mix without complete replacement. As such I have understood the need for an entry which provides clear advice for consideration when choosing  […]

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ISRC code in wav files


Published On: May 19,2014

  New development for embedding ISRC codes in .wav files   During mastering and creation of a CD-R master disk or DDPi (Disk Description Protocol image file set) a mastering engineer has been able to insert an ISRC code on a per track basis in the Red Book CD sub code data. An ISRC code […]

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Mastering for radio


Published On: April 03,2014

  This topic will cover mastering for radio broadcasts and ask what a “radio ready” master is ?   Mastering for radio may mean specific tweaks on the end results that may not strictly be appropriate for other purposes. The goal of mastering is to provide a master which translates well. This goal has become […]

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Audio mastering samples


Published On: March 15,2014

This blog post will be to highlight a video I have just uploaded with some of the great music that has been mastered by myself here at SafeandSound Mastering. A full range of styles, 28 tracks in total approx 30 seconds each in a seam-less montage. I am more than comfortable mastering all music styles […]

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Using a reference track when mixing


Published On: February 26,2014

  As we all know mixing is hard work and a very skilled activity in the realms of music production. Mixing music successfully (and choosing quality sound sources) relies on accurate monitoring, many problems for the beginner will vanish overnight if what you hear from your speakers is truly representative of the audio you are […]

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Elysia XFilter review


Published On: February 08,2014

  Elysia XFilter rack review in context of audio mastering Equalization is very important in mastering music, as such I have added another high end equalizer to the rack, extending tonal control possibilities. I present to you the Elysia XFilter rack.   Elysia is a German audio electronics and software developer most well known for […]

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Most common mix down format for mastering


Published On: February 05,2014

    As a new music producer you will have quite a learning curve to understand all the new compositional tools and audio processing that is available to you including, audio recording, sequencing MIDI and soft synths, mix balancing, equalization, dynamic control etc. so mastering may not be at the forefront of your mind. This […]

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Audio mastering explained


Published On: December 20,2013

  Audio mastering – a comprehensive explanation  Audio mastering is often misunderstood, however as a mastering engineer I can explain what mastering is and why it is important. First I shall start by explaining the goals of audio mastering which typically works with a stereo interleaved audio mix down file. (ideally of at least 24 […]

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MANLEY Massive Passive Review


Published On: December 05,2013

  At SafeandSound Mastering I have been using the Manley Massive Passive for more than a year now. It is an equalizer that has seen a lot of usage ! The Massive Passive is as it’s name implies an equalizer that utilizes passive electronic components. Passive components do not require an electric signal to energize […]

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Audio mastering with the Benchmark DAC-1 HDR


Published On: November 24,2013

A short and sweet entry here today, I have just installed a Benchmark DAC-1 HDR here and it is already producing sublime sound. The Benchmark takes the original DAC-1 design which is a very good DAC in its own right but the HDR steps up the fidelity by employing LM4562 opamps in the analogue line […]

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The difference between mono and stereo


Published On: October 07,2013

  Determining the difference between mono and stereo is an audio engineering skill that even some very capable producers can get confused with from time to time. So this is a short and sweet entry to clear up the differences.   The word stereo is derived from stereophony, stereo is an acoustic illusion of space […]

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Analogue mastering, the benefits for audio


Published On: September 30,2013

Analogue equipment was the forerunner to digital in the recording industry, studios were built on mixing consoles, tape machines, high end rack mounted outboard equalizers and compressor, miles of cabling and produced very high quality recordings before the advent of the digital audio workstation. I often see forum posts about mastering with plug ins only […]

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Mixing a music track


Published On: August 07,2013

  Mixing a music track is not an easy task for a beginner there are multiple concepts to understand and this article will broadly explain what will be required to produce a competent mix down. We will focus on the use of a digital audio workstation  (A sequencer such as Pro Tools, Fruity Loops, Cubase, […]

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Stereo width when mixing music


Published On: June 04,2013

    This is an abridged version of a lengthy article I wrote about stereo width and the mono compatibility of music mixes. Producing a mix that is mono compatible is quite important. You may think in this day and age that it is less important because all sound systems and radio are in stereo […]

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Best mastering


Published On: May 16,2013

    So you are looking for the best mastering (or best mastering plug in) For advice on choosing the best mastering read on and for the best mastering plug ins read this: http://www.masteringmastering.co.uk/mastering-plug-ins.html   This entry is for people who are unsure of exactly what factors to look for when choosing a mastering studio. […]

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Mastering plug ins, they are not the process of mastering.


Published On: April 23,2013

    This is a short explanation about mastering for those who may have recently started producing and recording music who maybe looking for the best mastering plug ins.   If you believed everything you read on music production forums and adverts from software developers it would be easy to think that mastering is a […]

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Bass mastering for modern music genres


Published On: April 02,2013

Sound System picture courtesy of Yaniq Walford (Creative Commons)   Bass mastering is something that is discussed online from time to time and provokes a lot of interest, this is highly likely because getting the bass frequencies to sit right in your music can be a challenge for many engineers, musicians and producers across the […]

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Perceived volume and mastering processes


Published On: March 20,2013

As a mastering engineer I work with music that requires a full dynamic range and also music that has very little dynamic range. This often relates to the perceived volume of a track. Once in a while I will master a music track and the client will be very satisfied with the end results except […]

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What is mastering ?


Published On: March 14,2013

  Firstly I would like to welcome your visit to the new site and integrated blog, the goal of which is to write some useful articles on various music industry and music technology topics and share information. The first post is “What is mastering?”. Mastering can be different things to different people and therefore I […]

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