How Loud Should You Print Your Final Mixes?

This is an important step, one that really should be considered at the very beginning of the mix process. Let's look at some guidelines to help. In general, your mix should not hit zero. Ever. And that includes the level meters on the tracks, both inside the plugins and at the mix bus. 

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KJ
Making a Cross-faded Album in the Digital Age

I have two tracks on the album that I'd like to have flow right into one another, but still be separate tracks. I think I will be mixing them together as if they are one track, so effects and EQ will match. When it comes time to send them to you, would it be best to send them both to you as one WAV file and let you know where to separate, or is this the wrong approach to begin with? 

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Our Relationship With Records

How do we listen to CDs and MP3s? We hear them in the car, while jogging, over computer speakers while we blog (as I am now, listening to yesterday’s mastering project, Dave Matthews), and from the tiny little ear buds plugged into our iPhones.

How do we listen to records?

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Vinyl Basics

Let’s talk about some basic equipment. The most important piece of audio equipment in my disk cutting room is my ears. Because every single decision I make is based on what I’m hearing, and how that relates to thousands of other records I’ve heard and mastered. Gearheads might be a little disappointed with that statement, but musicians can probably relate.

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Remembering Lou Reed

I joined Masterdisk in 2010. A lifelong musician, I had also been working as a marketer in the staffing industry for 10 years. Joining the Masterdisk team was a move I was very excited about. I knew the legacy of the studio, the work of the engineers, and the parade of stars whose music had passed through the Masterdisk mastering consoles.

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Deciding How Long To Make Each Side Of Your Vinyl Record

A vinyl LP can hold over  40 minutes of music a side.  But, the sound quality isn’t good at all.

So, to make a great sounding record I have to be concerned about the playing time, and how the music itself sets the parameters for sound quality.  It’s complex, but I will break it down:

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