Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to deliver your mixes for mastering

Even though I can handle almost any type of mix you have to consider that the better your mix is, the better the master will be.

To send your mixes to me for mastering, ask the recording studio to follow these guidelines:

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mastering Compression - Part 1

First of all, I want to apologize for the lengthy post but I'd like to make a point regarding this topic. I promise further post will be way shorter, but for now, humor me and enjoy the ride.

As much as frequency response, stereo image, harmonics and overall volume are very important in mastering, to me, the most important part is compression, because nothing is more enjoyable and gives more power to a mix than the correct and dynamic interaction between all instruments.

Another important thing I want to tackle in this series of blog posts is the widespread myth that a specific processing unit is key or even important to choose a mastering studio or else, that your music will sound great if is passed by a given hardware.

That said, let's get on to the examples:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mastering demos: Shoegaze + Death Metal? Yes, please.

This should be the most challenging mastering work I have done. The band had only two members: drums and guitar/vocals so there was no bass which for a start complicates things because there is nothing that binds rhythm and melody and acts as a foundation for the whole sound like a bass guitar, a contrabassoon, a tuba or a contrabass would do.

Official cover for Teorema's homonym first album

Monday, November 5, 2018

Vocals production, the house special

Vocals are arguably the most important instrument in any music production and it's precisely this element that almost all independent productions get it wrong or at least can't make them sound awesome.

This is because vocals production goes beyond the sole fact of being in-tune and in-time; it's more about communicating feelings and emotions to the audience and make them live your songs as much as you did when you wrote them. There are several reasons why indie artists can't get to that point in their recordings: lack of time, not enough rehearsals, bad recording environment and so on; but most importantly, the lack of guidance.