#1 Song on CD Baby.com “Top Songs” Chart (Latin Jazz)

Congratulations to Malita Barbie!  Her 2nd release, discount mastered by The Audio Bay Mastering Studio & from the EP “Room 2 Groove” landed at #1 on CD Baby’s Top Songs List over the past week.  The album is a unique blend of smooth jazz, funk, and Latin rhythm. Information below on where to preview &  purchase the album. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/room2groove   […]

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Battersby Duo – Finalists for The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards

 The Battersby Duo, two-time Grammy nominee, there  and recent client of Audio Bay Mastering are finalists in The Kids Music Category for  The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards.   To cast a vote follow the below link:  http://awards.redtri.com/2013/tunes-for-tots          More information on the Te Battersby Duo Two time Grammy Nominees Website: http://www.battersbyduo.com/ and http://www.batduo.com/ https://www.facebook.com/batduo www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-and-laura-battersby/11/216/7a1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001339664101 “A Top Notch Duo.” SESAME STREET […]

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Analog vs Digital Mastering

Analog vs digital mastering. Which is better? What is the difference? Analog mastering uses physical, outboard mastering gear to process the mix. Digital mastering uses software. Analog mastering will introduce a sound into the recording which is generated from the analog circuitry of the equipment. It will thicken the recording and all the instruments within […]

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Equalization Before Compression?

Equalization before compression? I am often asked the question whether or not the EQ should be placed before the compressor. The answer, as is most often in post-production, is “it depends.” I have developed a set of simple guidelines that I generally follow to help answer the question of where to place the EQ in […]

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Compression In Mastering

There is a black magic in the art of mastering; using different mastering engineers will yield drastically different results from the same source material, there even when they utilize similar techniques and equipment. A “good” or “great” sound is very personal to every set of ears, medicine and is at best elusive. The variations in flavor […]

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CD Encoding – Space between songs

The final step in mastering  is CD encoding and burning the CD, or in some cases, creating a disc image of the CD. For most cases it is simple. Open your CD burning software, drag your files onto the tac list, rename the songs and press “burn CD.” The software adds a standard 2 seconds between tracks […]

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Finally, A High-Profile Act Gets Too Loud. Enter “Death Magnetic”

An unprecedented backlash from fans over Metallica’s 9th studio album “Death Magnetic” has cast new light on the music industry’s highly debated and controversial “Loudness Wars.” The album hit the shelves in Sept 2008 to a slew of negative reviews; “It sounds horrible!” “Crushed.” “Dynamically dead.” “Unlistenable.” The criticism was not directed at the songs […]

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CD Track / Album Information / Display Song Names

There is some confusion among artists concerning how to encode and execute  CD information to display song names and album titles on computer screens and CD Players. As a mastering engineer, I am repeatedly educating individuals who ask me why there CD TEXT is not displaying in iTunes or Windows Media Player. To answer this question we […]

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Make My Music “Radio Ready”

When a mastering engineer tells you that they can make your music “ Radio Ready, recipe ” it typically means that they are going to make it very loud by crushing it’s dynamic range – otherwise known as “Brick-Wall Limiting.” Believe me, you should be weary of the term “radio ready” because the phrase itself […]

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