The METAlliance Report: Modern Loudness
By George Massenburg. The multi Grammy-winning METAlliance co-founder explores the perils and pitfalls of modern loudness and explains why mastering engineers and artists who ignore its downsides do so at their own peril.
Gear and Technology
Tools for the Personal Studio
By Steve Harvey. These days, a “personal studio” can be anything from a proper recording facility to a smartphone. What tools will make your private recording space sound even better? An assortment of recording pros from across the industry...
Four Years, $30K Bring Lathe Back To Life
By Larry Jaffee. Nashville-based mastering house Independent Mastering returns to mastering vinyl for the first time in decades following a four-year, $30,000 odyssey to rebuild a 1940s cutting lathe.
Niko Bolas on Mixing the Prince “Originals” Album
Faced with mixing the new archival release, "Originals," engineer Niko Bolas had to find the best way to honor the material, including taking the results to Bernie Grundman Mastering, where many Prince albums were previously mastered.
In Search of the Perfect Signal Chain
By Steve Harvey. Maor Appelbaum’s mastering desk is an ever-changing patchwork of old and new gear, with units swapped in and out in his eternal quest for something newer, better or just different.
Modern Mastering Evolves in the Hollywood Hills
By Steve Harvey. Stephen Marsh has been a top mastering engineer for decades and is still handling everything from soundtracks to singles, but recently his sideline—servicing and restoring Studer A80 tape machines—has grown to become 40 percent of his...
Soundtheory Ships GULLFOSS Intelligent Automatic Equalizer
February 20, 2018 – Having introduced their first audio plug-in at the 2018 NAMM Show, Soundtheory is now shipping GULLFOSS, an intelligent automatic equalizer that uses unique computational auditory perception technology to identify and resolve problems in the frequency...
New Mastering Facility Is Neato
Piper Payne's unique journey from Michigan to a Norwegian tape transfer facility to San Francisco’s Coast Mastering paved the way for Neato Mastering, her own brand-new facility in Oakland, CA.