Building A Home Mastering Studio (Part 2)

Here’s part 2 of mastering engineer Ian Shepherd’s series of videos on building a home mastering studio.

Note that Shepherd is not intending to cover building a professional mastering studio, but rather a home studio that will allow him to do useful work. Much of the information that he’s covering may be useful to anyone building a home studio.  Continue reading

Focusrite Wants You To Win A Recording Session With Guy Massey

Focusrite Audio Engineering this morning announced a ‘dream recording competition,’ in celebration of the company’s 25th Anniversary.

Focusrite is giving one entrant an opportunity, for the winner and three bandmates, to record a track with Grammy Award-winning producer Guy Massey at AIR Studios in London, UK.

The contest winners will spend an all-expenses-paid weekend in the legendary AIR Studios, where Focusrite’s original recording console modules, designed by Rupert Neve, still reside. Continue reading

Learn From The Superfreak Of Sound Design, Diego Stocco

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For several years, sound design superfreak Diego Stocco has been amazing people with his videos, which document the incredible lengths that he goes to in order to create unique sounds. He’s set pianos on fire, he’s made music from a bonsai tree, he’s done beat making with the sounds of a dry cleaner and has even built his own orchestra of custom instruments.

While Stocco’s videos let you see the passion he brings to his work, many people have also been interested in learning more about his technique – from the gear he uses for recording to the software he uses for sound processing to the details of how he transforms raw sound into musical instruments.

For people interested in the nitty-gritty of sound design, Stocco has started a new series of premium ‘master class’ videos, Feedforward Sounds, that will look at advanced and experimental sound design techniques. The videos are primarily designed for producers, artists and audio professionals. Continue reading

Audio Mastering For iPad Updated

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Audio Mastering for iPad, described as “the first fully functional professional quality audio mastering application for iPad”, has been updated to version 2.

Here’s what’s new in Audio Mastering version 2:

  • Fully updated 32-bit audio processing algorithms.
  • Standard and Advanced processing control modes.
  • Parametric equalizer in addition to graphic.
  • Spectrum analyzer with switching connection points.
  • Switchable crossover frequency for Stereo Imaging.
  • Additional controls for Maximizer.
  • Separate adjustment of input level reduction.
  • Improved controls for presets.
  • Compare mode for presets in each track.
  • Inter-App Audio supported.

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Steinberg VST Connect Pro Lets You Record Via The Internet

vst-connect-proSteinberg has released VST Connect Pro, a remote recording solution for Cubase 7 users.

VST Connect Pro allows you to record in real time through the internet and local area networks. It transmits stereo recordings on the fly, but also records up to 16 high-resolution audio tracks in the background.

To establish a peer-to-peer connection the VST Connect Performer download is freely available on the client side.

Steinberg is also introducing Studio Pass, the free iOS app for VST Connect soon to be available through the App Store on iTunes, letting users dial into the recording session with an iPhone or iPad.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading