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Steve Smart, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Producer Insight: Nick Launay – PT. 1

Producer Insights – with Nick Launay – PART 1 We have just completed a very special interview with none other than producer extraordinaire, Nick Launay. Nick is a veteran of the tape medium, and having had a long standing relationship with both 301 and Steve Smart, he was very kind to offer us his time to share […]

March 18th 2014   

Recording, Technical Insights

Steinway vs Yamaha Piano Recordings

Recently we acquired a 1966 Steinway Model B grand piano for Studio 1 in Sydney, which lives beside our Yamaha C7 piano. To understand the strengths of each instrument, we gave three of our engineers, Simon Todkill, Jono Baker and Simon Cohen, the challenge of recording these pianos in the purest (is that the best?) way possible. […]

March 6th 2014   

Recording, Technical Insights

Roland AIRA TR-8 samples (free download!)

Together with our friends at Ableton Liveschool, we recently got hold of the yet-to-be-released Roland AIRA TR-8. Not only did we sample a selection of its awesome 808 and 909-style sounds, we then we ran it through our recently serviced and incredibly rare Fairchild 670 Valve compressor… Ooops! The samples went up a bit too […]

February 26th 2014   

Mastering, Staff, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Leon Zervos discusses mp3s and “Mastered for iTunes”.

It has been nearly two years since Apple launched “Mastered For iTunes” and almost as long since Studios 301 started mastering for the format. Over this time, Leon Zervos has mastered more releases for iTunes than most other mastering engineers combined, and as a result has a few thoughts about hi quality audio, good and […]

January 22nd 2014   

Staff, Steve Smart, Technical Insights

From the Desk of Steve Smart: Vinyl interview on 2UE radio

Just before christmas, Steve Smart was interviewed on 2UE radio by Mike Jeffreys. He was asked for his opinion on the vinyl and mp3 mediums: Have a listen to that interview here: Update: Sorry, the interview is not available anymore To book Steve for your mastering project, contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com

January 16th 2014   

Steve Smart, Technical Insights

From the desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 3

To book Steve Smart for your mastering project, click here or contact Lynley on 02 9698 5888 or mastering@studios301.com This is the third of a three part series: From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 1 From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 2 From the Desk […]

December 19th 2013   

Staff, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Production Tips with Sameer: Tricks for mixing drums

To book Sameer Sengupta for a mastering or mixdown session, contact Lynley via mastering@studios301.com or 02 9698 5888. I have been one of the resident Mastering Engineers here at Studios 301 for almost 3 years. You can usually find me in MS2 where I specialise in mastering electronic music. Alongside mastering, I also make music, producing artists, and mixdown […]

November 18th 2013   

Steve Smart, Technical Insights

From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 2

This is the 2nd part continuing on from last week’s post, where we sat down with Senior Mastering Engineer, Steve Smart to chat about his experiences working with Vinyl. This is the second of a three part series: From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 1 From the Desk of Steve […]

November 6th 2013   

Steve Smart, Technical Insights

From the Desk of Steve Smart: Mastering for Vinyl – Part 1

Steve Smart is one of the few mastering engineers in Australia who started his career as a Vinyl Cutting Engineer (back at CBS records in the 1980’s). Based on his experience of seeing Vinyl come, go, and come back again, we asked him a few questions about Mastering for the format in the 21st Century. […]

October 31st 2013   

Uncategorised

Jack Prest’s Tips & Tricks: Recording using only a few mics.

One of the hot topics requested through our Facebook page has been ‘recording using a small number of microphones. This is a really easy technique and can be far simpler and effective than putting out every mic you have just because you can. It is especially effective when wanting to achieve that ‘vintage’ sound. Of course, […]

October 16th 2013