Mastering, Staff, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Ben Feggans on Loudness – Part 1

  Loudness Part 1 One of the most common questions people ask a mastering engineer is “why is my track not as loud as everyone else’s?” In this article I’m going to explain in simple terms how humans perceive loudness and how it can be measured accurately.  Since the early Motown days of pressing vinyl, […]

July 1st 2014   

Mastering, Staff, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Leon Zervos: Why I use VU meters.

To book Leon for a mastering session, contact Lynley via or 02 9698 5888. Help me make your mixes tighter. If you can make your mixes sound tighter when you are mixing, then I can take it the next level when mastering. If you listen to the old vinyl “sound” that everyone loves, one of the reasons it […]

June 16th 2014   

Mastering, Technical Insights

EQ Shootout with Ben Feggans: Dangerous BAX Hardware vs UAD’s BAX plugin

To book Ben Feggans for a mastering session, visit our Online Mastering Booking page. Dangerous BAX verses UAD BAX – Shootout. The Dangerous BAX EQ was released in 2009 and is based on the famous “Negative Feedback Tone Control” by P. J. Bandaxall designed in the 1950s. This circuit is used in many hi-fi equipment bass and treble […]

June 2nd 2014   

Technical Insights

LinnDrum samples, Powered By Neve

For the next release in our drum samples series, and with our friends at Ableton Liveschool, we lined up a classic LinnDrum and sampled it through our Powered By Neve Custom Series 75 recording console, located in Studio 6 in Sydney. Enter your email address below to be sent a download link (Your email address […]

May 29th 2014   

Recording, Staff, Technical Insights, Uncategorised

Bass on a Budget

I recently wrote this piece for our friends at Liveschool, but realised its relevant to our audience too. A wonderful thing about music production these days, is that you can do it without the need for a big studio. But if you’re interested in making bass heavy music, then there’s nothing more important than getting […]

May 27th 2014   

Newsletter, Technical Insights

Dithering – Andrew Edgson explains

To book Andrew Edgson for a mastering session, contact Lynley via or 02 9698 5888 Any attempted discussion of dithering usually results in the collective groan by audio engineers everywhere; it is one of the most uninteresting and banal topics in the spectrum of audio production. However it is also one of the most […]

May 20th 2014   

Mastering, Technical Insights

ISRCs explained

Lynley, our Mastering Coordinator explains the what, why and hows on everything ISRC. If you would like to obtain ISRCs, or book mastering, contact Lynley on or 02 9698 5888 What is an ISRC? ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code, and is a unique 12 digit string of numbers that identifies a recording […]

April 24th 2014   

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