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   

Recording, Staff, Technical Insights

Jack Prest’s Tips & Tricks – Vocal Reverb

One of the most important aspects of mixing a vocal and getting it to sit in your mix is the amount and type of reverb you apply to it. Reverb is critical to create depth and space around your vocal. A favourite technique of mine for a lead vocal (especially in pop music or hip […]

August 28th 2013   

Newsletter, Recording, Staff, Technical Insights

SSL vs Neve

As I tour people through our recording facilities in Sydney, I usually refer to our Neve 88R and SSL 9000k consoles as the “Ferrari and Lamborghini of mixing consoles”…. They are both the best cars that money can buy, but it’s up to the driver as to which one they prefer to drive. Occasionally that remark satisfies my visitor […]

May 8th 2013   

Staff, Technical Insights

Jack Prest’s Tips & Tricks – Waves L1 Limiter

Now this one isn’t exactly my tip, I get this one from watching Pensado’s Place, but it’s great so I wanted to share. Basically it’s a way to get that uber brick wall L1 limiting, without getting all the distortion that this plug-in can create. Insert an instance of the L1 on your channel and bring […]

May 1st 2013   

Staff, Technical Insights

Dadalife – Sausage Fattener

This is one of my favourite distortion units and its amazingly cheap (get it here http://www.dadalife.com/sausage-fattener-plugin/). It’s great for creating super gnarly crunched up distortions, but one of my favourite things to do with this plug-in is to use it on the master bus, or even in mastering itself. If you have a mix that is […]

April 17th 2013