It's been too long since I've posted on the mastering blog, so I thought I should tell everyone about some great new gear here at Terra Nova.

The new Rupert Neve Designs mastering compressor.

In part I of this article I left out one exclusive right under Copyright law. . . on purpose of course.  It is Digital Audio Transmission. Basically referring to the new online & Satellite transmission of recordings, specifically, STREAMING (streaming audio, subscription-based entities).  Examples: Pandora Radio, Sirius/XM, Spotify, etc. . .

Countdown to Music's Biggest Night

The 54th GRAMMY's - feb 12 8/7c on CBS


Before I continue, I wanted to mention briefly that I was just recently asked by a reader of this article of when should a writer expect to be paid his/her royalties.  The music publishing industry works on a quarterly basis when it comes to getting paid.  So for all royalties generated by the use of the song, the music publishers will receive royalty payments every quarter.


It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the The Gibson Showroom, join us in celebrating the season and successes of the year!  Come network with other music pros and toast to GRAMMY nominees and Latin GRAMMY nominees and winners.  Also, meet this year’s Board of Governor Candidates up for election for the coming term.  


Please join us on November 16 for the “After The Recording” seminar at the AMF Creative Media Center.  Are you working on a new recording?  Have it ready to go and not sure what to do now?  This seminar will be full of information on what’s next – CD mastering, duplication, artwork, distribution and more!  Our guest speakers will give you the information you need, and will be glad to answer the many questions you might have. When: November 16, 2011 Time: 7:00-9:00pm Where: AMF Creative Media Center 1901 E.


This question has come up with relative frequency, so I'm going to write the step-by-step directions to let you get your reference CD into your computer as .wav files or mp3 files.

These step by step directions are for converting a disc to .wav files, but the steps will be similar for converting to MP3 too.

Often a source of confusion is the .cda file.  On a windows computer, when you insert a RedBook Audio CD, the tracks show up as .cda files.  One might assume that these are the audio files on the disc because they are the only items that show up in the explorer window. . . that would be wrong.  The .cda files are merely placeholders pointing to a place on the CD that the song starts.  Think of them as what windows calls a 'shortcut'.

Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas George Strait, Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, and special guests Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Christopher Cross, Texas Tornados, Randy Rogers and Terri Hendrix will perform at Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas Oct. 17 at the Frank Erwin Center.