Before a Session

When preparing your mixes for a mastering session, we typically get the question, "Should I take the L2 and compressor off the mix bus?"  My first thoughts run through my head like asking why or what are you doing. . . but I refrain myself.

I've had several projects in the past that were Spanish language music.  With most music sung/written in Spanish, they had titles that were also in Spanish.  Spanish, along with several other languages, is different from English due to a few extra letters in the alphabet (letters with accents and the like).  Several words had accents that without the accents meant other things.  I knew I could encode several of the accents that showed up some places but not others.  Almost every player that regularly showed CD-Text would give up and show a blank square when they

Run by Nielsen, Soundscan is the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada.  They have been tracking sales since March of 1991. It is a common misconception that RIAA uses the Soundscan information to track sales and certify Gold and Platinum sales etc.  They do not.  On the other hand, Billboard uses the Soundscan information to create their music charts.

This is the second installment of a series about Album Credits.  As this is just to help brainstorming, I will just make a list that recommended album credits to include on the artwork.  Hopefully this will help you remember to try to include everyone that worked on your product.

Front Cover

  • Album Title
  • Artist

Back Cover

I'm starting a several week installment talking about album credits.  Artwork on an album cover provides much more than just a pretty package to catch the eye of a browsing music fan.  It provides a place to tell a little more about your work, lyrics and production of the project.

Layback Mastering is the process of recording your mix to analog tape and mastering from the analog tapes.  If you recorded and mixed completely digitally, you may consider asking about tape layback as an option for mastering.  It can add that analog 'warmth' to a project or give that last little bit of 'glue' that makes a mix really come together.  We have several choices in analog tape machines including Ampex, Sony and Studer.  Each sound a little different and each has different options.