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Cakewalk SONAR 7 PE includes Boost 11

I’m not a regular Cakewalk user but if I had to find a new DAW as a home, that DAW would be SONAR 7. It is not version 7.0 specifically, I have been a fan of Cakewalk’s workflow since Pro Audio 9.0 (prior versions were just too wonky). Cakewalk are doing a great thing by […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 3)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2) Step 8: Boosting Levels Using Multiband Compression The master should be sounding pretty good at this point. The only thing left is to get a little more consistency across frequency bands. Add the Waves L3 MultiMaximizer to your track right after Ozone 3. The interface […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 2)

Continued from Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1) Step 5: Mastering Reverb In Ozone 3 A mastering reverb can really help tie your mix together and put a nice polish on it. Mastering reverb is quite a bit different from track reverb. The goal of track reverb is typically to add an audible […]

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Getting The Late 80s CD Sound (Part 1)

The Modern Mastering series focused, as its name implies, on a very modern sound. This is great for mastering metal, rock, pop, dance, and other very modern styles, but it is not really what you would want for some more down to earth styles. I recently worked on a bluegrass EP and did not want […]

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The 192kHz Lie (Part 3)

Continued from The 192kHz Lie (Part 2) Resource Cost Resource cost will have three parts for the purpose of our discussion. Increased processing time in the ADC and DAC Increased processing load on the processor of the computer or digital recorder we are using Increased storage requirements (we need to store all those ones and […]

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The 192kHz Lie (Part 2)

Continued from The 192kHz Lie (Part 1) Solution 1: Higher Sample Rate We are first going to try doubling our sample rate. This means we will double the number of vertical lines and keep the horizontal lines the same. Take a look at how the ADC might convert our wave to digital data (Figure 7). […]

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The 192kHz Lie (Part 1)

Bit depth and sample rate are two terms that can sound a bit scary and technical to most home recording enthusiasts. The purpose of this article is to take some of the mystery out of these industry terms. It is also quite common for the sales guy down at the local Guitar Center to tout […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 2)

Continued from Modern Mastering Part 1 STEP 6: Multiband Compression Add the Waves Linear Multiband processor to the track right after the REQ4. Click the Load button on the LinMB interface and choose Basic Multi from the drop down list. Play your entire track without stopping playback. You now have some numbers registered in the […]

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Modern Mastering (Part 1)

Modern music has a mastering style with a very limited dynamic range. Limited dynamic range does not mean the music has limited range. This modern mastering style just means the quiet parts are nearly as loud as the loud parts. Psycho-acoustically, our ears and minds can still tell the difference between the quiet and loud […]