What Happens At The -18 “Sweet Spot”?

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Common advice is to “gain stage” your tracks by calibrating them to -18. People often leave out whether they mean -18 dBFS or -18 dBVU, both of which would yield vastly different levels depending on the source material. But why choose a calibration point to begin with? Here’s Matthew Weiss from The Pro Audio Files describing the differences between VU … Read More

Task Consolidation

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In this 3 part series, I discuss ADHD friendly workflow strategies for audio engineers. But why the focus on ADHD? It’s been said that those with ADHD can be excellent at spotting ways to improve efficiency. As someone who lives with ADHD, I’ve often looked for ways to reducing the mental energy necessary to complete a given task. This has … Read More

Task Automation

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This post discusses workflow strategies that are very ADHD friendly, devised from my own research into managing my adult ADHD. If you don’t have ADHD, you should stick around and read anyway. It can be said that the non-linear thinking of the ADHD brain is well suited at enhancing workflow due to the structures and systems we tend to put … Read More

Exclusive Noise Floor Discount On Room Sound: Blasting Room!

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Room Sound have extended an exclusive 10% discount to readers of The Noise Floor A/V for their latest “Blasting Room” library! I’ve been a user of Room Sound for years now, and there are few libraries with their realism and attention to detail. Blasting Room is another extension of this, and I’ve been using it a lot since I got … Read More

Reference Tools, Compared

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Reference tracks can be a valuable tool for keeping an objective viewpoint while mixing. When you listen to a reference track, you get a chance to reset your ears. If you’ve been listening to your mix for hours, your ears are getting used to the frequencies you’re hearing. Problem areas or frequency imbalances may not jump out at you as … Read More

Kush Release The REDDI Tube D.I. Plugin!

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You wouldn’t think of a direct box as having a certain character, unless you’ve worked in a facility that has really good character DI’s. After all, in the age of Multi-I/O converters with DI inputs, it’s easy to forget the role that a quality DI box plays. High end DI boxes were used to help record bass on countless records … Read More

Boz Digital Labs Release Bark Of Dog 2!

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Bark Of Dog, the resonant high pass filter offered for free by Boz Digital Labs, has seen an impressive update! Offering “Simple low end management”, this tool promises to help you “Clean out the junk without making your track sound weak.” And based on what’s going on under the hood, that’s not just smoke and mirrors! Bark Of Dog 2 … Read More

5 Steps To Mixing With Headphones.

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Mixing with headphones can be a challenge, and for a long time was generally accepted as something that should only be done if no other option were available. You had to contend with a skewed stereo perception, a skewed depth perception with reverbs, and a skewed frequency spectrum due to the natural low end rolloff of headphones. Midrange can also … Read More