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Studio One General Discussion » "Old Forum" studio picture. » Go to message
I always thought it was me, but I HATED that picture too. Made us look like a bunch of annoying wankers and I'm not even British.
Studio One General Discussion » Apple Mastering Tools » Go to message
There are definitely NO versions of this for Windows, this is apple after all
Studio One General Discussion » Apple Mastering Tools » Go to message
Here's some more details on the MFiT program if people are curious about it:

http://tarekith.com/mastered-for-itunes/
Studio One General Discussion » Acoustic Guitar (or other acoustic string instrument): How are you recording them? » Go to message
I go direct as well, from my 814ce into my pedal rig:



From there into my Hilo. The raw tone from the 814 is actually a lot better than I expected, there's enough harmonics there that the pedals have something to work on, but it's not overly harsh. The onboard preamp helps.

Downside (sorta) is that the output on the 814ce is balanced mic level, so converting to something the pedals can see isn't as ideal as I'd like. The new 814 has preamps that output a normal instrument level signal, much more convenient.
Studio One General Discussion » EQ tips for exporting songs as ringtones ? » Go to message
Focus on the area on 2kHz the most, as that's what you're likely going to hear the most. I don't know what the upper and lower limits of most phone speakers is off hand, but I can't imagine it's that wide.
Studio One General Discussion » Your Masters Matter » Go to message
Yeah, I remember reading an interview with the people doing the Hobbit, and they said they were generating on average 30-40 TB of data a DAY!

Makes me glad my projects are largely a few hundred MB still
Studio One General Discussion » Your Masters Matter » Go to message


As usually happens, it all started with a crazy idea. For a while now I had been considering changing all of my copies of the tracks I had written to AIF files, instead of wav files like I had been using for…. well, ever. The main driver was that I wanted a better way to make sure all the graphics I had created for my releases stayed with the audio files. And as the DJs among you might already know, AIF files support not only embedding artwork, but also meta-data.

And speaking of DJs, I wanted to convert all of my Tarekith DJ and live sets as well. Not just for the artwork aspect, but also because I could then embed the tracklists in the files as well. Just makes it easier to ensure all the relevant info is there when I need it.

And just for fun, I figured I would also do the same for all the MP3 versions of my songs, except I would create 320kbps AACs as the compressed format. I’ve already been releasing all my tracks online as AAC’s over the past year, and so far it hasn’t been an issue for anyone. Why AAC? Read my blog post on the subject here: http://tarekith.com/mastered-for-itunes/

Of course, nothing is ever easy is it?

The plan had been to first create all the different formats I needed from the original wav files, and then bring everything into iTunes to do all the tagging and artwork embedding. But as I started collecting all the current files I had, I realized that somehow things had gotten sloppy over the last 20 years. Sometimes I might have a wav version of a song but no MP3 version (not a problem), other times I might only have an MP3 version of one of my DJ sets, but I didn’t have a wav version saved on my hard drive (problem).

I’m normally really organized when it comes to my own music, but over the last 20 years I’ve written over 130 songs, as well as dozens of live and DJ sets. Somehow a few tracks didn’t get copied to the right folders I guess. I wasn’t too stressed about it though, because I ALWAYS make physical back ups when I finish a track as well, typically to CDR or DVDr.

As I started going through my stacks of CDR backups however, I began to realize that some of the really old ones had hit that point where they were no longer readable. Or maybe I had saved the DAW project files for a song, but no longer owned that DAW (Cubase, Reason, etc). Either way, quite a few of the back ups were either unreadable, or I couldn’t access the data easily which really defeats the purpose.

That’s when the fun started.

Continue reading -> http://tarekith.com/your-masters-matter/
Studio One General Discussion » Brickwall Mastering Limiters » Go to message
Have you checked out the Fabfilter Pro-L limiter yet? I use a few different limiters regularly (Elephant, Xenon, etc) and hands down Pro-L is my favorite for versatility and loud without distorting. The different limiting modes really offer a lot of variety in how it sounds, and it's fairly easy to dial in compared to some other limiters.
Studio One General Discussion » level matching in mastering » Go to message
If you're on a Mac something like Sample Manager can RMS normalize batch process files. At least that would get you in the ballpark, fine-tuning by ear from there should be fairly quick.
Studio One General Discussion » Post pics of your studio » Go to message
What brand is that floor mount rack unit?
Studio One General Discussion » Post pics of your studio » Go to message
Thanks. The Opals are amazing speakers, though at the moment I'm trying to selling mine. I'm so hooked on the Tylers now, as much as I love the Opals it's just not the same. I thought about hanging on to them just in case, but it goes against my minimalist nature

Really great speaker though.
Studio One General Discussion » Post pics of your studio » Go to message
33tetragammon wrote:
Tarekith wrote:My latest set up:



It's funny…..
every time i see this pic with your new speakers in it i cannot help but wonder if this is some Photoshop mockup gone bad with Dynaudio BM 6's floating halfway before the speakers or something. I'm sure it's real though…..i think…..maybe….a little….LOL!!!


No photoshop here, it looks the same in person as in that pic. Well, except for being in color.
Studio One General Discussion » Post pics of your studio » Go to message
Bbd wrote:Mighty clean Tarekith! Where's the cords?


I built a rack and shelf into the back of the desk, gives me a quiet place to store HD's, USB hubs, and all those annoying cables. There's a couple on the floor running to the amp though, no way around that
Studio One General Discussion » Getting a professional sound in your tracks? » Go to message
I always tell people they need to be in it because they enjoy the process, not because they have a single fixed goal.
Studio One General Discussion » Getting a professional sound in your tracks? » Go to message
That's a good point, sometimes you have to learn some really obscure routes to weird sounds too.
 
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