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What Is Bounce Boss – Bounce Boss Review

What Is Bounce Boss - Bounce Boss Review

Some of my clients are getting a bit confused at my new upload form on my website. I’m now using an application called Bounce Boss, and its great because it is an intelligent audio collaboration tool, plus it gives everyone the ability to upload different versions like stems, references, final mixes and masters. We can comment and go back and forth about files. I made this video this week to go over how to use it and upload your files to me for mixing and mastering projects.


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What You Need to Know About Gain Staging

What You Need To Know About Gain Staging

This week we are going to discuss gain staging and why this is the most critical thing you need to pay attention to. I had a big discussion with one of my clients about this so I created this video. The tricky thing is gain staging applies literally everywhere, from recording, to mixing and mastering. I discuss and share examples of how you need to properly gain stage in your DAW and what you need to do before sending your tracks for mastering so your gain staging is proper. 


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We are now Apple Digital Masters Certified

Distinct Mastering is now Apple Digital Masters Certified

Exciting news to share! Distinct Mastering is now a certified Apple Digital Masters mastering house. That’s right you can get your music certified with the digital masters certification badge in the Apple ecosystem. Learn about Apple Digital Masters and how they can benefit your music.

Apple has created a specific encoding process which they use to ensure quality files so you’e music can be heard as it was intended. The process for artists requires to work with high quality files and we will test and prep your files for preparation into the Apple ecosystem. You can use our mastering house to get the Apple Digital Masters (previously known as Mastered for iTunes) certification bade. If you’re interested in getting your music mastered for Apple and be certified contact us today!


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What is Dither? 3 Rules to Follow if You’re a Music Producer

What is Dither? 3 Rules to Follow For Music Producers

This week I get into the topic of audio dithering. Do you know what dithering is? Are you incorrectly using because you don’t even know it’s on. Do you even know that it’s happening if you do a certain thing? Do you know when you need to use it? All these questions answered! If you’re a music producer learn three rules to follow when it comes to dithering in music production.


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Is Mastering Necessary?

Is Mastering Necessary?

Ever ask yourself is mastering necessary? Are you releasing tracks without professional mastering? Likely you won’t be getting the best results.  For example, your tracks are likely not competing with other professional tracks on the market. Another example, your tracks might not be getting the polish and sheen they need to sound like a quality production. Check this video out for a quick look at what mastering can do for you!


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Do Not Send Me MP3s – MP3 Explanation

Do Not Send Me MP3s - MP3 Explanation

Please do not send me MP3’s and learn why they are not good for mastering. I often get MP3s sent by clients for free samples and I decided to create this video to share why I will not master MP3s.

MP3s are heavily degraded in quality. First I quickly explain what an MP3 is with a Wikipedia definition. Then I go into what files are acceptable to send to me as an MP3. Lastly, I share how what happens when you convert to an MP3 with phase cancellation.

This is a perfect example of what happens every time you convert to an MP3 so imagine converting multiple times. You only want to convert to an MP3 once after the mastering stage. Check out the video to learn more.


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Higher Sample Rate and Bit Depth’s

5 Benefits of Working With Higher Sample Rate and Bit Depth's - Bit Depth and Sample Rate Explained

In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes over five benefits of working with higher sample rate and bit depth’s. In case you missed the previous video about what sample rate’s and bit depths mean then make sure to go back and review the explanation if you need some education. These five tips will ensure that you have a solid understanding of what sample rate and bit depth might be best for the specific application, as well as some things to pay attention to that could be affecting your processing.

There are a lot of opinions on this subject so at the end of the day your computer processing and application needs are crucial in understanding what bit depths and sample rates to use. It’s very important to use your ears and trust your judgement when choosing the best rates to work in, however there is some best practices involved as well.

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What Is Bit Depth and Sample Rate

Bit Depth and Sample Rate

In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering explains what bit depths and sample rates are and why they matter in your recordings. Understanding sample rate and bit depth is a crucial step in the music production process. Some of our clients do not know the differences or sometimes send us files that vary in sample rates, causing problems with importing the files into another session.

You don’t want to get caught in this mess so make sure you check this video out if you need an understanding on the subject. This is part one of a two part series and we hope you enjoy learning about bit depths and sample rates.

#TimeStamps
0:00​ Start
00:42​ Analog Waveforms
01:08​ Sample Rate
01:31​ Frequency Spectrum
01:44​ Nyquest Theory
02:00​ Anti-Aliasing
02:36​ Bit Depth
02:51​ Bit Depth Examples
03:01​ Dynamic Range
03:27​ Standard Bit Depth and Sample Rates
04:22​ Sample Rate Issues
04:54​ Bit Depth and Sample Rate File Size
05:03​ Start with High Bit Depth and Sample Rate, Downgrade Later
05:35​ Outro

#StepbyStep

  1. Sound – A brief discussion about sound and waveforms.
  2. Sampling – The act of capturing sound over time. Details about sampling and sample rates.
  3. Frequency Spectrum – A brief discussion about frequencies and what the human ear can hear.
  4. Nyquest Theory – Learn about the nyquest theory in relation to sampling.
  5. Anti-Aliasing – How an anti-aliasing filter is used in sampling.
  6. Bit Depth – Explanation about bit depth and how it relates to sampling.
  7. Dynamic Range – Discuss how bit depth and dynamic range relate to each other.
  8. Standard Bit Depths and Sample Rates – We go over the standards in bit depths and sample rates.
  9. Sample Rate Issues – Explanation of how mis-matching sample rates in one session can cause problems.
  10. File Sizes – Brief discussion about the relation of file size to sampling.
  11. Sample Rate and Bit Depth – Proper steps to manage your sample rates and bit depths, as well as a note about dithering.

Thanks for watching this video and hopefully it helps you understand music dynamics a bit more. Make sure to subscribe on YouTube HERE for weekly tips and tricks. All first-time clients receive a free stereo mastered sample, inquire HERE to get your free sample.