How to mix – free guide from iZotope is updated for 2016

Don't believe the old saying because there is such a thing as a free lunch. As a result of the wonder that is the internet, there are, in fact, lots of great sources you can turn to for free information on almost any topic (er....  like the various iOS music making blogs) but, sometimes, rather than trawl a bunch of random webpages scattered equally randomly across the internet, what you really want is the convenience offered by having all the key information on a topic in a single, concise … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – Positive Grid tweak their iOS mastering app

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process. However, today, of course, everyone recording musician knows about the existence of the mastering process and, while it is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, lots of DIY musicians will, as part of their own music production process, also take on the role of DIY mastering engineer. There are some powerful software solutions for this and, on the desktop environment, software such … [Read more...]

Lurssen Mastering Console released – IK Multimedia bring boutique mastering app to iOS

Timed to coincide with the NAMM 2016 winter show, IK Multimedia have launched a new iOS music app; the Lurssen Mastering Console. As the name suggests, this is an audio mastering tool and, while it is available for iOS now, there is also Win/OSX versions on the way and currently available for pre-order. As I've commented here a number of times before, mastering is a bit of a black art and, without the right tools, right ears, a good acoustic environment to work in.... oh, and 25+ years … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – Positive Grid tweak their iOS mastering app

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process. However, today, of course, everyone recording musician knows about the existence of the mastering process and, while it is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, lots of DIY musicians will, as part of their own music production process, also take on the role of DIY mastering engineer. There are some powerful software solutions for this and, on the desktop environment, software such … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – Positive Grid tweak their iOS mastering app – and announce the ‘Pro-Series’ plugin line

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process. However, today, of course, everyone recording musician knows about the existence of the mastering process and, while it is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, lots of DIY musicians will, as part of their own music production process, also take on the role of DIY mastering engineer. There are some powerful software solutions for this and, on the desktop environment, software such … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – Positive Grid add some tweaks to their iOS mastering app

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process....  the last stage of an album project where a golden-eared, super-experienced (read 'costly') engineer, using esoteric and super-high quality equipment (read 'costly') set about the various mixes on the album project and applied some sonic fairy dust to get the project sounding (a) like a coherent whole, (b) ready for broadcast (and which often meant making the overall playback … [Read more...]

Mastering the basics – Positive Grid and Berklee Online provides some Final Touch tutorials

I must be in a bit of an educational mood this morning....  As I posted a couple of days ago, Positive Grid have released an update to Final Touch taking the app to v. 1.1.3. They have, however, also been collaborating with the online section of the world-renown Berklee College of Music who have recently started to offer a course based around iOS music making. As a bit of a teaser for both Final Touch and the course, Positive Grid and Berklee have released a series of videos on YouTube that … [Read more...]

Bottom end balance – free mixing video guides from iZotope

If you happen to run a desktop music production system alongside your mobile system, the odds are you will have heard of iZotope....  The company are the developers behind Ozone which is perhaps the best-selling 'all-in-one' mastering plugin available for Windows/OSX. I've used it myself for a a number of years and it is incredibly powerful. Under iOS, perhaps the equivalent functions are provided by Positive Grid's Final Touch and Igor Vasiliev's Audio Mastering.... iZotope also make other … [Read more...]

Final Touch update – latest version sees Positive Grid get together with Apple

Mastering used to be a bit of an unknown art form hidden within the depths of the overall music production process....  the last stage of an album project where a golden-eared, super-experienced (read 'costly') engineer, using esoteric and super-high quality equipment (read 'costly') set about the various mixes on the album project and applied some sonic fairy dust to get the project sounding (a) like a coherent whole, (b) ready for broadcast (and which often meant making the overall playback … [Read more...]