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by bblackwood
Tue May 26, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mastering for vinyl from CD? Better to use 96k audio files?
Replies: 13
Views: 2150

he's also missing half of what the improvement would be... 44.1/16 vs 96/24 not only has the higher sampling rate, but the extra 8 bits make a difference too... 65k steps in your dynamic range versus 16 million steps... Common misconception - those extra data points exist, but only below -96dBFS (t...
by bblackwood
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: Mastering Software - what do you use?
Replies: 44
Views: 7870

Re: Mastering Software - what do you use?

Sonic is Mac only.

Sadie is PC only (runs on any PC).

Samplitude & Sequoia are PC only and I love them (as a former 7 year Sadie user).
by bblackwood
Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:04 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: Studio Listings
Topic: Looking for a Place to Master in LA / OC area.
Replies: 2
Views: 2346

Re: Looking for a Place to Master in LA / OC area.

You can't go wrong with Dave Collins @ Collins Audio...
by bblackwood
Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:22 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: inexpensive mastering anyone?
Replies: 41
Views: 3844

Re: inexpensive mastering anyone?

Bob, Excellent points! Have you had 1X glass that resulted in worse sounding masters? You can call me Brad. No, the point is assuming that it's better simply because you've 'heard anecdotal evidence' seems a bit silly. FWIW, the speed at which the GM is cut doesn't affect the sound, ime, assuming t...
by bblackwood
Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:09 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: inexpensive mastering anyone?
Replies: 41
Views: 3844

Re: inexpensive mastering anyone?

I think CD Architect is the only software on the PeeCee that's worthy of serious PQ-based CD writing. I'd argue that Sadie and Sequoia offer at least as much, if not more.. I've also heard anecdotal evidence (more than once, but now I'm blanking on my sources) that real-time glass masters are bette...
by bblackwood
Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: inexpensive mastering anyone?
Replies: 41
Views: 3844

Re: inexpensive mastering anyone?

Believe it or not, the error rate and a program like Toast simply do not make a master of the 'highest integrity'. This is incorrect. The hardware/media determine the error rate, software has nothing to do with it as long as it passes the data cleanly. Granted, I don't use Toast, but not because it...
by bblackwood
Wed Jul 28, 2004 11:15 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: Is anyone using a Word Clock with a Digi 002?
Replies: 94
Views: 22054

Re: Is anyone using a Word Clock with a Digi 002?

A better quality clock source will be valid regardless of the quality of your converters. I'm sorry, but I think this is bad advice. Try it out in your setup, sure, but one of the reasons that converters like db Tech/Lavry, Crane Song, Prism, etc sound so good is that the internal clocks are fantas...
by bblackwood
Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:31 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: CD Duplicator REJECTING MY CD MASTER?!?! Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1100

Re: CD Duplicator REJECTING MY CD MASTER?!?! Help!

Audio content cannot cause plant rejections, short of 'overs', which plants don't seem to care about anymore. Most likely the original disc was rejected as the pre-track one gap was longer than 3 secs (redbook standard) - some plants will not replicate anything outside of redbook. It could also be t...
by bblackwood
Tue Jan 27, 2004 7:09 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: more online mastering
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: more online mastering

FWIW, most mastering houses I am aware of offer this service...
by bblackwood
Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:55 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: tips for making a mix to be mastered?
Replies: 22
Views: 7006

Re: tips for making a mix to be mastered?

It sounds simple, but there are no 'tricks' - make it sound as good as you possibly can using whatever tools are necessary. The only thing(s) to avoid are anything that is done for loudness' sake (ala peak limiters like L1 or L2) or 2 buss processing if you aren't sure of your monitoring environemt ...
by bblackwood
Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:57 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: DSD......anybody???
Replies: 2
Views: 775

Re: DSD......anybody???

Actually, Universal announced about a year ago that they were going to use SACD as their release format for hi-res stuff, and I think Warner is also on board. Security is the main issue - SACD can't be 'ripped'. DVD-A looks to be essentially dead. Of course, the dominant format right now is DVD-V. B...
by bblackwood
Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:33 pm
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: I just want a big volume knob!
Replies: 16
Views: 2316

Re: I just want a big volume knob!

If you're building a passive control, 50k is way to high - you will probably be able to hear the roll-off of the high freqs. You need to buy/build something in the 5k range...
by bblackwood
Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:33 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: Sterling, ENOUGH ALREADY!
Replies: 40
Views: 3982

Re: Sterling, ENOUGH ALREADY!

While it's on record that I agree with the thoughts of this thread, I think it only fair to point out that not all of the Sterling engineers have joined 'tha mafia'. Greg Calbi is a good example of someone who generally cuts records to sound good - but you'll notice he has kinda dropped off the rada...
by bblackwood
Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:39 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: Sontec EQ models
Replies: 6
Views: 1955

Re: Sontec EQ models

FWIW, my old Sontec has never bit it, though I do have extra line amps hanging around just in case. Other than the line amps, the only things that can go wrong are pretty easy to replace, and I know of at least two guys now making replacement line amps. You might have to be a bit of a daring soul to...
by bblackwood
Fri Aug 15, 2003 6:24 am
Forum: 5/03-2/05: General Recording
Topic: Why can't I monitor with my home stereo gear?
Replies: 10
Views: 1521

Re: Why can't I monitor with my home stereo gear?

Ever seen the response graph for an NS-10?

ugh

Ever wonder why most mastering houses use high-end home audio speakers?

Use what works for you. Don't believe the hype.