The Nashville Number System Demystified

The Nashville Number System Demystified

The Nashville Number System is a quick and easy way to write chord charts to songs in a way that others (well, others who are familiar with the system) can easily read. One of the main benefits is that it works regardless of the key of the song, and it clearly shows the song’s structure.

Uh, nope — still mystifying

Example Chart 13 100 1245x1536

How Will My Music Sound on Spotify?

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How Will My Music Sound on Spotify?

by Bill Podolak, Senior iZotope QA Engineer May 12, 2021

In 2021, the vast majority of listeners are consuming music through streaming services. And though they’ll forever have their fans, the days of LPs, Tapes, CDs, and even MP3 downloads being the standards for music consumption are waning. As audio engineers, it’s critical to understand what’s happening when we upload a final version of our songs to streaming services, since this is what most listeners are likely going to be hearing.

Records of the Year: An Analysis of the 2021 GRAMMY® Nominees

Records of the Year: An Analysis of the 2021 GRAMMY® Nominees

The GRAMMY® awards are on March 14th, and there’s a lot to learn by analyzing some of the records that have been nominated. But where to start? There are so many questions surrounding music production, mixing, and mastering, especially now that streaming services have started to move towards loudness-normalized playback. How loud should I make my master? What tonal balance should I aim for? How high should I set my limiter ceiling? How dynamic should my record be?

iZotope posted a fine article examining the tonal contours of some of the 2021 GRAMMY® awards

Mixing In Stereo — Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Music Mono Compatible | Production Expert

Mixing In Stereo — Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Music Mono Compatible | Production Expert

Think you know everything there is about mixing in stereo? Think again. FabFilter has published an excellent three part video series produced by Dan Worrall titled How To Mix In Stereo Without Sucking In Mono. This series is extremely well presented explaining stereo mixing fundamentals, panning, stereo microphone placement, phase, the effects of comb filtering, width, mono compatibility and more.

I just watched the first part — “Toeing the Blumlein” and stayed fascinated throughout.

I do a lot of mono monitoring to make sure things don’t get lost, but I rarely make changes that will make the mono mix down work really well. These videos are an excellent pointer.

Using Logic built-in plug-ins I think it will require several steps (made easy by the FabFilter tools)

Bus effects — independent panning required?

Logic EQ would need to have two instances, one for Mid and one for Side. Probably 2 aux channels…no, simply use the EQ in “Dual Mono” mode and work with Mid and Side channels as desired. Unfortunately there are no documentation resources for the “Dual Mono” mode of the EQs in Logic. The documentation says use two plug-ins. I will try to compare other EQs and see how easily things can be adapted.

Ozone 9 EQ essentially has both available “easily” along with pan and width.

Mid, Side, and Everything In Between (A Mid/Side Deep Dive)

Mid/side processing is an undeniably powerful technique, and one which gives the mastering engineer a wide range of sonic sculpting tools not available with traditional stereo processing. However, as we all learned from Spiderman’s Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

IK Multimedia has a nifty new EQ — T-Racks EQual…

IK Multimedia — EQual

The new EQual digital equalizer is a 10-band, ultra-clear, high-end parametric equalizer with an extremely transparent sound, ultra-precise editing and a vast array of filter shapes that are based on the typical curves of classic British and American analog EQ’s. This incredibly flexible “hybrid monster” gives you the best of both worlds — digital precision with transparent clarity and on-demand analog character that works perfectly for high end mastering as well as individual track work.

Also need to look at the Imagers….