Why vinyl is cool and why you should skip that skip button

This week I posted an article from a Dutch newspaper on my personal Facebook about vinyl records and how we perceive it. The article itself was behind a paywall so not everybody could read it and in my short description I basically said that vinyl sucks because it’s an outdated system. Vinyl freaks...

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Active listening and passive listening

Active listening and passive listening (and why it's important) When placing an order through the website, during checkout you will be asked to 'tick 2 boxes'. The first is the terms and agreements, which needs to be done by law, and the second (which is the first actually) says: ‘Final quality check!...

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non STREAM master = streaming master

For years, I have been delivering dedicated masters for streaming services. Back when I started with this, it was an option which I could do if specifically requested. This all started when iTunes came up with the so called ‘Mastered for iTunes’ program. MFiT (now called Apple Digital Masters) is...

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Loudness normalization, beating the system

One of the questions that I hear quite often is; How can I make my music to appear louder on streaming services because this and that track sound louder then my track? You will most likely hear or read about two answers, 'you can not make it louder, because it will all be normalized to the same level'...

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Why I don't do attended mastering sessions

I used to do attended mastering since I could remember, but I never really feeled comfortable doing that. I also noticed that with an attended session the end result was pretty much always less then when people did not attend the session. Even before this whole covid19 thing I decided to stop doing...

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Without black people I would not be sitting here and writing this.

Without black people I would not be sitting here and writing this.That first line is right in so many ways, but the thing I want to point out right now and make a statement about is this. Music has always been really important in my life, I’d even like to say, without music no life. Music is even...

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