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November 2012 - Howie Weinberg
The famed mastering engineer masters tracks by his interviewer!
By Paul Vnuk Jr.

A few notes on the tracks: With the exception of the synth lines and piano and all of the instruments are real with just mic-pre, eq and compression. There has been no sample replacement nor any grid quantizing... this is how the band played it!

The album was tracked and mixed both analog and digitally in a hybrid fashion with outboard gear by Chandler Limited, Millennia Media, Empirical Labs, Retro Instruments, Universal Audio, A Designs and Radial Engineering. Slate Digital’s Virtual Console Collection plug-in was used on both songs, on every track, as well as a judicious sprinkling of UA’s new 1176 plug-in, 224 Reverb plug-in, and Softube’s TSAR-1 Reverb.

The two tracks chosen by the band are "Pop Radio 101" and "A Place I Know." Here they are, before and after mastering. (PLEASE NOTE: These are 320kbps MP3 files, much larger than what we usually place on this site. As a result, they take a while to load, especially if you have a slow net connection. Please be patient!)

 

Pop Radio 101 - Unmastered

Pop Radio 101 - Mastered

A Place I Know - Unmastered

A Place I Know - Mastered

Garritan Abby Road Studios - CFX Concert Grand Virtual Piano



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