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This Mastering Engineer’s Secret Weapon

November 15, 2013

Ear!If you thought this article would be about a particular piece of gear, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. At a certain point, seasoned Mastering Engineers will acquire a set of tools and a monitoring system that allow you to shape and analyze audio in whatever way necessary to accomplish the task of having great playback over a wide variety of audio systems. There isn’t one particular tool that goes on everything, often times it’s really all about having enough experience to know what combination of tools will do the trick. Read more…

Redsecta Rapaudiology Gear

June 2, 2013

rapaudiology-sm-logoWhat is Rapaudiology?

I jokingly came up with the term “Rapaudiology” a few years ago, when a friend was teasing me about how much effort I put into working on audio (which happens to be mostly Hip Hop), and how I’m always trying to make things sound better. He suggested I buy a white coat and have my name embroidered on it and I said something like “yep, and under it ‘Rapaudiologist, Hh.D’.”

Years later, I don’t have a custom-embroidered white coat, but have been using the “Rapaudiology” term mostly on Social Media to describe projects I’ve worked on that I consider being high-quality, artistically as well as sonically. If I mention a project I’ve worked on and it’s got the #Rapaudiology tag, it means that the listener can expect a high-end result.

Over the last few years, I’ve made some accessory gear to help me with day-to-day audio tasks with the same attention to detail and quality that I put into my audio engineering projects. Everything I’ve built uses high-quality components and I thought it would be a good idea to offer some of these things to other audio engineers, at fair prices. Read more…

Research your studio’s chair more than your monitors

February 10, 2013
This is my chair. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

This is my chair. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

A few years ago, after my 7th car accident in L.A. (none of them my fault, by the way), I decided to go to a Chiropractor because once in a while, my back would just go out on me for no good reason. He recommended that I see a massage therapist regularly and that’s exactly what I did.

One of the cool things about seeing a massage therapist regularly is that eventually, they start dropping good knowledge on you. My therapist says she is often asked by clients what they can do to make their backs feel better, and her answer is always the same: you should spend as much money as you can on a good bed and a good chair, especially the one you spend long hours sitting on.

A comment that stuck out to me was that another client of hers, a freelance graphic designer once commented how easier ideas came and that he was able to work longer hours without feeling fatigued, and that his upper back and neck problems had been reduced. You can imagine how this applies to working on audio. Read more…

5 tips for getting the most out of Professional Audio Mastering

September 12, 2012

Over the last decade-plus, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects with varying levels of sonic quality, as well as deadlines. Here are five things I recommend having in place to maximize your investment of getting something professionally mastered:

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Computers for Audio: iQuit

May 25, 2012

This is (hopefully) the last Motherboard I will buy. The ASUS P5K which has just about everything I need (and maybe a couple extra slots should I decide to invest in 1-2 more PCIe DSP cards).

Don’t let the title of this post mislead you – it can imply that I’m tired of computers in general and that I’m quitting the use of them for audio work. Quite the opposite in fact; I love my current computer setup so much that I was motivated to write this to perhaps inspire anyone who might read it to work towards feeling how I feel right now about my current configuration: At Peace, with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

First, let me begin by saying that I’m currently on my fourth PC DAW build and that somewhere in the back of my mind, the reason why I’ve set aside weekends in the past to do nothing but assemble and configure a system has been to work towards an optimal setup (for me, that means having one that I can work with for as long as I want, without any problems).

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Soldering the Cardas 580/600/650 Plugs

March 9, 2012

First, an introduction on why I think it’s worth going through the trouble of soldering these nearly impossible little plugs:

I love the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones. It’s one of the three pairs I use for Mastering audio and trust them to give me an accurate low frequency response. When I check my masters over my Bowers & Wilkins 2.1 system, there’s never a surprise when it comes to the low end. I can’t say I trust these headphones completely for the entire frequency spectrum, but from everything that matters in the lows and low mids, these are money.

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Redsecta 10th Year Anniversary: Free 6 song EP Mastering

March 2, 2012

10 years ago this year, I launched to the world with a simple idea: Provide the most professional mixing and mastering services to the Hip Hop community, and give this genre of music the same kind of “audiophiliac” attention to quality and detail that is given to any other genre of music.

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