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LANDR: Automated online mastering – but is it any good ? My test

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I’ve had so many people asking me what I thought of the new LANDR automated online mastering service, that I decided I just had to check it out !

LANDR offers “Professional Audio Mastering”, saying you can “Sound like a pro. Instant results at a fraction of the cost of studio mastering.”

But is it any good ?

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Presenting Perception @ Music Tech Fest 2014

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A few people have been asking to see my presentation of Perception at Music Tech Fest last Friday.

There’s a link in my review/roundup/highlights post about the event, and really you should read that instead, because it’s much more interesting !

But if you’re short on time, my presentation is embedded at the top of this post. And you can find lots more information on Perception on the information page, here.

If you’re interested to give Perception a try, now would be a great time, because…

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Music Tech Fest – 100% inspirational

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Technology is an amazing thing.

A two-edged sword, sometimes – but an amazing thing.

And music technology is no exception. As proved by any one of the following paragraphs:

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Why you want to go to Music Tech Fest, even if you don’t realise it yet

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This Friday I’ll be presenting my Perception plugin at Music Tech Fest in London.

I hadn’t heard of the event before, but the more I learned the more I realised just how cool it’s going to be. And that was before I got my invitation…

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Imogen Heap’s “Sparks”: How to build an album from a collection of songs

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At the most basic level, making an album is about putting the right songs, in the right order, with suitable gaps in between.

Which sounds simple enough, right ?

Maybe so. But the running order has an enormous impact on the way we perceive songs, and their meaning.

For example, Imogen Heap’s new album “Sparks” was released today. I’ve been listening obsessively to it for the last week (because I pre-ordered the amazing “deluxe box-set” version) and it’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

I was worried that it simply wouldn’t hang together as an album, because of the unique way it was produced – but in fact the opposite was true.

Quietly, without us (or herself ?) noticing, Imogen has created a concept album about the end of her relationship – with an unexpectedly happy twist at the end.

And the tool she used to achieve this was nothing more than the order she chose to put the songs in.

Bear with me though, this will take a little time to explain…

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