There’s a huge amount of discussion about mastering issues online these days – and most of it is completely pointless, in my not-so humble opinion.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m as guilty of debating all this guff just as much as anyone – but when we do, we often we miss several very large elephants in the mastering room with us. And this came out really clearly in a new interview I just did with Matt Butler from The Modern Producer website.
I really enjoyed the interview – it was relaxed, informal and covered a wide range of topics, including getting deeply nerdy at some points.
But while I was listening back, trying to find some juicy teasers to tempt you to listen to it with, I realised there was a clear trend in the things Matt and I were talking about. Click to continue »
The short answer is Yes, in fact using Magic AB a great way to enhance what’s already possible with Perception, if you like to work with reference tracks – or to add extra functionality to Magic AB, which doesn’t have Perception’s loudness-matching capabilities.
Now that might surprise you, coming from the founder of Dynamic Range Day, but it’s true. Some of my favourite songs simply wouldn’t exist without it – like the sublime example in the video above, for example !
Distortion has been an integral part of the sound of recorded popular music since the very beginning, and it always will be.