I’ve written before about Mastered for iTunes, but I’ve been getting so many questions about it recently I thought it would be worth doing a video demonstration.
So, in the video above I explain briefly what “Mastered for iTunes” is, why you may be interested, and show you how to make sure your music complies with Apple’s guidelines.
In particular, I discuss the concept of intersample peaks, and show you how to use Apple’s free RoundTripAAC plugin to make sure you can avoid this problem.
I hope you find it useful, please let me know if you have any questions in the comments !
For more detailed information about Mastered for iTunes, click here.
To view Apple’s complete Mastered for iTunes guidelines, and download the free tools including RoundTripAAC, click here.
I recently posted a video demonstrating how Apple’s Sound Check feature works, and exploring whether it really means that the loudness war has been won as Bob Katz claims.
The short answer is – I hope so, but I do have reservations.
But even if Bob is right (and there are encouraging signs that perhaps the loudness war tide is turning, recently) I’ve still always had a reservation about Sound Check.
It evens out all the levels on albums, too – as well as when you’re listening on shuffle.
This is a huge negative point, for me – Sound Check alters all the internal dynamics within an album – the contrast between quieter and louder tracks.
Or at least, it used to.
Tests made recently by Bob and others suggest that Apple have implemented a fix for this problem and quietly rolled it out, without any fanfare.
Of course I wanted to try this for myself, and I made the video above to demonstrate what I found. I also discuss why I think it’s important, what I think Apple’s next step should be – and why that decision could be a really big deal.
Last Friday I did a live Google+ hangout on using EQ in home mastering – almost 80 minutes of information, examples and Q&A. And you can watch the whole thing for free, right here.
Thanks to everyone who came along and stuck with me through all the hangout technical hitches and for asking such great questions – the final version turned out really well, although frustratingly the audio is in mono, for some reason – last time I tried a hangout it was in stereo, which is the main reason I chose Google+ for the webinar.
Never mind – I’ve edited the video now and I’m really pleased with the end result – there’s a mass of valuable content in there, I think – and I’ve had a great reaction from everyone who attended.
Hope you find it useful !
Bob Katz recently announced that the Loudness War has been won. But is he right ?
Well, based on recent releases by a slew of UK female artists – maybe !
The YouTube video above of Lily Allen’s new single “Hard Out Here” sounds great and measures a respectable DR9 on the TT Meter, following the same trend as two of the year’s biggest hits, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky“.
(Plus the satisfyingly rude and on-point video and lyrics for “Hard Out Here” are especially pleasing if you share my reservations about “Blurred Lines”…)
And Lily’s not alone.
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Last week, on the eve of the AES Convention in New York, mastering engineer Bob Katz made a startling announcement on his website – that the Loudness War had finally been won.
He didn’t mean that he’d made the loudest album in history, though – he was talking about the fact that Apple seem to be using Sound Check, their replay volume control facility, on iTunes Radio – basically Apple’s version of Spotify or Pandora.
Bob went further though, saying that:
“The debilitating loudness war has finally been won… The last battle will be over by mid-2014.”
Bob has been talking about this issue longer than perhaps anyone else I know, and is heavily involved with the Music Loudness Alliance. Certainly his statement needs to be taken seriously.
So, is he right ?
Many people have been contacting me asking for my reaction to his comments, and there has also been a lot of confusion about what it really means about the best way to master your music.
The video above demonstrates the real-world impact of “Sound Check” and also explains why, even though I’m pleased and excited by this news, I think there is still a long way to go before Bob’s prediction can be proven right – and how you can help us get there.
What do you think ? Will “loud” masters really be a thing of the past, by the middle of next year ?