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Post by solitaryzen » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:25 pm

Congrats! Hope all goes well in the new location.

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:00 am

I finally took possession of the Crookwood console yesterday. The DACs sound so clean I could cry! Should be able to start mastering with it next week.

Me and Wiggler i,parasite recently worked on a project together, mixed by him, mastered by me. The band are called "Where The Embers Fall", and you can find out more info about their new album "True Fate", here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/wheretheembersfall

Or buy it on CDBaby here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wheretheembersfall

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:01 pm

New mastering projects recently completed, or soon to be completed:

Debut Industrial album for Where The Embers Fall (think Sisters Of Mercy crossed with NIN)

Debut Industrial album for our very own Audio Resistance (THIS IS AMAZING! Made by Wigglers, Mixed by Wigglers, Mastered by Wigglers, and logo/booklet/jacket designed by Wigglers, BIG thank you to Mike for making this all possible!!!)

Debut drone album for new Wiggler (and Gong associate), Albion Dub Sound System

First new album in six years for Makyo (chill-out with an eastern flavour)

New Neo-Folk album from The Green Man

Various EPs for our every own Vasculator, Lapse, and Milanese singer/songwriter whose name I do not yet know...

Various bits and pieces for other Wigglers (Dog Of Tears), and unknown newbies. :)

Keep 'em coming!

Onwards and upwards,

Gregg

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Post by dogoftears » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:04 pm

Oh yeah... Babz knows how to master folks... Proved it on the dancefloor last week!
music and mastering: http://xexify.com
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Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:13 pm

Thanks Dave! It went down well then?

:twisted:

:cthulhu:

:zen:

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:32 pm

P.S. And if anyone looks at the prices on my website and baulks in horror, please contact me privately. I'd be happy to do deals for Wigglers, and would rather work on good projects with real people at a lower rate, than not work on that project at all.

:razz:

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:03 pm

haven't updated this thread in ages, but there's always stuff going on. check my news page if you are interested:

http://hermetechmastering.com/news.html

still happy to master a track for free for any wiggler, just hit me up with a PM!

all the best,

gregg

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:15 am

[video][/video]

abstraktor

Post by abstraktor » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:21 am

Babaluma wrote:[video][/video]
:lol: :lol: Irritating in so many ways!

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Post by thetwlo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:25 am

what comes after red?

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:33 am

i think that's when you hit the event horizon and the square wave implodes on itself, tearing the fabric of reality asunder!

:lol:

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:35 am

i've posted this before, but probably worth posting again:

[video][/video]

there's a part 2 floating around somewhere too.

abstraktor

Post by abstraktor » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:36 am

Is that the WUBWUB technique?

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Post by richard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:48 am

really enjoyed those movies - although they both made my heart sink!
Bastard Science Vol.1 and 2 (Hordik, Buchla, Serge, EMS, Oberheim) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-1
https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-2

Tales from the Voodoo Box (EMS Synthi A solos) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ynthesiser

Richard Scott - Several Circles https://cuspeditions.bandcamp.com/album ... al-circles

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Post by richard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:53 am

I really liked your work on Mattech's EP B - very balanced and solid sound. The top end in particular is very sweet and un-digital.

(you may not want to reveal, but I am guessing the Pullet is tickling those hihats??)
Bastard Science Vol.1 and 2 (Hordik, Buchla, Serge, EMS, Oberheim) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-1
https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-2

Tales from the Voodoo Box (EMS Synthi A solos) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ynthesiser

Richard Scott - Several Circles https://cuspeditions.bandcamp.com/album ... al-circles

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:18 am

hey richard, thanks for the kind comments, i should give it a full plug, in time honoured fashion:

it's a freely available lossless flac download of an EP of excellent electronic music by our very own matttech, and is available exclusivity from the hermetech mastering website here, in case any one missed the thread in the "your tunes here" section the other day:

http://hermetechmastering.com/examples.html

(blue light fever - head for the exit ep)

i am extremely happy to discuss all gear/project details down to the smallest iota! i have all the digital transfer/capture/plugin/limiting files/settings saved, and digi cam photo's of all the analogue settings, so recall is pretty straightforward. info wants to be free! can't be doing with all this closely guarded secret/dark art bollocks.

i did this ep before i got the DM bax, so that wouldn't have been a factor in the high end. ok, i'm gonna go and have a look back at what i did:

ok, pullet was set flat on the high end on all 3 tracks, except for "symptom attic", which had the high shelf boost at 15kHz, however that track also had the baxter eq and the niveau filter (both freeware plugins, and both highly recommended) between the analogue stage and the final brick wall limiting in elephant.

i've ditched the baxter and niveau plugins since getting the hardware bax, but may well download them again, as they were both so good, and it's easier to slot them anywhere in the chain. the niveau, in particular, was a cinch to use, and just tilting +0.2/-0.2dB at 2kHz either way could have a really positive change. i just wish it allowed for even smaller increments at low settings, as it would be far better for mastering then.

i'd say the smooth high end was probably a result of matt's mixes, and the whole analogue/mastering chain, rather than just one particular thing (as is always the way). i could site the possible bass/treble roll off or boost depending on how the make up gain on the germ comps was set, the slight boost above 2.5kHz that the TG2 gives, the crookwood converters (which sound incredible in the high end) etc.

anyway, always glad to discuss this stuff with other discerning listeners!

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Post by richard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:23 am

interesting. I am thinking about the crockwood myself, quite a lot actually. Expensive but its really looks like the bit missing in my setup. Do you use it for a DAC or just for ADC?
Bastard Science Vol.1 and 2 (Hordik, Buchla, Serge, EMS, Oberheim) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-1
https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-2

Tales from the Voodoo Box (EMS Synthi A solos) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ynthesiser

Richard Scott - Several Circles https://cuspeditions.bandcamp.com/album ... al-circles

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Post by Lyonel » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:31 am

Thanks for those Videos Gregg, very funny. :deadbanana:

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:35 am

richard wrote:interesting. I am thinking about the crockwood myself, quite a lot actually. Expensive but its really looks like the bit missing in my setup. Do you use it for a DAC or just for ADC?
i use it for both dude, 1 x ADC and 2 x DAC (one for feeding the monitors, the other for feeding the analogue transfer chain).

i can't recommend it highly enough, really, really, fucking unbelievable piece of gear, and criminally unknown in many audio circles, it would seem.

i have a slightly cutomised basic c1 monitor controller here:

http://www.crookwood.com/~crookwood/c1- ... oller.html

the headphone amp is just stunning. the monitor controller functions are just stunning, the transfer/source path matching functions are just stunning, the converter quality is just stunning etc. etc. i have written about it at length in other places, but let me know if you have any specific questions. i also have the 2U VU meter. at any time i can upgrade it to a full mastering console (with switched inserts), m/s and trim functions, bass management, elliptical eq for vinyl cutting etc.

audio signal path is all passive balanced, but the gas filled relay switching is under software/digital control, so you really have the best of both worlds.

the service is very good. crispin gets back to you soon and sorts stuff out. he spent an hour on the phone with me helping me get it all set up.

i can't say enough good things about it really, it has been an utter revelation in every way, and i couldn't imagine life without it now. i could talk for hours about how having a calibrated monitoring system in 0.25dB steps, and instant a/b/c/d/e/f/g/h switching between precisely volume matched sources, changes the way you work, but you just have to use it to hear!
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Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:36 am

Lyonel wrote:Thanks for those Videos Gregg, very funny. :deadbanana:
no worries! anyone find part 2 of "mastering: the movie"? seems the original files on the original site are gone now. :(

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Post by richard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:08 am

well you are certainly selling that shit to me! I think I should probably PM you about it as my questions might be too specific for this thread.
Bastard Science Vol.1 and 2 (Hordik, Buchla, Serge, EMS, Oberheim) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-1
https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ence-vol-2

Tales from the Voodoo Box (EMS Synthi A solos) https://soundanatomy.bandcamp.com/album ... ynthesiser

Richard Scott - Several Circles https://cuspeditions.bandcamp.com/album ... al-circles

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:14 am

yeah feel free dude! anything you want to know just hit me up here or via pm or email.

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:55 am

another free release mastered by me, more details here:

viewtopic.php?t=64462

Babaluma

Post by Babaluma » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:52 am

I'm not really updating this thread recently, as it feels too spammy, and I have my website ("News" page updated frequently) and social networking for that kind of thing.

But I do want to say a HUGE thank you, for without this forum, and this thread, and all the great custom I have received from here (well over twenty of you have used my services, and more continue to do so), I would probably not still be doing it. Thanks for all the great music, for taking a chance on me, and for helping me to grow my experience and client base. It is truly and deeply appreciated!

I have recently mastered Wiggler VCOADSR's mini album of modular jams, which was a pleasure to work on:



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And I've also today been approved by Apple and put on their official Mastered For iTunes Providers List:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/

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Thanks once again, and all the best to all of you!

Gregg

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Post by Babaluma » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:22 am

A little request for anyone I've ever done any mastering work for: If your music was actually released in any format whatsoever (including digital downloads), and it's not currently listed on Discogs, could you take a few minutes to put it up there, and send me the link? I'd very much appreciate it, would be happy to add the mastering credit myself, and will give you a discount on your next order! It's just more exposure for everyone concerned.

Thanks in advance,

Gregg

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