NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/smarter-living/how-to-finally-just-make-a-decision.html Fear of Better Options. Researchers call this phenomenon maximization -  relentless researching of all possible options for fear that you'll miss out on the "best" one maximizers tend to make better decisions less satisfied with those decisions than are people who make quicker ones based on less research (called satisficers)  maximizers less satisfied because they … Continue reading NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

WSJ – Didn’t Like That New Album? Another One Is Coming Before You Know It

https://www.wsj.com/articles/didnt-like-that-new-album-another-one-is-coming-before-you-know-it-1522076320 https://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/unit/text.php?unit=5&secNum=4 music business is creating more singles, mixtapes, albums and videos than ever, industry experts say, the result of cheap digital-production tools, round-the-clock social-media marketing never been easier to listen to vast quantities of music, discover new artists and create, distribute and promote your own tunes downside: It is harder for artists to break … Continue reading WSJ – Didn’t Like That New Album? Another One Is Coming Before You Know It

WaPo – CDs, vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/23/cds-vinyl-are-outselling-digital-downloads-for-the-first-time-since-2011/?utm_term=.097664630c4a http://www.riaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RIAA-Year-End-2017-News-and-Notes.pdf Digital downloads had a short run as the top-selling format in the music industry took until 2011 for their sales surpass those of CDs and vinyl records … overtaken by music streaming services just a few years later digital downloads are again being outsold by CDs and vinyl per RIAA revenue from digital downloads declined 25 percent … Continue reading WaPo – CDs, vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011

NYT – Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Track

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/business/car-audio-speakers.html https://www.continental-automotive.com/en-gl/Passenger-Cars/Interior/Infotainment-Systems/Multimedia-Systems/Ac2ated-Sound Interesting implications for mixing/mastering of music. It's already the case much attention is paid to mastering for car environments as that is the location the majority of people listen to music. Also, the twist indicated below the sound much more "surround sound" versus "stereo". Wonder if the Waves/UAD/ProTools/etc/etc have visibility yet for potential … Continue reading NYT – Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Track

Ableten 10 Live New Features

https://www.ableton.com/en/live/ Having been out of closely monitoring DAW's for a while, this continues to seem "just another minor thing". Started with eMagic years ago (bought by apple and turned into logic), MOTU's DP (I use for tracking with MOTU's 896's) and Avid's Protools (use for mixing). They all just blur together. Wonder why some of … Continue reading Ableten 10 Live New Features

The Mastering Engineers Handbook – Bobby Owsinksi

For the most part, the things noted are equipment though there are couple items on technique. The book basically interviews many engineers. Interesting to note the same kind of equipment being used over and over again. NARAS – National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences How to get level – overdrives two, sometimes three and … Continue reading The Mastering Engineers Handbook – Bobby Owsinksi

Mastering Audio – the art and the science 2nd edition by Bob Katz

Ear Training Excersizes Learn to Recognize the Frequency Ranges Start ear training with pink noise and then move to music Boost each range of a 1/3 octave graphic eq until you can recognize the approximate range Learn the Effects of Bandwidth Limiting Learn to Identify Comb Filtering Listen to the Sound of Great Recordings well-reproduced. … Continue reading Mastering Audio – the art and the science 2nd edition by Bob Katz