Adam Crute

Review: Steinberg WaveLab 10

Steinberg’s latest version of its feature-packed mastering and audio-editing software could be your new go-to tool for all manner of projects. Surf’s up.

Mastering at home with WaveLab

Despite the flexibility of modern DAWs, there are some tools out there that make home mastering a much more straightforward – and professional sounding – endeavour. Steinberg’s WaveLab is perhaps the king of these mastering-in-the-box solutions. Here’s why...

A step-by-step guide to stem mastering

We’ve explored the principles and the underlying therory, so now it’s time to get our hands dirty and stem-master a track, using Steinberg’s flexible Nuendo software – though this process is applicable to any DAW.

An introduction to stem mastering

As we near the end of the decade, the once ‘dark art’ of mastering has now become a widely understood and documented process. In this feature, we’ll explore some of the newer innovations in this most vital of processes, including a guide to getting hands-on with stem mastering.

Review: Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

It’s undoubtedly one of the most distinctive-looking examples of music technology, but can the tactile, vintage charms of this coveted mastering compressor make the transition into the software world?

Review: Antares Auto-Tune EFX+ and Auto-Tune Artist

No longer regarded as just a sneaky way of correcting out-of-tune vocals, Auto-Tune effects have imposed a distinct and deliberate sonic character of their own over the decades. Let’s unpack Antares’ latest pitch-altering toolkits.

Mastering using Cubase 10

Cubase’s stablemate, WaveLab, is designed specifically with mastering in mind, with many tools and workflows dedicated to the task. But Cubase itself is far from incapable when it comes to giving mixes a final polish.

How the computer became the ultimate synth

Virtual synths have become an established part of the music-technology landscape, but that wasn’t always the case. Let’s explore how the computer has basically become the ultimate synth…
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