This week, I’ve been mastering tunes for producers. Want to get back to that hustle again. I used to do that at one point, and I’d like to believe the results were decent. This is something I’ve been increasingly interested in. Doing quite a bit of learning. I’ve also been mastering most of my own tunes for a while (if you’re not familiar with my music, peep www.soundcloud.com/fanu/).
For mastering, I use plug-ins by Universal Audio, Slate Digital, DMGAudio, Izotope, and A.O.M., for the most part. For monitoring, I’ve got a pair of Audeze LCD-2 headphones as well as Adam A7 speakers + Adam Sub8 woofer.
If you need mastering for your tunes, hit me up: I’m working with “introductory prices” for a while and I’m only asking for payment if you’re satisfied with the result. Also, I’m giving mixdown advice when necessary (i.e., when there are elements in your mix that are better handled by you going back to your mixdown rather than me trying to fix them by mastering).
I’m very far from a seasoned pro or anything and don’t claim to be one, but I suppose I do understand the dynamics (pun intended?) of bass music a little bit.
This week’s been great: got to hear some really dope unreleased tunes (and I’ll play them on radio / gigs, of course!), so that’s a bonus! ☕
SHARE FOR MUSIC AWARENESS
People who buy music: you’re enjoying respect from the artist/label you support.
Remember: paying for a Spotify account is NOT supporting music or artists at all. In a way it’s close to “legalised piracy”, even though artists have given their consent to that – it works mainly for promo purposes but puts money in nobody’s pocket, except Spotify’s, who pay close to nothing to anyone in practice. However, having music in Spotify is almost a “must” these days to be “out there” (you should know how many times I’ve been asked if I have my music on Spotify…).
If you want to support an artist/label, buy the music straight from the source (artist/label): these days, most artists and labels have their own outlet (often Bandcamp or their own web store) that allows you to buy music (and merch) directly from them. If you don’t know, ask them directly. Your second best option is music stores such as Beatport etc (or, even better, your local record store, if they sell physical copies).
By actually *buying* music (remember what we did before internet?) , you’re nourishing the musical ecosystem. If you feel proud about the music you like, if it’s a commodity you enjoy and which plays a part in your life, you should be proud about doing your part in keeping its maker(s) and the whole *honest* music industry going.
By downloading music for free, you’re doing nothing for it. Spotify is not bad per se, and most artists have their music there…but, the all-too-common yet erroneous ways of thinking today are 1) “paying for music = paying for Spotify”, which is hardly the truth, and 2) “Well, artists should get their money from gigging”…well, how many of your fave artists do you see gigging actively, especially in your area?
People feel they’re supporting artists by using Spotify, while in fact their money is going to the pockets of the Spotify crew only. If people knew better, artists would make a little more money, and that is a fact.
Share to promote music awareness. Especially the younger generation might use some education in the matter.
BUY THAT MUSIC.
D&B show with Fanu on Bassoradio (July 21, 2014)
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Om Unit – Ulysses [Sweatson Klank Remix] (Civil Music)
Triceracorn – Porcelain [Recue’s Anger Management Mix]
Borealis – Not of This Reality [Recue rework]
Desto – Don’t Lose Yourself (dub)
DJ Rashad & DJ Manny – Drums Please (Hyperdub)
Danny Breaks – Firin’ Line VIP (Droppin Science)
Graeme S – Autofac (Hsüan Records free DL)
Minus & Interface – Hardwork (Gutterfunk)
Moresounds – Sound Bizness (Cosmic Bridge)
K-AZE – Warrior Groove (Gutterfunk)
Boxcutter – Neo-Geocities (Planet Mu)
Sully – M141 (Keysound)
Fracture – Loving Touch (Exit)
Sonis – Keep It Dark (dub)
Deft – Arx Him
Sully – Solitaire (Keysound)
Deft – I Don’t Use MPC
SB81 – Four Tun (Metalheadz)
Nonfuture & Indica – Gwan60 (dub)
Nonfuture – The Watcher (dub)
Trisector & Creep – Hollow [Phuture-T Remix] (Alphacut)
Coleco – Tryptamine (dub)
Graphs – Ixtlan (Ground Mass)
Gremlinz – Fallen [J.Robinson & Ink Remix] (Architex)
Optical – Bounce (Virus)
Nucleus & Paradox – Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
Dom & Roland – Outta Endz VIP (Metalheadz)
Fistfunk – Raindance (Lightless)
Wish – Panopticon (dub)
Fracture – All My Love (Astrophonica Bandcamp free DL)
Stray – Long Lost (free DL)
Kate Tempest – The Beigeness [Stray Remix]
Om Unit – Vibes Is Right (Cosmic Bridge)
Stray – Triangles (free DL)
Aki – Murot On Loppu (dub)
Aki – Scope (dub)
Abdominal & DJ Fase – Fast Food (Fry Antics)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Streamline [Instrumental Version] (Redef Records)
Twit One – Seemy (twitone.bandcamp.com/)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Trenchcoat, Fedora & Briefcase (Redef Records)
Curren$y x The Alchemist – BBS
Gravediggaz – Mommy, What’s A Gravedigga?
It seems to be a popular narrative with journalists and other non-Drum & Bass producing musicians at the moment, to wonder and show surprise that producers are still making DnB, that it’s “still here” and that it still has any kind of musical value or worth. This continued belief that DnB has been…