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Is the Mastering Engineer Still Necessary?
Music Biz

Is the Mastering Engineer Still Necessary?

A Neumann lathe, used to cut master discs for the production of vinyl records.

Years ago, the term “Mastering Engineer” was a very literal one. The “M.E.” was simply the person responsible for creating the master copies of a recording, from which all commercial duplicates could be made.

Today, the … Read More

How (and Why) Are MP3 Files So Damn Small?
Tech & Reviews

How (and Why) Are MP3 Files So Damn Small?

A technician works on one of Google’s gargantuan data centers.

The MP3 format was first released 21 years ago this Summer. It goes almost without saying that it, and the other compressed audio formats that followed, changed the music world forever.

Today, there are tens of millions of Americans who … Read More

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