The Harbal mastering software has been around for more than seven years now, and its first release version was reviewed by Martin Walker back in SOS March. After WaveLab, I have to have Harbal. The name is a short form for Harmonic Balance. It solves one of the most challenging phases of the mastering process.

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And it does it with results like no other tool can. The process will still be the same.

Even for the most proficient of operators this task can be particularly difficult to do well and this in turn is a result of the way in which we perceive sound. In the above example, to accurately judge the effect of the EQ change mstering require mashering you reduce the overall volume while boosting the mid-range but by how much?

The conventional approach is multiband compression, for which we have a disliking, mainly because to our mind it seems like a poor match to the problem at hand. Return from Harbal to Music Mastering Software.

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This ‘prevents’ louder frequencies from unduly overpowering softer ones. What is Loudness Compensation Technology? You will always need the Limiter Always, always to listen your song at 85db while mastering.

This gives us a measure of the average and peak spectrum content displayed graphically from which we can quickly and easily judge the spectral balance of a given recording. Phasescope — To check the stereo image Image should be mostly vertical upright with a little body to the east and west. Equal loudness contours for human hearing subject to pure tones in a free-field with the subject facing the source from ISO recommendation R Adjust your high pass filter between 40 and 60hz to get rid of low rumble Sweep back and forth until it sounds right.


After the mix-down the final mix will more often than not have some level of dynamic range compression applied to it, either through a conventional compressor or a multi-band compressor like that available in the Finalizer.

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In other words even though I am increasing the overall volume, I am still maintaining my listening level. Will match your track to the perceived loudness of any commercial recording you input into Har-Bal.

The poor recording sounds thin harball sparse.

Without compensating for loudness it is very easy to make EQ mistakes. Without the taper it would sound too bright. Har-Bal allows you to instantly identify rogue resonances and correct them on the spot. The program will then match the volume of the current file to the reference file based on your input criteria.

In particular, the degree to which he or she can judge the music and its deficiencies, or in other words, masrering well he or she can analyze the recording through listening.

Users of the software report that this new process has demonstrated itself time after time in producing a harmonically balanced sound from one that was wanting.

There are a number of methods used to accomplish harmonic balancing or spectral correction.


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When you are finished mixing a track, import it matering Har-Bal and check for peaks and valleys. Apple OS X You may need to use a subwoofer. Which song is louder RMS level This instruction manual is designed to get you up and running and hopefully give you a superior understanding of the mastering process.

An extremely beneficial one when used properly. I do all my mastering work in Sound Forge 6, and it would be a lot more convenient if a plug-in was available. Har-Bal does so by measuring a loudness figure for the original recording based on an A-weighted sound power and adjusting the volume control on the filtered version so that the loudness figure of merit after filtering is the same as for the original.

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To get back to Left and right we use the following equations: So when you combine the effect of loudness sensitivity and equalization changes, how do you tell how much of the improvement was due to the equalization and how much was due to the overall increase in perceived loudness? So the level of the Side component relative the Mid component gives an indication of the stereo spread of your mix. The envelope it already has from the analysis.

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