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This archive provides access to my :

- References,
- Favorite freewares list,
- Keybindings cheat sheets for some major DAWs,
- Audio pro related in-depth blog posts.

References & Reviews

Mixdown and/or Mastering by Elliott Sebag (Evan Hays)


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Check out artists feedbacks about my work




Freewares

Browse my favorite freewares list (all works in 64bit, only some in 32bit).

Name Manufacturer Description Formats
(Click to reach official product page)
bx_subfilter Brainworx Powerfull Subharmonic filter, especially effective on Kicks & Bass VST2, 3 / AAX DSP, Native / AU / AudioSuite
Saturation Knob Softube Simple harmonic saturation generator VST2, 3 / AAX (11.0.2 or higher) / AU
bx_solo Brainworx Monitoring & Stereo width utility. VST2, 3 / AAX DSP, Native / AU / AudioSuite
TDR Nova Tokyo Dawn Records Parallel dynamic equalizer. VST / AAX / AU
Transpire (and others) Sonic Anomaly Transient designer, SA also offers other free plugins VST
Ambeo Orbit Sennheiser In depth Binaural panning tool VST2, 3 / AAX / AU
MFreeFXBundle Melda Production Various usefull and quality plugins ! Click on free download on the page. VST2, 3 / AAX
TAL-DUB Togu Audio Line (TAL) Vintage style delay VST

Only my favorite freewares are listed here, Lot more free plugins can be found in various places, for example at : www.kvraudio.com


Keybindings Lists

Find some keybindings list for some of the major DAWs :



Download my custom Studio One pro 4 keybindings, carefully reviewed and inspired via Live and Pro Tools it's a Logic-based modified mapping, to me it's the optimal keyscheme. Grab it right now for free :)

ElliottS_StudioOnekeyscheme.zip (47 Kb)


Export for Mastering ?

Reach the article on Smart DSP Knowledge Center.


Export for Mixdown ?

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Mastering

Welcome in the mastering section :)

What is Mastering ? | Loudness Advices


Reach the article "What is Mastering ?" on Smart DSP Knowledge Center



Loudness Advices - Or standing for quality audio !
Please, do not think that you need to export your music loud ! Actually what lot of people forget is that it's the consumer who owns the volume knob in the end, and a track too loud, probably over-compressed/limited to get that loud, will loose a lot of quality and will sound empty in comparison to a lower but more dynamic track. Either if cranked up or played back at lower volume.
I actually invite you to do the test, print the same track at -14LUfs and at -8LUfs (around 6dB louder overall) and check the results by yourself when playing them back at same volume afterwards.

In an other side you don't need to export to loud and you could actually be penalized for doing so when uploading your track to most of the digital downloads/streaming platforms. Indeed, due to the Loudness Normalisation most of them apply a track over -13LUfs will usually get lowered almost on all platforms... So you'll have compromise some dynamics, definition, dimension in your track to have a louder master. But in the end your file will sound lower & not as defined as some Streaming Optimized (in terms of loudness) tracks.

That being said and without going into further details, here is a general target that should work well for most genres on most digital releases platforms : -14 LUfs (+/- 0.5dB) with -1dB True Peak limiting // 44.1kHz or 48kHz following the platforms, 24bit mostly, sometimes 16 is asked..

Finally a nice tools if you are unfamiliar with those concepts might be
Loudness Penalty website by Meter Plugs (Ian Shephard). It allows to upload your track and see if it will get lowered (and if yes, how much) once uploaded on some specific major platforms.



For more information or any question about Loudness in Audio you can reach me directly on Smart DSP Community's Discord Server (ID: Eh#5251).


Mixdown

Welcome in the mixdown section :)

The different steps of a professional mixdown | Mixdown Critical Feedback Guide


The different steps of a professional mixdown

  • Set proper session settings (Sample Rate, Bit Depth, BPM...)
  • Import audio files & Organize (rename/color code) the session
  • Routing (creating buss/submixs...)
  • Cleaning/Edition/Gain Riding (if needed)
  • Volume Balance & static Panning
  • Tonal Processing (substractive mostly)
  • Dynamic Processing
  • Spatio Temporal Processing (Reverb, delay...)
  • Adding color, caracter, perceived loudness...
  • Eventual Automations



Mixdown Critical Feedback Guide (MCFG) - A way to identify strengths & weaknesses of a track.
A one page .pdf with some key points/questions that you can use to ensure accurate and complete feedbacks / analysis.
By following this little methodology, you should be able to point out pretty quickly the strenghts & weaknesses of a mixdown.

This little guide is available for free in direct download with the link below.



SDSP_Mixdown_Critical_Feedback_Guide.pdf (152 Kb)

For more information or any question about musical mixdown (daws, processing, tools used...) you can reach me directly on Smart DSP Community's Discord Server (ID: Eh#5251).


Computer Optimization for Audio

[Smart DSP Academy open beta] In this "Computer optimized for audio" course you'll learn about:

  • Computer main components
  • Minimum & Recommended requierements for audio
  • Storage, backups and security
  • Optimization for audio production
  • Audio plugins formats & installation/management tips
  • Audio Interface
  • Digital Audio protocols
  • Data Transfer Speed (USB - Thunderbolt - Firewire)



Unlike most websites nowdays, i don't ask any money or datas for this course... You can do a direct download with the link below.
However due to the time spent on it's creation and as it's a beta course for Smart DSP online academy program, your feedback would be more than welcome. You can reach me back via various ways that you'll find in the "course_instructor.pdf" file.



SDSPAC_Computer_Optimized_for_Audio.zip (4.25Mb)

For more information or any question about computer optimization for audio you can reach me directly on Smart DSP Community's Discord Server.


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