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I finally succumbed to the temptation (see this post) and upgraded my laptop with a Crucial 512Gb M4 SSD.

UK Readers:   Crucial 512Gb M4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)
USA Readers: Crucial 512Gb M4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)

It’s fast! The old drive had a Windows Experience Index rating of 5.9 and was the slowest part of the system. The Crucial rates 8.1 and is the fastest. The slowest parts now are the graphics but as it’s not used for gaming this isn’t a problem. continue reading…

SSD (Solid State Drive) discussions have become a semi-regular feature here at Making Music and, as usual, we defer to the On Test expertise of Tom’s Hardware. Their round-up of the best value-for-money SSDs for October is here.

As SSDs develop, the question is no longer Do You Want an SSD? – Answer – of course you do! – but which one? continue reading…

After banging on about backing up, I had an email from JJ Jefferson saying he got himself a USB drive to backup his audio data and music files – good going, JJ – but now his computer can’t see the drive when he plugs it in.

This seems to happen with some drives but not others. I don’t know exactly why it happens but there is an easy fix. The problem seems to be that Windows hasn’t assigned the drive a drive letter.

I’ll run you through the process using Window 7. continue reading…

Headphones or monitors? The question used to divide much of the mixing community – and probably still does – but recent developments in music-listening habits have placed the subject back in the headlights.

At one time, virtually all professional mixing engineers would have said don’t mix on headphones full stop, but many are now relaxing their position. A little. In addition, many home studio owners don’t have any option but to mix on phones, or at least do most of their mixing on phones, so are these mixes doomed to failure?

Speakers vs Phones continue reading…

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EQ

  • 1) If you have a loose, muddy bass sound the best thing to do is to record it again properly. But if you can’t, you can tighten it up by using the EQ section to cut the frequencies between 170Hz and 260Hz.
  • 2) Add “sheen” to your song by boosting, everso gently, the frequencies around 15kHz with a parametric EQ.
  • 3) To make a section of a song stand out, boost the frequencies between 1kHz and 5kHz. This is the area into which speech falls and our ears are naturally attuned to it.

Drums continue reading…

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