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music finishing

 

| pitch and tuning | 
| denoise and restoration |
| music mastering |

 

These tools combined,

at the final stage of the production,

are where some of the

most game-changing work happens

Pitch and tuning

Any Musical Source

  • Pop Vocals
    The most appreciated use of tuning adjustments
  • Multitrack Acoustic Tuning
    Tune or move individual notes in a complex acoustic, multi-microphone texture without any trace of editing. This is appropriate for any acoustic music recorded in the same room chamber and orchestral music, jazz ensembles
  • Master Tuning
    From a finished stereo file, tremendous improvements can be made. If your mixes are finished, it's not too late to make improvements

The Art of Tuning and Intonation

Intonation is the mechanism which allows communication, expression, and artistry. Accurate intonation preserves the basic meaning of the musical experience. Intonation empowers timing, timbre, and rhythm. The slightest adjustment to a pitch can enhance the effect and purpose of a musical statement. Lowering or raising a pitch can alter the mood, color, and harmony. Each note needs to be handled with the utmost care. With the human ear, a note can be adjusted while preserving the natural musicality of the recording. As professional musicians ourselves, you can trust our ears. Even if we have different definitions of what “in tune” means, we will learn and match your individual perception of intonation. We have been conservatory trained to use the pythagorean, just, expressive, equal, well, and mean tone intonations and temperaments.  

 

  • Expressive Intonation 
    A little awareness and adjustment of melodic contour, bringing out brightness and darkness through expressive intonation, can expose powerful musical narrative.
  • Pythagorean Intonation
    Melodies adjusted pythagorically take on a whole new meaning in the musical context. When done with care, scales, arpeggios, and melodies take on a vocal quality that may not have been there before.

  • Just Intonation
    Taking care listening for resonance in double stops and chords will bring fullness and life to otherwise unresonant and dead sounding harmonies.
  • Equal Temperament
    In a recording with the use of a piano, which uses equal temperament, other instruments can be adjusted to match in passages that share the same notes as the piano
 

Non-Western Scales and Historical Temperaments

For non-Western scales and historical temperaments
(we have tons of experience working in both!)
we take extra care to keep the
authentic sound of the performance, and work together
with you so that the intended scale or temperament,
however esoteric, is maintained!

 

Music Mastering

 

Loudness is a strange thing

This might get a little bit loud.
No, seriously.

When it's louder, it's also fuller, crisper and more beautiful, but extra loudness also can produce a constrained, claustrophobic sound. We keep the best and leave the rest--bring up the detail we want, leave the muck we don't, and maybe only a little... just enough, or maybe a lot. We give it what it needs -- no more, and certainly no less.

 

Classical Music Mastering

Subtly, space and the art of PORTRAYING reality

Classical music is our love and a specialty. We all began in classical music and value real dynamics, real space and clarity beyond measure. We keep all of what's good and bring it to life - more detail, maintaining dynamic range and realism of the space with altogether a fuller more generous sound.

The Music Mastering Team