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TCM MASTERING: HOME MUSIC STUDIO TIPS & INFORMATION

July 30, 2012

TCM Mastering: Home Music Studio Tips and Information

The last two years have been extremely satisfying and rewarding, but due to work commitments over the next several months, this will be the last TCM Mastering blog.

We hope, that as a home studio user, you have found the TCM Mastering Home Music Studio Blog Series useful and informative.

Of course the blogs will remain available, so please make use of them.

TCM Mastering, the TCM Music Group and the YouTube video channel will continue as usual. So if you have any questions about the recording process or would like more information about our services and facilities, please contact us by clicking here.

TCM Studios UK & Nashville, USA.

I want to thank the many thousands of viewers and visitors to our blog. We have received many kind comments and I hope the information Eric and I have added to the blog in the form of the TCM Mastering Home Music Studio Series, has helped you to improve your engineering and production skills.

Links to various key topics can be found below or use the Tags on the right hand side of the page to take you to your subject of interest.

I sincerely wish everyone the very best in the future and please stay in touch via the http://www.tcmmastering.com website.

TCM Mastering Studio Kent, UK.

Part 56 – Mastering

MIDI Basic Studio Setup.

Part 52 – Intro To MIDI

Part 45 – Mixing Drums

Part 39 – Mixing Vocals

Mixing Desk.

Part 37 – Mixing Music

Shaded Area Showing Section To Be Edited.

Part 35 – Editing Music

Part 29 – Multitrack Recording

EQ Curves On Kick Drum & Bass Guitar.

Part 24 – Signal Processing

Drum Kit With Various Mics Setup.

Part 19 – Recording Drums

Part 13 – Recording Stringed Instruments

Using Figure-8 Mics On Singer/Guitarist.

Part 10 – Recording Acoustic Guitar

Part 9 – Recording Electric & Bass Guitar

Part 8 – Recording Piano

Left to Right: Neumann U87 Condenser, Shure SM58 Dynamic, Avantone CR14 Ribbon Microphones.

Part 5 – Microphone Types

Home Studio Built In Garden Shed.

Part 1 – Your Room

Owned and run by multi-platinum music producer Ted Carfrae, TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group have been providing

a professional, fast and affordable service

to all genres of the music industry for decades – from major record labels and international artists to brand new, up and coming music talent.

Take a look at some recent clients, by clicking here.

If you have questions about recording or would like to know more about what TCM can do for you and your music, our contact details are here.

TCM MASTERING: ONLINE MASTERING and AUDIO RESTORATION & WEST 1 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

May 11, 2012

TCM Mastering: Online Mastering and Audio Restoration

Multi-platinum music producers and mixers Ted Carfrae and CJ Boggs have been providing a professional, fast and affordable online mastering and audio restoration service to the music world for years. Take a look at some recent clients, by clicking here.

Beto Hale – Rebirth.

Ted has just mastered the new album ‘Rebirth’ by multi-instrumentalist Beto Hale – mixed by CJ Boggs in Nashville.

Ted is also in the process of restoring another album for the Strawberry Rain label in Canada…..details to follow.

TCM recently restored the album entitled: Benny Soebardja – ‘The Lizard Years’ SR002 which is now available online.

If you’d like more information on what TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group can do for you and your music, give us a call or drop us a line. Our contact details can be found by clicking here.

West 1 Entertainment News

In addition, Ted Carfrae formed West 1 Entertainment with business partner James Baker last year (2011) to handle artist management and promotion. One of their acts that continues to stun and excite audiences is…..

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act.

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act are currently touring the UK. The act is 100% live, with a talented band of musicians, dancers and a professional sound and lighting crew.

If you’re a fan of Michael Jackson, you will want to see Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act. It’s the closest you will ever get to experience Michael Jackson live in concert.

It’s not just another tribute act, but a sincere and totally professional musical tribute to the incredible Michael Jackson. Check out the website for more information, by clicking here.

TCM MASTERING: HOME MUSIC STUDIO TIPS & INFORMATION

April 30, 2012

TCM Mastering: Home Music Studio Tips and Information

Ted Carfrae of TCM Mastering and the TCM Music Group has produced, mixed and mastered virtually every genre of music over the last two decades. TCM are also experts in audio restoration. So why not give TCM a call or drop us an e-mail for your next music project. Click here for contact details.

Your music will shine with TCM Mastering.

Left: Ted Carfrae In TCM Mastering Suite, UK.

Right: Drums & Mic Setup At TCM Music Studios Nashville, USA.

Fronted by top record producers and engineers Ted Carfrae and CJ Boggs, with worldwide sales exceeding 25 million, TCM Mastering and the TCM Music Group understand what today’s musicians want and deliver a

professional, fast and affordable

service at a rate to suit every pocket. Take a look at last year’s client list including many up and coming artists.

Click here to find out more about TCM recording packages.

Check out the TCM Mastering Home Music Studio series of blogs for essential information and some great tips on starting up and running a home music studio.

Part 56 – Mastering

Part 52 – Intro To MIDI

Part 45 – Mixing Drums

Part 39 – Mixing Vocals

Part 35 – Editing Music

Part 29 – Multitrack Recording

Part 24 – Signal Processing

Part 19 – Recording Drums

Part 11 – Recording Acoustic Stringed Instruments

Part 8 – Recording Piano

Part 1 – Your Room

To find what you’re looking for, either use the tags on the right side of the page or use some of the links above.

TCM MASTERING: ONLINE MASTERING – THE BEST SPECIFICATIONS

April 20, 2012

TCM Mastering: Online Mastering – The Best Specifications

Ted Carfrae owner and founder of TCM Music Group and TCM Mastering discusses the best specifications for online mastering…..

TCM Studios: Ted Carfrae In UK & CJ Boggs In Nashville, USA.

Once you have a final mix of your music track(s) that you’re happy with, a professional mastering job will go a long way to show your music off at its best. Especially, if you intend to try to find a publishing deal or recording contract, or even release it on You Tube or My Space.

You can of course try mastering your music yourself. However, the mastering options available to the home musician are often limited by the equipment and lack of expertise.

By the time you’re ready to master your music, you’ll most likely have spent lots of time, effort and money getting to that stage. So it makes sense to employ the services of a trained professional, who specialises in this particular task and has access to the best equipment.

A professional mastering engineer is specifically skilled in this final part of the music process, and very importantly, provides a fresh pair of trained ears.

Clockwise From Top Left: Ted Carfrae & Jaki Graham; In The TCM Mastering Studio;  With Cilla Black; David Cassidy & Mike Tocci; Ted With Awards; Ted, CJ and Troy Luccketta.

Check out who our clients were in 2011.

More Important ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ To Follow Before Getting Your Music Mastered Online.

1. If your mixes are of poor quality, for example unbalanced, over compressed or over equalised. Mastering will do little to improve them.

2. TCM Mastering recommend you use the following high quality audio file formats when making your music: WAV, AIFF, SDII at 16 or 24 bit sample rates, or higher. Although we can work with MP3 files (minimum bit rate of 192Kbps) we strongly recommend you do not work in this format as they are of a compressed, substandard quality and not ideal for high-end mastering.

3. For your final mixes avoid any additional processing such as: Normalising, Equalisation, Compression, Limiting or Finalizing. These elements will be added during the mastering process.

4. If you want to compress your audio files prior to uploading to TCM, we recommend that you use the Windows RAR/Winzip format which can compress your files without loss of quality.

If you are unsure about any of the terms or details above, please contact us by clicking here, we’ll be happy to chat and explain the process.

Finally – You are the most important person in this process. So please tell us what your expectations are of the music you send to us. Music is very subjective and therefore the more guidance we have from you at the beginning, the better your end result will be.

So when you place an order at TCM Mastering we ask you to take the time to complete the ‘Special Instructions’ box of our online order form.

TCM Mastering is a division of the TCM Music Group which was founded by record producer and mastering engineer Ted Carfrae. TCM offers the following professional services: Record Production, Mixing Services, Audio Mastering & Audio Restoration.

As mentioned in an earlier blog, Ted Carfrae of TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group has formed a new business partnership with James Baker – West 1 Entertainment – which will handle artist management and promotion.

One of the acts that West 1 is very excited about is…..

‘Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson’

See below for upcoming tour dates.

This weekend’s dates for Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson are…..

19th April—–Congress Theatre / Eastbourne
21st April—–Carnegie Theatre / Cumbria
22nd April—-The Pavilion Theatre / Glasgow

TCM MASTERING: WHY HAVE YOUR MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY MASTERED?

April 13, 2012

TCM Mastering: Why Have Your Music Professionally Mastered?

Why have your music professionally mastered? TCM’s Ted Carfrae discusses the advantages of employing a fresh pair of experienced ears to work on your music project, in the video below.

Fronted by award winning, multi-platinum record producers and sound mixers Ted Carfrae and CJ Boggs, the TCM Music Group has the experience and professionalism to help you with your music project at any stage from conception to final mastering at a price anyone can afford.

Left to Right: Bruce Johnston (Beach Boys), Steve Hackett (Genesis & Supergroup GTR) and Ted Carfrae (TCM Music Group), Recently Interviewed At The BBC, London.

TCM have been offering a professional, fast and affordable service to the music community for over thirty years, having worked with most of the major record labels. Their clients range from new, up and coming artists to established international musicians.

It’s also worth mentioning, TCM are experts in audio restoration and have done work for the BBC and Sky Satellite Radio as well as smaller independent music houses.

Take a look at some of the clients TCM has worked with recently.

In the video below, Ted Carfrae of TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group explains what the music mastering process involves and why you should consider having your music professionally mastered.

If you’d like more information on what Ted and the TCM team can do for you and your music, give us a call or drop us a line. Our contact details can be found by clicking here.

Ted has also formed a new company with business partner James Baker – West 1 Entertainment – covering artist mangement and promotion. Both Ted and James are currently busy working with Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson…..an incredible 100% live act that pays tribute to the great Michael Jackson. If you love Michael Jackson, check out the link above.

TCM MASTERING: HOW TO CHOOSE A HIT SONG

April 6, 2012

TCM Mastering: How To Choose A Hit Song…..The Best Advice The Great Quincy Jones Ever Gave Me.

In the late eighties, I lived in Los Angeles. I was signed as a songwriter to a production company called RUFMIX Productions owned by a good friend of mine, the great Taavi Mote, one of the best mixing engineers I have every worked with.

Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones.

One day, I was invited to Westlake Audio studios (where Michael Jackson recorded the Thriller album). That day I met one of my all time idols, the great Quincy Jones.

I was young and totally in awe of this great pioneer of popular music and completely by chance I got the opportunity to sit down with him for a few minutes and have a short chat.

I was so nervous thinking ‘What do I ask him?’ – I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime and didn’t want to blow it. So the first thing I thought to ask was ‘How do you choose a hit song?’ – after all Quincy Jones has produced more than most.

Ted Carfrae At The Mixing Console.

As it turned out, Quincy gave this young sound engineer the best advice ever – very simple advice that I have used all my professional life since.

Quincy simply said, “I choose songs that I like on a personal level, I never approach a record thinking that this song or that song is a hit song. I pick songs that move me in some way, that touch my soul deep inside”.

He went on to say that “logically, with billions of people on the planet, there are going to be millions of other people who will also love the song, and millions who will not and that is good enough”. With that he was called back into the studio, he shook my hand and wished me luck and that was it.

Ted Carfrae Owner & Founder Of TCM Music Group & TCM Mastering With A Few Clients & Friends.

I remember telling my friends that I had met Quincy Jones that day, I just couldn’t believe my luck. Those few minutes with Quincy were so profound for me because I remember how kind he was to me, he didn’t have to bother at all but he shook my hand and looked me in the eye when he spoke to me.

At that moment he was interested in me and answering my question, simple as it may seem, that short time with him has stayed with me ever since and barely a day goes by when he doesn’t cross my mind in some way.

Click Here To See More Recent TCM Clients.

Several years later when I started producing albums myself, selecting songs to record, I approached each project the same way as Quincy told me to – picking songs that I like, that speak to me on a personal level.

Quincy won’t remember meeting me that day back in 1988, but I will never forget that for that very short time, I was in the presence of somebody very special indeed.

Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson…..A Totally Live Tribute To The Great Michael Jackson.

Incidentally, if you’re a Michael Jackson fan, check out West 1 Entertainment’s: Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson. This is not just another tribute act, but a sincere tribute to the music of Michael Jackson. Whereas most tribute acts use backing tracks, Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson, is 100% live.

Check out the TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group websites for details and information on how you can take advantage of some great Recording and Mastering deals for your own songs.

Our UK and USA contact details are listed below.

TCM MASTERING & TCM MUSIC GROUP PROVIDE A PROFESSIONAL, FAST & AFFORDABLE ONLINE SERVICE FOR TODAY’S MUSICIANS

March 30, 2012

TCM Mastering & TCM Music Group Provide A Professional, Fast & Affordable Online Service For Today’s Musicians

This is the last scheduled blog for TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group.

However, Ted Carfrae owner and founder of TCM wants to stress that TCM continues to work with musicians from newcomers to seasoned pros and he will continue working with CJ Boggs in Nashville to provide a full professional, fast and affordable online service to the music community.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Ted or CJ by clicking here.

Ted, as mentioned in an earlier blog, has formed a new business partnership with James Baker – West 1 Entertainment – which will handle artist management and promotion.

One of the acts that West 1 is involved with and is very excited about is…..

‘Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson’

‘Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson’ is now regarded by many, to be the World’s No.1 Michael Jackson Tribute show.

The music is one hundred per cent live. There are no backing tracks and Ben’s Live in Concert Michael Jackson experience features his incredible band of dedicated musicians and dancers. Ben and his band are currently hard at work, touring the UK along with his team of professional sound designers and lighting technicians. The shows have received incredible reviews, as the tribute show that has got to be seen to be believed.

Click here to view a few testimonials from some very satisfied clients.

From the end of March we will be starting a new blog for West 1 – this blog will include all the latest West 1 Entertainment news. So if you’re a Michael Jackson fan, be sure to check it out.

But for the moment, thanks to everyone who has followed the TCM blogs over the last year or so. We really appreciated your interest, enquiries and questions. And if you have any need for or help with production, recording, mixing, mastering or audio restoration don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help. Click here for contact details.

Many Thanks and Best Wishes for the Future.

Ted Carfrae and all the TCM team.