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Brand New Single from Cicada mastered at Chicago Audio Mastering

The new single from Australian Grunge/Rock band Cicada’s upcoming EP was released on October 5th, 2015.  Break Me Down delivers powerful vocals with intense guitar and big energetic rhythm with drumming reminiscent of Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana. The band is carrying their own, but gets a mastering “sound makeover” from Chicago Audio […]

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Slavic Livins and FMG featured in Illinois Entertainer

October’s issue of Illinois Entertainer (IE) features a background story on Slavic Livins and his body of work including his time spent at Fragile Music Group (Fragilemusicgroup.com) . The story comes out just as Avant’s album “The VIII” drops, which Livins engineered. Livins also wrote and produced one of the tracks on the album “I’m […]

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Do famous people become mentaly ill? AT

Aphex Twin has declared that all famous people are mentally ill. The combination of adulation and insecurity would drive anyone over the edge, he claimed, including himself. “I have hung around with enough famous people to realise they’ve got a serious insecurity problem,” Richard D James told Q magazine. “I think you have to be […]

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Where are Miley Cyrus’ parents?

I wasn’t going to watch the VMA’s this year.  After the past couple of lack luster seasons I’d decided I’d had enough.  Sorry MTV.  So when I turned on the news last Monday I was especially shocked to find the top story to be Miley Cyrus ‘twerking’ up against Robin Thicke’s junk at the show.  The only reaction I […]

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A Mastering Engineer’s Guide to Final Mixdown

“Garbage in, garbage out” is a common saying among mastering engineers. The quality of the source material limits the quality of the final product. Most of my clients have no problem following my simple preparation instructions, but they stop there. They figure once each mix sounds as good as they can get it, they’re done. […]

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