The Harbal mastering software has been around for more than seven years now, and its first release version was reviewed by Martin Walker back in SOS March. After WaveLab, I have to have Harbal. The name is a short form for Harmonic Balance. It solves one of the most challenging phases of the mastering process.

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If your song is too bassy or trebly you will know immediately at this volume. When a song is harmonically balanced they state that the effect can be phenomenal.

Product Information – Har-Bal | The Scientific Audio Mastering Solution

Start typing and press Enter to search. Place the following plugins into the chain in this order and save as a preset with the same numbers I have inputted. This will keep your volume the same while you are pulling down your master threshold.

Take out your calculator and input It can balance and restore tracks capable of being restored. Return from Harbal to Music Mastering Software. Complex time selection and filtering is our take on how to control errant peaks in highly dynamic instruments such as vocal parts.

Har-Bal Air as it is now has been replaced with a more powerful and natural sounding Haas zone ambiance process. Measured spectrums for a poorly mastered track overlaid on a good one, as measured by Har-Bal. By coupling spectrum analysis with linear phase digital filtering Har-Bal provides the most powerful, yet functionally simple means of re-adjusting the spectral balance of sound recordings, be they original new masters, or re-masters of existing works.

You may need to use a subwoofer. You can input this number as a negative into your limiter and your RMS level for your overall loudness will be We handle the problem by first analyzing the entire recording.


Mastering Tutorial – Har-Bal | The Scientific Audio Mastering Solution

When do you anticipate that a DirectX version of HarBal will be available? All while maintaining the individual character of the mix.

This material is free to copy, print and distribute freely. Instead on manually trudging through the entire time trace to find the times at where those peaks occur you would use our tool based on placing a threshold line on the peak trace. Secondly, a typical equalization filter, like those found in other systems, will have only a limited degree of flexibility i.

The conventional approach is multiband compression, for which we have a disliking, mainly because to our mind it seems like a poor match to the problem at hand. I know very little about sound, but I am interested in learning more and getting a home studio setup for music production. So when you combine the effect of loudness sensitivity and equalization changes, how do you tell how much of the improvement was due to the equalization and how much was due to the overall increase in perceived loudness?

Figure 2 is a illustrative case in point of two recordings in the same genre but with vastly differing listenability. And it does it with results like no other tool can.

You create a transfer function to map the input average level to a new output average level and Har-Bal uses it to figure out what gain to apply dynamically prior to the limiter at any point in time.

The process will still be the same.

There are a number of methods used to accomplish harmonic balancing or spectral correction. This instruction manual is designed to get you up and running and hopefully give you a superior understanding of the mastering process.


Mastering Tutorial

So much so that you might find that if you were to simply turn up the volume you may find that your mix sounds significantly better. Har Bal balances the overall tone of a track. Earle, another top flight mastering engineer from Atlanta, matering contributes to the testing and development. When you perform EQ on a typical equalizer or mixing desk you cannot make an impartial judgment about whether a particular EQ setting is good or not because it is generally not loudness compensated.

Your tracks will sound their best when they are first processed in Har-Bal before any digital eq or multiband [Read More]. It does not mean give way to your eyes if your ears tell you everything you need. This can be indispensable to having sonic consistency on editing projects; playlists; or an album, for example.

Notably missing from this view is the process of loudness compensation, which has been overlooked for the sake of clarity. You should to pay special attention to your RMS power levels and adjust these based on the genre of the music. I do all my mastering work in Sound Forge 6, and it would be a lot more convenient if a plug-in was available. Phasescope — To check the stereo image Image should be mostly vertical upright with a little body to the east and west.

This also ensures that very little distortion is introduced by dynamics processing.