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Nov 20, 2013 04:10 PM

Shachar Gilad

How to Prepare Your Tracks for Mastering


This is a guest article by Shachar Gilad, founder of SoundBetter - the place to find audio engineers and studios.

You are finally ready to call your mixes ‘done’ and send your tracks to a mastering engineer. Congratulations, you’ve reached an important milestone that not every musician reaches. Here’s what you can do to ensure the mastering process is smooth and you get the best mastering you can.

7 Elements of a Good Live Sound Tech Rider

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When preparing to play a show or go on tour, one of the things you should have locked and loaded is a tech rider. A tech rider is a one-page document that gives the venue and/or soundman an understanding of what your technical requirements are and how to set up the stage before you arrive. It also gives them an opportunity to let you know if they can’t accommodate any of your needs. Other benefits of having a good tech rider are that it allows you to think through every aspect of your stage setup, and you'll impress the venue with your professionalism.

Here are 7 things you should include in your tech rider: