HELIXIRx coming to TIDAL Masters and Other Updates!

Authenticity, the debut offering from my retro synth-pop project HELIXIRx will be rolling out to TIDAL Masters as part of their MQA program. This ensures that the 24-bit 96KHz source for the digital release is available as part of TIDAL’s high resolution platform.

You can grab the full resolution master at Bandcamp, or if you’re looking for the highest possible quality version, the tape transfer is available exclusively through NativeDSD. Information about the recording and mastering process for this version is available at the NativeDSD website.

So, if streaming is your preference, then be sure to listen to the album on TIDAL and see how it sounds.

 TIDAL has partnered with MQA to deliver something substantially better: an authenticated and unbroken version (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit) with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite. And exactly as the artist intended it to sound.

TIDAL Masters page

As always though, if it sounds good to you then that’s what is important. When the album was mixed and mastered, I gave specific instructions to the wonderfully talented SAFFARI of whom did a great job at capturing the dynamics I had in mind — and that’s “how the artist intended it to sound” so don’t get caught up in the different versions of the album if the version you’ve got sounds good in your ears.

I’m already well into tracking the follow-up album and we will be releasing an EP of instrumentals soon I suspect.

Thanks everyone for the support!

Presenting HELIXIRx – sounds of the 80s with a modern twist!

A change of pace as I take a little bit of time out of doing the usual progressive rock stuff. I’ve been composing some synthwave/synthpop under the artist HELIXIRx and have also had the role of the retro art and various collaborations. The debut album Authenticity is due October 2020 and features 14 catchy tracks. The album will be released via streaming services and as a CD. The analog version of the album will be given a ‘retro’ tape master and will be transferred to Direct Stream Digital and released later this year.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Trevor Horn. In my opinion, The Buggles were a very underrated act whose brilliance was overshadowed by their hit Video Killed the Radio-Star. The album Age of Plastic is in-fact one of my desert island discs. Growing up and loving 80s music and the culture and visuals that surrounds the decade; I found that everything Horn, and Geoffrey Downs touched was pleasure to my ears. As a huge fan of prog-rockers YES, my journey into synthesiser-based pop was always inevitable, but I never found a true outlet despite my long-lasting love for retro synthesisers and analog equipment.

As a result, it was only natural I’d enjoy anything that resembles, clones or pays tribute to that era.

With Covid19 giving me endless boredom as a bit of a joke I started doing some retro music with cheesy effects. Eventually it led to me becoming a bit more serious about making everything glue together perfectly. There are at least 40 tracks I scrapped in the process. Countless hours wasted until I decided I wanted to pursue the ‘good’ tracks further and the result is Authenticity.

Pre-order Authenticity and grab the first set of tracks instantly!

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Surviving on Borrowed Time / Presentiment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzugupRemwg

CASK ANNOUNCES NEW CONCEPT ALBUM “SURVIVING ON BORROWED TIME” TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 2020
HEAR THE FIRST SINGLE “PRESENTIMENT” NOW ON YouTube

Download the single and an acoustic re-imagining from www.caskcamp.bandcamp.com

This will also be the first Cask album to exclusively release in DSD format through Native DSD Music a week before it launches anywhere else!

TunedLoud Reviews Life is a Terminal Illness

Read the verdict here

Track after track, on “Life is a Terminal Illness”, Cask certainly proves himself to be a master composer, arranger, lyricist, performer, engineer, and virtually every other role that applies.  “Life is a Terminal Illness” is likely a recording he’ll be remembered for, a milestone in his career, the moment his many roles and skills merged into something larger and all-embracing.

NEW SINGLE AND ALBUM REVEAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVyR6Gb9-Kw

LIFE IS A TERMINAL ILLNESS
OUT AUGUST 1, 2018

PRE-ORDER ON BANDCAMP AND GET SEE WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS TODAY:
https://caskcamp.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-a-terminal-illness

PRE-SAVE ON SPOTIFY:
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/cask/dHSE

Stream the debut album “Play it Over…”
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/cask/buEn

Some Audio Design and Production Tips

IMG_20180118_104720_651.jpgHere are a few valuable tips I have used over the last few of music production I figured I’d share. Do what suits you and find your own style, but this is what works for me and I’ll be sure to keep posting various things that I think may benefit aspiring amateurs and home-studioers alike.

 

  • Don’t add too much of anything
  • Listen to your mixes on as many systems as possible (use fancy headphones / crap ones / use your car stereo / even use your TV)
  • Mono your bass
  • Expand your mids
  • Leave the faders alone. Mix with Pan and EQ.
  • Never overmix your drums.
  • If within 45 minutes your mix isn’t progressing, remove parts or change the arrangement.
  • The key of the song definitely does matter. Don’t be lazy and decide to do it in E standard tuning just because. Experiment with half-step or full-step tuning.
  • Turn off your computer and leave your mix for a few days, come back with a fresh mind
  • Record vocals in stereo
  • Try a low-pass filter on a delay