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AUDIOSIEGE Independent audio mastering in Portland, OR by Brad Boatright. https://linktr.ee/audiosiege Audiosiege Engineering is an independent audio and music production studio located in the heart of the Portland, Oregon independent music scene.

We offer professional mastering and production to recording artists worldwide. With roots that extend deep into the Hardcore, Punk, Metal, and Alternative music scenes, Audiosiege employs a perfect combination of experience, skill, and knowledge with the finest in both analog and digital audio processing. We've worked on records by Sleep, High on Fire, Modern Life is War, Nails, Sarabante, Noothgr

We offer professional mastering and production to recording artists worldwide. With roots that extend deep into the Hardcore, Punk, Metal, and Alternative music scenes, Audiosiege employs a perfect combination of experience, skill, and knowledge with the finest in both analog and digital audio processing. We've worked on records by Sleep, High on Fire, Modern Life is War, Nails, Sarabante, Noothgr

Operating as usual

Remember kids… recycled denim is a fantastic acoustic material, so don’t toss those jeans into the trash! And always che...
10/19/2022

Remember kids… recycled denim is a fantastic acoustic material, so don’t toss those jeans into the trash! And always check the packing material in boxes. You’d be surprised to find it used for shipping purposes as well. I’ve gathered around 20-30 square feet of it from packages alone.

Open door policy/Game of inches… Sometimes, simply cracking a control room door can help with low end buildup in problem...
10/14/2022

Open door policy/Game of inches… Sometimes, simply cracking a control room door can help with low end buildup in problematic areas, and it’s one of the simplest bass traps. Note the magnitude difference here at 93 Hz with the storage room door closed, open 8”, and open 22”. While it’s only a few decibels, it’s still a consistently measurable difference that can alter the accuracy of your monitoring environment.

I guess I should sweep the floor next.
10/12/2022

I guess I should sweep the floor next.

09/13/2022

Philly hardcore punk legends Rambo the punk rock band return and sign to Relapse for the release of 'Defy Extinction' out November 4th! R.A.M.B.O.'s first full-length since 2006!

Pre-Order & watch the "Defy Extinction" at orcd.co/rambo-defyextinction

Worked really hard on this one. Recorded and mixed by Taylor Young at Studio 606 and The Pit Recording Studio, mastered ...
08/31/2022

Worked really hard on this one. Recorded and mixed by Taylor Young at Studio 606 and The Pit Recording Studio, mastered at Audiosiege.

The music video for our New Single "You Must Die" is PREMIERING in 15 minutes at the link below! We'll see you there in the chatroom so let us know what you think!

https://youtu.be/YrhdsMBBjlo

Here’s one that I’ve been silently excited about for a long time… Before the iconic Dead Moon, there was King Bee. And D...
08/28/2022

Here’s one that I’ve been silently excited about for a long time… Before the iconic Dead Moon, there was King Bee. And Doomtown Sounds is releasing their recordings on vinyl after they were meticulously restored and mastered at Audiosiege…. A couple fun facts about this one: my old landlord, Mark Sten, played bass in the band, and Toody’s brother Pat, who played drums, built a guitar case for me about twenty years ago. “More than 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING!
Doomtown Sounds, in collaboration with Toody Cole and the surviving members of the band, is proud to present the release of the KING BEE album, containing a dozen unreleased studio and live songs recorded between 1977 and 1981. King Bee was Fred Cole’s late 70’s band, and their music occupied an important position in Fred’s development as a songwriter.

This often-overlooked part of Fred’s career saw him combining elements of his 60’s roots with this new sound called punk rock, and it was this synthesis of styles which led to the Rats, and, eventually, to the creation of DEAD MOON.

08/25/2022

I’ll need to make this a bit smaller, but I’m happy with the proof of concept here… Using a Cricut machine to make die-cut index lines.

Gum balls.
08/24/2022

Gum balls.

https://www.earsplitcompound.com/tribal-gaze-texas-death-quintet-to-drop-debut-lp-the-nine-choirs-via-maggot-stomp-brook...
08/19/2022
TRIBAL GAZE: Texas Death Quintet To Drop Debut LP, The Nine Choirs, Via Maggot Stomp; BrooklynVegan Premieres “And How They Wept For Eternity” Video, Preorders Posted, Tour With 200 Stab Wounds Underway - Earsplit Compound

https://www.earsplitcompound.com/tribal-gaze-texas-death-quintet-to-drop-debut-lp-the-nine-choirs-via-maggot-stomp-brooklynvegan-premieres-and-how-they-wept-for-eternity-video-preorders-posted/

photos by Sidney Stauts Texas death metal quintet TRIBAL GAZE is preparing to drop their monstrous debut LP, The Nine Choirs, through Maggot Stomp in September. As the band begins their massive North American tour with Creeping Death, 200 Stab Wound, and more, the label unveils the record’s cover ...

More automation. I do this a lot, to preserve or enhance impacts and dynamic shifts. It takes a bit of extra work and ti...
08/12/2022

More automation. I do this a lot, to preserve or enhance impacts and dynamic shifts. It takes a bit of extra work and time, but it’s worth it and something I consider part of the job. Think about this next time you choose a mastering engineer.

New plaque for the studio door
08/06/2022

New plaque for the studio door

Here’s another  MaxxBass preset that I’d love to share. This one is just subtle enough to add some low end extension wit...
08/01/2022

Here’s another MaxxBass preset that I’d love to share. This one is just subtle enough to add some low end extension without getting out of control, and, on the right source, it’s one of those settings that you don’t notice right away, but miss when it’s bypassed… similar to a properly adjusted Baxandall EQ’s low shelf. The preset can be found in the Waves sub folder of the presets, following the link in bio. Have fun, and let me know what you think.

This is the tenth summer I’ve spent working in the current location of Audiosiege. Through all the summers before, with ...
07/30/2022

This is the tenth summer I’ve spent working in the current location of Audiosiege. Through all the summers before, with the exception of a few vacations here and there, I spent five full days a week in here without air conditioning. As I’m a bit paranoid of electrical interference from fans, and, generally, not a “fan” of the noise floor boost that comes with them, I’ve sweltered while toiling in this room. But I’ve never complained, and I’ve considered myself lucky to be in this position, even if that position is in front of tube gear on 100 degree days. Besides, there are records that need mastering, and I’ve always been determined to do my best to circumvent or overcome any challenges. But when I took Tuesday off, my good friend and studio partner, Mark Kaeder, got on the roof and routed two HVAC ducts to outlets right above my seating position. With a forecast of 101° Fahrenheit today, one of the few things that could make me happier than having air conditioning is knowing that someone did something nice for me. Time to bake a few cakes I reckon. Thanks Mark! ❤️

Gear check morning
07/28/2022

Gear check morning

Compressors… these are some of my favorites in the digital realm. The incredibly versatile Tokyo Dawn Kotelnikov GE prob...
07/25/2022

Compressors… these are some of my favorites in the digital realm. The incredibly versatile Tokyo Dawn Kotelnikov GE probably gets the most use. Cytomic’s The Glue (not only for its clipping section) is my favorite SSL style compressor plug-in. The digitally vintage Waves LinMB, which I’ve used for a long time, has a certain sound that just works well. One my recent favorites to compliment my analog version is the Rocksonics MB-3X, and for optical style compression with a touch of color, the UAD Fairchild is a tough one to beat.

My favorite clipping plug-ins: The incredibly underrated Event Horizon from Stilwell Audio, KClip Pro from  , StandardCL...
07/24/2022

My favorite clipping plug-ins: The incredibly underrated Event Horizon from Stilwell Audio, KClip Pro from , StandardCLIP from (both being top shelf pieces), and the clipping sections from the Limiter 6 GE, DMG Audio’s Limitless, and The Glue from Cytomic. Last but definitely not least is the new Soft Limit plug-in from

Mornin’
07/18/2022

Mornin’

Photos from Escuela Grind's post
07/09/2022

Photos from Escuela Grind's post

I’m looking forward to  in Portland tomorrow, and excited to speak about DAW workflows and efficiency in mastering!
07/06/2022

I’m looking forward to in Portland tomorrow, and excited to speak about DAW workflows and efficiency in mastering!

I’ve been waiting for this one for a while, despite already having an Apogee Rosetta 200 & 800, and a whole bunch of cli...
07/01/2022

I’ve been waiting for this one for a while, despite already having an Apogee Rosetta 200 & 800, and a whole bunch of clipper plug-ins. AD converter clipping is a technique I’ve employed quite a bit over the years, but levels always have to be within a pretty narrow range of the clip, or you’ll get nasty intermodulation distortion on low end swells and long fades where transients aren’t present. Software clippers have partially replaced DA clipping for me, but there’s still something about hitting the input of the converter just right. Apogee improved their clipping circuits a lot over the years as well… the early units would just sound nasty when clipped, with audible clicking and popping. These days I use a Lavry for my conversion, which has its own fantastic clipping circuit, but the Rosettas are still some of my favorite sounding converters and the Soft Limit feature on them, which I almost always kept engaged, is a big reason why. So far, I’m impressed with this one, and the price is right… it’s free. The second two photos are from the manual and show a little bit of what the clipper does to the waveform.

This latest set of meters is about to ship to  and is an exercise in minimalist restraint. It’s a 2U unit featuring a po...
07/01/2022

This latest set of meters is about to ship to and is an exercise in minimalist restraint. It’s a 2U unit featuring a poplar face, reinforced with aluminum. Front-mounted rotary switches provide three choices of meter ballistics, and calibration adjustment screws are accessible from the back, next to potentiometers for adjusting the brightness of the lights. I’m quite happy with it.

Mark spent most of yesterday installing and configuring some new gear and software in Studio A here, namely a Mac Studio...
06/29/2022

Mark spent most of yesterday installing and configuring some new gear and software in Studio A here, namely a Mac Studio, a UAD Apollo 16 and a UAD Apollo x8p. Despite keeping myself busy in my mastering room, this is an exciting addition to the other side of the hall, and should provide some extra resources to freelancers, while keeping the existing Apogee Symphony conversion as an option as well.

Waves Q-Clone is phenomenal. I’ve used it to clone the curves of some of my favorite DR-MQ5 settings, and the accuracy i...
06/28/2022

Waves Q-Clone is phenomenal. I’ve used it to clone the curves of some of my favorite DR-MQ5 settings, and the accuracy is astonishing. I’ve linked to my Q-Clone preset folder in the comments, and it can be found with a few other fun presets.

I’m excited to be speaking about advanced DAW workflows with Justin Perkins from Mystery Room Mastering on July 7th at T...
06/25/2022
The Sapphire

I’m excited to be speaking about advanced DAW workflows with Justin Perkins from Mystery Room Mastering on July 7th at The Sapphire Mastering Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference is being held from July 7-8, and more information can be found at the link below.

-Brad

http://thesapphire.org/conference/conference2020.html

06/23/2022

The new Locrian release “New Catastrophism”, their first release in seven years, will see its release on 2xCD/LP/Digital on Aug 12. Monolithic and immersive dark ambient/experimental/drone being the paramount expression with this opus. Alongside “New Catastrophism” LOCRIAN will also be releasing the “Ghost Frontiers” EP that will come as a bonus disc with the CD edition, a bonus digital download with the LP, and released through all digital channels on Aug 12.

New track/pre-orders are now live here: https://linktr.ee/locrianmusic

LOCRIAN is a prophetic voice of decline. From the band’s inception, it has comfortably straddled both the experimental and metal underground, weaving themes of apocalypse, urban decay, environmental destruction and birth/death/rebirth throughout its multifaceted and genre-defying releases. The trio formed in 2005 in Chicago and features Terence Hannum (synthesizers, vocals, tape loops), André Foisy (guitars, electronics), and Steven Hess (drums, electronics). Over their sixteen-year history, Locrian have released six studio albums, three collaborative albums, and numerous limited-edition releases.

“New Catastrophism” and “Ghost Frontiers” was recorded and mixed by J. Robbins, mastered by Brad Boatright, and features artwork by Trevor Paglen with design by Chimere Noire.

“New Catastrophism” track listing:
1. Mortichnia
2. The Glare Is Everywhere And Nowhere Our Shadow
4. Incomplete Map Of Voids
3. Cenotaph To The Final Glacier

“Ghost Frontiers” bonus EP track listing:
1. Witness The Collapse Of Geologic Time
2. The Chasm Of The Future

With software-based Baxandall equalizers, one could do a lot worse than Variety Of Sound’s free Baxter EQ plug-in. Compa...
06/08/2022

With software-based Baxandall equalizers, one could do a lot worse than Variety Of Sound’s free Baxter EQ plug-in. Compared to the UAD Dangerous Bax, the curves are slightly different, and there seems to be a bit of subtle harmonic content being added, but it’s a great equalizer that can easily and quickly give a stereo mix or sub-mix a light-handed loudness that you may miss when bypassed.

The freshly built VU meter box, calibrated, installed, and functioning flawlessly. The first switch is for power, the se...
05/30/2022

The freshly built VU meter box, calibrated, installed, and functioning flawlessly. The first switch is for power, the second inserts different value capacitors across the meters to control ballistics, and the third engages the output to the left/right meter behind it (pictured in the final photos).

Apparently, my new hobby is building meter boxes from scratch. I wanted to build a four meter box to hang on the back of...
05/29/2022

Apparently, my new hobby is building meter boxes from scratch. I wanted to build a four meter box to hang on the back of my desk, tilting the meters down a bit more to keep the lights out of my eyes, so I decided to build this one from some poplar slabs I had. I’ll be soldering everything today, and should have it in place and functioning tomorrow.

Wow. Thanks so much to Graveir and Longing Maw, not only for entrusting me with mastering these great sounding and beaut...
05/26/2022

Wow. Thanks so much to Graveir and Longing Maw, not only for entrusting me with mastering these great sounding and beautifully packaged albums, but also for sending them all the way from Australia to my doorstep! Chuffed!

05/12/2022

Hardware multi-band compression is so fun.

05/06/2022

Always cut at zero!

The Foote Control Systems P3EX is such a unique and wonderful compressor, with a huge tone, thanks to the Edcor transfor...
05/04/2022

The Foote Control Systems P3EX is such a unique and wonderful compressor, with a huge tone, thanks to the Edcor transformers on the ins and outs. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite hardware comp when transparent compression isn’t needed, and the RMS detection is executed flawlessly. This thing just makes things bloom in a way that’s difficult to describe without having heard it.

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Recorded by Tobias Munk Tønder at Angry Music Studios
Mixed by Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat Studio
Mastered by Brad Boatright at AUDIOSIEGE

Photography by Tom Borup James
Artwork by Victor Kaas
Visualiser by Kabdebó Tamás
🔥 SERVANTS OF VIOLENCE IS OUT NOW 🔥

To coincide with the release of our debut album, we are pleased to reveal our third single EDGE OF COLLAPSE. Thematically, the song confronts the stark reality of climate change and the ruinous path humanity is being forced down by the inaction of corporations and governments.

Music video recorded & edited by Timfy James at Old School Studios.

Track recorded by Stu McKay at Studio 6, UK.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at AUDIOSIEGE.

1st song off the next album is out today🖤

✖️On and On✖️
written by me
co-produced by Ian Blurton and myself
mastered by Brad Boatright AUDIOSIEGE

vox, synth, bass, rhythm guitar: me
lead guitars, mix + engineer: Ian Blurton
drums: Stephan Szczesniak

recorded at ProGold✨
Hypnotic Dirge Records is looking forward to releasing the new Norilsk EP, Beyond the Mountains, on May 13. The release will include an original song as well as a cover, both recorded at Wolf Lake Studios , and mixed by Mike Bond at the Bond Cave, with additional mastering by Brad Boatright at AUDIOSIEGE .

When Netherlands' melodic doom-death godfathers Officium Triste celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2019, they invited a number of artists around the world to participate in a tribute album, where Norilsk contributed with opening track ‘Intro Officum Triste (Pt II) / Mountains of Depressiveness.’ With its desolate coldness and relative austerity, the cover song and its lyrics represent the stripped-down essence of the genre, which remains as relevant 25 years later.

‘Beyond the Horizon’ was composed in the spirit of the 90’s classic doom-death bands, and recorded during the same session. The song is about the Inuit High Arctic Relocations in Canada, a mid-20th Century tragic event that occurred when Canadian authorities forced a number of northern communities to relocate in the High Arctic, a ‘place of darkness,’ and deliberately slaughtered their sled dogs. This
displacement had deep impact on the Inuit traditional way of living, and still has ongoing consequences in northern communities today.

Beyond the Mountains will be released digitally on HDR and Norilsk bandcamp pages, and on all streaming platforms on May 13, 2022.

Pre-orders can be placed at the following links: https://hypnoticdirgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-mountains
NEW RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Trepanation Recordings are absolutely delighted to announce that we are working with Manchester’s Fatalist to release their latest EP ‘Ruination’ on limited edition cassette.

Recorded by Joe Clayton at Nø Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright at AUDIOSIEGE, this is definitely one amazing sounding release and you can grab your copy here: https://trepanationrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/ruination

Cassettes are limited to 50 copies and are expected to ship around 17th June.

‘Ruination builds on the band's sound whilst managing to retain the key elements that were established on their debut.

The EP captures the ferocious intensity of the bands live show however, unavoidable time away from the gigging circuit has allowed the band to explore different dynamics taking inspiration from all areas of punk, hardcore and beyond. The band refuse to shy away from the topics that shape their ethos and remain against racism, sexism, homophobia and animal cruelty.’
Still hot!

Schrottet euch eure Gehörgänge bitte komplett!
👉 https://youtu.be/7np_duCpLtQ

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Wir hauen euch heute den ersten Song unserer neuen Platte "Erasing Life" um die Ohren! Der gute hört auf den Titel "6 Hansa, 2 Kurze" und der Name ist Programm!

Zieht euch das Ding rein! Mehr Infos zur neuen Platte gibts in den kommenden Tagen!

Riesiges Dankeschön an Felix für die Umsetzung des Videos! Du bist der Beste! Checkt unbedingt seinen Twitch-Channel:
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Hier geht jetzt zum Video:
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Viel Spaß damit!
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We are pleased to reveal to you the second single "Doomsday Prophecy", taken from our debut album, Servants of Violence which is set for release on May 20th.

Music video recorded & edited by Timfy James (Old School Studios) at The Craufurd Arms (Live Music Venue).

Doomsday Prophecy recorded by Stu McKay at Studio 6, UK.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at AUDIOSIEGE.

"Full Blown Satanic Assault" album out 5.10.22. Here's a sneak peak of the recording process with Andy at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL for the song "Drive". Mastered by AUDIOSIEGE.
TEASER-TIME!

Wir hauen euch nächste Woche Sonntag ein neues Video um die Ohren!
"6 Hansa, 2 Kurze" vom kommenden Album! Mehr Infos gibts in Kürze! Bleibt dran!
Jetzt tut's Basti gleich und stellt euch einen rein!

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Announcing our new album ‘KEEP YOU WARM’. Available for pre-order through Reason and Rage Records 🔥
Our first single ‘The Hammer’ is streaming now on bandcamp and will be on all other digital platforms tomorrow to pre-save. Limited recycled ash or black vinyl LP + Tee + Pin bundles available.
https://linktr.ee/outrighthc

Recorded and mixed by Sam Johnson on Wurundjeri land at Holes and Corners - Recording Studio
Mastered by AUDIOSIEGE
Original cover mono-print painting with ashes, gesso and ink on hand marbled paper by Faith Coloccia
Insert, layout, design and merch by Annie Walter Design
TW: abuse //
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These first photos were taken at Sound Emporium here in Nashville, on November 30, 2019. I spent the whole day tracking guitars for an EP called Hold On To Yourself by my band Friendship Commanders. It was a good—if long—session, and I was the only one in the hot seat that day. I remember that being somewhat intense. I sang the whole record the next day and then it was sent off to be mixed by Ballou. It was a whirlwind.

I wrote Hold On To Yourself about being an adult survivor of childhood abuse; about how it colors everything in my life, from my relationships, to how I feel in my own skin, to how I sleep (or don’t) at night. We know more now about how early abuse impacts a person than we did when I was growing up. We know now that it changes the DNA, the very wiring of a person’s makeup. When I was younger, this was not honored. In fact, it was erased for me and a lot of other people who survived. For me, that did more damage than much of the abuse itself.

I wrote the record because these truths live inside of me, and also because I’d never heard a body of work about it. There were songs about other types of violations, but I needed work to exist about this; not only what happened, but what’s true for me now, how I move through the world today. I think our society tends to treat childhood abuse as something that occurred in one’s past, but what’s true, is that many people live with the effects forever. I do. And I also still navigate the family systems that allowed my abuses in the first place. I share this to be visible, so that other survivors can see and hear me and know there’s at least one more person who gets it.

The title is a phrase I write down every day, to remind myself. I don’t need to be told I can do hard things; I already know that. I need to be told not to abandon myself—and I need to be told by my own self. With care.

I have never been more proud of anything than I am this record. I celebrate its existence and thank all who laid hands on it: my amazing bandmate Jerry Roe, as well as Kurt Ballou, AUDIOSIEGE, & Zaq Reynolds. It has been in the world for 2 years today. Thanks for listening.

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