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Hypnos News and Announcements / CD Sale Ongoing
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:32:53 PM »
Price cuts are happening as well, so the coupon deal will get you some
truly ridiculous prices, especially in our CLOSEOUTS section:
... to which we add new items every day.

We've just entered a new coupon code, good on our HYPNOS ONLINE STORE...
The coupon is good through July 4 (that means it expires July 5).

The new  code is JULY4 and gives 15% off any order over $50.

If you want to buy, but not spend $50, we're still honoring the
SUMMER2013 coupon code which gives 10% off any order, no minimum.

Here are some of the latest price reductions, from the Groove NL and
Neu Harmony labels:


Various Artists - Beyond ME ($5.99, was $7.99)
Kubusschnitt - The Cube ($10.99, was $14.99)
Paul Nagle - Lore ($10.99, was $14.99)
Paul Nagle - Red Book/Blue Book (2CD) ($13.99, was $19.99)
Jim Kirkwood - Tower of Darkness ($9.99, was $13.99)
Otarion - Evolution      ($9.99, was $13.99)
Paul Ellis - Appears to Vanish ($10.99, was $14.99)
Kubuschnitt - The Singularity ($9.99, was $13.99)
Various Artists - Okefenokee Dreams 2001 ($9.99, was $13.99)
Tomorrow's Tuesday - The Glimmer Room ($9.99, was $13.99)
Syndromeda - The Alien Abduction Phenomenon      ($9.99, was $13.99)
Syndromeda - In Touch with the Stars ($9.99, was $13.99)
Mike Andrews - Time & Science ($9.99, was $13.99)
Andy Pickford & Paul Nagle: S.T.D.M. - Ramayana  ($9.99, was $13.99)
Arcane - 33 1/3 RPM     ($9.99, was $13.99)
AirSculpture - TranceAtlantic (2 CD)    ($11.99, was $16.99)
Max van Richter - Resurrection ($9.99, was $13.99)
Javi Canovas - Light Echoes     ($9.99, was $13.99)
The Omega Syndicate - Phonosphere       ($9.99, was $13.99)
Otarion - Creator       ($9.99, was $13.99)
The Omega Syndicate - Apocalypse        ($9.99, was $13.99)
Syndromeda - Metaphysical Experiences   ($9.99, was $13.99)
Otarion - Faces of the Night    ($9.99, was $13.99)
Under the Dome - Bellerophon    ($9.99, was $13.99)
Under the Dome - Wot No Colin?  ($9.99, was $13.99)
The Omega Syndicate - Analogue Waves    ($9.99, was $13.99)
Syndromeda - Creatures from the Inner [2 CD] ($11.99, was $16.99)
Syndromeda - A Day in the Fields        ($10.99, was $15.99)
Weird - A Different Kind of Normal      ($10.99, was $15.99)
Jiannis - Plugged ($10.99, was $15.99)


Alpha Wave Movement - Drifted into Deeper Lands (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Cutting Branches     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Michael Stearns - Plunge         (was $9.99, now $5.99)
Syndrone - Blind Date    (was $11.99, now $7.99)
Ron Boots - Close, But Not Touching      (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Current      (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Too Many Secrets     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Rudy Adrian - Starfields: sequencer sketches v.3  (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Backgrounds  (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Ghost of a Mist      (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Michael Stearns - Sustaining Cylinders   (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Rudy Adrian - Concerts in the USA        (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Dreamscape   (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Different Stories and Twisted Tales (was $12.99, now $7.99)
Hemisphere - Now         (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Various Artists - World Wide Kind        (was $9.99, now $5.99)
Dom F. Scab - Binary Secrets     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Syndromeda - The Alien Abduction Phenomenon      (was $9.99, now $5.99)
Syndromeda - In Touch With the Stars             (was $9.99, now $5.99)
Wavestar - Mind Journey  (was $14.99, now $9.99)
N-Tribe - Tower of Power         (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Paul Ellis - Silent Conversations        (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Acoustic Shadows     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Create - Biospherical Imagery    (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Hemisphere - Destination Infinity        (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Frank Klare - Moods      (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Nattefrost - Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Frank Van Bogaert - Closer       (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Rudy Adrian - Par Avion, Sequencer Sketches 4 (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Volt - Nucleosynthesis   (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Mea Culpa    (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - See Beyond Times - Look Beyond Words         (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Kees Aerts - If One Door Closes  (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Paul Ellis - The Last Hiding Place of Beauty     (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight    (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Harold van der Heijden - Derby! (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Create - Reflections from the Inner Light        (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Create - From Earth to Mars      (was $14.99, now $9.99)
Nattefrost - Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon (was $14.99, now $9.99)

Here's another link to our CLOSEOUTS section:
That's where all the action is. And our new coupon code, once again, is JULY4 and gives 15% off any order over $50.

Just received this note from Saul Stokes about his performance TONIGHT in San Francisco, CA. Yes, it's short notice, but in case you might be able to make it... Saul says:

Greetings! A very last minute email about a very last minute concert!
I'll be performing live this Thursday night (6-27) in San Francisco.
Expect a invigorating summer remix of Sleek Nucleus and Villa
Galaxia. More info below:

F8 LIVE presents: Unnatural Ways, Impuritan, & Saul Stokes
Thursday at 9:00pm
1192 Folsom in San Francisco, California


For those of you on the East Coast, I will be in Philadelphia this
November for The Gathering Series. More to come...

Saul Stokes w/Delicate Monster - 16 November 2013


Saul Stokes is recognized as one of the leading voices in modern
Electronic Music. Described as "fresh and inventive", Stokes brings
together elements of Space, Ambient, Industrial and
Intelligent-Techno and forges a sound uniquely his own. The immediacy
of the live setting brings out Stokes' talent for creating floating
spacemusic. Using unique, self-designed and constructed electronic
instruments, he effortlessly conjures up completely improvised
electronic soundscapes. Local innovative music duo Delicate Monster

Anybody here going to see Lustmord in Providence? Lena and I will be there. It's an event connected with the NecronomiCon Providence festival, focused on H.P. Lovecraft and related books, movies, games, music, etc.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Six Hypnos CDs running a little low.
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:55:59 PM »
In the middle of all these posts about price reductions in our ongoing effort to get rid of most of the CDs we sell (at least temporarily), here's a different kind of update.

These six Hypnos CDs are starting to run low, and we know how people hate it when they want a CD and discover it's out of print. So here's your warning! If you want any of these -- and they include work by some of our most popular artists -- snap a copy up before it's too late. You can browse through the Hypnos section:

...or access these items directly via the links below.

Viridian Sun - Solar Noise - $9.99

Viridian Sun - Perihelion - $9.99

James Johnson - Entering Twilight - $9.99

Jeff Pearce - The Light Beyond - $11.99

Tom Heasley - Where Earth Meets Sky - $11.99] [url][/url]

Oophoi - Athlit $11.99

Don't forget our two currently-active coupon codes:

SUMMER2013 gives 10% off any purchase, and is valid through the end of July 2013.

15PCT75MIN gives 15% off purchases over $75, but it is only valid through June 28.

The coupon deals can't be stacked or combined.

Please spread the word if you know anyone who might appreciate these deals. It's all happening at the Hypnos Online Store!

Plague Recordings has asked us to let Hypnos Forum members know they're offering a couple of Audela albums on a free or "pay what you like" basis on Bandcamp through the end of the month:

I've been hinting for a long time that we wanted to create a Hypnos download store. For a variety of reasons, that hasn't happened. Maybe when I have a little more time,I'll go into some of the reasons why.

These reasons are mainly just a combination of being personally too busy to invest as much time as required, complicated by having selected a couple of software solutions which seemed like the best choice at the time, but included unanticipated hurdles to getting a story fully up and running.

It's been SO CLOSE to happening on several occasions, only to have to regroup, deal with upgrades or software discontinuations, and start over. Once I was just about ready to open the store to beta testing... just waiting to solve ONE more little glitch. I even left the test store "open," and was surprised when a few people found links via Google, even though the store wasn't officially open, and managed to purchase downloads and receive them successfully.

I now believe I have a solution that will work. It's not fully ready to go, but the aspects which seemed most potentially glitchy in other software (payment gateway stuff in particular) seems not to be an issue at all with this new application.

Another consideration is our existing Hypnos Online Store. It's served us well -- we've been using the same Miva Merchant software, though upgrading versions along the way, for almost 15 years! -- but the software is increasingly expensive and the functionality of it simply hasn't stayed with the times. It's perfectly serviceable, and it's allowed us to sell many thousands of orders to our customers, but lacks certain features (or they're available only as extremely expensive add-ons) and it's difficult to modify the store's appearance.

For this reason, not only are we working on a new download store, but the plan also includes gradually moving all our CD sales to the same new storefront. Because we have many hundreds of CDs in our inventory, and we'll have to move all these over to the new store, it's time for the biggest "moving sale" we've ever had. No, we're not physically moving our operation. I guess we're "virtually" moving.

We're going to start a huge sale on the Hypnos store, with the goal of blowing out about 1/3 of our non-Hypnos titles. This will include two kinds of discounts.

1. Price reductions, some of which will be "while they last" closeouts, and some of which will be temporary until the store migration


2. Coupon codes applicable to anything and everything, including Hypnos items, new releases, and items already on sale

This sale will be ongoing until we have migrated to the new store, but it will go through several phases. We'll have some coupon codes that are valid as long as the existing Hypnos store is in operation, and other coupon specials that last only for certain durations, or for a certain number of uses (so you'll have to compete against each other to use these codes before someone else does).

When the download store is functional, I'll do a "soft open" with a small number of items for sale, and ask people to help out with test orders with big discounts. Then we'll gradually shift inventory over from the existing Hypnos store, running both stores in parallel, until we're ready to shut down the old Hypnos store.

Eventually, you'll have to visit the new SoundSwim store to purchase Hypnos CDs or downloads. The next phase after this will be the sales of non-Hypnos downloads. It's our hope to make the SoundSwim store as important an ambient music destination in the digital era as the Hypnos Online Store has been in the era of compact discs.

If you're a fan of CDs, don't worry. This remains our primary focus, and we don't expect to stop offering CDs any time soon. You'll find we're producing smaller editions, but there will always be a reasonable number available to avoid issues of artificial scarcity, editions selling out on day 1, that sort of thing.

I welcome questions and suggestions. More than that, we welcome your orders! Coupon codes coming soon. After that, category-by-category price reductions. In case it wasn't clear above, you'll be able to "stack" the coupon code discounts on top of the price reductions, and get some really ridiculous prices.

Thanks, everyone, for all your support of Hypnos over the years. We're still going strong, and expect to be healthier than ever after this evolution.

Everything and Nothing / Slightly ambient-related writing
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:26:53 AM »
I try not to bug everyone here too much about my fiction writing. I've had a handful of weird stories published in the past year or so, and more coming soon, and while some of my Hypnos-related friends have read and commented on them, I've mostly left that out of the Hypnos Forum... so far.

I think some of you might be interested in my story "The Lure of Devouring Light" which appeared in the April issue of Apex Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with Apex, it's a prominent electronically published magazine which covers the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

"The Lure of Devouring Light" is a dark and strange tale that takes place in the lead-up to a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's classical cycle, Licht. In the course of the story, there's a musical improvisation that may appeal to ambient music performers or listeners.

I realize this sort of thing won't appeal to everyone, but if it sounds interesting, you can read it for free on Apex's web site (they also sell ebook reader versions of each issue for $2.99) and let me know what you think, here or in the comments on the Apex web site.

Artist: Robert Rich
Title: Sunyata & Inner Landscapes
Label: Hypnos/Soundscape (digipak+booklet 2CD)

We intended to end this special introductory price this weekend, but because we neglected to announce the deal to our email list, we’re extending it until tomorrow, March 26. After that, the price goes back up to the usual $14.99 — still a great price for a double-CD in a beautiful package.

We’re very pleased to make available this archival 2CD digipak reissue of
two of Robert Rich’s earliest albums, Sunyata and Inner Landscapes. Both albums
were originally released on cassette, then issued for the first time on CD
by Hypnos in 1999-2000.

Of this new release, Robert says:
Three decades after the release of my early works “Sunyata” (1982)
and “Inner Landscapes” (1985), we created an archival edition with
the help of Mike Griffin at Hypnos, who sponsored the first CD
re-issues of these albums back in the late 1990s. After those
pressings sold out, we decided to wait before bringing them back,
assuming that the interest in physical media might be diminishing
in favor of downloads. As it happens, people still express interest
in getting a beautiful artistic package holding music that somehow
stays relevant after all these years. “Sunyata & Inner Landscapes”
will be the first of two double CD re-issues with beautiful digipack
artwork and an 8 page booklet, followed in a few months with another
archival edition of “Trances & Drones.”

Track listing with MP3 sample clips:

01. Dervish Dreamtime – 19:32 - MP3 -
02. Oak Spirits – 42:35  - MP3 -

01. Part 1   - MP3 -
02. Part 2   - MP3 -
03. Part 3   - MP3 -
04. Part 4   - MP3 -
05. Part 5   - MP3 -
06. Part 6   - MP3 -
07. Part 7   - MP3 -
08. Part 8   - MP3 -

Purchase 2CD for $11.99 on Hypnos Online Store:

Hypnos News and Announcements / 2012 feedback? 2013 suggestions?
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:50:36 PM »
I'd like to invite forum visitors, especially those familiar with the music Hypnos has released, to offer feedback about the year nearly past, and suggestions for what we might do in the future.

The environment for selling music is increasingly inhospitable. While Hypnos is still doing OK, and not in any danger of disappearing, I think it makes sense to check in with everyone, and get your ideas for what we might do better.

What could we do to make you want to support Hypnos in the coming year? What kinds of music could we carry in our store? Which recording artists should we release on our label?

Maybe we should have ambient music tryouts, create a reality TV show, and call it "Hypnos Got Talent."

OK, maybe not. Still, let us know what you think. We're not looking for praise, really. What can we do better? What should a label like ours do to make itself relevant in the current environment? Do you like the look of our recent CD releases, or should we be doing something different? Are there artists we're neglecting who would make a good fit for our label?

Any feedback appreciated, even from people who aren't customers of our store or listeners to our music. If you're interested, and have honest suggestions, we'd like to hear.

Thanks in advance.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:44:26 AM »
I was very surprised this morning to see the announcement of the passing of Peter Kuhlmann AKA Pete Namlook, best known as the founder of the FAX label.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:05:54 PM »
We've talked over the years about why nobody's been able to come up with a decent Mac alternative to Sound Forge... finally, today Sony announced Sound Forge 1.0 for Mac.  I'm excited... anyone else?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / 808 documentary
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:30:41 PM »
Many here may be interested in this, and I haven't seen it mentioned... it's a document about the mighty 808, Roland's TR-808 drum machine.

"Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808" - Teaser 1 on Vimeo

Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Numina - The Deception of Reality
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:36:18 PM »
Title: The Deception of Reality
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)

2012. The Deception of Reality is the fourth Numina release on Hypnos, the first since 2007's Shift to the Ghost. Still present is Numina's trademark sound, combining abstract deep-space textures with subtle melodic and rhythmic elements, but with a new emphasis on more vivid sonics. Listeners seeking smooth, creamy synthesizer background textures will still find them, here overlaid with more "up front" accents. Extra care has been taken in the mixing and mastering to preserve the separation and placement of individual instruments, and we believe the result is the best pure sound experience Numina has ever come up with.

As with the last Numina album, The Deception of Reality is a continuous, long-form ambient music piece of about 72 minutes, broken into five "tracks" for listening convenience. Unlike much long-form ambient, this sound work is ever-changing, continually evolving in mood and sound texture, bringing in new instruments while fading out old ones. Despite its continuous format, the album is so varied across its duration that most listeners would likely never notice they're listening to a single unbroken piece.

Numina is vague about the meaning of the title, which could be taken in any of several ways. Some hint may be derived from the Albert Einstein quote within the liner notes: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

We at Hypnos sincerely believe this to be the best Numina work yet, sure to please his existing fans while perhaps engaging with some new listeners as well.

Here are images of the digipak and disc. Skip down for audio samples. 

Track list with MP3 samples 
1. The Illusion Transmission > 17:17  -- MP3 clip
2. Our Elegant Experience > 16:59  -- MP3 clip
3. In Cerulean Haze > 9:32  -- MP3 clip
4. Empire of Nothing > 19:23 -- MP3 clip
5. Translunary Return > 11:55 -- MP3 clip

In addition to the usual MP3 clips for individual tracks below, here's a blended sampler on Soundcloud:


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Others have raised the alert previously when NI's having one of their big sales. After skipping the last couple of rounds of upgrades to Komplete, I went ahead today... upgraded Komplete 5 to Komplete 8 for $114.50 including shipping!

Holy wow, what a deal. Lots of new stuff included that wasn't in the package last time. Now I just need to do some recording again soon.

We're closing out the last few copies of AtmoWorks CDRs we created in advance of the end of our CDR-making arrangement with that label last year. No more copies will ever be produced, and these prices are dirt cheap! When they're gone, they're gone. Here's the full announcement:

A couple of weeks ago we announce a small price reduction in the last few remaining CDR copies of AtmoWorks discs. Please note these disc have been discontinued by the label and we will not create any more — this is your last chance to get these from us on CDR, and the prices are insanely low… $1.99 and $2.99, with the triple-CDR release $7.99.

Included are albums by artists like Paul Vnuk Jr., Vir Unis, Disturbed Earth, Chris Russell and more.

Most of these are down to just 1-2 copies available and we’ll delete them from our store as we sell the last copies. We’re not kidding when we say we aren’t making any more of these, so hurry over there and order if you want one of these albums in physical format. We’re just covering our production costs, getting rid of those last few copies we produced before our arrangement with AtmoWorks ended. We’re not trying to make a buck, but you can take advantage and grab some cheap CDs!

Or you can just stampede directly over to the AtmoWorks section on the Hypnos store. Anything you don't see listed has already been sold out and deleted from our listings. No point asking -- if you don't see it, we don't have any left, and can't/won't make any more.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Nomad plugins "British Bundle"
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:33:11 PM »
I saw a similar deal on this pair of plugins (a compressor/limiter and an EQ) a year or so ago, but not this cheap even then... and they usually got for more like $150. Now both for just $20. Deal ends 5/31.

Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:54:27 PM »
Artist: Bruno Sanfilippo
Title: Urbs
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)

Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer, resident of
Barcelona, Spain, and cofounder of the ad21 label. He has collaborated with
such notable artists as Mathias Grassow, Byron Metcalf, Max Corbacho and
Alio Die.

Sanfilippo's work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient
drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. Urbs,
Sanfilippo's first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the
middle ground among the artist's previous work. It's an intriguing
combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the
lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra)
and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban
or cityscape flavor.

The title Urbs derives from the prominent incorporation urban sound
environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train
stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries
between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the
nature of composed sound art such as music. These "real world" sound
textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and
samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and "intentional" nature of
these soundscapes.

Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, Urbs is something
we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.

Track list with MP3 samples 
1 – Urban Flow – 14:41  -- MP3 clip
2 – The City Reflected – 20:20  -- MP3 clip
3 – Chaotic Order – 25:29  -- MP3 clip
4 – The Gray Umbrella – 06:58  -- MP3 clip

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Artist: Caul
Title: Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night
Label: Hypnos (digipak CD)

We’re very pleased to announce the latest CD release from Hypnos, Let the Stars Assume
the Whole of Night
. It’s the first release on Hypnos by Caul. As with our last few new
releases, we’re going to offer a special reduced price for the first week of release. This CD will
end up selling for our usual $12.99, but we’re offering a special “week one” deal through
Friday April 6, only through the Hypnos Online Store.

Follow the links below to get Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night by Caul for $8.99.

Caul has released an array of incredible dark, cinematic ambient music, but much of it has
been self-released in small quantities, so many listeners who might potentially enjoy his work
might be unfamiliar with it. His collaboration with Numina, Inside the Hollow Realm,
did receive a fair bit of attention five or six years ago, but Caul has mostly flown under the
radar. As I mentioned, most of his work has been self-released, often in elegant, artisanal
hand-made packaging. See his Discogs Page for more information about his work, or his own
site at

Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night is a wonderful mix of sounds and atmospheres:
dark without being spooky, melodic but not pretty, listenable, but too nervous and somber to
ever become predictable. These pieces are more composed and structured than most ambient
music, more akin to the soundtrack for some dark and moody piece of cinema. Imagine the
score to an undiscovered work by David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky and you have the idea.
Listen to the sound clips below and decide for yourself.
Track list with MP3 samples
01 > A clear eye loves the shadows as well  > 3.32  -- MP3 clip
02 > Radiance falls  > 4.45  -- MP3 clip
03 > The sparkling snow is full of roses  > 3.28  -- MP3 clip
04 > The silent road to your pillars  > 4.32   -- MP3 clip
05 > Upon the vines  > 4.30  -- MP3 clip
06 > Just one autumn for ripe songs  > 3.59   -- MP3 clip
07 > We are like heartless shadows  > 6.01   -- MP3 clip
08 > Words of praise arise, like flowers  > 4.26  -- MP3 clip
09 > Oblivion and holy drunkenness  > 3.22   -- MP3 clip
10 > She is holy to those who are lost or dead  > 2.10   -- MP3 clip
11 > Bells ring softly in the twilight air  > 6.05   -- MP3 clip
12 > The kindness of exalted night  > 5.00   -- MP3 clip

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Presonus Studio One
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:12:02 PM »
Has anybody here tried out Presonus Studio One, which is a new recording, mixing and mastering application created by a company previously known only for hardware (particularly audio interfaces)?

I've been taking a look at the demo and I'm very pleasantly surprised. Not only can I see using this as a multitrack recording or mixer, but the mastering tools are pretty easy to use.

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