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What kind of music genre is Hardstyle?
Hardstyle is an electronic dance genre that emerged in the late 90s in the Netherlands and Belgium. Hardstyle mixes influences from techno, new beat and hardcore.
Early hardstyle was typically written at 140 BPM (beats per minute) and consisted of overdriven and hard-sounding kick drums, often accompanied by an offbeat bass, known as a “reverse bass”. As the genre grew, the production techniques and songwriting changed to be suited to a more commercial audience. Modern hardstyle can be recognized by its use of synthesizer melodies and distorted sounds, coupled with hardstyle’s signature combination of percussion and bass. The genre is particularly known for its harmonic use of kickdrums. Due to the sustained nature of a hardstyle kick, producers are able to play basslines by using only the kick itself, which becomes a distinct bass tone through a series of distortion, equalization and layering (among other methods). Modern hardstyle is faster, produced around 150 BPM.
The genre gained commercial acceptance in the 2010s, with hardstyle artists performing on the biggest stages in EDM worldwide.
Hardstyle influenced other styles of electronic dance music such as big room house, which began sharing similarities with hardstyle like structures, rhythms, and later, pitching kicks became popular in big room too. Hardstyle also played a large influence in frenchcore and happy hardcore music, which both became popular in the late 2010s with the hardstyle audience after producers started applying hardstyle production techniques and melodic styles to the genres.
What is Hardstyle Mastering?
Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master), the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). In recent years digital masters have become usual, although analog masters—such as audio tapes—are still being used by the manufacturing industry, particularly by a few engineers who specialize in analog mastering.
Mastering requires critical listening; however, software tools exist to facilitate the process. Results depend upon the intent of the engineer, the skills of the engineer, the accuracy of the speaker monitors, and the listening environment. Mastering engineers often apply equalization and dynamic range compression in order to optimize sound translation on all playback systems. It is standard practice to make a copy of a master recording—known as a safety copy—in case the master is lost, damaged or stolen.
Where can i get my Hardstyle songs mastered by a Hardstyle expert?
Get your Hardstyle tracks professionally mastered here direct at AudiobyRay Mixing and Mastering.
Who is the best Hardstyle Mixing and Mastering service for Hardstyle audio?
AudiobyRay has been mixing and mastering Hardstyle for over more than 10 years and has worked in Hardstyle studios with some of the most talented Hardstyle artists in the music business. Communication is an important part of the mastering process. I am therefore proud of my customer service. Also, free mastering revisions are made until you’re satisfied with the end result of the final Hardstyle master.