24
Dec

Byron Santo

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

Besides mastering, I also use HB on EVERY backing track for my band. It ensures our audience gets the best experience from our live performance and provides the best quality in ear monitor mix.” There is a chapter in my 5th book that I’m currently writing that discusses how I prep my Backing Tracks and HB is part of the process. Oh, my book is about my 28 consecutive years of using Backing Tracks from touring to bars and all of the pros & cons associated with it.
Byron Santo
www.byronsanto.com

12
Feb

Chuck McDowell

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

Clarke’s third law says “Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic”. That is what you have done!

Chuck McDowell
http://www.esoebo.com/index.html

22
Nov

Donald Harris

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

All I can say is wow!!! Witness the restoration of an old song “Shake
that Body Music” I recorded/released in the mid 1980’s. This
demonstration of the Har-bal 3.0 software proves this software is
nothing short of amazing! When the song was uploaded to Earle, it had
no dynamics, no power, or presence. I had absolutely no idea how much
Har-bal 3.0 enhances audio until I listened to how it breathed life
back into this song! I am extremely impressed and elated that my song
was chosen to demonstrate the Har-bal 3.0 software! There is simply
nothing on the market that compares. Thanks Earle and Har-bal 3.0!!!

Donald Harris
Rythmn Machine
https://www.facebook.com/manvsman
04
Dec

Jordan Vesteyo

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

I just purchased Har-Bal, based on the SOS review. It’s awesome and deceivingly simple to use, this will be used extensively here on all of our future projects and for retouching past releases. The first ‘Harbalized’ release will be our BF003, house and tech-house. All tracks ‘Harbalized’ adding depth, transparency and a polished, professional character.

Thank you for making such a great product at such a great price.

(Finished, final mastered audio examples pre/post avail upon request, just let us know what format/resolutions Btw the audio on the sight is not ‘Harbalized’ yet)

Jordan Vesteyo,
Producer, Engineer
Blunted Funk Recordings
Brooklyn NYC
http://www.bluntedfunk.com/

04
Dec

Joe Pedi

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

There is an “old school” consensus that a mix needs to be mastered at traditional mastering houses where those with the “golden ears” can do their magic. This has unfortunately been true for the most part because the tools were just not available to do the same job at home or wherever there is a computer. Like any other groundbreaking product, Har-Bal changes the rules of the game by making a good mix dependant NOT on the “golden ears” of seasoned pro’s in the mastering business, but by anybody with a computer.

With Har-Bal the ears are working with our eyes. It is much easier to see where a mix needs adjustment than to trust the ears. Anybody can use this program on any source material and within seconds start improving the subtle dynamics in a mix that would take a set of “golden ears” many hours AND quite a lot of expensive equipment to accomplish. Har-Bal is an idea whose time has “finally” come.

Bravo!
Joe Pedi

04
Dec

Derek aka kaom

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

When I first discovered Reason (by Propellerheads) I was blown away. Prior to that moment I’d been a hardware fan and a reluctant software user (mainly sequencer).

Then a few years went past. A couple of nice software packages came about, but nothing spectacular (mainly VST/VSTi, but *very* CPU hungry!).

Then I stumbled across Har Bal at some music forum. The person describing Har Bal hadn’t used it but was curious and wondered if anyone else had tried/seen it. To me it made perfect sense and seemed like it was the “missing link” to my set up.

Like a lot of semi pros I suffer from too much bass/treble in the mix and have all kinds of EQing problems. But with Har Bal all those problems are gone. And I mean “all”. When I explain how good this program is to other potential users I let them know that it’s the equivalent of having a recording engineer with the best ears in the biz with you 24/7. Or like someone’s taken their fingers out of my ears and now I can hear my mixes with so much more clarity.

Har Bal is up there with Reason as being a life changer in the way I can make music.

I salute all of you at Har bal and wish you success.

Cheers,
Derek aka kaom

04
Dec

Mill Davis

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

It IS just as easy as it looks…can you imagine something this simple., This is unheard of, especially at this price! Har-bal is definitely going to change the game for the independent music community. This is only the FIRST version of it…CAN IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS? I’m glad to have been one of the first to experience it and actually was able to do it myself! Anyone that cares about their music should be harbalizing it!”

Mill Davis
Director
Society of Future Recording Artists & Songwriters (SOFRAS)

04
Dec

CJC Music

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

Earle and Paavo,

I am truly amazed by this product. My music is riding in a Bentley on Yugo Dollars. I’m telling all my friends to check out this software. For anyone that can read and use a mouse, it should be easy to manipulate. I think the results after Harbalization (w/digital audio limiting) is “Da Bomb”. I will be uploading my new Harbalized tracks to my mp3.com sight immediately and promoting this software. It takes a lot of guess work out the engineering process.

Sincerely,
Clinton “The Mayor” Crawford, C.E.O
CJC MUSIC
cjcmusic@Bellsouth.net
http://www.soundclick.com/mayor
Home.bellsouth.net/personalpages/PWP-cjc923

04
Dec

Paddi Addison

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

Hi,

You’ve achieved not one, but two firsts in the world:

  1. A computer program that does what it says it does.
  2. Software sold that doesn’t promise to enlarge your XXXXX.

The first of these must be regarded as a plus. I’ve owned your program for approximately 48 hrs. In a considerably shorter time than that I have managed to:

  1. Make three tracks (which I previously wasn’t happy with) sound great.
  2. Make a horribly cat-like DI Violin sound like a violin.

I would suggest you feature the latter on your web site: your program is good for more than mastering.

Example:
This violin. I had no choice in the initial sound – it was a live recording with no possibility of later replacement. It sounded dreadful. I’m sure you know. Ten minutes of frequency sculpting later – just filling in troughs and smoothing out peaks – it sounded like a violin! A real one!

Faults of this program:
The violin player still couldn’t play. Can you fix that?

Many Thanks for a program that is going to be really useful.

Best Regards,
Paddi Addison.
paddi@themobile.co.nz

04
Dec

Testimonial

Written by JSD. Posted in Customer Testimonials

I don’t usually do this but I wanted to let people know about this really great mastering tool.

After recording in Korg D16, exporting the wave files into my computer and mixing and mastering with N-Track studio, there is one more step I take which makes my songs perfect. I use something called Har-Bal.

This is a way to adjust the sound spectrum using a visual interface. It has produced remarkable results for me. You can set up filters for EQ, use reference audio from any type of CD and then adjust your settings to match the reference CD. The visual interface makes it very easy to use.

Once you have a good sound you record the mix and it adjusts your original file and makes a copy with the added adjustments.

The key of course to good recording is having a good source, hot levels, no distortion. In the Korg D16, I kept my source levels between -12 and -4 db. Once I exported the wave files I made sure that most eq adjustments in the NTrack were subtractions which allows me to boost where I need the extra punch. Less is best. The N-Track combined with a bunch of cool plugins mixes and masters the sound but the extra ability to then take the completed wave mix from the NTrack lets me polish this to sound like a commercial CD. Har-Bal was selling for $99 when I purchased it a few months ago. I have no affiliation with them but can tell you they are very responsive to questions. They even called me from Australia (I’m in So Cal) to make sure I received the link to the license code they sent. Great customer service and a ton of sound knowledge there.

Go here to listen to “Inner” or “You Are the One” both begun in D16 and finished with Har-Bal
http://www.mp3.com.au/track.asp?id=63679
http://www.mp3.com.au/track.asp?id=63184

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Har-Bal 3 Manual

For those who are eager to learn more about Har-Bal version 3 the manual can be viewed on line here.
A PDF version can also be downloaded for viewing offline here

Har-Bal News

What the Pro’s Say

Clarke’s third law says “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. That is what you have done!
Chuck McDowell
Chuck McDowell
All I can say is wow!!! Witness the restoration of an old song “Shake that Body Music” I recorded/released in the mid 1980’s. This demonstration of the Har-bal 3.0 software proves this software is nothing short of amazing! When the song was uploaded to Earle, it had no dynamics, no power, or presence. I had absolutely no idea how much Har-bal 3.0 enhances audio until I listened to how it breathed life back into this song! I am extremely impressed and elated that my song was chosen to demonstrate the Har-bal 3.0 software! There is simply nothing on the market that compares. Thanks Earle and Har-bal 3.0!!!
Donald Harris
Rythmn Machine
Donald Harris
“(Har-Bal is) a cleverly implemented tool that fixes EQ problems with astonishing speed and precision…(it’s) is a welcome, important, well-designed program for those who believe mastering has much more to do with subtle response touch-ups than squashed dynamics. Very cool” Craig AndertonEQ Magazine Jan 2004
“Har-Bal is a truly unique program, extremely affordable and probably the quickest and easiest way to balance your audio material.” Ian Waugh, Music Tech MagazineMarch 2004
“Sounds good enough to use on commercial tracks. I found Har-bal an altogether more serious application than any other EQ ripping utility I’ve reviewed to date.” Martin Walker, Sound on Sound MagazineMarch 2004
“Overall, version 2.0 is a huge step forward, since it not only provides the means to improve the sound of your mixes, but also has a very good stab at doing this automatically. I can see IntuitQ being controversial in some mastering circles, but in my opinion the results speak for themselves.” Martin Walker, Sound on Sound MagazineMarch 2006
Overall, although it’s still initially harder to get to grips with than some rival ‘EQ ripper’ utilities, I still prefer Harbal, with its more considered approach to improving the final sound of an audio track, the detail of its manual and tutorials, and its helpful on-line user forum hosted by Har-Bal’s professional mastering and research engineers. It’s a serious tool that can teach you a lot about why your mixes don’t sound like commercial tracks, at the same time as improving them. Martin Walker, Sound On Sound MagazineJuly 2004
I don’t have to take my product to a high-end studio anymore – I have Har-Bal! Tameko StarMusic Dish
Australian developer Paavo Jumppanen has certainly delivered the goods on this one and turned a sceptic into a believer with this awesome piece of software. Har-Bal really does give eyes to your ears. Todd MacalpineOzmusicweed

Mastering Tutorial

The following is a mastering tutorial explaining many tips, tricks and audio mastering secrets. There are a number of methods used to accomplish harmonic balancing or spectral correction. Your tracks will sound their best when they are first processed in Har-Bal before any digital eq or multiband

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