Example Filters

Example Filters

The best way to illustrate the power of the approach that Har-Bal 3 allows is through hearing the results obtained from well designed filters. This process is inherently subjective and the resulting sound is heavily influenced by the interpretation and expectation of the person constructing the filter. As such I would like to point out at the outset that these filters are a product of my personal expectations for the tracks in question.

What I have done you may or may not agree with, though that is beside the point. Rather, In listening to and assessing the example filters given, I suggest that you adjust your mindset from “which version sounds best” to “how much can we transparently change the sound of a track through filtering in Har-Bal without damaging its integrity”. Note that most of the filters have a degree of gain cut applied globally to ensure that what you are hearing is not overly coloured by limiting upon limiting.

The examples given are deliberately commercial releases to avoid the criticism of the examples being contrived and not “real world” cases. They have already been mastered by professional engineers of some standing and I shall resist the temptation of naming them. Should you wish to know, the necessary information should be discoverable on the net. As these are commercial releases they must be paid for. I apologise whole heartedly to you for having to pay for the tracks (we don’t have a distribution contract with the artists) but for less than the price of a good cup of coffee you can be hearing an example for yourself.

The only caveat I’d place on the examples is to ensure that you download the tracks from the links provided as a lot of material these days is re-mastered multiple times. As such, the only way you can be sure of having the same master as the one the filter was developed for, and hence being able to hear the same result, is if you download from the same location.

Feel free to download the player and give the filters a try

Platform Player downloads
Mac OS X 10.7 and higher Har-Bal Player for Mac
Windows XP SP3 and higher Har-Bal Player for Windows
Artist Track Filter
Coldplay Fix You 04 – Coldplay – Fix You.wav.hbfr
Paul Dempsey Fast Friends 02 – Paul Dempsey – Fast Friends.wav.hbfr
Foo Fighters In your Honour 01 – Foo Fighters – In Your Honor.wav.hbfr
Foo Fighters Best Of You 03 – Foo Fighters – Best Of You.wav.hbfr
Soundgarden Room A Thousand Years Wide 08 – Soundgarden – Room A Thousand Years Wide.wav.hbfr
U2 With Or Without You (Remastered) 03 – U2 – With Or Without You (Remastered).wav.hbfr
U2 Bullet the Blue Sky (Remastered) 04 – U2 – Bullet the Blue Sky (Remastered).wav.hbfr
If you would like to see Har-Bal in action, Andrew Marshall kindly gave us permission to use a live  recording of his song “A Month of Sundays” in a demonstration video.


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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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