Atlanta-based Earle Holder has Mastered projects with platinum artists such as Public Enemy, B5, Tameko Starr (MCA Records Europe), Chuck D, Kenny Banks, Tuere, Houseguest, Ayana, 4ize (Disturbing the Peace), JD Lawrence, and countless others. He is the master of the final sound of SLAMjamz with his World famous HAR-BAL method and program.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH SLAMjamz?
I have always mastered Public Enemy's projects and as such when SLAMJamz was formed the transition to become the Mastering Engineer for the label was seamless.
HOW DID YOU MEET CHUCK?
I met Chuck years ago through Professor Griff whom I have known since 1978. We were actually in the military together and in the same band. I played bass guitar.
WHAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR WORK?
My passion is audio mastering. It is extremely important to me that the projects leaving our studio reflect the artists greatest potential and nothing less. Having been involved in music for the last 39 years, I have always wanted to improve on the sound quality of final productions. As a matter of fact, my partner and I created a software program named Har-Bal www.har-bal.com which is currently in use in 116 countries. It is an excellent program for those producers who want to gain a better understanding of the art of equalization in audio. I can proudly say that according to EQ Magazine I am listed among the top ten mastering engineers. EARLE HOLDER EQ MAG
WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
MY influences regarding audio technology are Bob Katz, Bernie Grundman and Bobby Owinski. I consider these engineers pioneers in the field of audio mastering.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SLAMjamz JOB?
My favorite mastering job was the James Brown tribute album. He had a tremendous influence in the music industry. He was also responsible for providing visibility to a number of artists we have all enjoyed throughout the years
DO YOU LIKE ANY OF THE ARTISTS?
I would have to say that I enjoy all of our artists. Each is unique in their style of music along with their messages. They all comprise the three elements that is responsible for their success. Showmanship, originality and performance.
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EARLE HOLDER'S WORLD RENOWNED HAR-BAL MASTERING
Har-Bal Harmonic Balancer
This arrived with a flurry of controversy due to the over-the-top marketing, but after the smoke cleared, Har-Bal has gone on to become many a mastering engineer's 'secret weapon.' A standalone program, Har-Bal presents a tweakable graph of a file's spectral response, averaged over time, into 1, 1/3rd, 1/6th, or 1/12th octave responses. Click/dragging the graph changes the response.
It takes some practice to recognize the difference between, say, a rogue resonance introduced by a room (which you want to draw out) and a resonance that's part of an instrument (which you want to leave intact). Once you figure that outâ€”and throw on just a teeny bit of their 'Air' effectâ€”Har-Bal makes a very easy-totweak EQ.
Some people still think Har-Bal is spectrum-matching EQ; it isn't, although you can compare spectra. Har-Bal is much more than that, and personally, it is the one mastering tool I use on almost every project, regardless of genre.
Strengths: In the right hands, Har- Bal is a novel, useful mastering tool that excels at putting EQ under the microscope, and showing you where it needs to be fixed.
Limitations: Stand-alone only. Takes serious practice to use it well.