May 30, 2016

THIS DOES NOT SURPRISE ME: SoundCloud’s free “auto-mastering” audio tool is more of an auto-turd.

Landr’s landing site describes the mastering process as “complicated and elusive,” then insists that its product, which is almost entirely algorithm-driven, delivers a quality product for small-fry musicians by intentionally limiting how many options they can pick from. “Great design is all about limiting the field,” Landr says. As a result, the company touts that “we’re confident you’ll hear the difference” between professional mastering work and what Landr can pull off.

After our tests of SoundCloud’s new Landr functionality, we can safely agree with that statement—in every bad way possible.

Well, mastering is hard.

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