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February 28, 2017

Butch Vig’s Smart Studios Story

Smart Studios

Producer Butch Vig set up Smart Studios with bandmate Steve Marker in Madison, Wisconsin, and thanks to big hits from Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, the studio helped define the grunge sound of the ’90s. Now a documentary has been made about the studio by former studio employee Wendy Schneider. Here’s a clip of the Wendy, Butch […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PSI Audio AVAA C20 Active Bass Absorber

PSI Audio AVAA C20

One of the problems with most studio control rooms or small home studios is that fact that there are problems in the low end response. We try to control these with bass traps, but to be effective, normal passive traps take up a lot of precious room. There is an alternative however, and that’s to […]

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Edgar Winter Group “Free Ride” Isolated Guitars

Edgar Winter Free Ride

For years now we’ve heard The Edgar Winter Group’s “Free Ride“on classic radio, movies and commercials, and as with all hits, there’s a lot of subtle expertise that’s gone into the track. Let’s take a listen to the isolated guitars. 1. The opening guitar riffs, played by songwriter Dan Hartman, is one of the prettiest […]

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February 21, 2017

Composer Michael Carey On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Composer Michael Carey

Michael Carey started his career as a guitar player, but soon found his way into writing music for commercials. His credits there include Toyota, Ford, Sonic, Coke, Papa Johns, NASCAR, Exxon, and Outback Steakhouse among others, as well as on-air promo packages for CBS, NBC and TBS. Michael missed album work though, as has since […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Two Notes Torpedo Live Digital Amplifier Load Box

two notes torpedo live

A guitar amp load box lowers the volume to, or even eliminates, the speaker cabinet so you can crank up your favorite amp without tearing the walls down with SPL. I go way back when it comes to guitar amp load boxes, even building my own before there was one on the market. I then […]

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February 17, 2017

Journey “Any Way You Want It” Isolated Organ

Journey isolated organ

Usually less is more, and that’s what you’ll find in today’s isolated track. Greg Rollie is a great Hammond player and his performance on Journey’s big hit “Any Way You Want It” shows why. There’s feel, tone and dynamics – all the things that lifts the level a performance. Here’s what to listen for. 1. The organ […]

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My Latest Top 10 Compressors

Top 10 compressors

About 3 years ago I posted about my top 10 compressors, but things have changed a lot since then, so I thought it was time to post an updated list. Many of the entries haven’t changed, but a few have (especially on the software side). This list is a combination of hardware and software, since most […]

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February 15, 2017

The Magic Frequencies For EQing Mix Elements

Magic Frequencies

When it comes to EQing, there are certain frequencies that seem predominant for every instrument. Many call them the magic frequencies, because they do tend to work most of the time. Here’s a chart of those frequencies from the latest edition of my Mixing Engineer’s Handbook. Remember that using the magic frequencies might make an […]

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February 14, 2017

Microphone Man David Bock On Episode #148 Of My Inner Circle Podcast

David Bock

David Bock is the founder of Soundelux Microphones and Bock Audio and there are few people as obsessed or knowledgeable about microphones as he is. His mics exude quality, not only in the way they sound but in the build quality. Put one up against a cheap Chinese clone and it becomes obvious very quickly. […]

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This New Robot May Change Vinyl Record Pressing Forever

Warm Tone vinyl record press

We’ve been hearing about vinyl record manufacturing coming into the future for some time, and here’s another example. Some Canadian design engineers who usually put their R&D talents into things like MRI machines went to work on the vinyl record press. They made some huge improvements and came up with the Warm Tone vinyl record […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Black Box Analog Design HG-2 Plugin

Black Box Analog HG-2 plugin

How many times has it happened where you have a great mix going, but it just needs something a little extra to bring it all together? Of course, there are now a lot of plugins available to add some “glue” to your mix, but they usually bring just one sound to the party. The Black Box […]

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