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July 21, 2017

Orchestral Engineer Michael Bishop On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop has been recording orchestras all over the world for a long time, first as chief engineer for the famed Telarc label, and now with his own Five Four Productions. Along the way he’s won 10 Grammy’s as well as a slew of other awards for his excellence. Michael’s my guest on this week’s […]

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Don’t Look Now But Audio Tubes May Be In Jeopardy Again

audio tubes

Things looked bad for vacuum tube-based audio gear once upon a time as both American and British tube manufacturers shut down their plants to go solid state. Luckily, the slack was taken up by tube plants in Russia, China and Yugoslavia, and the audio and MI business never missed a beat. Things might get tight […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PLUS Pedal Instrument Sustainer

PLUS pedal

Pedals, pedals everywhere. Guitar players have tons of them and are always buying more. The majority of new pedals are derivative of a few trailblazers that have come before however, and it’s hard to find something that’s truly new. It seems there was a new idea for a pedal right before our eyes all along […]

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July 13, 2017

Royal Studios – A Look At Some Memphis History

Royal Studios Memphis

With commercial studios in large cities succumbing to high real estate costs and lower budgets, it’s always great to hear about a “vintage” studio that is still rolling (and rolling tape) after all these years. Royal Studios in Memphis was the home of producer Willie Mitchell during the heyday of the Memphis Sound, and his […]

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4 Good Reasons For Hanging Your Microphone Upside Down

Hanging Microphone

Everyone has seen the photos of the vintage large-diaphragm tube microphone hanging upside down in front of the vocalist like on this famous photo on the left, and while it looks very cool, there really was a method to the madness for placing it like this. It’s not something that’s regularly taught in schools or […]

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Fox To Bury Mics On The Field For The All Star Game

All Star Game buried mics

The Major League Baseball All Star Game will have something new this year as Fox plans to expand the field audio coming from the players. This is made possible by a new type of microphone that can actually be buried on the field. The company plans on burying 13 of them on the infield, outfield […]

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July 7, 2017

Grammy-Winning Engineer Gary Noble On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

My guest today is engineer Gary Noble, who has won 3 Grammys and been nominated 18 times for his mixing and recording work. Gary’s credits include Amy Winehouse, Jesse J, Nas, Josh Stone, Fugees, Wyclef Jon and many more. Gary will share his tips about making electronic tracks sound real, getting the best sound from […]

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The Most Forgotten Items When Building A Studio

It’s inevitable. No matter how many times you’ve built a studio, you have that “Oops, I forgot,” moment at the end. If you’re lucky, it’s something that isn’t major, but a lot of people have been known to do things they’re sorry for later like close up walls before installing the electrical or the mic […]

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Sylvia Massy Explains The Dick Mic

Sylvia Massy Dick Mic

Producer/engineer Sylvia Massy is well-known for creating outside-the-box recording techniques, and one of them is the “Dick Mic.” Essentially it’s a mic positioned in the middle of the drum kit and pointed at the drummer’s crotch. It’s used to fill out the sound of the kit, only it provides a somewhat closer sound than a […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Touch Innovations Kontrol Master Controller

Kontrol Master

Working with a mouse or trackball is second nature for some people, and torture for others. As a result, a number of different types of controllers have come to market recently, but most center around the fader, with other functions being secondary. The fact of the matter is that we use all those other functions […]

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