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New Music Gear Monday: Undertone Audio Vari-Cap Cable

UTA Vari-Cap Cable

I’m always surprised when I change something as simple as a cable and the sound lights up. That’s because there’s much more to cables that you’d ever think (check out my interview with Larry Smith from Wireworld Cable Technology for a great explanation between the differences in cables). The one thing that most guitar players […]

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The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” Instrumental Track

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One of the best things about listening to an isolated or instrumental track of a hit is hearing how intricately designed the arrangement is. Such is the case with The Four Tops version of “Baby, I Need Your Lovin,’” played by the Motown studio band The Funk Brothers. There’s a lot going on within the […]

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My 10 Go-To Plugins

10 Go0To Plugins

I often get asked what plugins I regularly use, and even though I like to think that I’m pretty open minded about it, there are some that I keep coming back to. Here are my 10 go-to plugins, with a number of honorable mentions, in no particular order (even though they’re numbered). 1. Universal Audio 1176 […]

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June 21, 2016

Auratone’s Alex Jacobsen On This Week’s Inner Circle Podcast

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The little Auratone sound cube monitors were once found in just about every studio in the world, but they just about fell off the map after the passing of company founder Jack Wilson. Today Jack’s grandson Alex Jacobsen has relaunched Auratone, and he’s my guest on this week’s podcast. Alex has a great story about […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Microphone Parts DIY Microphone Kit

Microphone Parts S-12 kit

There are so many great boutique microphone manufacturers these days, that’s it’s pretty easy to buy a pretty good mic for a reasonable amount of money. The quality of the classic microphone clones continues to get better while the price seems to keep coming down. That said, if you’re willing to put in a little […]

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Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower” Production Analysis

Jimi Hendrix Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix still gets plenty of love from guitar players and producers alike, so here’s an excerpt from my Deconstructed Hits: Classic Rock book. Maybe the definitive Hendrix song is one he didn’t write himself. “All Along The Watchtower” was written by Bob Dylan and released in 1967 on his John Wesley Harding album, which was […]

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7 Self-Mastering Tips For When You Can’t Hire A Mastering Engineer

7 Tips For Self-mastering

Let’s face it, recording budgets are tight these days and we can’t always send our final mixes to a true mastering engineer. With so many of the same tools that mastering engineers use now available to every mixer, it’s now possible to do a pretty good self-mastering job. If that’s your situation, it’s best to […]

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June 14, 2016

Songwriter Martin Page On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

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This week I’m lucky to have my compadre from the AudioNowcast on my Inner Circle Podcast, songwriter Martin Page. Martin’s had much success over the years writing with everyone from Earth, Wind and Fire, to Bernie Taupin, to Hal David, to Robbie Robertson, to Robbie Williams, and he’s also co-written a couple of world-wide #1 […]

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Jukedeck Lets You Create Soundtrack Music With Artificial Intelligence

Jukedeck

Every so often I need a cue for a video that I’m working on and inevitably I’ll say to myself, “It’s faster if I just compose something myself.” That’s never the case in the end since it always takes longer than you’d think, especially if you want something that’s really a custom-fit for the situation. […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Standard Audio Stretch Effects Processor

Standard Audio Stretch

Back in the old days of multitrack tape, we used to have a trick that would add a little bit of air and sparkle to vocals. It was an unorthodox technique and for a long time no one talked about it, but it was used on many of the classic records that you know and love […]

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Britney Versus Ariana Isolated Live Vocals

I must admit that whenever I watch the huge stage show of dancers that accompany many popular female singers today, I have mixed feelings. First of all, I’m in awe of the sheer athletic ability now required to be considered a “singer” today. Those moves aren’t easy to remember or execute, but it’s especially difficult […]

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