6 Trouble Frequencies To Be Aware Of When You Mix

Trouble Frequencies

Whenever an engineer has trouble dialing in the EQ on a track, chances are its because of one or more of the 6 often-overlooked trouble frequencies. These are areas where too much or too little can cause your track to either stick out like a sore thumb, or disappear into the mix completely. Let’s take […]

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April 18, 2016

Producer/Engineer John Kurzweg On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Producer John Kurzweg

In an episode that you won’t want to miss, Producer/engineer/musician John Kurzweg is my guest on this week’s Inner Circle podcast. If you’ve listened to rock radio, you’re certainly familiar with John’s work, as he’s produced 12 #1 singles and another 8 top 10’s for bands like Creed, Puddle of Mud, Godsmack and many others. […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Eventide Tverb Room Reverb Plugin

Eventide Tverb plugin

We all love great room sounds and one of the most famous rooms ever recorded was on David Bowie’s “Heroes” by Tony Visconti. Visconti set up three microphones in the hall of Berlin’s Hansa Studios; the first for Bowie to sing directly into, a second positioned about 15 feet away and the third further back in […]

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Toto “Rosanna” Isolated Drums, Keys And Horns

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The band Toto has some of the most acclaimed studio musicians as members, which is why it’s always a pleasure to listen inside one of their songs. Today we’ll take a listen to the isolated drums, keyboards and horns from the Grammy-winning song “Rosanna.” This one’s a real treat! Here’s what to listen for: 1. […]

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April 14, 2016

Was “Stairway To Heaven” Ripped Off?

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In what could become one of the more entertaining court battles in music history, Led Zeppelin is being sued for stealing parts of “Stairway To Heaven” from a song by the 60s band Spirit called “Taurus” more than 45 years after the song was written. The estate of Spirit guitarist and “Taurus” songwriter Randy California filed the lawsuit, […]

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So You Want To Buy A Cheap Microphone

Real vs fake U87

I’ve received a lot of questions lately about my opinion on some very inexpensive vintage microphone clones. I love finding a great cheap mic as much as the next guy, but there are some things to watch out for before buying. I thought it might be helpful to repost the following from 3 or 4 […]

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April 12, 2016

Is Gibson In Financial Trouble?

Gibson Brands

There are signs that Gibson’s move to diversify isn’t working out as planned. Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded Gibson Brands (formerly Gibson Guitar Corporation) credit to junk status, and according to reports, the company has put up two of its Nashville warehouses for sale as a result. Moody’s gave 3 reasons for the downgrade: 1. […]

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New Speech Enhancement Technology Let’s You Hear Over The Crowd

Can't hear the announcement

We’ve all been at an airport or train station, or even a concert, where there’s an announcement and we can’t quite make out what it was over the noise. Those days may soon be over thanks to a new speech enhancement technology from Fraunhofer called ADAPT DRC. Researchers at the Project Group Hearing, Speech and […]

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Producer/Engineer Ken Caillat On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Producer Ken Caillat

Regardless of your age, you’ve no doubt heard much of Rumors over the years, the great Fleetwood Mac album from 70s. The songs from that record are still heard everywhere today, and a tribute to the contributions to the project (as well as 3 others by Fleetwood Mac) by my guest on this week’s podcast […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Audio Technica ATM230 Tom Microphone

ATM230

It doesn’t matter what microphone you like to use on toms, because chances are that it’s going to pick up a lot of the cymbals as well. This is pretty typical because most of the mics that end up on toms have a cardioid pattern. The problem is that there aren’t too many true hypercardioid […]

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