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New Music Gear Monday: Sound Devices New MixPre Series

Sound Devices MixPre Series

When it comes to portable recording, it’s hard to beat anything made by Sound Devices. The company has consistently made some of  the highest quality recording gear that’s become a standard on any television or movie set. Now the company looks more towards musicians, podcasts and YouTubers with a penitent for quality with its new […]

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April 21, 2017

Legendary Audio Designer Paul Wolff On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Paul Wolff

You may not know my guest Paul Wolff’s name but you certainly know his products. As a former owner of the console company API, Paul was not only responsible for the acclaimed Legend and Vision series, but also the creator of the 500 series racks and modules, for which he was rewarded with a membership […]

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How Our Short Attention Span Is Changing Song Structure

attention span

Radio airplay has always influenced how songs were produced, chiefly the length, as for years it was felt that 3 minutes was the ideal length to keep the listener engaged. In fact, today songs are sped up routinely in order to have more plays per hour. Now a pair of new studies published in Musicae Scientiae, […]

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April 19, 2017

7 Steps To Keeping Your Voice Fresh And Healthy

healthy voice

Eventually every singer has some voice trouble, and if you’re not careful, it can really lead to long term damage. That’s why it’s important for a singer to learn to be especially aware of the need to take care of him or herself. Here’s an excerpt from the band improvement book How To Make Your Band […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor Plugin

Drawmer S73 IMP

Multiband compressors are some of the most useful tools you’ll find on a mix buss or for mastering, but many engineers don’t have the patience to set them up correctly. That’s where the new Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plugin comes in. It takes much of the setup out of the engineer’s hands thanks to a number of […]

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April 14, 2017

Mastering Engineer Gavin Lurssen On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Gavin Lurssen

Gavin Lurssen started as a protege of the great mastering engineer Doug Sax (the very first indie mastering guy) but quickly forged his own way and sound, first at the famed Mastering Lab, then at his own Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood. Along the way he’s mastered projects for everyone from Foo Fighters, Queens of the […]

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This Music Video Was Created By Its Music

Howler Monkey music video

We’ve always liked visuals that are synergistic with music, with a history that dates back to the light organs  and wet light shows of the 1960s. Today, just about any LED-based stage light has a mode that will listen to the sound around it and respond with the appropriate colors and intensity. What’s even cooler is […]

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5 Easy Steps To In-Phase Drum Mics

drum mics phase

Phase is important to a great drum sound, but often overlooked. That’s why some drum recordings just don’t sound right, and no amount of processing can make them sound better. Here’s an excerpt for the 4th edition of my Mixing Engineer’s Handbook that outlines 5 easy steps to getting those drum mics in-phase. “The chances […]

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April 7, 2017

Alesana Guitarist And Revival Recordings Founder Shawn Milke On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Shawn Milke

Shawn Milke’s band Alesana had been touring almost non-stop since 2004 when he decided to tap the brakes and get off the road for a bit. This resulted in the creation of Revival Recordings, which lives by the inspirational mantra “Good Music By Good People.” Now with distribution through Artery/Sony Red, the label continues to […]

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5 Tips For More Realistic Pitch Correction

H910 pitch correction

Depending upon how much of a purist you are, pitch correction is either the worst thing to ever happen or a godsend. Regardless of how you come down on the issue, it’s at the very least a necessary evil in today’s music. Here are 5 tips from the 4th edition of my Mixing Engineer’s Handbook that […]

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Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland, Passes

Ikutaro Kakehashi

Another great pioneer in the music world has left the building. If you’ve ever owned a Roland or Boss piece of gear (and I’d go as far as to say that’s everyone), then you’ll be saddened to know that the founder of those fine companies, Ikutaro Kakehashi, has passed. He was 87 years old. Kakehashi […]

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