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New Music Gear Monday: Royer Labs R-10 Ribbon Microphone

Royer R-10

Royer Labs has almost single-handedly reintroduced the ribbon microphone back into modern recording, and it’s products (especially the R-121) have become staples in most commercial studio’s mic cabinets. The only problem is that ribbon microphone manufacturing is fairly time-consuming to get it right and still maintain quality, so a Royer ribbon mic has been just […]

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September 15, 2017

Are You Owed Money You Don’t Know About? – The Topic Of My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

AFM SAG-AFTRA Fund

Are you owed money for playing on a record that you don’t know about? That’s what the topic of my latest podcast is about. My guests today are PR and marketing manager Brian Stewart and Chief Operating Officer Shari Hoffman from the AFM SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. The fund distributes over $60 million […]

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6 Techniques For Miking A Drum Kit With A Single Mic

single mic triangle setup

Just because you have a lot of mics and tracks at your disposal, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get a great drum sound. Sometimes, the simplest methods can provide a realism that you just can’t get from close-miking every drum. Here are 6 techniques culled from my Recording Engineer’s Handbook that show how you […]

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September 12, 2017

Confessions Of Top Studio Musicians

Waddy Wachtel

Studio musicians are frequently unsung not only for their playing, but for their contributions to the songs they many times help arrange. Occasionally they get credit and even some royalties, but usually that’s not the case. Of course, session players (especially the top studio musicians) were used a lot more on the hits of yesterday […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 14 Workstation

DaVinci Resolve 14 audio

There are so many digital audio workstation choices at all different price ranges and they’re all, at worst, pretty good. So why would anyone even consider a new one? For one thing, when it’s pedigree is Fairlight, and secondly, when it’s actually an all-in-one video editor as well. That’s what you get with the new […]

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September 8, 2017

Live Sound Engineer Mark Frink On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Mark Frink

Mixing monitors may be the hardest job in show business in that you have to keep so many people happy at the same time. Mark Frink, my guest on this week’s podcast, is so good at his job that he’s been trusted by some of music’s biggest celebrities, including Tony Bennett, The Three Tenors, the […]

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September 6, 2017

Avatar To Change Hands – Another Big Change In The New York City Studio Scene

Avatar Studios

I posted this story for a brief period a few weeks ago, but was asked to pull the story back until the official announcement. Now that the cat is out of the bag, here it is. Get ready for another big change in the New York City studio scene as it’s finally been confirmed that […]

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September 5, 2017

A Bernard Purdie Ghost Note Lesson

Bernard Purdie ghost notes

 One of the greatest drummers ever is Bernard Purdie thanks to his unique “Purdie Shuffle” and the countless hits he’s played on with James Brown (“Get On The Good Foot”), Aretha Franklin (“Rock Steady”), Steely Dan (“Babylon Sisters” and “Home At Last”), Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and so many others. Bernard’s trademark is the ghost […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PSP Nexcellence Necklace-Style Reverb Plugin

PSP Nexcellence

We’re all familiar with the sound of spring reverbs, but most of the plugins available are based on units with taught springs like the ones found in Fender reverb tanks or the old AKG BX-10 and 20. There was another type of spring reverb though, known as a necklace reverb, found mostly in Hammond organs […]

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September 1, 2017

Harrison Console’s Ben Loftis On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Ben Loftis

You’ve most likely heard of Harrision Consoles, which were a mainstay in music recording studios in the 80s and 90s and still dominate in film studios today. You might not be aware that the company also has an excellent DAW with its Mixbus and Mixbus 32C, and Ben Loftis is my guest on this week’s […]

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Oasis Mastering’s Gene Grimaldi On Mastering “In The Box”

Gene Grimaldi Oasis Mastering

Oasis Mastering’s chief engineer Gene Grimaldi has a list of blockbuster clients that include Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Ray, Nicki Minaj, and many more. In this excerpt from The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook 4th Edition, Gene describes some of his techniques for mastering “in-the-box.” Bobby Owsinski: “How has mastering changed […]

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