June 23rd, 2016 by Blake Madden
This story first appeared in Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, on April 15, 2015.
The Great Stalacpipe Organ
In 1954, on his 5th birthday, Robert Sprinkle was given a choice by his father, Leland Sprinkle: have a traditional birthday party, or take a tour of one of Virginia’s most famous Read more...
June 22nd, 2016 by Rob Mayzes
Avoid these 13 common mistakes to ensure your vocal mixes always sound at least as good as the singer does. (And maybe even better.)
Vocals are the most important part of your mix. The vocals sell the music. Whether they’re a seasoned pro or your tone deaf aunt, everyone listens Read more...
June 21st, 2016 by David Weiss
Just as summer begins, a major Midtown recording studio has reached the end of the road: MSR Studios is closing its doors at the end of June.
Ultimately, this 14,000 sq. ft. heavy hitter couldn’t escape the unkind realities of doing business in New York City’s famed Times Square neighborhood. Read more...
June 20th, 2016 by David Weiss
Things are heating up in Long Island City.
That’s where you’ll find The Ice Plant, the newly hatched second generation of the recording/mixing facility that aims to be “a destination studio for local musicians.” What do founders Wayne Silver and Adam Zirkin mean by that?
In other words, this bright Read more...
June 16th, 2016 by Blake Madden
This story first appeared in Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, June 3rd, 2013.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The modern musician cares about time, probably because we’re so often reminded, in ways both funny and sad, of how Read more...
June 15th, 2016 by Roger Montejano
Pro Tool’s Beat Detective is a powerful tool to have under your belt. From editing audio and MIDI tracks, to generating complete tempo maps and groove templates based on a performance, Beat Detective can be a real life and time saver.
Contrary to popular belief, the results need not be Read more...
June 14th, 2016 by George Walker Petit
As a musician, producer and engineer who lives in New York City and uses public transport, I have become very familiar with the happy world that is created in my head whether I am monitoring on high quality IEMs (such as the Grado GR10e) en route to some midtown appointment Read more...
June 13th, 2016 by David Weiss
Nail a niche, and you can make it happen.
That’s true anywhere in the audio world, but especially when you’re talking about Nashville. Recording runs rampant here, of course, but established studios are facing their fair share of challenges. That, of course, is where the opportunity also lies.
Producer/engineer/editor/mixer Danny Read more...
June 9th, 2016 by Justin Colletti
This story first appeared in Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, June 3, 2013.
When I ran into producer/engineer Scott Solter at a mutual client’s show a couple of weeks back, he relayed some advice that he’d been giving young bands recently. He’s already one of my favorite guys working today, Read more...
June 8th, 2016 by Matthew Wang
Electric guitars first started making their way into the music industry in the 1930s, and have been a staple of American popular music ever since.
Thousands of different models have been manufactured over the years, making it no small task for studio owners and recording guitarists to decide which models Read more...