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In Defense of the Laptop Record
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In Defense of the Laptop Record

Many studio veterans maintain a certain stigma against “laptop records.” By laptop records, I mean recordings that are made outside of a traditional recording studio, without a collection of expensive analog gear. They are sometimes demonized in discussions during down time in pro-level sessions, even though many of them exhibit … Read More

Vocal Focus: Peppina — ‘Follow Your Gravity’
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Vocal Focus: Peppina — ‘Follow Your Gravity’

Producing the debut EP for an artist means pulling double duty: You don’t just want them to be heard – you want them to be discovered.

Finnish artist Peppina came to NYC to record her debut EP “Follow Your Gravity”.

That was the mission for Peppina, a singer/songwriter whose … Read More

Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO
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Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO

Plugins: They are commonplace and nearly mandatory in today’s studios and workspaces, and for some, have entirely replaced hardware processors. There is now even an entire generation of audio fiends that have never worked outside the box. For some, analog processing is still considered the holy grail—at least for certain … Read More

Heavy Music at Home with Sanford Parker
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Heavy Music at Home with Sanford Parker

Sanford Parker has been a go-to engineer in Chicago’s heavy music scene since the turn of the millennium, producing bands such as Yob, Indian, and Corrections House. As the stress and liability of co-owning a commercial studio becoming more trouble than it was worth, Sanford decided to go freelance, recording … Read More

Boz Digital Lab’s +10db – A Big Review of a Mixing Plugin
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Boz Digital Lab’s +10db – A Big Review of a Mixing Plugin

A friend of mine in the mixing/producing game refuses to use anything but the Waves CLA 76 on his vocal chain. Even though he believes other emulations of the famed hardware piece trounce the CLA—the UAD versions, the Softube mod found within Guitar Rig 5’s suite, the emulation issued with … Read More

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