March 8th, 2017 by Mike Major
Image by Flickr user Ville Hyvönen.
I would suspect that all of us have been to a concert and have experienced less-than-stellar sound.
I know that this happens quite a bit because concertgoers are quick to point it out:
“Dude! Did you go to the show?”
“Yeah, it was killer Read more...
February 16th, 2017 by Mike Major
Why I heart tube traps, and you should too.
ASC’s original TubeTraps and StudioTraps still set the standard by which all imitations are judged.
If you’re already fortunate enough that you enjoy what you do for a living, you can consider yourself even more fortunate whenever you discover something that Read more...
January 31st, 2017 by Mike Major
When it comes to recording live musicians, few instruments are as misunderstood or mysterious as the drums.
The drum kit presents a complexity that just doesn’t exist when recording other instruments, simply because of the sheer number of components that make up even the most basic drum setup, as well Read more...
January 24th, 2017 by Mike Major
When you auto-tune a blue note, what color does it become?
Sarah Vaughan, pictured here happily singing in an age before auto-tuning software, knew that making subtle choices in pitch was part of the performance.
Auto. Tune. These two simple words, whenever used together and in succession, make my skin Read more...
December 22nd, 2016 by Mike Major
(or, “How to Keep Your Mastering Engineer Happy”)
Image by Flickr user Iwan Gabovitch.
We all go through periods of both development and frustration in our careers.
Whenever you are trying to improve your skill level or acquire more knowledge, you will have moments of epiphany followed by Read more...