How To Become A Recording Engineer – Tips & Techniques

“Do you want to engineer top acts in top studios? Are you prepared to devote your entire life to music recording? In this new series, David Mellor explains how you can become a professional music recording engineer. This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Project studio equipment is becoming ever more […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a man […]

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Valentine Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Hannes Bieger writes ….. Few industries cherish the achievements of bygone eras as much as the music recording business. From both a technical and an emotional standpoint, studios actively seek to employ gear from half a century ago in current working environments. Imagine the same thing happening in healthcare or aviation! Continues HERE

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Songs of Norway: From fishing fleets to studio beats – the Studio Nord story

They say: “When I did my first recording as an artist I knew I was going to be doing this a lot and for a very long time,” remembers Fred Endresen – a recording/mix engineer, and owner of Studio Nord in Mosjøen. Please click HERE for the full story  

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Music: A language which Amphion’s studio monitors translate smoothly

They say: “Translation is definitely the key, and I do not know a system that has translation as good as Amphion’s. Actually when you are mixing on the Amphions all post-playing speakers become your Amphion,” says Matej Gobec, a producer and sound engineer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please click HERE for the full story  

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TODD GARFINKLE / M•A Recordings: A World Citizen

STEREOPHILE:  Todd Garfinkle, guiding light of M•A Recordings, travels the globe recording provocative music in unbelievably wonderful acoustic settings. Todd travels to exotic climes such as Macedonia and Southern Siberia to capture unique and beautiful traditional ethnic music and song. He records with only two omnidirectional microphones, the signals of which are fed into handmade […]

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Audiophile interview: Acoustical Measurements for the Rest of Us

How to make acoustical measurements without a Ph.D.- By Dave Moulton As Lord Kelvin said, “To measure is to know for sure…maybe. The acoustical behavior of the rooms we produce music in is often baffling. To make it worse, acoustical treatments are regularly shrouded in hypespeak (as in “Our Soundsucker® Wall Panels will remove all […]

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Audiophile interview: Bob Ross – room acoustics fundamentals

Basics of nodes and standing waves… By Bob Ross Getting your music room to sound good can be a confounding and frustrating experience if you don’t take some basic physics into consideration. There are some fundamental principles of acoustics that apply to all small rooms with parallel walls. Once you are aware of the behavior […]

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Audiophile interview: An Acoustics Primer

Get started with the fundamentals of sound and acoustics…by Joe Albano The latest and greatest gear may get all the attention, but if the acoustics of your studio aren’t suitable, all the toys in the world won’t make for great-sounding recordings Let’s examine the basics of acoustics, look at issues that can affect our recordings, […]

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GILES REAVES: Subwoofers and bass management

Managing the low end in your studio -By Giles Reaves When talking about speaker systems, once upon a time we would use words like “mono” or “stereo” or even “quad” to refer to how many individual “channels” or speakers were involved. Now instead, we hear numbers like 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and even 10.2 and beyond […]

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Audiophile interview: Monitoring – room for Improvement

The basic principles of control room design -By Dave Moulton Most of the articles we read on acoustic design of control rooms and studios seem to center around materials we might use to treat wall surfaces, including some tips about using those materials for fun and profit. In this article, I’d like to take a […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put their […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Simon Pressy – The Art of Audio Design

Crytek writes: Audio is a key component of game design, providing unique technical and creative aspects for a non-linear medium. It is used in videogames to enhance environments, dramatize script and scenes, create a sense of realism, immerse the player into the game, and much more. Games like Far Cry, Crysis, and Ryse: Son of […]

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Audiophile interview: Audio mastering explained

Metroplis writes: What is audio mastering? It is the final stage of the production process and the last opportunity to check, correct and enhance your music before it’s released to the world. Here at Metropolis Mastering we have the skills, equipment and experience to realise the potential in your recordings and take them to the […]

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The Tale Of Two Mixes (Or How Doing Less Gives You More)

Recording Revolution write: What if the way we think about mixing is all wrong?  What if our collective obsession with plugins, post processing, and “doing stuff” to audio might actually be working against our goal of delivering a butt kicking mix that has punch, power, and musicality? What if actually doing less in the mix […]

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AUDIO ENGINEERS: Where is the next generation coming from?

I started my audio journey at age 5, when I watched my dad assemble a Heathkit Williamson amplifier, a 12AX7 preamp, and an FM tuner. He also built a large speaker box with a JBL D-130 and put the electronics in a beautiful Brunswick cabinet that once housed a very fine Radiola/phonograph. Since my dad […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Recording engineer Markus Dravs

Andrew Low writes:  Many musicians and engineers born within the last four decades are either followers of or in some way influenced by the innovation, musicianship and production of Brian Eno. Millions own his albums, although fewer have seen him live and only a very lucky few have had the opportunity to work with him […]

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MATTHEW WEISS: What Inspires it

Matthew Weiss is a music producer and Grammy-nominated studio engineer. Early in his career, he began working with Arrested Development, Ronnie Spector, !llmind, and more. In 2015, he executive produced Soul Veggies; a self-titled album that reached #47 on the Indie Billboard Chart. He was a guest speaker at Cornell University and SXSW and has […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Craig Kallman of Atlantic Records – Listen Closely

Robert Baird (Stereophile Magazine) writes:  Label heads—those at the very highest positions of power at music companies. To anyone who’s spent time near the record business, they’re a mythical breed. Like gnomes. Or dragons. Often, it’s their vision that spells success or failure for the label they run. And what they say goes. Over the […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Recording Engineer Tips and Techniques:

A massive resource for established and new recording engineers who want to experiment and push the boundaries… This selection is just a small fraction of what’s available (click Producers on the menu). We have hundreds of top recording engineer and record producer video features that we are editing to extract the important bits: The recording […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Producer Teddy Riley / Michael Jackson and Blackstreet producer talks gear

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, and co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album – it has sold over 32 million copies and saw him win a Grammy for Best Engineering (non-classical). He has produced countless landmark records, such […]

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