AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Manfred Eicher – A Magnificent Obsession

At a time when the heads of most record labels barely know how to play a record, let alone make one, Manfred Eicher—owner, founder, and inspiration of ECM Records, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010—has been intimately involved in the making of nearly 1200 of them. How many, though, can he actually remember working […]

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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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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: 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: 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: 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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ELITE RECORDINGS: A Conversation With Freelance Recording Engineer Veteran Marc Aubort

  Marc Aubort began his career in the late 1940’s working first with wire recorders and later with tape. Aubort first came to America in 1955 to inspect the American operation of European budget label MMS (Musical Masterpiece Society). In 1956 he made his first recording (monophonic) for the Vanguard label in Vienna, returning to […]

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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 […]

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Chief Engineer of Motown: Russ Terrana Shares 18 Years of Recording for the Iconic Labe

  Rob Bisel writes: It is truly remarkable to step back and examine the full societal impact that some recording engineers and mixers have had on American culture. During his 18-year tenure as Chief Engineer for Motown Records, Russ Terrana captured and crafted the sounds for many of the Detroit label’s most iconic hits. He, […]

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How we made the pop song 19 by Paul Hardcastle and Ken Grunbaum

  Interviews by Dave Simpson ‘Paul played me a rough version. When I heard that ‘N-n-n-nineteen’ hook I thought: What the heck? All my life I wanted to be a motorbike racer, until I had a bad crash and ended up in hospital for four months. While I was bedridden I listened to the radio all the […]

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