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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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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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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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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ANALOGUE TAPE: Why is the engineer who recorded Nirvana still using analog tape?

Steve Guttenberg writes: The Audiophiliac interviews the great Steve Albini, who not only made his name with legendary bands, he loves recording local talent! I’m the kind of record buyer that always reads album credits, and starting in the early 1990s, with the Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa,” Nirvana’s “In Utero,” and PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me” […]

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Label boss and Grammy-nominated producer DJ Mark Knight shares his seminal tracks – and the stories behind them

Emma Gritt writes: Toolroom Records celebrated a decade in the house music game this year. To mark the occasion, they embarked upon a 10-week tour, which included a special back to back Toolroom Records extravaganza at Ministry of Sound, the first time the original London superclub had ever allowed one brand to set up shop […]

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DOUG SAX: Audiophile interview.Sheffield Steel?

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes:  Doug Sax is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and outspoken figures in audio. As co-founder, with Lincoln Mayorga, of Sheffield Lab, Doug pioneered the first modern direct-to-disc recording. His perfectionist methods may be controversial, but the results certainly are not: Sheffield Lab recordings are nearly universally praised by the […]

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Chuka George Avakian – That Rhythm Man!

Robert Baird (Stereophile magazine) writes: “So where did it all go wrong, George? When did the major-label record business begin slipping away?” Before he can answer, I recall something George Avakian once told me over the phone. “Goddard Lieberson [former president of Columbia Records] said, ‘I’m tired of sitting in A&R meetings with record guys. […]

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AMPHION: “I can’t say enough about what they add to my musical life” ~ Fred Mollin

Composer, songwriter, producer, musical director, and artist … these roles only scratch the surface of the work of Fred Mollin. Despite a very successful career in each of these realms in his professional life, Mollin still has a favourite – namely ‘Producing’. Leaving school at the age of 16 to pursue his musical career, Mollin […]

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Audiophile interview: David Chesky: A Portrait of the Artist as His Own Man

David Lander (Stereophile magazine) writes: David Chesky, whose company has been making superior recordings for nearly 20 years now, isn’t from the engineering side of the business. He’s talent—a pianist who sometimes performs on his label, a composer of classical and jazz selections integral to its catalog, and an arranger as well. Chesky was born […]

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NAXOS: Klaus Heymann: A 20th-Anniversary Chat with the Founder of Naxos

  Stereophile write:  By 1986, when his Pacific Music had become the biggest international classical distributor in Southeast Asia, Heymann envisioned a budget-priced CD label that would offer his Southeast Asian customers classical CDs at the same price as LPs. Naming the new label Naxos, after the Greek island long associated with art and culture, […]

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ALAN PARSONS: What he thinks about audiophiles

In an interesting interview at CEPro, Alan Parsons, the man who engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and yes, had his own Project, says that room acoustics are far more important than audiophile gear. In fact, the interview led one Slashdot commenter to post this fine quip: “Audiophiles don’t use their equipment to […]

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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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