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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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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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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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, he […]

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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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TREVOR HORN: ‘I had delusions the label would be a hub of creativity’

The man behind Video Killed the Radio Star on 30 years of ZTT records and why running an unsuccessful label would be easier. “I used to think I’d quite fancy producing Bob Dylan, because I was such a big fan in 1965-66, but I don’t think Bob was a Buggles fan, so he probably wouldn’t […]

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CLIVE DAVIS Legendary record producer talks past, present, future of music industry

Nick Larosa writes: One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his industry peers as “the Man with the Golden Ears,” Davis’ ability to identify top-level talent has cemented him as a titan […]

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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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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 time, […]

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TELARC: Jack Renner interviewed

Jonathan Scull (Stereophile magazine):  Kathleen (K-10) and I first met Jack Renner—Telarc’s Chairman, CEO, and Chief Recording Engineer—at Iridium, a tony jazz club here in New York. He was recording Benny Golson and the Jazz Messengers doing a rousing a tribute to Art Blakey. Now what would you think a guy who’s won 31 Grammys […]

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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 […]

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