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5 Techniques For Recording Great Handclaps

It’s surprising how often handclaps are used, either as an enhancement to the backbeat or as a standalone mix element. That said, getting a great clap sound can be elusive, as the huge effect that everyone expects is more difficult to achieve than you might expect. Here are 5 techniques that you can use for […] The post 5 Techniques For Recording Great...

The Most Hated Bands, The UK Opens Up Live Music, And Music Attorney Kamal Moo on my latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is music attorney Kamal Moo, who has represented artists from various genres of music as both personal manager and attorney. He has negotiated several types of entertainment contracts, including recording, music publishing, and producer agreements, with clients include legendary recording artist Janet Jackson, The Hallmark...

New Music Gear Monday: Pulsar 1178 Compressor Plugin

One of the most iconic and most copied hardware compressors is the UREI 1176. It’s been used successfully in so many applications over the years, but one limitation was that it was mono. When you tried to use 2 of them in a stereo application, the sound would lean to one side because you could […] The post New Music Gear Monday: Pulsar 1178 Compressor...

A Tech Guide To Livestreaming

Livestreaming has been the big buzzword over the last year as it’s the only way for creators to safely get their wares out in front of the public. That said, there’s a bit more to it than signing on to Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram (pick your platform). If you want your stream to look and […] The post A Tech Guide To Livestreaming appeared first...

Composer/Mixer Lars Deutsch, MLC Collects Unclaimed Funds, And Random, Probable And Generative Music On My Latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is  two time Emmy winner Lars Deutsch, who was born into a non-musical family and was astounded when he discovered that a guitar needs tuning. From those humble beginnings he went from heavy metal guitarist, to singer, to songwriter, to a Masters in classical composition, to international performances of his classical...

New Music Gear Monday: Trident Digital EQ Plugins

Perhaps the greatest rock and roll console ever built was the Trident 80B. The desk just had an edge that couldn’t be beat, with a sound that was especially particularly symbiotic with that style of music. While the entire desk as a whole was responsible for the sonics, the EQ in particular was the centerpiece […] The post New Music Gear Monday: Trident...

3 Approaches To Using Your Amplifier’s Tone Controls

As a general rule, most musicians (especially guitar players) have no idea how to use anything that adjusts the frequency bands of their instrument, meaning an amplifier’s tone controls. The reason is that they’re never taught what tone controls are there for, and there’s not a lot of information in the manuals that comes with […] The post 3 Approaches...

Rupert Neve Passes, Labels De-emphasize Radio Promo, And Producer David Franz On My Latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is producer/multi-instrumentalist and educator David Franz, who wrote the very first book on Pro Tools as well as creating online courses for both Berklee Online and Lynda.com.  Besides running his label Underground Sun and EDM artist development and even production company Underground Sol, David is also the content...

New Music Gear Monday: Leapwing Al Schmitt Signature Plugin

Al Schmitt is one of the most accomplished recording engineers on the planet, a giant among men that almost everyone in the industry looks up to. Just a few of his credits include Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Miles Davis; to Johnny Cash, Toto and Steely Dan. Add to that Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, […] The post New Music Gear Monday:...

Chladni Figures: The Resonance Experiment That Still Amazes

We’ve all heard the stories about a modern sturdy bridge being brought down due to oscillation from wind or pedestrians walking at just the right frequency that weakens it. That’s known as resonance, and it’s something that occurs across the scientific world. One of the coolest resonance experiments has to do with sound and something […] The post Chladni...

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