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Meta Is Developing Some Underwhelming New Spatial Audio Tools For The Upcoming Metaverse

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has just posted about its research into new spatial audio tools that it hopes to incorporate into the upcoming Metaverse, the virtual space that’s a combination of VR and AR. While interesting, I can’t say that I’m too impressed so far (watch the video from Meta below to see […] The post Meta Is Developing Some...

Music That Streaming Favors, A New Music Format, And Gearspace.com Founder Jules Standen On My Latest Podcast

On my latest podcast episode: Gearspace founder Jules Standen tells us all about one of the most popular audio sites online, which is now celebrating its 20th year Why genres like pop, hip-hop and dance are favored over blues, jazz and metal on streaming services like Spotify The new analog physical audio distribution format designed […] The post Music...

New Music Gear Monday: Playfair Audio Dynamic Grading Processor Plugin

One of the cool things about where we are now when it comes to plugin development is that new ground is being broken. Just about all the old analog devices have been emulated (even some of the bad ones) so it’s time to think outside the box, and that’s exactly what’s happening lately. One shining […] The post New Music Gear Monday: Playfair Audio Dynamic...

Yes, There Is A Difference Between Stems And Tracks

This is happening a lot lately. In a conversation, email, post or comment, someone say, “I received the stems for . . .” or “So I sent the stems to. . .”. If you’ve been around the studio for a while you’re surprised that the person didn’t actually mean “stems” at all, but “tracks.” So […] The post Yes, There Is A Difference Between Stems And Tracks...

California’s 7 Year Law, Evolving Songwriting, And Sound Designer Bob Pomann On My Latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is Bob Pomann, who discovered his unique ability to tell a story through sound while doing sound effects for the original Saturday Night Live. He went on to create Pomann Sound, a full-service audio-post and sound design house located in midtown Manhattan on the Penthouse floor, now in its 38th […] The post California’s...

New Music Gear Monday: Steinberg VST Live All-In-One Live Performance Platform

Gone are the days when a performer or band goes on stage and performs with just instruments and vocals. These days, performances have become more complex in order to provide a better audience experience, with a combination of backing tracks, lighting and video playback all part of the gig. That’s a lot to contend without […] The post New Music Gear...

How To Protect Your Gear From A Power Surge

We’ve all been in a position where we needed more power outlets and purchased either a power strip or rack mounted unit that advertised it was a “surge protector” as well. That may or not have been true, and Radial has a great post about what exactly qualifies as a power surge and how to […] The post How To Protect Your Gear From A Power Surge appeared...

Mixer Andrew Scheps, Renaming Rock, And Elvis Weddings In Vegas On My Latest Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is Andrew Scheps, who’s won 3 Grammy awards and mixed huge hits for Adele, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Beyonce, Jay-Z, U2 and many more. Andrew has also spent quite a lot of time mixing in Dolby Atmos lately, and his tutorials on the subject are some […] The post Mixer Andrew Scheps, Renaming Rock, And Elvis...

New Music Gear Monday: Neve 88M Computer Audio Interface

We live in a time where there’s such a variety of computer audio interfaces that it’s almost hard to make a choice. Indeed, just about every major manufacturer has come out with at a line of them by now. Perhaps the last holdout in the interface game was Neve, and that’s now changed with its […] The post New Music Gear Monday: Neve 88M Computer Audio...

Yes, You Can Use One Stereo Mic To Record A Band

I posted this a long time ago but it’s so good that I’m going to post it again. In this video, engineer John Cuniberti uses just one stereo mic, in this case a AEA R88 stereo ribbon, to record the band San Geronimo – no overdubs, no additional mics. For those of you who don’t know, John […] The post Yes, You Can Use One Stereo Mic To Record A Band...

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