Zen of Recording
  • Stay in School (Part 3 of 3)

    Old dogs, new tricks…and vice versa. I mean, I’ve been writing about recording tools, tips, and techniques for almost 21 years now, based upon nearly 40 years of experience. Even before that, I was filling boxes and boxes with cassette mix tapes in endless iterations, searching to find the song orders that flowed effortlessly into […]

  • Stay in School (Part Two)

    Last month, I mused upon the early adult days of my life and how my journey toward musical self-edification centered around the plethora of musical sources I uncovered via crate digging and the deep immersion into the select cream that rose to the top of my respect and curiosity. Through the ’80s, this expedition expanded […]

  • Stay in School (Part One)

    In the autumn of 1980, I was 18 and living in an apartment by myself for the first time. Looking back, there have actually been very few instances over the ensuing 40 years where that has been the case, but one thing all of those abodes shared in common was their (ahem) compactness. It has […]

  • A Cool Amp for Hot Tracks

    Well…hmm. I don’t think I need to add my voice onto the heap-pile of mid-pandemic, end-of-the-year, holy crap, “can you believe what a year it’s been and it’s still going on?” pontifications, so I just won’t. Sure did spend a lot of time at home in the studio though. A lot of it trolling through […]

  • The Evolution of Sound: PreSonus’ Studio One 5.1.1 Keeps on Trackin’

    Over the nearly 17 years that I’ve been reviewing music recording-related products in the pages of this magazine, there have been literally hundreds of different manufacturers’ wares profiled. Each piece of merchandise—be it software or hardware—was thoroughly pushed, prodded, probed, and put through its proverbial paces in an effort to provide the most painstakingly accurate […]

  • Meditation on a Coffee Table

    OUCH!! Mo@*#$F -%?&er! The force of my shin making contact (yet again) with the edge of the titular living room furniture presses down on sensory receptors in my skin, which detect that excruciating pain and convert it into an electrical signal called an action potential. It is then carried along the axon of the sensory […]

  • Beat DNA: A Rhythmically Searchable Loop Database

    For literally centuries, the metronome has ruled the world of music with the iron-fisted persistence of time itself; unyielding, constant and when its passing is given the fullest of attention, well…boring. This is not to suggest that strict adherence to tempo is a bad thing, quite to the contrary. Keeping within the confines of a […]

  • Sonarworks Reference 4: Mixing Esperanto!

    Anyone who has tirelessly toiled in the studio on their own music or someone else’s can tell you that one of the worst feelings in the entire universe can befall you upon first listen to your mixes outside of the studio they were created in. You’re excited. You pop in the CD or Mp3 and […]

  • Mixroom: An Innovative Approach to Foundational EQ Moves Upstairs

    Late last year, I examined and evaluated a new product with an inventive take on equalizing the low end of your mixes and masters (https://sandiegotroubadour.com/2019/12/go-low/ ). The digital audio plugin was called Bassroom and was as easy to use as it was unusual, which is definitely not the usual. It’s comparatively low price point also […]

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