Zen of Recording
  • Belongings

     He didn’t belong here. He looked around the room. A TV hysterically shouted Fox News in the corner, ignored by most of the 25 to 30 people wearing light blue dress shirts or royal blue short sleeved knit shirts. Each of them seemed to be idly chatting about absolutely nothing of interest to him. They […]

  • Listening

    It happens somewhat regularly. I work throughout the day: Mixes, phone calls, edits, calendar entries, meetings, vocal sessions, traffic, this column…There is music to hear while I’m driving. Sometimes it’s some work I’m evaluating or some new find I’m enjoying, like Melody Gardot. I sit down and enjoy a movie after some peaceful conversation. Take […]

  • Reflecting on Reflections

    HEAR360 dishes up an amazing plate reverb plugin that looks back and forward at the same time. As the saying goes, “If a tree falls in a forest, and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Placing philosophic assumptions aside, the answer is a somewhat resounding “Yes.” This is because […]

  • 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 […]

  • Soft Landings

    Most people don’t know this (and why would they?), but I hold the Eureka Road (Spring Valley) record for Highest Jump Ever. I think there were only seven of us in attendance on that fateful day in 1974, but you could locate Billy Decker, Joey LaGalley, Danny Privet, Danny and Chris Applehans, and Garden Way […]

  • Tone and Texture: Electrum

    It took me five minutes to determine how to correctly spell “palette.” That’s weird, because it’s a word I use quite often. I mean, the stereotypical image of an artist holding the somewhat oval board aloft in one hand as the other puts the brush to canvas is an overused and simplified trope, but it […]

  • Why Do I Have So Many Compressors? Part 2

    Having gone over the super nerdy essentials of how a variety of compressors work and the differences between the four basic types (FET, VCA, Optical, and Variable-Mu) last month, I thought I would share with you a half-dozen or so favorites from the multitude in my current arsenal. For the sake of brevity, I will […]

  • Why Do I Have So Many Compressors?

    Having first beheld, awe-stricken by the majestic splendor of an actual shoe closet filled with entries from Prada to Puma, stilettos to flats, and Ugg boots to sassy boots, I believe my verbal reaction lay somewhere betwixt “Wow” and “Whoa.” I currently have five sets of footwear (not including socks and barefoot, my preferred indoor […]

  • 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 […]