Zen of Recording
  • 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 […]

  • Stay Tuned

    Sven-Erik Seaholm is on vacation but will return in August.

  • The Unbreakable Realm of the Digital Domain

    There is a favorite conversation I immensely enjoy having. A riff, really. Sometimes, it takes on the awkwardly difficult to explain the appearance of a good-natured tirade.  It’s about my generation. Weirdly, I feel older writing that sentence than I do listing the plethora of developments, accomplishments, and first-hand observations of the way things used […]

  • Masking Opportunity

    It all started with the birds. Each morning (on a workday) I get up at the actual butt-crack of dawn, when the first slivers of daylight begin to wend their way through the branches and power lines and splash upon the angled rooftops that surround the backyard. The first order of business is to take […]

  • Navigating NAMM

    Hurtling up the 5 North from San Diego, tardily en route to a 9:30 meeting in Anaheim is not for the squeamish. Especially if you’re the only one hurtling. The rest of the southern California commute seemed to be lazing along this particular Thursday morning like jetlagged tourists with no real destinations, while I had […]

  • Resolute in One’s Resolve Regarding Resolutions for 2020 and Beyond

    Steering left through the increasingly frigid winds of Arizona to head north toward Utah’s southern border, I am confronted by the undeniable majesty of the afternoon’s dramatic skies stretching out endlessly before me. Purples, oranges, blues and grays cascade and tumble into frothy white bursts of cumulus nimbi, giving the visual impression that the sky […]

  • Go Low

    When asked to sum up what this column is all about to those unfamiliar with it, I usually say something like recording tools and their applications, not just what tools to use, but when, how, and, perhaps most importantly, why. Never in the history of audio recording have more hardware and software solutions been available […]

  • Digging for Gold (Can Give You More Than Dirty Fingernails)

    Squinting into the sunny glare coming off the Pacific Ocean, I felt the realization slowly creep up on me, like the kush and sativa wisps of smoke curling through the streetlights and sidewalk signs of Newport Avenue: It’d been a very long time since I last visited Ocean Beach. Even now, I was only here […]

  • Auto-Tune EFX+: New Tricks For An Old Standby

    It’s almost hard to “Believe,” but the Auto-Tune pitch-correction processor plug-in is over 20 years old now. I remember when I first read of its existence. The very concept of finally having vocals on my recordings that were as in tune with the track as I had always wished they could be was not only […]