Zen of Recording
  • Icebergs and Voodoo

    When writing a review column of roughly 800 to 1000 words on a regular basis, one is destined to come across a tool so complex and feature-laden that it defies succinct summation. This is not always the case, of course, as there have been plenty of instances where the pursuit of reader amusement has found […]

  • Brushing Off the Dirt

    Whoom!! The entire house shuddered to its 75-year-old foundations and my smartly framed black-and-white Henry Diltz photograph of (the now similarly aged) Paul McCartney hung upon its wall was shaking right along with it. Whoom!! Boom, BAP!! Hunnie, our year-old Havanese puppy/dog/sometimes—I’m-not-sure-what ran into the room with eyes like English tea saucers, bringing her normally […]

  • Letting Go

    As I lie here floating on my back in the Pacific Ocean and staring up at the endless azure of the late summer sky, I notice it looks farther away than usual. The thin, wispy cirrus clouds out over the distant horizon seem blurred and diffuse, as if they’ve somehow fallen out of focus. Turning […]

  • Lurssen’s Audio Lemonade

    Of all the assorted stages and processes traversed in the recording and delivery of music, mastering is easily the phase that holds the most intrigue and mystery. In discussing its role within the scope of a project, engineers and producers are frequently showered with a deluge of inquiry: How does it work? What makes it […]

  • Avid Commits More Deeply With ProTools 12.7

    For nearly as long as there has been digital audio technology, Avid’s ProTools has been as inexorable a brand as Xerox is to photocopiers or Coke is to cola, with good reason: It has simply remained consistent. Not that it hasn’t changed, improved, or innovated multiple times over past decades. Quite to the contrary, it […]

  • Tim

    It’s late April, several years ago, and I can remember it seeming a little like Christmas. It’s a no moon night and, at times, my breath is all I see. I stalk purposefully through San Diego’s frosty, darkened streets that wind down from my super-secret parking spot toward that ubër oasis of all things musical […]

  • The New Bo Diddley Beat, From the ’90s to Now

    It’s a veritable wellspring of (often mis)information: the Internet. Or, as they referred to it in Christopher Guest’s movie For Your Consideration, the Interweb. The Great Digital Book of Answers is something that didn’t even exist for half my life, so I know the difference and consider myself lucky to have lived without it long […]

  • The One That Got away

    Not that I’m complaining, but there are a few drawbacks to writing a music gear review column. Along with the scads of new stuff to check out, there is also a tendency to form a sort of bond with whatever you’re using, but you also can’t afford to buy, much less cover everything you’d like […]

  • Attached to Strings?

    Reviewing products can be a tricky thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. New things to learn, new tools and techniques to utilize in the constantly evolving craft of recording and arranging. All a part of my favorite thing. That gift/curse I’ve devoted the lion’s share of my life to: music. What’s not to […]