Zen of Recording
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]