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  • Make Your Mark With Mooka Rennick Of Prairie Sun Recording Studios

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    As Mark "Mooka" Rennick recalls his family's history of Midwest farm living, it begins to seem more than appropriate that he opened Prairie Sun Recording Studios on the same kind of land. Making his move onto a 12-acre plot in Cotali, California in 1980, Mooka used the serene space to create a laid-back studio environment capable of producing quality sounds. Read Full Story

  • Michael James And Rob Chiarelli Talk Production Secrets At ASCAP Expo

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    The upcoming ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo is a unique event that brings together the world's most prominent minds in songwriting, composing, producers and the music industry. Taking place April 30th through May 2nd at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, the "I Create Music" Expo will offer classes in developing the skills needed to take your career to the next level. Read Full Story

  • Talking Tape With Chris Mara Of Mara Machines Pt. 2

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    Thanks to a few television series that show complete restoration jobs in convenient half-hour episodes, many might think that bringing a tape machine back to life isn't complicated. For Chris Mara of Mara Machines, the act itself may not always be easy, but the reward of giving life to 50+ tape machines yearly makes it all worthwhile. Read Full Story

  • Talking Tape With Chris Mara Of Mara Machines Pt. 1

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    In a time before vintage gear became en vogue, Chris Mara opened his all-analog studio, Welcome To 1979, in Nashville and created a space befitting of its era-specific name. At the center of the studio, MCI tape machines restored by Mara have acted as a conduit for committing music to tape since the grand opening.

    Rather than hiding his tape-spewing secret weapons, Mara has shared his love of MCI with the entire world. Attempting to keep the format and equipment alive, the freelance engineer and studio owner has added one more title to his long resume by rehabbing these classic tape machines under the banner of Mara Machines. Read Full Story

  • Solid State Logic Brings LMC+ To The 500 Series Format

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    Thought of as the secret weapon of many producers in the 1980s, the Solid State Logic's Listen Mic Compressor from the SL 4000E console was originally used to stop overloading on talkback mics. Most famously utilized by Hugh Padgham for Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight," the processor became famous for giving a distinct, aggressive tone that became one of the most famous drums sounds of all time. Read Full Story

  • Universal Audio Introduces New Generation Of Apollo Interfaces

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    Earlier today at MusikMessee 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Universal Audio announced they would be launching the next generation of Apollo Thunderbolt interfaces. Building off the same frame as its predecessor, the new Apollo interfaces will expand to include better conversion, new monitor functions and the ability to connect four units together at the same time. Read Full Story

  • Vintage King Chronicles Console Restoration For New Orleans Studio

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    Vintage King's constant search for incredible vintage consoles has taken our team around the world and back. With a goal of preserving and restoring these defining pieces of audio history, we've never shyed away from any console that we've been able to find. Sometimes... They even come to us.

    Such was the case with Matt Grondin, a second generation studio owner who recently opened his own facilities in New Orleans called The Parlor Recording Studio. After purchasing a Neve 8078 and witnessing a Vintage King console restoration firsthand, Grondin approached the company about tackling his recent purchase.

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  • Trinnov D-Mon 8 Introduces Superior Monitor Control

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    Trinnov Audio, one of the world leaders in helping create quality audio options, has once again brought more unique abilities to studios looking to utilize monitor processors. The company's latest tool, the D-Mon 8 VO, allows users even more advanced monitor control options with any type of studio workflow. Whether you use analog, control surfaces or a DAW, you'll be able to seamlessly control your monitor set-up in a way like never before. Read Full Story

  • Revitalized Magnatone Amplifiers Build On Vibrato Magic Pt. 2

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    Since relaunching Magnatone in 2013, Ted Kornblum and Obeid Khan have quickly revitalized interest in the company's storied name. While the duo has invested time exploring the vast history of the company (Read Pt. 1 of our interview), their new amps build off what made the original products a favorite amongst players and add even more. Read Full Story

  • Revitalized Magnatone Amplifiers Build On Vibrato Magic Pt. 1

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    Dating back to the 1930s, the story of Magnatone is filled with a legacy of innovations from big to small. In the world of guitar amplifiers, the brand was one of the first to introduce the world to vibrato, giving players true pitch shifting, unlike some competitors who wrongly named their tremolo features.

    While the original Magnatone went out of business in the mid-1970s, the name has once again been picked up by Ted Kornblum, formerly of St. Louis Music. By teaming up with his former St. Louis Music colleague, Magntaone's head engineer Obeid Khan, Kornblum has brought the company back to the amplifier world and given it new life. Read Full Story

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