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  • First Listen: A Review of Kii Audio Three Active Studio Monitors

    Over this past week, I was lucky enough to get to spend some quality time with the newest, flagship speaker from Kii Audio. The Kii Three is truly remarkable in design, frequency response and customization to fit ANY room you are tracking or mixing in. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Transforms The Sound of Baker's Keyboard Lounge

    Tucked back on the outskirts of Detroit's Avenue of Fashion, adjacent to the famed 8 Mile Road, sits Baker's Keyboard Lounge.The legendary jazz venue started as a sandwich shop in 1933, but began booking pianists when Clarence Baker felt there needed to be music in the building during his shifts. Continue reading

  • Hybrid Mixing Techniques: Leveraging The Best Of In The Box And Out Of The Box Environments

    The great debate: digital vs. analog. I'm sure most of us can sit here all day and discuss why one is better than the other. While there are great benefits to both, most of today's top engineers such as Greg Wells, Tom Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, and Michael Brauer, are starting to use a combination, or hybrid system, for mixing.

    As technology advances, many would say the line between the two worlds is becoming very blurred. This article will show some different examples on how to set up a system that can work best for your workflow. Since a hybrid system is any combination of digital and analog gear, there is no right or wrong way to set up your system. It really depends on how you want to improve your workflow. Continue reading

  • Talking Tape, Tone And More With Philly Rockers Sheer Mag

    Listen to the first ten seconds of any Sheer Mag song and you won't be able to stop. The Philly-based band's hook-heavy Thin Lizzy-inspired riffs, disco-y beats and powerhouse vocals have led them to become one of America's hottest rock 'n' roll outfits. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Vance Powell

    Nashville-based producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell has built an incredible resume over the past decade, one that features albums from Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, JEFF The Brotherhood, Kings of Leon and more. The multi-time Grammy winner sat down with us to talk gear, favorite eats, beard grooming tips and drum mic placement in our new series, 20 Questions. Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: The Analog Approach With Mitch Easter

    Welcome to our three-part blog series on studio workflow entitled Exploring Workflow. Follow these links for Part I with Chris Coady (TV On The Radio / Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Part II with Mark "Exit" Goodchild (DJ Khaled / Justin Bieber). Continue below to read Part III including our conversation with Mitch Easter.

    Based in Kernersville, North Carolina, Mitch Easter is a veteran engineer, producer and musician who has worked on incredible records from the likes of R.E.M., Game Theory, Ex Hex, Pylon and more. His love of the studio world and all things analog began when his own band first started cutting demo tracks in the late 1960s. Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: In The Box With Mark "Exit" Goodchild

    Welcome to our three-part blog series on studio workflow entitled Exploring Workflow. Follow these links for Part I with Chris Coady (TV On The Radio / Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Part III with Mitch Easter (R.E.M. / Game Theory). Continue below to read Part II including our conversation with Mark "Exit" Goodchild.

    Getting his start at DARP Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Mark "Exit" Goodchild didn't take the easy route when it came to learning about the recording world. "I learned the hard way," Exit says. "Splicing tape, learning how to use Microlynx to sync and offset machines, flying choruses thru a song with a sampler and punching vocals on the fly." Continue reading

  • Exploring Workflow: Hybrid Studio Set-Ups With Chris Coady

    The studio is a constantly evolving place as new innovations and old favorites can always be used in their own distinct ways. In our new series, Exploring Workflow, we spoke with three creators about three differents styles of working; hybrid, in the box and analog. Continue below to read Part I of the series with Chris Coady. Follow these links for Part II with Mark "Exit" Goodchild (DJ Khaled / Justin Bieber) and Part III with Mitch Easter (R.E.M. / Game Theory).

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  • Make Your Mark With Jen David of Third Wave Music

    Asking yourself the question, "What am I doing with my life?" is one of the toughest moments for anyone, let alone a musician struggling to do what they love for a living. For Third Wave Music owner Jen David, it served as a moment of inspiration.

    "I thought, 'Am I going to work in restaurants and play in bands forever or am I going to try to do my own thing?'" David says. "I decided I was going to do my own thing. If it was going to be anything, it was going to be a music store." Continue reading

  • Choosing A Personal PA System For A Gigging Band

    You're in a band that plays out quite a bit and you've grown tired of relying on venues with less than stellar sound systems. What do you do? While the option for renting a PA is always on the table, the investment of purchasing your own system is probably the ideal answer. Continue reading

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