20 Questions

  • 20 Questions With Piper Payne

    Piper Payne is the Owner and Chief Mastering Engineer of Neato Mastering, and a Co-Founder and the Chief Product Officer for Second Line Vinyl. An avid enthusiast of audio education, Piper has worked with the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy, the P&E Wing Advisory Council, AES SF Chapter and Women's Audio Mission. On top of all that, Piper has found time to master music for nationally renowned artists like Third Eye Blind, Madame Gandhi and Geographer.

    Recently, Piper was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about how she got started mastering, her innovative incogNEATO: Remix service and her penchant for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Vintage King Co-Founder And CEO Mike Nehra

    In the four-plus years I've worked at Vintage King, there hasn't been much I enjoy more than talking to our company's co-founder Mike Nehra about his thoughts on recording music. The man has an encyclopedic knowledge of methods for recording guitar, how to get the perfect snare sound, what compressors to use on vocals, the particular sounds of vintage consoles and so much more. He is a literal walking, talking version of the best Tape Op interview or Sound on Sound article you've ever read.

    Seeing as though we've been celebrating our 25th Anniversary throughout 2018, we decided that it was time to sit Mike down and have him take part in our 20 Questions series for the blog. Continue reading below for our conversation with Mike and learn more about what got him interested in music, the best venues he's ever played, his favorite pieces of gear to come to Vintage King and his ideal fishing spot. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Ryan Freeland

    Ryan Freeland is a five-time Grammy-winning engineer known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Hugh Laurie, Aimee Mann and many more. In 2008, he opened Stampede Origin Studio in Los Angeles, a custom-built facility featuring a large control room, 15-foot ceiling drum room, three isolation booths and an impressive list of outboard gear and vintage microphones.

    Recently, Ryan was able to take a break from his busy schedule to chat with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his prized Neumann M49s, his go-to vocal compressors and his top 12 favorite albums of all time. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Tucker Martine

    Tucker Martine has been producing, recording, and mixing artists like REM, My Morning Jacket, and Modest Mouse for over two decades. He currently owns and operates Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Oregon.

    We recently sat down with Tucker and chatted for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his favorite EQs, his approach to producing, and his idea for a killer new guitar pedal. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Catherine Vericolli

    Catherine Vericolli is the owner, engineer and manager of Fivethirteen Recording Studios in Tempe, Arizona. She is a lover of all things analog who has personally headed all console installations and outboard wiring at Fivethirteen since the studio's first console and 2" machine in 2006. She also co-edits Pink Noise Magazine and teaches classes at The Conservatory Of Recording Arts and Sciences.

    During a rare moment of downtime while on a business trip in Hawaii, Catherine was nice enough to chat with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about her obsession with ribbon mics, what it’s like starting your own studio and the time she met Rupert Neve. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Scott Hull

    The mastering process of a record has always seemed to be one of the more elusive parts of the music industry. What exactly are they doing? Why is it necessary? How do they do what they do? Mastering engineer Scott Hull wants to clear up some of the rumors for everyone.

    Based in Peekskill, New York, Hull is the owner of Masterdisk and has worked with the who's who of the music world; Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones and many more. He has seen and done it all throughout his illustrious career. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Ian MacGregor

    Ian MacGregor is a man of many hats. He’s an accomplished electrical engineer, who creates gear under the banner of Standard Audio, in addition to having made designs for Shadow Hills Industries.

    When he's not creating fantastic gear, Ian is working in the studio. The Grammy-nominated engineer has worked alongside legendary producer Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel Studio for almost a decade. The duo have worked with artists like Katy Perry, The All-American Rejects, MIKA, and Twenty One Pilots. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Kevin Ratterman

    Though he's moved on from his days of recording above a functional funeral home, Kevin Ratterman still has a penchant for doing things in his own unique way. It's how the Louisville, Kentucky-based producer and engineer came to prominence and began working with artists like My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne and Andrew Bird.

    Taking a break from a week off the grid in the mountains of Southern Utah, Kevin sat down and chatted with us for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his La La Land studio, his signature vocal-chain and that one time he kicked a guitar amp down a stairwell. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Needlz

    Michigan native Khari Cain got his start in the music industry interning for Bad Boy Records, where he began producing as "Needlz." Now he makes hit records with artists like Ludacris, 50 Cent, Lupe Fiasco, Bruno Mars and The Lonely Island.

    We recently sat down with Needlz and chatted for our ongoing 20 Questions series. Read on to learn more about his love for Michael McDonald, his trick for kicking writer's block and some advice on getting the best kick sounds on an 808. Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Dave Rieley of Vintage King's Nashville Showroom

    In addition to leading the charge in our Nashville showroom, Vintage King Audio Consultant Dave Rieley is an incredible engineer, producer and mixer in his own right. Dave began his career at the Chicago Recording Company and in the time since has worked with a wide range of artists including Straight No Chaser, Skillet, The Hives and Kelly Clarkson.

    We recently sat down with Dave and asked him to take part in our 20 Questions series. Continue on below to learn his thoughts on miking drums, the one plug-in that goes on all of his mixes and hear about some classic hijinx from inside his studio. Continue reading

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