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  1. RCA Studio A & B: Creating The Nashville Sound

    RCA Studio A & B: Creating The Nashville Sound
    This article was originally published in Playback Issue 002. Subscribe to Playback for free to stay up to date with our latest articles, interviews, product reviews and more. Magic is unpredictable. Once upon a time, it happened in Nashville. We know when, actually: right in the middle of the 1950s. A record label did something unthinkable: they bought a new artist’s recording contract from another label for the whopping sum of $35,000. The gamble paid off: RCA went on to sell ten million Elvis singles in 1956 alone. Continue reading →
  2. Sound Advice: How To Become An Audio Engineer

    Sound Advice: How To Become An Audio Engineer
    Over the years, we’ve interviewed a lot of amazing engineers, producers and creators. One thing we always like to ask is, “What advice would you give to an up-and-coming engineer?” In this blog, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite responses to help you make your mark in the studio. Read on to pick up some key advice on how to land your first job, what type of gear you should focus on when first starting out and how to grow your skills as an engineer. Continue reading →
  3. Brian Lucey’s Magic Garden Mastering, Dolby Atmos Mastering With A Bespoke Analog Chain

    Brian Lucey’s Magic Garden Mastering, Dolby Atmos Mastering With A Bespoke Analog Chain
    Magic Garden Mastering is a boutique facility in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, run by accomplished mastering engineer Brian Lucey. Credits include Michael Bublé, Elvis Costello, Shania Twain, Chet Faker, Lucinda Williams, Depeche Mode and The Black Keys, as well as the soundtrack to many hit movies and streaming series. Last week his client Juanes won the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Grammy for “Origen”, which is the 7th time he’s mastered a Grammy winner. Recently, Lucey upgraded his room to Dolby Atmos capability, making Magic Garden the first analog dominant Atmos-capable mastering studio in the world. The overhaul included the addition of ten speakers to create a 7.1.4 system as well as extra amplifiers, digital-to-analog converters, audio interfaces, an advanced speaker optimization system and dozens of analog EQs. We got a chance to talk shop with Lucey and get the inside scoop on his history in the industry, his thoughts on the developing art of Dolby Atmos mastering and what it took to create this setup. Continue reading →
  4. Five Sounds With Ben Greenberg

    Five Sounds With Ben Greenberg
    Born and raised in New York City, Ben Greenberg is a producer and mixing engineer with more than 20 years of studio experience. Perhaps best known as the guitarist of industrial-punk outfit Uniform, Greenberg’s truest talent is helping artists capture the chaos and translate their performances into a studio setting. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Greenberg at his studio, Circular Ruin, for our Five Sounds With series. Read on to learn about his work with Bad Breeding, Portrayal of Guilt, METZ, Show Me The Body and what it’s like in the studio with his own band, Uniform. Continue reading →
  5. Behind The Gear: Tierra Audio

    Behind The Gear: Tierra Audio
    TIERRA Audio is a newer brand on the pro audio scene, one that got started in Madrid, Spain in 2018. Dubbing themselves the “ECO-Smart Pro Audio Company,” TIERRA puts a focus on not only achieving high end sound in their products, but also on being an ecologically responsible company. As a part of our ongoing Behind The Gear series, we sat down with TIERRA Audio Co-Founder and CEO Javier Pascual to learn more about the brand, its product lineup, and the important work the company is doing to ensure the safety of our planet. Continue reading →
  6. Five Sounds With Erin Tonkon

    Five Sounds With Erin Tonkon
    A version of this interview with Erin Tonkon was previously published in PLAYBACK Issue 002. Be sure to check out the entire issue here. Erin Tonkon broke into the world of engineering at a young age and started learning under the best at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. During her studies, the budding engineer began working with production legend Tony Visconti and the duo were at the helm for releases from David Bowie, Esperanza Spalding and The Damned. Erin has continued to amass an incredible discography of work, including mixing albums for Sad13, Richard Hell, Rosie Tucker, Lady Lamb and more. Read on to get the inside scoop on five favorites from Erin's career so far. Continue reading →
  7. Behind The Gear: Crucial Audio

    Behind The Gear: Crucial Audio
    Steve Kollander launched Crucial Audio in 2005 and soon after released the beloved Echo-Nugget, a portable analog delay in the stomp-box format. The Echo-Nugget combines a boutique tube preamp with the classic sound of a Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) delay. Designed as a sturdier alternative to tape echoes, guitarists and engineers quickly fell in love with its warm, gooey sound. Since then, Crucial Audio has released a series of popular devices, including several based on the original Echo-Nugget design, including the Studio-Nugget. This rackmount version is custom-voiced for studio use and also comes in a stereo version. Continue reading →
  8. The Making Of The Green Knight OST With Danny Reisch

    The Making Of The Green Knight OST With Danny Reisch
    With over two decades of production and engineering experience, Danny Reisch has cemented himself as an institution in the Austin, Texas recording community. The engineer has spent time working on records with Wye Oak, Heartless Bastards and White Denim, in addition to running live sessions for Daytrotter with the likes of HAIM,  Mac Demarco and Gary Clark Jr. One of Danny's latest endeavors has been handling mixing duties for the score to The Green Knight. We recently sat down for a chat with the Dallas native to talk about his work on the film, his thoughts on mixing an album compared to soundtracks and the gear at his studio, Good Danny's. Continue reading →
  9. Behind The Gear: Carpenter Studio Gear

    Behind The Gear: Carpenter Studio Gear
    When he isn’t mixing for film and TV, Louis DeFelice is building custom studio desks and racks for his new studio furniture company, Carpenter Studio Gear. Since starting the brand in 2020, things have picked up rather quickly for Louis. He's won over lots of fans with an aesthetic that blends simplicity and durability with a mid-century modern style. We recently sat down with Louis as a part of our Behind The Gear series where we talk to the makers behind our favorite pro audio brands. Continue on to read our conversation and learn how Louis got his start in woodworking and why he feels it's important to invest in good, affordable studio furniture. Continue reading →
  10. Studio Spotlight: Daniel Holsinger Studios

    Studio Spotlight: Daniel Holsinger Studios
    Daniel Holsinger is a Clearwater, Florida-based recording, mixing and mastering engineer. For the past ten years, he's been carving out a place in the recording industry working with a number of labels like Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam and a wide array of artists including John Legend, Fabolous, Editors, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Chick Corea. Working from the aptly named Daniel Holsinger Studios. Daniel has built a powerful rig that allows him to work fluidly, no matter what kind of project is on the docket. His set-up includes two Avid S1 control surfaces, a Universal Audio Apollo x6 interface, Yamaha NS-10M monitors, ProAc SM100 monitors and much more. To learn a little bit more about Daniel and his studio, we sat down for a Studio Spotlight interview. Read on to find out what gear is most integral to how Daniel works in the studio, what inspires him and one of his favorite records of all time. Continue reading →

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