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Interviews

  • Masters Of Score: An Interview With Horror Composer Charlie Clouser

    Fans of the horror genre will certainly be familiar with the far-reaching discography of Charlie Clouser. The former Nine Inch Nails member moved onto the world of scoring film/television and has been responsible for an incredible number of projects including the Saw series, American Horror Story, Dead Silence and Wayward Pines.

    In keeping with the spooky Halloween season, we reached out to Charlie to talk about his studio set-up, his sonic inspirations and some different ways to get ghoulish and unsettling sounds out of your gear. Continue below to read our conversation with Charlie and to hear a few pieces of his fantastic work. Continue reading

  • Historic Scully LS-76 Lathe From Infrasonic Mastering Goes Up For Sale

    Owned by Pete Lyman and Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeff Ehrenberg, Infrasonic Sound is one of the best-known vinyl mastering houses in the recording industry. Lyman's discography as a mastering engineer includes Grammy-winning albums from Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and more.

    Recently, Infrasonic Sound decided to put their historic Scully LS-76 lathe up for sale. This classic lathe has a unique place in history as its one of the last ever built by the storied brand. Continue below to read an interview with Pete about the importance of the lathe, the technical updates it has received and the role it has played in Infrasonic's success. Continue reading

  • Tracking With Ben Lorenz of Willis Sound

    Willis, Michigan is a one light town that resides a little less than 20 miles away from the University of Michigan. The small community is home to only three operating businesses; a liquor store, a yoga studio and a BBQ joint. Thanks to business partners Ben Lorenz and Jason Magee, the city can now add the beautiful new recording studio known as Willis Sound to their resume.

    When looking to build a larger studio than the one they currently owned in Ann Arbor, Lorenz and Magee joked about finding a vacant church through a house of worship locator web site. Much to their surprise, there was a site utilizing this concept and they quickly found an abandoned church in nearby Willis.  Continue reading

  • 20 Questions With Heba Kadry of Timeless Mastering

    If you haven't heard of Heba Kadry, then you clearly have been sleeping on some of the hottest independent records to come out in the past few years. Since moving into the mastering world in 2007, the Egypt-born engineer has been amassing quality credits from the likes of the Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Wooden Shjips, Ty Segal, Slowdive and Palehound, while working in her New York studio, Timeless Mastering.

    Recently, Heba was kind enough to take a break from work to be interviewed for our new blog series, 20 Questions. Read on to learn more about her obsession with synthesizers and Brian Eno, the gear she uses in her studio and the advice she would offer those looking to get into mastering. 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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  • Comparing The New MiniMoog Model D Reissue To A Vintage Model D

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    As one of the first synthesizers to be readily available to the general public, the Minimoog Model D was designed by Robert Moog and Bill Hemsath to be a more performance-friendly instrument than the large modular synths used in recording studios. In 2016, Moog Music brought back the classic synthesizer via a painstaking reproduction with a few new features for the modern musician. Continue reading

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