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  • Mastering Experts On: Trimming Costs, Avoiding Mistakes, more - Music Connection Magazine
    Don t get caught up in trends Trust your ears and go with what sounds best Love your mix first I know I said this already but it s very important I d advise the engineer to understand what your client wants If it s a country album they ll probably want it to sound like a Taylor Swift record because her stuff is always highly produced What are the top three things that are possible in mastering that weren t possible a decade ago Software and plug ins Although I m still an analog guy when it comes to EQ and compressing I still love my Manley Massive Passive Stereo Tube EQ Limiting technology has gotten so much better We re able to get more loudness out of things without squashing as much as we used to The amount of loudness artists go for just wasn t there 10 years ago Name the top three aspects that are hardest or easiest in mastering Meeting unrealistic expectations Artists bring in stuff that needs to go back into mixing Lately artists have complained that their masters don t hit right in the club Once it s in a club it s in a DJs hands There s no telling what they re doing to it EQ ing is what I have the ears for I pick out flaws in different frequencies and find where things should be tucked and where they should be boosted Competition is at an all time high because so many people have crossed the threshold from mixing into mastering Back in the day the crossover was harder The mastering plug ins have decent presets but they re not anything I would use What are three ways a mastering engineer can enhance his relationship with the mixer Have an open line of communication Let them know what you re going to do and vice versa The longer you work with a mixer the more understanding you ll have See them as a partner as opposed to just that guy that was working on the project before you We do about 99 of our mixing in house so it s very easy for me to walk in the room and ask for changes Get the mixer s expectations They re likely to have a better ear and vision than the client will What are your top three favorite mastered records and why Mutemath s Armistice sonically was a great sounding album Radiohead s Kid A Although Deftones Around the Fur is possibly one of the loudest ever Midlake s Antiphon Sonically the record was very well done Mixers and masterers sometimes have a difficult relationship What are the best worst aspects of that Has it improved Generally mix engineers are making things too hard for mastering engineers All too often I get stuff from outside our studio that s already been mastered technically The mixer didn t inform the client that they were putting on compression and limiting So

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  • Producer Crosstalk - Mike Del Rio - Music Connection Magazine
    to create Sometimes I start with a beat to get inspired sometimes I ll wake up in the middle of the night and sing into my iPhone if I have a melody in my head the producer explains Depending on who s in the room usually I ll put a synthesizer on I use Spectrasonics Omnisphere a lot That s probably my favorite soft synth I believe some songs are given to you he continues Some people can tap into a higher place summon the spirits The process depends on who I m writing for The music that I love most and much of my stuff that s gotten placed is usually created between 10 at night and four in the morning There s something about working in the middle of the night there s no phone ringing there s no Facebook or Twitter updates It s just the music and the moon Like any producer his career has been replete with challenges Amongst the biggest he s faced was when after establishing himself in New York City he decided to relocate to Los Angeles It wasn t the easiest of transitions I came not knowing a soul and that was humbling Del Rio recalls I had to remind myself of my reasons for doing music Paying attention to that 13 year old kid who picked up the guitar and fell in love with writing songs was difficult for the initial 18 months But in the first year we made close to 500 pieces of music song ideas or beats I was determined to take over LA You have to have that mindset although I may have burned myself out a bit But being humble and self aware that s the key With respect to changes Del Rio foresees for the industry it comes down to equity for music creators It s ridiculous that we still have the same royalty rates as we did in the 70s he observes The people in the creative community are the ones that are getting shortchanged Film and television have both changed their business to fit the times The music industry is the last to make adjustments to the way it works Together with bandmate Crista Ru Del Rio is half of the pop duo POWERS The duo is considering a number of major labels But why in the age of DIY do they even need one Crista and I both work in the business and we see how labels operate he explains What a major still offers is major label radio power It s also about having a home to work from for the next 10 years or so Visit http mikedelrio com Tags engineer news engineer tips mike del rio music connection music connection magazine music information music news producer crosstalk producer interview producer news Previous Story Weezer Tell MC Everything Will Be Alright Next Story Mastering Experts On Trimming Costs Avoiding Mistakes 0 Shares Rob Putnam Related articles Giansante is General

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  • 21-Time Grammy-Winner Al Schmitt to Receive Honorary Doctorate - Music Connection Magazine
    Live Kisses In between Schmitt has been awarded Grammys for work with George Benson Steely Dan Natalie Cole Quincy Jones Diana Krall Luis Miguel Ray Charles Norah Jones Chick Corea and Dee Dee Bridgewater He has also worked with Elvis Presley Barbra Streisand Celine Dion Madonna BeBe and CeCe Winans Willie Nelson Neil Young and Herbie Hancock among many others Schmitt has been inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame received the Grammy Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award and served on the Recording Academy s National Board of Trustees He was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for his work on CBS s The Beatles The Night That Changed America Schmitt s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be placed in 2015 Schmitt grew up in New York and worked at Apex Studios and Atlantic Records where he was mentored by Tom Dowd before moving to Los Angeles In the 1960s he was the first engineer hired when RCA opened its studio in Hollywood There he engineered recordings by Cal Tjader and Ike and Tina Turner and produced albums by Sam Cooke and Jefferson Airplane Schmitt also worked at Capitol Studios in the 60s with Ann Margaret Eddie Fisher and Bobby Darin Past recipients of Berklee s honorary doctorate include Duke Ellington the first in 1971 Dizzy Gillespie Jimmy Page Aretha Franklin Quincy Jones Juan Luis Guerra David Bowie George Martin Bonnie Raitt George Clinton and Carole King Tags al schmitt berklee college of music honorary doctorate music connection music connection magazine music education music information music news producer news recording engineer news studio news Previous Story DIY Spotlight Ostrich Run Next Story The Truth About Your Mailing List 0 Shares Music Connection Published since 1977 Music Connection magazine is a monthly music trade publication catering to musicians

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  • Gear Talk With Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam) - Music Connection Magazine
    with random side projects After School Special Jonny Kaplan the Lazy Stars etc and I ll pop a Nord Electro into a Quilter amp and make some great noises Which pieces do you rent and which do you own Why do you choose one or the other I own most everything I play but if I have a session at Henson Recording Studios and their Hammond is fired up I m game to play it Can you talk a bit about why you favor each of those pieces what they bring to your sound what practical advantages they have etc I favor classic instruments mainly in their purer forms I feel that with older gear I get a certain help from their imperfections that people really seem to connect with But just the same if I have some new gadget Guitar Center Nord type thing I can manipulate it using my memory of the vintage sound of the real deals Just have to use your ears and have a damn good imagination Which pieces have you used throughout your career and which are new additions Why have you held on to some and brought in others The Hammond B3 organ launched my career and will never go away It always teaches me things that inspire me to play every day This doesn t close me off of trying new keyboards especially with amazing boards out all the time like the Microkorg the whole line of Moog and even new Oberheim stuff I ve even been messing around with the new Buchla stuff Fun What trends have you noticed among your friends in terms of gear For example are you and other musicians transitioning to wireless in ear monitoring systems and mics and smaller boards Trends are strange these days There s always some smaller newer something that is very musical and easy to carry or set up but most of my loaded peers seem to hang on the original recipe stuff because they can afford it I m the same way I ve made so much loot playing these damn things I almost feel like I owe that gear to keep it nice and healthy at any cost Obviously to the up and coming musician it s killer to be able to grab a small Nord and have pretty great organs electric acoustic pianos clavs and some grindy amp knobs to have at your fingertips in a minute s time Talk about analog versus digital Do you prefer one or the other generally or for specific types of gear and backline equipment Funny question because I really started to master the digital world by using plug ins side by side with their analog counterparts and really finding settings that were warm and right on It just takes a tiny bit of time and using your ears to get something magical especially if you ve been lucky to have had a career in the 90s when it was ONLY analog so

    Original URL path: http://www.musicconnection.com/gear-talk-rami-jaffee-wallflowers-foo-fighters-pearl-jam/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Blue Mics Announces Mikey Digital with Lightning Connection - Music Connection Magazine
    of the most common challenges when recording on mobile devices is having audio levels too quiet or too loud either way a recording can be ruined With Auto Level Sensing technology and multiple gain settings Mikey Digital protects your recordings from distortion handling extremely loud audio levels up to 130dB Users can enable Mikey Digital to intelligently adjust to fluctuating volume levels or manually set low sensitivity for loud sources and high sensitivity for much quieter sources Mikey Digital is equipped with an LED clipping indicator that flashes whenever volume levels are producing distortion providing immediate feedback to adjust sensitivity for best recording results Mikey Digital also rotates 230 degrees for optimal positioning With the reversible Lightning connection you can capture sound from any direction and align with the front or rear facing camera Mikey Digital includes a high performance 3 5mm stereo input for recording external sources like a lavalier mic an instrument such as guitar or bass or line level signals like a DJ mixer or MP3 player Whether recording through the premium capsules or multi source input jack Mikey Digital records the highest fidelity possible on the iOS platform Mikey Digital also features a USB pass thru connection for charging your device while in use for continuous recording without draining battery life Mikey Digital MSRP 99 99 is available at Amazon com and Sweetwater Sound and coming soon to Best Buy Canada Future Shop Canada Maplins UK and other authorized Blue retailers worldwide For more information about Mikey Digital visit www bluemic com mikey digital Tags blue blue microphone Blue Mics ipad microphone iphone microphone mikey music connection music magazine portable mic Previous Story New Gear Review Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 Next Story Assignments Mike DeFreece Appointed to QSC Director 0 Shares Music Connection Published since 1977

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  • Industry Profile: Pensado's Place - Music Connection Magazine
    of information out there most of it presented in pretty boring ways I wasn t interested in doing that Dave jumped on board and there was the impetus Although guests are typically at the master level discussions are commonly steered to be of use to novice engineers We aim to speak on the level of the guy who s just starting out so he doesn t feel intimidated Trawick explains Our main focus is on building a community We want the site to be a bigger thing that people can be a part of in which they can be stakeholders We ve created a vibe where the best of the best can feel comfortable talking about things without being labeled arrogant or egotistical Pensado adds Shows are taped Wednesdays at 1 00 p m in a Hollywood studio and are streamed live which allows for questions in real time We take anywhere from three to six questions per show Pensado says Where else are you going to get to ask Chris Lord Alge or Leslie Ann Jones a direct question To us it s one of the most important parts of the show because it provides access to people that otherwise might not have it On the site s Into The Lair section shorter vids that typically clock in at five minutes address specific techniques that were raised during a show How to widen guitars in the mix or how to mix vocals with multiple delays for example They tend not to be entry level techniques Pensado observes They re more techniques you d use to make a living The show talks about why to do something The Into The Lair videos talk about how to do something Pensado and Trawick have lofty goals for the show s future We aim to end 2014 with strategic partnerships that allow us to scale up and to take the show into some broader areas like Foley film and TV Trawick says And we re likely to identify two or three people who are notables and create content specific to them We don t need to be top notch mixer centric Pensado chimes in There are other things that are just as rewarding and probably require more skill I d also love to feature engineers like Rick Rubin Andy Wallace and Serban Ghenea The Pensado Awards took place in Santa Monica on June 28 Categories included Mix of the Year Pro designation for major label releases Master of Mastering and even a nod for interns runners Pensado asserts that his awards show is set apart from others because it is done by and for people in the industry The one thing we can do better than any other music awards show is gather people who have a passion for audio he says The pros are there and they re in the mood to talk to the enthusiasts Together Pensado and Trawick will publish a book in the fall entitled The Pensado Papers in

    Original URL path: http://www.musicconnection.com/pensados-place/ (2016-05-01)
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  • 2014 Recording Studio Survey - Music Connection Magazine
    Music News Business Affairs Film TV News Heart Soul Signing Stories Song Biz Studio News More Industry News Reviews Get Reviewed New Music Critiques Live Reviews Album Reviews New Gear Reviews Book Review Industry Contacts Home Magazine Feature Articles 2014 Recording Studio Survey 2014 Recording Studio Survey Feature Articles Studio News July 14 2014 by John Curry Download PDF Tags music connection music magazine music news music resource national studio recording studio stats recording studio survey Previous Story Alive Like Me Announce Release Date of Next Story Mariah Carey Signs with SESAC 0 Shares John Curry Related articles Owners of World s Largest Vietnamese Music Catalog Suing U S Investment Firm Leading Vietnamese Internet Company Business Affairs More Industry News January 30 2014 How a Vocal Producer Can Spark Your Next Recording Feature Articles Magazine January 26 2015 Wanna Be A Real DJ Music Industry Tips March 31 2014 Our Sponsors Newsletter Signup Sign Up Friday Freebie Weekly Bulletin New Issue Partner Offers Founded in 1977 on the principle of bridging the gap between the street and the elite Music Connection has grown from a popular print publication into a spectrum of products and services that address the wants and needs of musicians the music tech community and industry support services Contact Us 3441 Ocean View Blvd Glendale CA 91208 818 995 0101 contactmc musicconnection com Latest Posts ArtistMax Paid Scholarship Freebie archive 4 22 16 Friday Freebie Archive April 29 2016 KONGOS and The Strumbellas to Co Headline at Music Biz 2016 Latest More Industry News April 29 2016 Signing Story MAKUTA Latest Magazine Music News Signing Stories April 29 2016 Music Gear Review EastWest Solo Instruments Latest Magazine New Gear Reviews New Toys Reviews April 29 2016 Find us on Facebook Latest Tweets You have to expect things

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  • Studio News Archives - Page 3 of 9 - Music Connection Magazine
    friends in high school Their careers diverged down different Read More More Industry News Studio News April 15 2014 by Music Connection AESEF Announces Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation AESEF has announced the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund This year marks the 80th birthday of legendary producer engineer Bruce Swedien Read More Studio News April 3 2014 by Music Connection Every Time I Die Step into Massachusetts GodCity Every Time I Die are currently tracking their upcoming release at GodCity Studio in Massachusetts The record is being engineered by GodCity owner and Converge guitarist Read More Studio News March 13 2014 by Music Connection Grow Music Project Releases Session Diaries Grow Music Project GMP a new launch pad for emerging independent artists has premiered its first artist track and associated GMP The Session Diaries episode The web Read More Music News Studio News February 20 2014 by Music Connection Ray LaMontagne Set to Release New Album in May Ray LaMontagne is set to release his 5th studio album Supernova on May 6 2014 via RCA Records The album is the follow up to his Read More More Industry News Studio News February 12 2014 by Music Connection Eagles Take Flight At Re Modeled Re Imagined Forum Recently reopened The Forum did not disappoint patrons who attended its inagural stand by the Eagles seen above From the moment I drove into the Read More Studio News February 11 2014 by Music Connection Sergio George From Arranger to Grammy winning Producer Salsa producer and multi Grammy winner Sergio George stepped into production nearly by accident With a degree in orchestration and some training in engineering he landed Read More Studio News January 31 2014 by Music Connection Filipetti Tapped for L A Philharmonic s Zappa Tribute The LA

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