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Recording Studio Rockstars

Lij Shaw Interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insights from the recording studio. So that you can take your recordings to the next level and become a rockstar of the recording studio yourself! - Vance Powell, Michael Beinhorn, Russell Wolff, Graham Cochrane, Joe Gilder, Björgvin Benediktsson.
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Dec 25, 2015

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My guest on the show today is Dave Hagen, Head Engineer at Dark Horse Recording in Franklin, TN.  Dark Horse is one of the longest lived large studio complexes in the Nashville area featuring multiple studios, and complete artist accommodations amid a stunningly beautiful Tennessee countryside backdrop.

Dave works with an extremely diverse client base including OneRepublic, Relient K, Matthew West, For King and Country, Tenth Avenue North, Ashley Judd, Newsboys and many others.  

Dave also helped develop teaching curriculum for the Dark Horse Institute, build and design several new studios, and has taught many students the skills needed to get started in the music industry.  

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Dec 18, 2015

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My guest today is Ronan Chris Murphy, a producer, mixer, and recording artist. Ronan has spent the past 25 years playing and recording music. He started out playing in punk bands in Washington DC touring and sharing stages with Dinosaur Jr, The Flaming Lips, the Henry Rollins Band, and Gwar.

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  As a producer, engineer and/or mixer, Ronan Chris Murphy has worked with the likes of King Crimson, Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio, Steve Stevens, Tony Levin, and Nels Cline to name a few, as well as various projects featuring members of Tool, Ministry, Weezer, Dishwalla, and Yes. And one of the coolest things Ronan has for you, Rockstars, is a series of international recording workshops called Home Recording Boot Camp. 

 

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Dec 11, 2015

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My guest on the show today is is Greg Norman. He is a freelance recording engineer, producer, and audio designer and technician from Chicago, IL. Greg records both from his home studio and at Electrical Audio, a multi-room studio belonging to Steve Albini that specializes in recording to analog tape.

His discography is like a “list of who’s who in cool bands” including: Andrew Bird, The Killers, Guided By Voices, The Autumn Defense, & Kim Deal (of The Pixies)

Greg created Normaphone which is his moniker for all audio electronic constructions that he does independent of Electrical Audio. One of his notable products is the beautiful MXPre L1c mic preamp that he designed for use in the Sony MXP 3000 series console.

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Dec 4, 2015

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My guest on the show today is a friend and studio team member, Joe Hutchinson. Joe is a professional mastering engineer right here in Nashville TN. But he masters records for artists from all over the world. Whether Canadian blues, Austrian folk music, or American Christian music Joe often helps indie artists finish their records with a major label sound.

Joe is also a part of my team at the Bonnaroo Hay Bale Studio and The Pilgrimage Sessions, where we record, mix, and master up to 40 bands and a hundred songs in a single weekend! Recording amazing artists like The Avett Brothers, Ben Folds, and Cage The Elephant Joe will deliver finished masters ready for upload and airplay on the radio as fast as an hour after the performance.

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Nov 27, 2015

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My guest on the show today is Mark Haffner, an Emmy Award-winning TV/film composer, with many film studio & TV network credits. Some of Mark’s clients include Disney, NBC, CBS, ABC, Orion Pictures, Atlantic Records, P. Diddy, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Notorious B.I.G., and many major-market USA TV stations.

Mark is also a cohost with me at Podcast Professors where you can learn how to get started in podcasting. 

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Nov 20, 2015

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My guest today is Kern Ramsdell a music lover and creator of the recording blog Home Recording Weekly. His goal is to share everything that he learns about writing, playing, recording, mixing, and mastering music in home recording studios.

In his own words Kern says “I simply must get the music that I hear in my head, out. I love it when a song begins to come to life.”Kern publishes videos, product demos, and reviews to help you out as well as hosting the Home Recording Weekly Podcast.

Kern also created the “Home Studio eBundle to help you get more realistic MIDI instruments in their productions, better sounding bass and guitars using Virtual Instruments, and better mixes as a whole. You can find out more at his site Home Recording Weekly!

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Nov 13, 2015

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My guest today is Bobby Owsinski, a producer, mixer, podcaster, and author.

Bobby has a long list of credits that include Surround Mixing for household names like: The Who, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rungren, Dead Kennedys, Mel Tormé, The Kinks, and Pantera. Bobby’s production credits include Amon Tobin, Gerry Groom, Mick Taylor, and Joe Houston to name a few.  And he recently produced and mixed the #2 album on the Billboard Blues chart, The Adrian Marie Blues Project.

Bobby is a prolific author, and has written 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best selling “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook,” “The Recording Engineer’s Handbook,” and “Music 4.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age." His podcast, Bobby Owsinski’s Inner Circle, is one of my favorites. He shares tips and insights for musicians about recording and the state of the music industry followed by interviews with many of the great minds in music production.

Bobby has also created the ultimate resource for you to take your mixes to the next level. 101 Mixing tricks is a collection of Big Studio mixing tricks from A-List mixers. Pull from the same bag of tricks that the A-List mixers use for the major label records! 

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Nov 6, 2015

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My guest today is the extraordinary producer, programmer, performer, songwriter, arranger, mixer, engineer, and author, Michael Beinhorn.

He began his career as a keyboard player with Bill Laswell in the band Material and had a major breakthrough in the 80s as co writer of the seminal hip hop classic “Rockit” with Herbie Hancock. He went on to produce an impressive discography that includes Soundgarden Superunknown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers Uplift Mofo Party Plan & Mother’s Milk , Soul Asylum Grave Dancer’s Union, and Korn Untouchables among many others.  Michael developed a reputation for producing artists’ “career records” and was ultimately Nominated for a Grammy in 1998 as Producer of the year for his work with Celebrity Skin by Hole and Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.

 

And finally Michael is a prolific author. He has an ongoing blog called How To Save Popular Music where he comments on the state of music today. And In 2015, Beinhorn wrote a book called "Unlocking Creativity" which outlines his personal experience with the creative process as a record producer.

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Oct 30, 2015

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Ian Shepherd is a professional mastering engineer with over 20 years experience and owner of Mastering Media Ltd. Ian has mastered thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for all of the major record labels, TV stations and independents, including several number one singles and award-winning albums.

Some of the artists and clients include: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Leslie Garret, Culture Club, Porcupine Tree, Andy Weatherall, The Las, Ozric Tentacles, Christine Tobin, New Order and King Crimson amongst many others.

Ian has taken all of that experience and created the popular website, Production Advice.

He is the founder of Dynamic Range Day and created the award-winning Perception Plugin with MeterPlugs.

Ian runs an acclaimed online course called the Home Mastering Masterclass, helping people get better results mastering their own music. This is an awesome resource that can help you with your mastering whether you are just starting out and wanting to master from home on your laptop or looking to deepen your understanding of what mastering is really all about.

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Oct 23, 2015

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My special guest on the show today is David Glenn, a professional mix engineer from Orlando, FL, who has worked with many great artists including Pablo Villatoro, Blanca Callahan , LaRue Howard, the American Idol Finalist Jeremy Rosado , and Aimee Allen on Warner to name a few.

David generously shares his expertise with you through his Youtube tutorial videos, a podcast, blog articles, and a complete set of products to help you learn recording and mixing.

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One of his coolest products is The Mix Academy, a membership site where David shares the complete mixing process from start to finish while members virtually watch over his shoulder to learn the tricks and techniques that David uses to create professional mixes.

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If you text MIX ACADEMY to 33-444, David will throw in two extra multitrack songs for you to start mixing right away when you become a member. That’s on top of the sign up bonuses that already come with every new Mix Academy membership. (That’s a bonus worth hundreds of $ right there) So awesome!

 

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Oct 16, 2015

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My guest on the show today is Graham Cochrane a self described musician and mix engineer. Graham has built a very successful career recording and releasing both his own records and mixing for clients in many different genres.

He is also the creator of The Recording Revolution.com, a fantastic resource where you can go to learn tons about recording. You will find blog articles, youtube videos, and podcasts, all absolutely FREE.

 

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Oct 9, 2015

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My guest today is a self described “Musical Octopus” and Harvard graduate, Russell Wolff, is a recording/touring artist, and producer of over 30 albums. He got his start in New York City working in Theatre before beginning his career in audio. Russell is an ASCAP member, a voting member of the Grammy’s, a multi-instrumentalist, and a DJ and live sound mixer. Throughout his career he’s worked with the talented acts of Martina McBride, LL Cool J, and has worked on albums under Atlantic Records.

 

While Russell was attending Harvard, he released six albums. More recently, Russell completed the 365 Project, where he wrote a song each day for a full year. The project was started to help lift the spirits of a close friend, Dana, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. During this project “There was no such thing as a song that was a bad idea.”

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Oct 2, 2015

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RSR004 - Björgvin Benediktsson - www.audio-issues.com

My guest on the the show is Björgvin Benediktsson, a songwriter, producer, engineer, and music recording blogger. An Alumni from the SAE Institute, He has been writing about music production since 2008, bringing you insight into everything he has learned along the way.

Björgvin gives audio enthusiasts an easy yet solid understanding of the various aspects of producing music, through practical production tips and in depth training products. Björgvin provides everything you need to know when it comes to producing your own music in your home recording studio.

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Sep 25, 2015

RSR003 - Joe Gilder - HomeStudioCorner.com

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My guest today is Joe Gilder. He is songwriter, producer, engineer, teacher and innovator in the online world of music production, blogging, and podcasting. Joe’s focus is the home studio owner, to help you create the best recordings you can. He has created a fantastic resource and website called HomeStudioCorner.com

 

In his own words:

“Home Studio Corner (HSC) exists to help home studios excel. It gives you LOTS of ways to expand your recording knowledge, hone your recording skills, and make better recordings.”

 

Joe offers articles, videos, podcasts, and training products so that you can start learning for free now and dive in for much more in depth training when you are ready.

 

Here are some of the topics we discussed on the show.

 

Dueling Mixes:

  • Dueling Mixes is for users who are comfortable with their DAW and want to go deeper into what the program can do. The site offers alternate mixes of the same song so the user can compare the two and see how different a single track can be mixed. They can also download the original track to mix the song themselves. Joe and his co-host Graham Cochrane create videos on how they mix the songs to give you insights into the process.

 

“Home Studio Corner” & “Simply Recording” Podcast:

  • Joe talks about the production of one of his albums from 2010. He brings up the 80/20 rule which states 80% of your results comes from 20% of the inputs given. He talked about how he was going to write 50 songs in 12 weeks to create at least 10 that he was proud of.

 

Predicting The Cost of a Record:

  • Joe talks about how to plan out how long and how much time it will cost to complete a record. This goes back to knowing how long it takes you to accomplish something in order to accurately predict how long the process will take. Joe talks about the value of salesmanship when quoting a client on how much his services will cost.

 

Recording Advice - Q&A:

  • Q- “What is the most important advice you have?”
    • A - “Getting it right at the source.”
  • Q - “What was an important failure or setback that became an important learning lesson for you in the studio or in your musical journey?
    • A - “The more I learned about the proper way to record music, the less time I spent creating it.”
  • Q - “Tell us about a moment of success in your recording career.”
    • A - “Listening back to old recordings and noticing how the emotion of the songs are still coming through, even after so much time.”
  • Q - “Where can we find your album “Better This Way?”
  • Q - “Tell us about something you’re excited about right now.”
    • A - “I am most excited about writing more music, especially in the studio with my drummer and bassist.”
  • Q - “How do you imagine capturing that writing process with a group of people like that?”
    • A - “I think it would be let’s just set up a recording session and jam until we come up with something or jam to a click to build a track that way.”

 

The “Jam Session” Q&A:

  • Q - “What was holding you back from getting started in recording?”
    • A - “Feeling like I had to do everything myself.”
  • Q - “What was some of the best advice you received about recording?”
    • A - “Get it right at the source.”
  • Q - “How about a tip hack or secret sauce that you would like to share from your experience?”
    • A - “Committing to time-based effects at the time of the recording.”
  • Q - “Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?”
  • Q - “Can you share a favorite hardware tool of the studio?”
    • A - “I love the Avid Eleven Rack for the different guitar tones I can get.”
  • Q - “How about a favorite software tool?”
  • Q - “Would you like to just drop a reference to one favorite new feature that exists in it that you’re liking a lot right now?”
    • A - “I like the feature that lets you to route the plug-in chain on any channel and split the signal, and do different things on each part of the signal”
  • Q - “How about a great resource for the business part of the recording studio?”
  • Q - “If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?”
    • A - “The rig - a laptop with Presonus, an interface, and a mic. People to record - you have to go to where the musicians are and find them.
  • Q - “What if someone is in a town that doesn’t have many musicians?”
  • Q - “How can our listeners follow you?”

 

https://twitter.com/joegildermusic, https://www.facebook.com/joegilder

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RSR003 - Joe Gilder - HomeStudioCorner.com

 

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My guest today is Joe Gilder. He is songwriter, producer, engineer, teacher and innovator in the online world of music production, blogging, and podcasting. Joe’s focus is the home studio owner, to help you create the best recordings you can. He has created a fantastic resource and website called HomeStudioCorner.com

 

In his own words:

"Home Studio Corner (HSC) exists to help home studios excel. It gives you LOTS of ways to expand your recording knowledge, hone your recording skills, and make better recordings."

 

Joe offers articles, videos, podcasts, and training products so that you can start learning for free now and dive in for much more in depth training when you are ready.

 

Here are some of the topics we discussed on the show.

 

Dueling Mixes:

Dueling Mixes is for users who are comfortable with their DAW and want to go deeper into what the program can do. The site offers alternate mixes of the same song so the user can compare the two and see how different a single track can be mixed. They can also download the original track to mix the song themselves. Joe and his co-host Graham Cochrane create videos on how they mix the songs to give you insights into the process.

 

“Home Studio Corner” & “Simply Recording” Podcast:

Joe talks about the production of one of his albums from 2010. He brings up the 80/20 rule which states 80% of your results comes from 20% of the inputs given. He talked about how he was going to write 50 songs in 12 weeks to create at least 10 that he was proud of.

 

Predicting The Cost of a Record:

Joe talks about how to plan out how long and how much time it will cost to complete a record. This goes back to knowing how long it takes you to accomplish something in order to accurately predict how long the process will take. Joe talks about the value of salesmanship when quoting a client on how much his services will cost.

 

Recording Advice - Q&A:

Q- “What is the most important advice you have?”

A - “Getting it right at the source.”

Q - “What was an important failure or setback that became an important learning lesson for you in the studio or in your musical journey?

A - “The more I learned about the proper way to record music, the less time I spent creating it.”

Q - “Tell us about a moment of success in your recording career.”

A - “Listening back to old recordings and noticing how the emotion of the songs are still coming through, even after so much time.”

Q - “Where can we find your album “Better This Way?”

A - “You can find it at http://www.joegildermusic.com/

Q - “Tell us about something you’re excited about right now.”

A - “I am most excited about writing more music, especially in the studio with my drummer and bassist.”

Q - “How do you imagine capturing that writing process with a group of people like that?”

A - “I think it would be let’s just set up a recording session and jam until we come up with something or jam to a click to build a track that way.”

 

The “Jam Session” Q&A:

Q - “What was holding you back from getting started in recording?”

A - “Feeling like I had to do everything myself.”

Q - “What was some of the best advice you received about recording?”

A - “Get it right at the source.”

Q - “How about a tip hack or secret sauce that you would like to share from your experience?”

A - “Committing to time-based effects at the time of the recording.”

Q - “Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?”

A - “I love the War of Art by Steven Pressfield.”

Q - “Can you share a favorite hardware tool of the studio?”

A - “I love the Avid Eleven Rack for the different guitar tones I can get.”

Q - “How about a favorite software tool?”

A - “Presonus Studio One. I don’t even have Pro Tools installed anymore.”

Q - “Would you like to just drop a reference to one favorite new feature that exists in it that you’re liking a lot right now?”

A - “I like the feature that lets you to route the plug-in chain on any channel and split the signal, and do different things on each part of the signal”

Q - “How about a great resource for the business part of the recording studio?”

A - “The Audio Income Project is the great resource for freelance engineers at http://www.audioincome.com/sp/24311-order”

Q - “If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?”

A - “The rig - a laptop with Presonus, an interface, and a mic. People to record - you have to go to where the musicians are and find them.

Q - “What if someone is in a town that doesn’t have many musicians?”

A - “Everything can be done online now. http://crowdaudio.com/ is a great place for finding songs to mix.”

Q - “How can our listeners follow you?”

A - “http://www.homestudiocorner.com/, Simply Recording Podcast, https://twitter.com/joegildermusic, https://www.facebook.com/joegilder

 

For more about Joe go to

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Sep 14, 2015

RSR EP002 - Vance Powell

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Intro:

Vance Powell is a Grammy award winning producer, engineer and mixer from Joplin, MO. who’s impressive list of credits include Keb’ Mo’, Jars of Clay, Jack White (Third Man Records), Buddy Guy, Kings Of Leon, Sturgill Simpson, and local Nashville artists such as Jeff The Brotherhood, Moon Taxi and Bobby Bare Jr. He made his start in live sound, touring with local Missouri bands as a front-of-house engineer and in 2002 John McBride asked him to run Blackbird Studio. Vance is now also co-owner of Sputnik Sound.

 

Early Life:

Vance was introduced to electronics early in his childhood, as his grandfather was an electrical engineer and miner. He later attended electronic school while in high school. This helped him to land a job as a second audio engineer in a local studio – Massey Studios – in Missouri where he worked for $5/hour learning and teaching himself the arts of mixing, and other tools of the trade like tape duplication (i.e. mastering). This marked the beginning of his successful career as an audio mix engineer.

 

Reference Monitors:

Auratone Monitors are speakers designed to listen to mono mixes. Yamaha NS10’s later became the replacement for Auratone reference monitors.

 

“…I use NS10s (Yamaha) because they sound cool… and they will translate well in any situation.” –Vance Powell

“It’s all about your reference… It doesn’t matter what your speakers are,” says Powell. “I have definitely made changes to a mix based on a mono iPhone speaker.

When asked how one is able to hear the bass on a mono iPhone speaker he says simply “turn the bass off and then back on.”

 

Jam Session:

Q: What is the best advice you have for someone just starting out?

A: You have to be fearless to make it in this business. If you are a person who is afraid of change, or afraid of failing, or afraid of losing your house… you’re normal, but if you are afraid and act upon it because you are afraid, you’re not going to last.

 

Q: What was a time where you feel you hit a real point of failure or a time you felt like giving up that turned out to be a valuable learning experience for you.

A: A year after I moved to Nashville, I did my first session and I had no idea what these people were wanting or doing. In some ways that was an interesting failure but I’ve been very lucky in that I don’t have anything I can really point out and say, “that was a disaster.”

 

Q: I definitely know you for working with a lot of artists that like to push the boundaries and really get to the heart of what makes something great. You want to tell us a little bit about that?

A: Obviously, I’ve spent 8 years working with Jack white and that’s been an incredibly eye-opening thing because he’s pretty amazing. He’s probably the most talented person I’ve ever been around. He’s one my favorite drummers…ever. He’s my favorite keyboard player, pianist and organist. He’s the easiest artist I’ve ever had to get a guitar sound for. It doesn’t matter what amp he plays, it doesn’t matter what guitar, it doesn’t matter how old the strings are it doesn’t matter what microphone you put in front of it, it sounds just like him. It’s all in his hands. He’s an amazing vocalist.

 

Q: What is a tip about the process of recording that you learned while working with artists like Jack White?

A: Learn to be fast. I think anybody learning this business should do live sound. Live sound teaches you a bunch of things. You have to put a mix together in a very short period of time. You don’t have all day. You have one song to put a killer 48-channel mix together; otherwise you’re going to lose people.

 

Q: If you were dropped into a strange city and you were going to start out in recording or live sound, what advice would you have for someone who’s willing to take on that challenge?

A: If you want to record, the first thing you need to do is purchase some way to record such as a laptop and an interface or port-a-studio. Then go find a band that you are willing to do what ever it takes to help them out. That means cart their gear around, do live sound for them, or record demos in your basement. Get yourself 4 good microphones. You can pretty much record a band with 4 or 5 good microphones. Don’t let the technology get in the way of creativity. I have a rule for my own productions and that is: my entire record has to fit inside 32 tracks. Don’t be afraid to make a decision; that’s the number one thing I’d say to anyone first starting out.

 

Websites:

 

Twitter - @Vancalot

Sputniksound.com

Credits - Allmusic.com

 

So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

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Sep 14, 2015

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Mike purcell has a long list of recording, mixing and mastering credits including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Ray Cyrus. He is a recording artist himself, and has a passion for indie rock. He is also an entrepreneur with many business ventures.

He grew up in Nashville, and started playing guitar when he was 14. He began recording with 2 cassette decks and a Radioshack mixer, and his first recording studio experience in 1988 solidified his passion for recording.

Early Career:

Mike attended Belmont University from 1990-1994. He interned at The Castle recording studio and was offered a job there for $150/week. He later went to LA for a six month trip to record Lionel Richie.

When he returned to Nashville, he got a ProTools rig and was very into digital audio. He did a lot of vocal tuning work at this time.  He would also often record using the Otari RADAR II digital multitrack recorder.

Demo Recording:

A demo recording is done for songwriters who want to pitch something to a recording artist. These songs are often done with session musicians who do not rehearse extensively before the session, because they can sight-read the charts.

At County Q studio, Mike would record a high volume of demos in a single day. Because of his ability and experience as an engineer, and the quality of the session musicians, they were able to record songs very quickly and efficiently.

Philosphy/Advice:

-What comes next in the recording industry is what you invent. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes.

-Mike Purcell prefers to find music he loves, and capture it, rather than finding music that he kind of likes and reinventing it.

-Take every job you can if it has anything to do with music. Take the gigs that you’re uncomfortable taking; you’re probably uncomfortable because you don’t know much about it, so you’ll probably learn from the experience.

-Don’t have an ego as an engineer. Try to fulfill the client’s vision rather than your own.

-Get hooked up with someone who is successful and doing something that you want to be a part of. Do the best job out of anybody there, and confess to your mistakes, and you’re likely to be successful.  

Jam session:

-what was holding you back at the beginning of your career?

-lack of resources to and access to the good studios. That’s different now, because you can buy ProTools.

-what was some of the best advice you’ve received?  

-do it right and do it once.

-What is your favorite recording trick?

-Sidechain compress the bass, using the kick drum as a key input, and squash it down half a dB. It helps keep kick punch through the mix.

-Do you have any book or magazine recommendations?

-Abbey Road book.

-Tape Op magazine.

-Favorite piece of gear that you have?

-SansAmp gt 2.

-Favorite software tool?

-I use an old standalone version of T-RackS (version 3) for mastering. You can get stuff really loud with it.

-Favorite internet resource?

-Facebook

-If you were dropped in a strange city, and could only take a simple recording setup, what would you take? How would you find people to record? How would you make ends meet?

-Take a simple m-box setup with a couple of mics.

-Go to shows to meet bands.

-Deliver pizzas or something like that to make ends meet.

Links to Check Out:

 

-Mike’s current project, 6minor Films, which creates documentary films about the music creation process:

-Website

-Facebook

-Youtube

 

-Mike’s facebook

-County Q website



 

So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

 

Also you can check out more at recordingstudiorockstars.com to follow the blog or watch the free videos. If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would leave a rating and review in iTunes. You can tap through right on your phone from the podcast search page or go to recordingstudiorockstars.com/review for easy instructions.

 

And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips, studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

 

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Lij




 

 

 

 



Sep 12, 2015

Recordingstudiorockstars.com

Text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 and get free content delivered to your email!

Welcome to Recording Studio Rockstars I’m Lij Shaw and this is the podcast created to help you become a rockstar of the recording studio! I am an award winning chart breaking music and podcast producer and have been making records for 25 years. I’m also the owner of a Grammy award winning studio called The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville TN.

But when I started out I knew nothing about recording and had to learn from the ground up. All I wanted was a chance to be in the studio learning from the best! Whether you are just starting out in recording, or want to take your recordings to the next level this show is made to help you get excited about recording and learn more stuff. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do!

I’ll be interviewing producers, engineers, studio owners, gear builders, or anyone else that is a rockstar of the recording studio. We will hear their stories from starting out to becoming the pros that they are today, and learn from their insights, tricks, and advice.

I be asking questions about their musical journey to keep us all inspired, and follow it up at the end with “The Jam Session” a series of shorter questions full of tips and tricks. So if you have any questions you would to hear me ask or suggestions for the show please email them to me

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

 Also you can check out more at recordingstudiorockstars.com to follow the blog or watch the free videos. If you dig the show and find it helpful I would be honored if you would leave a rating and review in iTunes. You can tap through right on your phone from the podcast search page or go to recordingstudiorockstars.com/review for easy instructions.

 And if you want to get on the email list for free content full of videos, tips,studio tricks, and special offers just text RSROCKSTARS to 33-444 from your phone (super easy and I promise you won’t get spammed!)

Cheers!

Lij

 

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