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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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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 29, 2023
How many engineers can you fit on a podcast? Pete, John and Brandon talked about the good and bad of a shared studio, Atmos mixing and mastering, how to make great bass, vinyl records, and why their worst day is better than most jobs' best days!

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My guests today are Pete Lyman, John Baldwin & Brandon Towles mixing, mastering, and cutting vinyl at Infrasonic Sound East here in Nashville.

Pete Lyman who has been a guest on episode RSR165 is a GRAMMY-nominated mastering engineer, and owner of Infrasonic Mastering, an audio and vinyl mastering studio with locations in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. Pete’s digital and vinyl mastering career spans thousands of titles with clients like Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco and more.  

John Baldwin is a GRAMMY-nominated mastering engineer based in Nashville, TN. In 2010 John launched John Baldwin Mastering out of a studio he built in his house, eventually moving to Historic RCA Studio A. John joined the Infrasonic Mastering roster in 2021, bringing a wide spectrum of genres and skills, including restoring and remastering from vinyl and tape. His discography includes artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Deer Tick, Emmylou Harris, The Jesus Lizard, Sly Stone, The Stone Roses, Margo Price, Delta Spirit, and many others INCLUDING Twiggs II a record I produced at The Toy Box Studio.

Brandon Towles is a Mixing Engineer and Assistant/Engineer/All Around Good Guy to multi-Grammy winner F. Reid Shippen. Originally from Georgetown, KY, after traveling the country for a few years, Brandon landed in Nashville to work with Reid and Infrasonic Immersive. He has Co-Mixed and Assisted on projects for artists including Dierks Bentley, Keke Palmer, Parker McCollum, The Aces, Kenny Chesney, and many more. Outside of music, Brandon loves playing basketball, the Detroit Lions, and very, very short walks on the beach.

Thank you to Raelynn Janicke for setting this interview up!

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Listen to these guests' discography on Spotify:

Pete Lyman: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7MjQvecFkWiCvpVubFQ1Xe?si=8a3c8e75085945b1

John Baldwin: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5Bc7sk7fQyTR4zIGpukczw?si=8e56f9203b114ee8

Brandon Towles: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5cYne80PW7Q0RJgBHzzNNn?si=b8ca212e598247db

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Dec 22, 2023
Is that my voice over the Walmart pa? Katrina talked about writing songs for advertising, hearing her own vocals in unexpected places, songwriting production camps, recording great piano, and how to write about heartbreak when you're happily married.

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My guest today is Katrina Stone a songwriter and music producer recently moved from Los Angles to a countryside studio near Nashville creating soulful pop music which has landed her performance residencies at the Universal CityWalk stage and Margaritaville. 

She has gained international attention through scoring brand endorsements, performing on national stages like the Van's Warped Tour, and earning critical praise for her songwriting heard in advertisements, trailers, movies, and TV shows around the world.

I met Katrina on my flight to LA for NAMM 2023 and we connected over many things including songwriting, producing, family life and the freedom to live and make music outside of a sometimes suffocating urban environment.

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Dec 15, 2023
How not to be invisible... Orlando talked about his successful mixing career despite growing up illegally in the US, calculating your flat mix rate, getting the best mix notes from an artist, networking tips, and how to mic timbales, congas, & bongos!

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My guest today is Orlando Torres a mixer/engineer based in the Los Angeles area who has worked with legendary musicians, including Abraham Laboriel, Joey DeFrancesco, Alex Acuña, Justo Almario, percussionist Ron Powell, Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) and Little Willie G. But he is equally proud of his work with up-and-coming local bands and artists.

Orlando has worked on television productions that include an Emmy nominated song for The Young And The Restless and ADR cutting for Law & Order. In 2019 he worked with Kobe Bryant at his Granity Studios as a recording engineer for Kobe’s ESPN Detail and as an audio editor for The Punies podcast. 

He is also an active live sound engineer with experience in all genres including orchestral classical music and house of worship and works as a “Playback” engineer running backing tracks for Trace Adkins, Sheila E, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Mary Mary, Alex Fernandez, The President’s Own Marine Chamber Orchestra and the Fox Network to name a few.

I met Orlando at our NAMM 2023 meetup and learned that he has a unique story which includes immigrating from Mexico with his family and becoming a naturalized citizen as part of his life and career journey. Today we will talk about the importance of networking and the challenges we all face in connecting with artists and musicians and how to overcome them even when faced with overwhelming obstacles.

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Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify:
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Dec 8, 2023
Can you say "do another take" in any language? Ady talked about breaking the language barrier recording bands in Morocco, Armenia, and Poland, traveling with a studio in a camper van across the desert, the pros and cons of remote recording spaces, getting your phase right, how to mix with headphones, and how not to electrocute the talent.

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My guest today is Ady Parzentny, a musician since the age of 11 (year 2000)'s, switched to production in 2017, specializing in location recording, remote mixing, and producing (writing, composing) songs for artists worldwide. Ady Spent 2 years in Morocco during COVID, supporting local artists with 50+ Singles/Music Videos and 2 LPs and 6 live shows

Ady partnered with Warren Huart and Produce Like A Pro since 2020 and provided 20+ Music Production Tutorials on Promix Academy/PLAP Academy and YT channel Hit The Road Music with Documentaries about their travels. One of the records hit #10 on the charts in 2021 with Noam Vazana and her Album "Ke Haber". Today we are going to talk about producing world music for Film/TV and recording music with a mobile studio.

Thank you to Chaz for the introduction!

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Dec 1, 2023
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Bass! How low can you go? Sam talked about studying with Bruce Swedien, the best way to record vocals in a home studio, the importance of phase, how to mix kick & bass for huge low end, when distortion is good, and the secrets to a killer vocal mix.

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My guest today is Sam Sherbin, a mixing engineer based in Los Angeles, California. First cutting his teeth at various studios in New York City, he went on to develop his skills under the mentorship of the late Bruce Swedien at his home studio in Florida. Since then, Sam has scored cuts with international stars like CL, Stray Kids, Rachel Platten, Ebony Obsidian and more. He collaborates closely with the likes of multi-platinum producer and composer Nick Lee, expanding Sam’s footprint in both music and network television shows like NBC’s Grand Crew.

I ran into Sam at NAMM and am excited for us to dive into learning more about mixing and particularly mixing pop and bass music. Knowing how to get the low end just right is crucial whether you are mixing 808 kick drums and sub bass or just getting a rock band to sounds great. And Sam clearly knows how to get the low end to sounds awesome!

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Nov 24, 2023
Sometimes it's better to conform! Jermaine talked about hybrid composing music for film, making the music fit ever-shrinking film edits, switching to Cubase, how to create an orchestra in your home studio, and the secret to realistic-sounding scores.

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My guest today is Jermaine Stegall, a film composer and conductor. With over 50 projects to his credit, Jermaine most well-known for the score to “Coming 2 America”, the highly anticipated sequel to the Eddie Murphy classic, with Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl-Jones all reprising their roles. Jermaine recently completed the score for "Praise This" for Universal Pictures. Other scoring and conducting assignments have included “Senior Year” (2022) for Paramount Pictures, and the upcoming film “Oracle” for Universal Pictures.

As a musical conductor, Stegall led a live string orchestra alongside Grammy-winning artist Tori Kelly at the televised 2019 ESPY Awards. A year prior, he conducted the orchestra to Camila Cabello’s performance of “Consequences” on ABC’s American Music Awards. In addition to scoring 2 seasons of "Our Star Wars Stories,” an original digital series from Lucasfilm and StarWars.com, in which host Jordan Hembrough uncovers heartfelt tales of fans and families who have found inspiration in the galaxy far, far away, Jermaine was also nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award for scoring the animated Netflix short film "Canvas" directed by Pixar's Frank Abney III.

Thank you to Chris James for the introduction!

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Nov 17, 2023
Cutting edge technology vs technically cutting edges... Nick and J talked about mixing and mastering vinyl records, Atmos vs Sony 260AR, how to listen to immersive audio, mixing for Halloween, old school vs modern low-end, and how to rescue a snare.

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My guests today are Nick Townsend and J Clark joining us from Infrasonic West in Los Angeles. 

Nick Townsend’s musical prowess is rooted in the punk rock scene. He began drumming for punk bands at the age of 16, and has been playing professionally ever since. His trained ears, and passion for music production, is owed to recording bands in his grandmother’s garage. He attended the Audio Engineering School at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. He then landed his first audio job with Infrasonic Mastering in 2012 where he assisted Pete Lyman, while simultaneously learning the craft of vinyl mastering and lacquer cutting. Soon thereafter, he started his own Townsend Mastering until 2021 when he rejoined Infrasonic Los Angeles. Nick has mastered records for The Egyptian Lover, Militarie Gun, No Pressure, Fleshwater, Spanish Love Songs and many more, and specializes in vinyl mastering and lacquer cutting of over 2,000 vinyl records including artists such as Cheap Trick, Paramore, Weezer, Iron Maiden, Bad Religion, Garbage, Dr. Dre, 2pac, Grimes and more. His work can be identified by the hand scribed “NT” found on the lock groove of each vinyl.

J Clark is an engineer, mixer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, CA. He spent the majority of the late 90’s and 2000’s playing and touring in the bands Pretty Girls Make Graves, Killsadie, Jaguar Love, and Sharks Keep Moving. After moving to Los Angeles in 2010, he began composing music for ads and movies before expanding into post production; Re-Recording mixing, Sound Design, and Dialogue editing for film and television. In late 2020 he began mixing and mastering music in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360RA. His spatial credits include artists such as Jennifer Lopez, MK, The Hold Steady, Nelly, Nicky Jam, Marc Anthony, and many others. J’s studio was designed and built in collaboration with PMC Loudspeakers, Dolby Laboratories, and Sony Home Entertainment and boasts an impressive 24 speakers! It’s built to handle the present and future of multichannel sound for music, picture and gaming offering an 11.1.6 ATMOS and a 13.1 Sony360 array for the most precise playback and detail of your immersive projects.

Thanks to Raelynn Janicke for setting this interview up!

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Listen to these guests' discography on Spotify:

Nick Townsend: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3D9JMrWjXz6DqbFm4gye44?si=5743505ecee14f2b

J Clark: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5LVwyfmZsaoQZOcPX3DW5G?si=1fefc4e4813c44c2

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

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Nov 10, 2023
It's gotta slap to be right! Rae talked about mastering everything from pop to hard rock and punk to EDM and respecting the bass drop, how to master Atmos mixes, tips for managing a studio, when loudness matters, and the importance of level matching.

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My guest today is Raelynn Janicke, a mastering engineer and the studio manager for Infrasonic Mastering, based in Nashville, TN. Before joining Infrasonic in 2019, Raelynn worked at Tommy’s Tracks, where she fulfilled a variety of roles alongside owner Tommy Wiggins including mastering and archival. Raelynn has mastered and assisted on projects for The Shins, Kayla Hall, Nefesh Mountain, Talia Stewart, Big 50, and Eli Howard.

Raelynn got her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences, with Concentrations in Audio Engineering and Computer Science, from The Rochester Institute of Technology. Much like her career thus far, Raelynn’s path to her degree was self-made. She was initially drawn to the practicality of a job in computer programming, but switched majors halfway through her program after assisting on a college a cappella record. From there, she discovered the school’s modest audio program, created an individualized degree, and threw in minors in history and music technology, just to keep things interesting.

Raelynn brings this level of enthusiasm and exploration to every project she works on at Infrasonic Mastering, both as manager and engineer.

She describes herself on her website as a “Mastering Engineer Who Loves Tacos and Is Taller Than Danny Devito.” Thanks to F Reid Shippen for connecting us.

Today we will talk about the tech meets art of mastering, running a busy multi room facility, Atmos immersive audio, and how AI in mastering could affect our future of music.

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Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify:
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If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

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Nov 3, 2023
Why would you put a Pultec on every track? David talked about mixing with fewer plugins to keep the best ones special, how to create a great mix template, the sound and feel of hybrid mixing, compression as tone, and mixing with the SSL UF8 and UC-1.

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My guest today is David Vignola, a professional audio mixing engineer with over 20 years experience who has mixed and mastered music for hundreds of artists all over the world. He has been in studios all over the country, working in many analog/digital hybrid studios. He also studied under the mixing engineer Michael White whose credits Include The Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, Kiss, and the Talking Heads, just to name a few.

Over the last decade David decided to start giving back by helping musicians and engineers learn the craft of audio engineering. He found that teaching was something he really enjoyed and that led him to create Home Recording Made Easy.com and now Mixing Made Easy.net. His main focus is on the beginner/intermediate recording musician and aspiring audio engineer to help students improve their recording/engineering skills. I have enjoyed watching David’s Youtube videos and I highly recommend that you check them out Rockstars.

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Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify:
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If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: https://RSRockstars.com/426

Oct 27, 2023
The standard guitar tuning is only a suggestion! Joe talked about Mellotron, Cubase and Pro Tools, creative guitar tunings, recording piano and drums, training your ear for eq, headphones vs speakers, home studios and the sound of drywall vs volume.

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My guest today is Joe Pisapia a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as a member of Guster and k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang. He co-produced and co-wrote Guster’s 2006 release, Ganging Up On the Sun, an album that cracked Billboard’s Top 25 and was one of the best selling internet albums of the year. He did the same on the band’s 2010 Easy Wonderful. He produced and penned the title track for Lang’s 2011 album, Sing It Loud, and acted as music director for the accompanying tour.

As a producer and mixer Joes credits include: Ben Folds Five’s, The Hush Kids, Zac Clark, Drew Holcolmb, Chuck Mead, Josh Rouse, Courtney Jaye, Matt Wertz, William Tyler, The Silver Seas and The Pierces and when the Grammy Award-winning band Fun needed orchestral recording for its Grammy performance, they called on Joe.

Originally from New Jersey Joe moved to Nashville with his band Joe Mark’s Brother in the 90s with whom he has made beautiful sounding records and Joe has continued to record as a solo artist producing from his own studio Middle Tree in East Nashville.

His 2002 release Daydreams was given four stars and called “stellar” by AllMusic.com. Ron Sexsmith called 2015’s Nightvision, “amazing” and the “best thing” he’s “heard in a long time.” 

In 2016 Pisapia collaborated with singer/ songwriter Kate York for the duet E.P. “Kate York And Joe Pisapia.” and in 2018 Joe released two full length solo albums. “Connection” and “Cosmic Christmas”. 

In 2019 Pisapia recorded his first instrumental album, “Imbolc.” For a 2020 release of the album, he made music “videos,” which consisted of him making some of his favorite comfort foods. Joe also produced much of, and mixed all of Pam Tillis’ “Looking For A Feeling.” Tillis cut Pisapia’s song “Better Friends,” which was originally released on his solo album, “Connection.” NPR’s Ann Powers singled out Tillis’ version of “Better Friends” calling it a “quintessential country song.” Also in 2019 Joe produced Jillette Johnson’s “It’s A Beautiful Day And I Love You,” and was part of the live ensemble whom recorded the album “Outside Child” by Allison Russell, produced by Dan Knobler which Joe described as “tantamount to a holy experience.”

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Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify:
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If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: https://RSRockstars.com/425

Oct 20, 2023
Never start anything from scratch! Joe talked about writing songs, using a Presonus Studio Live mixer in a home studio, breaking through writers' block with lyrics, comping vs punching vocals, acoustic room treatment, and promoting your own music.

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My guest today is Joe Gilder a musician and entrepreneur from Franklin, TN. As a musician, he's released a number of albums and EPs of his own music. As an entrepreneur, he founded Home Studio Corner in 2009, where he creates free content and paid courses to help musicians learn how to produce their own music at home. These days, Joe creates content for Home Studio Corner, The Recording Revolution, and PreSonus and Fender.

Joe has been a guest on the show way back on episode RSR003 and RSR108! So please check that out to hear his background story. Today we are going to talk about making killer records like his band Staredown, and see what we can learn about writing, creating, mixing and mastering your next record ever.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!


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https://www.native-instruments.com use code ROCK10 to get 10% off!

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https://iZotope.com use code ROCK10 to get 10% off any individual plugin!

https://www.adam-audio.com

https://RecordingStudioRockstars.com/Academy 

https://www.thetoyboxstudio.com/

Listen to this guest's discography on Spotify:
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If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: https://RSRockstars.com/424

Oct 13, 2023
Get the most amazing deal ever - 50% Off JZ Microphones at JZMicrophones.com/rockstars. Andris talked about choosing the right microphone for your studio, what makes JZ Mic Golden Drop Capsules so unique, and mic choice for drums, guitars, and vocals.

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My guest today is Andris Zemmers, the marketing director and member of the board of JZ Microphones in Latvia, that makes premium-level studio microphones used by many Grammy Award winning producers and world-class music stars such as Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), Bono (U2), Lady Gaga, Christine Aguilera, Foo Fighters, and more.

Andris is also a successful musician on a national level in his home country Latvia. Today his pop rock band “Neon Saturdays” has many TOP10 radio singles in nationally.

Andris has been with JZ Microphones for 11 years and is responsible for the big success with JZ direct-to-consumer online store. 

Today we are going to talk about how to choose the mic that`s best for your studio and what the differences are between all the JZ mics.

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Oct 6, 2023
Fully concentrating while mixing is a bad idea! Reid talked about the future of mixing with AI, why the role of music producer will survive the tech, how much cooler Atmos is over stereo mixes, and how to make your vocals and drums sounds amazing!

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My guest today is F. Reid Shippen a multiple Grammy Award-winning mixer, engineer, and record producer, whose credits include 10 Grammy Award-winning albums and over 100 #1 singles and artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Kenny Chesney, India.Arie, Cage the Elephant, Little Big Town, CeCe Winans, Steven Tyler, Colony House, Lucie Silvas, Jessie Reyez, and Dierks Bentley. 

He has previously served as co-chair of the Producers & Engineers Wing of NARAS, and currently serves as the Chief Creative Officer for the music production house, The Music Playground. As an advocate for music education, Shippen teaches a class at Middle Tennessee State University where we were classmates in audio school, and is a co-founder of SongFarm, a creative-centered charity that focuses on providing creative curricula for secondary schools. He currently works out of his private Robot Lemon studio, located in the Green Hills area of Nashville.

Reid has been on the podcast a few times already to talk about recording and mixing. And today we will dig into some more mixing tips and maybe even talk about mixing in Atmos.

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Sep 29, 2023
"You're the cat on the date!" Mark talked about session mindset with Hall Blaine, vocal arranging for the Fairfield Four, a Meat Puppets session in Pheonix, how to play the right bass note, why your headphones matter, and how to rock online sessions.

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My guest today is Mark Prentice, a Grammy-winning Record Producer, studio musician, music director, and hit songwriter. His versatile and exhaustive music industry resume includes recording and performance credits with renowned County Artists as well as various Internationally known Pop, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll Artists, including: Elvis Costello, John Fogarty, Jonathan Cain, Desmond Child, The Fairfield Four, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, BJ Thomas, Frankie Miller, Delbert McClinton, Ricky Skaggs, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Don McLean, Crystal Gayle, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra), Jennifer Nettles, Michael McDonald, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Hornsby, Felix Cavaliere, The Young Rascals, Charley Pride, Allison Morer, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Ben E. King, Michelle Wright, Jennifer Hanson, John Oates, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks, Paulette Carlson, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Williams, Bo Diddley, Mitch Ryder, others.

I met Mark in the past couple years through mutual friends who gather to talk about music, life, and what the hell just happened to music and the world recently, and when I was invited to the annual Christmas party and saw how Mark could sit at the piano and play any song just by thinking about how should probably go I knew I was in the company of some serious musical talent.

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Sep 22, 2023
You're not serious until Taylor Swift fires you! Todd talked about playing the guitars on Kacey Musgraves records, songwriting with Lera Lynn, keeping the magic in the music during tracking sessions, and how to find new chord shapes for your guitar.

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My guest today is Todd Lombardo, an ACM acoustic session guitar player-of-the-year nominee, producer and songwriter living in Nashville TN. Most notably known for his contributions to Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”. He is also responsible for Canadian platinum productions as well as numerous number one country hits as a session player.

I first met Todd when he brought the artist Mickey Cash over to The Toy Box Studio for me to mix. I was struck by his great production ideas, arrangement decisions, and guitar playing. Years later we reconnected over at Craig Alvins East Nashville studio which he occupies now. It also turned out we were both interested in weird stuff beyond music like Wim Hof and cold exposure Ice Baths for good health and ultimately we became neighbors.

More recently I got to hear a new record he recorded with his partner in life and music Lera Lynn that sounds amazing. So I'm psyched to learn more about what Todd is doing in the studio and get some great recording, production, and mixing tricks for you Rockstars.

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Sep 15, 2023
My fingers are in tons of pies! Hugh talked about songwriting from dusty notes, Monty Python animations, shooting music videos, piezo mics for guitars, creating sounds from voice memos, pushing through writer's block, and podcast editing for money.

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My guest today is Hugh Macdonald aka Fairhazel a British/South African singer songwriter, artist, and producer born in Brighton but raised in London, Cape Town and Paris. Hugh left Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2018 returning to London to work with Communion Music under the name Fairhazel, releasing his first single 7x7 in February 2018 to critical acclaim. Roisin O’Connor of The Independent described it as having "tender, whispering vocals that recall the likes of Villagers, Ben Howard and Sufjan Stevens”. Inspired by artists France Gall, Harry Nilsson and Andy Shauf among others, Fairhazel has established himself as a musical storyteller blurring the lines between fiction and true stories. 

At his Los Angeles studio, he works on creating all aspects of his music himself from songwriting to arrangement, production, and engineering. He also frequently produces and mixes music, primarily rock, folk, jazz, pop and soul. Although Fairhazel is a solo venture, a band often accompanies him at shows and he has opened for Agnes Obel, Banfi and Astræa. Recently he played Whispering Bob Harris's Under the Apple Tree, and featured thrice on the lineup of the Counting Crows Underwater Sunshine Festival. As well as the Fairhazel project, Hugh runs a monthly live music event with his wife, Danielle, soon to be growing into a day long monthly festival. Hugh and Danielle also direct, shoot and edit music videos for independent artists. 

I met Hugh back in 2019 when he came through Nashville at 21 years old and we did a live stream for our Youtube channel where Hugh wrote a song on the spot using lyrics from you Rockstars in the comments and everything was recorded on the Roswell Pro Audio Delphos and Colares mics. And Hugh has since worked with me a couple of years as the head videographer for our NAMM videos in Anaheim CA.

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Sep 8, 2023
Give it all you've got because that might be all they get! Chuck talked about Nashville history, mixing "Money For Nothing", how to record acoustic and vocals, and why your favorite microphones could change in the future of mixing for immersive audio.

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My guest today is Chuck Ainlay, a four time Grammy winner with Ten ACM, Two CMA’s Awards & Two Tech Awards. Chuck has over thirty five hundred credits to his name, including work with legendary and defining country music artists such as; George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Chicks. 

Chuck has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with more mainstream artists such as Dire Straits and nearly the entire solo career of Mark Knopfler as well as Peter Frampton, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Ann Wilson, James Taylor, Jewel, Bob Seger, Pentatonix and Sheryl Crow. 

His work in immersive mixing has resulted in ground-breaking projects such as the 25th and 35th anniversary remix of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive and the Grammy award-winning 20th anniversary remix of the Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms.

He is currently serving as Trustee for the Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy and numerous terms as a Governor. He has chaired the Nashville P&E Wing and is the current Co-Chair the Recording Academy P&E Wing National Steering committee. Chuck has been a co-author of the majority of the P&E Wing Guidelines and recommendations. Chuck is also currently on the board of directors for the Country Music Association. Belmont University awarded Chuck with the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence. 

Chuck is a founding member of  the METalliance, committed to promoting standards of quality in the art and science of recorded music through education and product certification.

Thank you to Phil Wagner at SSL for the introduction! 

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Sep 1, 2023
Nothing is bigger than you! Joakeem (our youngest guest yet) talked about producing Hip-Hop-J-Dilla-Haitian-Komba music, midi studio signal flow, AI studio assistants, why you need Twitch & Discord, and a thorough breakdown of iZotope plugins & apps.

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My guest today is Joakeem Gaston a Boston-born musician, producer and photographer growing up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the Full Sail recording program. As a first-generation American of Haitian immigrants, Joakeem was exposed to a variety of artists, music and people. Hearing different languages and different genres were hand in hand with his upbringing. Through his networking skills he learned in High School he was able to land at iZotope where he worked on the Customer Care and Artist Relations team.

I met Joakeem through his time working with iZotope and we got to connect at AES 2022 when I heard some of the cool vocal featured groove-based music he was creating. Joakeem is both musically and technically proficient in creating music on the computer so I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about some of the cool things that he learned at iZotope and talk about how he is making his tracks. I use iZotope all the time (and a ton for this podcast) but I also know there are many other musical uses we could learn about.

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Aug 25, 2023
Does your mix need a spanking? Tom talked about mixing on SSL consoles and the UF8 & UC-1, why Pro Tools works great for mixing, how to get a bigger chorus, set up your monitors, how to create a killer snare, and the secret to nailing your vocal mix!

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My guest today is Tom Lord-Alge aka TLA a Multi Grammy winning mixer who started out as a young engineer in New York like his older brother Chris Lord Alge. Tom began his career as a touring lighting director before being thrown into the FOH seat when the original FOH engineer went ill. 

After 5 years of touring, Tom moved his focus to studio work and with his brother Chris worked at Unique Recording in New York. Then he was the resident mixer at what used to be known as "South Beach Studios", located on the ground floor of the Marlin Hotel in Miami Beach Florida.

TLA received two Grammy Awards for his work on Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life (1986), and Roll with It (1988), both winning in the 'Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical' category. His third Grammy was for Santana's Supernatural (1999), which won Album of the Year. 

Tom has mixed records for U2, Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Peter Gabriel, OMD, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews Band, Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, Hanson, Sum 41, Live, The Wallflowers, Weezer, Manic Street Preachers, New Found Glory, Story of the Year and Marilyn Manson, among others.

He now resides in Austin Texas where he has built 2 mixing rooms. SPANK Studios ATX houses TLA's SSL 4064G+ console and ORG Studios ATX houses TLA’s SSL Origin console.

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Aug 18, 2023
So comfy luck can't find you? Jacob talked about beating imposter syndrome, building a commercial studio with a staff of session musicians and teachers, how to get great vocal, guitar, and drum recordings, and how to be super organized in business!

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My guest today is Jacob Light a musician, record producer, and audio engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been playing, writing, performing and recording music with bands and solo artists on stage and in the studio for 25 years. He has been credited on hundreds of commercial recordings for his work as a producer, engineer, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger.

Jacob is the founder, owner, musical director, and head engineer of ModernTone - a full-service recording studio and music education facility in Lafayette, CA. Jacob runs the studio with his team of pro session musicians, producers, audio engineers, and educators. Together they cater to recording artists, bands, aspiring musicians and music students of all ages and levels. Driven by their love of music, they aim to provide professional instruction, guidance, and support that empower people to realize and fulfill their potential and achieve their musical dreams.

I met with Jacob at NAMM 2022 and we got to hang out my the poolside bar and talk studio stuff. He had emailed me about the podcast and how it helped him put himself out there through his studio and production and getting over imposter syndrome, not to mention surviving musically through the 2020-2022 years.

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Aug 11, 2023
Which panels sound-proof your studio? Wrong question! Wilson explained the difference between sound-treatment and sound-proofing, how to deal with floors, walls, and windows, how to build your studio, and where to set up your perfect mix position.

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My guest today is Wilson Harwood a producer and mix engineer in Nashville, TN. He founded his company Soundproof Your Studio in 2020 after building a soundproof studio in his backyard. He knew the world needed better explanations of how to soundproof a recording studio so he set out to teach soundproofing through his Youtube channel, podcast, blog and courses.

Harwood's goal with Soundproof Your Studio is to provide scientifically backed approaches to Soundproofing that are easy and practical to implement. He now helps thousands of people from all over the world with their own DIY soundproofing projects whether it is a shed out back, a basement in a house or a spare garage.

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Aug 4, 2023
Six ingredients can make a masterpiece or a bowl of dog food! Kevin talked about mixing in mono, stereo or Atmos, how to set up a home studio and get a pro sound using headphones and a bucket for monitors, when your mix is done, and how to backup!

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My guest today is Kevin Paul an audio engineer, mixer, and mastering engineer who worked with the Kinks at their studio before moving to Mute records to become head engineer. While there worked with pretty much every artist on the label including Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Luke Slater and many many more. 

He also worked with David Bowie and recorded his album Hours and after leaving Mute records began working for Apple and iTunes in their festival season where they recorded and mixed Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sherran, and Fleet Foxes among many many others. Kevin recorded and worked with Nick Cave for over 10 years and run his own online mixing mastering service. 

He is also the host of the podcast “Mixbus with Kevin Paul” and has lectured for over 15 years on surround sound mixing and now atmos/immersive. 

Thank you to Simon Taylor for the introduction! 

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Jul 28, 2023
Find the universal in the specific! Colin talked about writing grant proposals for records, organizing local show live albums, drum edits, and mixing templates in Logic Pro X, and how to create cool vocal harmonies in a "rock-in" closet home studio.

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My guest today is Colin Scharf a songwriter, producer, filmmaker, author, event organizer, occasional actor, and English professor living in Mankato, Minnesota.

He moved from NYC to Mankato Minnesota and has an indie rock band with his wife called Good Night Gold Dust. Conlin has been on the podcast before to talk about his discovery of this podcast in 2020 and how it helped him make his best record ever to produce his first major album: a holiday compilation featuring musicians from my city performing standard and original songs.

Colin has also produced over a dozen short films and starred as Buddy Holly in the biographical musical Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (2016, 2022). He is the recipient of numerous arts grants, including a 2021 Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the author of two young adult novels.

In February 2021, Colin officially opened Gold Mine Studios. Since then, he has produced numerous albums, EPs, and singles for local bands, including the Golden Hour Live Album, which features live recordings of 14 Mankato-area artists that performed during Colin’s summer 2022 Golden Hour Concert Series. Colin has also produced promotional videos for the Mankato chapter of the American Lung Association and Open Arts Minnesota’s Aktion Club Theater.

Colin is also producing the debut albums for his new band Silver Summer and his wife Laura’s all-girl band Given Names. These albums will be released on Precious Metals Records, the DIY label Colin founded to help keep track of his and his friends’ musical endeavors. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what sort of project Colin is involved with; he just wants to create and help others create great art.”

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Jul 21, 2023
Vocal production starts with a hand-shake! Nick talked about the secret to a great vocal performance, mixing with the SSL UF8 and Neve Satellite, building a barn studio, running a studio business successfully, and how to mix the perfect vocal track!

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My guest today is Nick Bullock a Nashville based producer, engineer, musician, and artist.

One of the many things I was taught as a young man was to follow my curiosity. That curiosity led me to music school, to my band of ten years (and over fifteen hundred shows worldwide), and to my love of recording today. It leads me to ask questions even when I felt stupid asking them. Each and every one of those questions, and the discoveries that came afterwards have led to a wonderful life and relationship with music, and the artists I work with. Following that curiosity is one of the main reasons I'm still in love with music and recording.

Every day I do my best to live by some pretty simple principles; be honest, be present, try to learn something new, help others dig deep to be the best version of themselves they can be, and when in doubt, always reference a Beatles or Stones song (not kidding).

So here I am, living in Nashville, TN, married to the love of my life, Meredith (also an amazing visual artist) with three incredible (and curious) boys. I get to make music every day in one of the greatest studios in the world. Each day is a gift. I'm eternally grateful that I get to create music with some of the best people in the world.

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Jul 14, 2023
Would you say no to a session with Bono and Edge? Dan talked about working at Memphis Sound Productions, recording B.B. King & Paul Schaffer, writing manuals for API, mixing with SSL, and teaching at one of the top recording colleges in Nashville TN.

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My guest today is Dan Pfeifer a professor in the Department of Recording Industry and Graduate Faculty Member at Middle Tennessee State University, and a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He got his Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1983 and Master of Arts degree from the University of Memphis in 1987 with an emphasis in audio engineering and music production.  

Before to coming to MTSU, Dan worked professionally as an audio engineer and producer, working with artists that include B.B. King, ZZ Top, Albert Collins, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others. He has also served as 2nd Vice President and member of the Board of Governors for the Memphis Chapter of the NARAS, and he is a voting member of the Recording Academy and a professional member of the Audio Engineering Society. 

Dan has received many awards including the MTSU Alumni Association True Blue Citation of Distinction for MTSU Faculty, the MTSU Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award, the Tennessee Board of Regents Academic Excellence and Quality Award, the MTSU Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Recording Industry Outstanding Alumni Award for University Service, and was inducted into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame.

But most significantly for this interview, Dan was my audio teacher 30 years ago when I was at MTSU as an undergraduate student learning the basics of audio and recording. Dan taught me with a black board and three recording studios everything audio including the difference between various types of microphones, audio signal flow, the science of sound and hearing, flow charts for mixing consoles, and how to align an analog tape machine. Basically, Dan was the first teacher in my life to teach me stuff that would carry forward to change my life and career and inspire me to make records for 30 years. And the only part I regret is making those stupid bubble charts to represent audio mixes. You know the ones with a big bubble for the kick drum and a little bubble for the hi hat. "Writing (or drawing) about music is like dancing about architecture."

This episode is dedicated to Ben Morton my classmate from MTSU. Ben may your bass have six strings on it in heaven and may you never have to change them again.

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