Category Archives for "Inner Circle Podcast"
If you were going to show someone how to make it in the music business, you’d point to engineer and mixer Drew Drucker as the perfect example.
Drew graduated from recording school, then worked his way up in the business by starting as a runner and moving up the ladder thanks to hard work, paying his dues and some good timing. His client list now includes some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars including Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Travis Barker, Bruno Mars and B-Real, among many others.
We really got down in the weeds when it comes to Drew’s mixing and recording techniques in this interview, so expect a lot of details.
In the intro I’ll take a look at the surprising top selling vinyl records from 2016. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over this one. I’ll also look at a pre-session checklist that every producer and studio owner should follow to make that first session run smoothly.
If you’re a Mac computer owner then there’s a good chance that you’ve purchased hard drives, memory or accessories from Other World Computing or OWC (I know I have – a lot).
OWC founder and CEO Larry O’Connor joins me for a conversation about new and old Macs, upgrades, and performance enhancements on this week’s podcast. He’ll also tell us some surprising facts about hard drives that every computer owner (and that includes PC people) should know.
In the intro I’ll take a look how the fate of both Pandora and SoundCloud are now hanging in the balance, and at the increasing incidence of hearing loss in adults.
Today is the 3rd anniversary of my Inner Circle Podcast and I’d like to thank you for being a loyal listener. I never envisioned getting to 150 episodes, but it’s all been made possible by followers like you!
Episode #151 brings back engineer Dennis Moody. Dennis was my first guest, and he’s celebrated every podcast anniversary with me since. As always, we look at the many trends that are happening in both the studio and live sound business. If you’re not familiar with Dennis, he’s the engineer to drumming gods like Steve Gadd and Dave Weckl, and also mixes live sound in arenas to clubs, so he has quite a history.
In the intro I’ll take a look at Spotify’s current A/B tests of its new Hifi tier, and at some killer vintage recording consoles with big histories that are now for sale.
In my mind Richard Gibbs’ Woodshed Recording is one of the top 5 studios in the world (see the photo on the side), and it’s not because of its idyllic setting on a mountaintop overlooking Malibu’s Zuma Beach.
No, it’s because it can be configured any way you want at the drop of a hat, with a console/workstation and outboard rack that can be repositioned anywhere in the room, movable walls so there are multiple iso rooms, or none at all, and windows and doors that open to let in the cool sea breeze yet have little affect the studio’s acoustic integrity. And that’s only the start.
The studio has a who’s who of hi-end clientele like Coldplay, U2, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and many more, which is impossible for most studios to attract – but not Woodshed.
In Part 2 of my conversation with Richard, he talks about how the studio came about, the mistakes that were made in the process, and some studio building advice.
In the intro I’ll take a look at the MQA process that’s been widely adopted by labels and associations, but may or may not be used for high-resolution streaming, and hearing loss and prevention.
Michael Carey started his career as a guitar player, but soon found his way into writing music for commercials. His credits there include Toyota, Ford, Sonic, Coke, Papa Johns, NASCAR, Exxon, and Outback Steakhouse among others, as well as on-air promo packages for CBS, NBC and TBS.
Michael missed album work though, as has since made his way back into songwriting, production and session work, and he’ll tell you about that journey in the interview of my latest podcast.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the biggest selling albums of all time in the US (Michael Jackson’s Thriller just went 33x platinum), and take an in-depth look at my 10 favorite compressors and why they made the list.
David Bock is the founder of Soundelux Microphones and Bock Audio and there are few people as obsessed or knowledgeable about microphones as he is.
His mics exude quality, not only in the way they sound but in the build quality. Put one up against a cheap Chinese clone and it becomes obvious very quickly.
Every time I speak with him I learn something new, and you will too, as we get into a deep discussion about new versus NOS tubes, the peak years of microphone design, and how Neumann’s flat in 1960 is different from the flat frequency response of today.
In the intro I’ll look at why many artists are complaining about the Grammy’s not caring enough about a young audience, and the 50th anniversary of both SIR and Clair Brothers.
Richard Gibbs has composed the music for over 60 films as well as some great television shows like The Simpsons and Battlestar Galactica. He’s a good friend and a great story teller, so it was time to have him back on the podcast (he was on Episode #38 a couple of years ago).
In Part 1 of the latest interview with him we take a deep dive into the politics of today’s film scoring, and how the job has changed from the way it was in the past. If you ever wanted to get into film composition you don’t want to miss this.
You’ll also hear some great stories that you won’t get anywhere else about producers changing composers mid-film, and the the many versions of the Battlestar Galactica opening theme. In the upcoming Part 2 we’ll talk about his unique one-of-a-kind studio overlooking the glorious Pacific ocean in Malibu (but there’s a lot more to it than that to make it special).
In the intro I’ll look at the new financing coming into the music business that may change the fortunes of artists and hedge funds alike going forward, and at the new generation of do-it-yourself audio kits.
We pretty much know about life in the studio around us, but how different is it in other countries? My former assistant Joshua F Williams has been one of the top engineer/producers in the Middle East for the past 10 years, and he’ll tell us what the music scene is like in the Dubai area on my latest podcast.
Yes, the techniques are different, the instruments are different, and even the way you listen to things are different there, but Josh also sees the similarities between Europe, Los Angeles, and the UAE. It’s some interesting insight into a land that most of us are curious about, and well worth a listen.
In the intro I’ll look at the changing streaming music business (32 services have closed in the last 5 years), and at the world’s first “perfect” concert hall.
The Winter NAMM show is always the one exhibition of the year to look forward to. Not only are some manufacturers now skipping AES in favor of NAMM, but it’s so much more fun and colorful, as musical celebs seem to be everywhere.
Here’s a report from the show, from the big picture point of view about the vibe of the show, down to some of the cool products that I saw.
It’s a short show because I didn’t want to repeat myself on some of the things that I’ve posted on my blog. Shorter is better, right?
iZotope’s Neutron is one of the new generation of DAW plugins that analyze the program audio and then make some pretty good suggestions as to the EQ and compression that will work for the track.
Many engineers find this somewhat disconcerting, and are maybe a little intimidated by it, while others embrace it as just another tool. Either way, I though you should get the scoop on the product directly from someone who knows the most about it, and that’s Matt Hines, the product manager for Neutron.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the brain drain that’s happening at the executive ranks of the music business, and the latest in the debate between the A=440Hz versus 432Hz tuning standard.