Category Archives for "Inner Circle Podcast"

Audio Builders Workshop Founder Owen Curtin On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Owen CurtinThe DIY ethic is running deep in the audio and recording business once again as a variety of manufacturers now provide kits to build everything from preamps to compressors to microphones to ???.

It’s a great way to not only learn how your gear ticks, but also get some great sounding gear at a very reasonable price as well.

Engineer and educator Owen Curtin has been on top of this trend, creating the successful Audio Builders Workshops that happen every 3 months or so in Boston.

Owen is my guest on the latest podcast, where he describes how the workshops came about, some upcoming themes, and some trends in DIY gear.

On the intro I talk about a new source of royalties for backup and session musicians, and some big changes that are coming to your wireless audio gear (you could be breaking the law if you’re not careful).

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Legendary Audio Designer Paul Wolff On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Paul WolffYou may not know my guest Paul Wolff’s name but you certainly know his products. As a former owner of the console company API, Paul was not only responsible for the acclaimed Legend and Vision series, but also the creator of the 500 series racks and modules, for which he was rewarded with a membership to the Tech Hall of Fame.

Since then he’s gone on to create Tonelux, and has designed products for Slate Audio, A Designs and Sunset Sound, among others. Currently he’s back in the console business with his own Fix Audio Designs as well as being the director of Product Development for Aftermaster.

I had a very enlightening conversation with Paul, where he described in detail, among other things, the technical differences between the sound of new and old analog gear, and the differences in the sound of the major console brands. If you’re an audio geek then you’re going to really enjoy this one!

On the intro I talk about the streaming service with the largest number of users (no, it’s not Spotify), as well as a look at the global loudspeaker market and trends.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Mastering Engineer Gavin Lurssen On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Gavin LurssenGavin Lurssen started as a protege of the great mastering engineer Doug Sax (the very first indie mastering guy) but quickly forged his own way and sound, first at the famed Mastering Lab, then at his own Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood.

Along the way he’s mastered projects for everyone from Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crowe, Miranda Lambert and Elvis Costello, among many others, plus he’s won 4 Grammy awards for his work. Gavin is also a governor of the LA chapter of the Recording Academy, and now has his own mastering plugin from IK Multimedia.

We had a great conversation on mastering that I think you’ll really like.

On the intro I talk about YouTube’s new requirement of 10,000 views before you can get paid, and what we know about the upcoming release of the new Mac Pro desktop.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Alesana Guitarist And Revival Recordings Founder Shawn Milke On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Shawn MilkeShawn Milke’s band Alesana had been touring almost non-stop since 2004 when he decided to tap the brakes and get off the road for a bit. This resulted in the creation of Revival Recordings, which lives by the inspirational mantra “Good Music By Good People.” Now with distribution through Artery/Sony Red, the label continues to grow and prosper despite the indie business climate.

Shawn also published his first novel Annabel last year, and hopes to launch the Revival Rock School later this year. He’s an interesting guy and we had a great talk on the latest episode #155.

On the intro I take a look at the great revenue numbers of the U.S. music business last year (there’s a lot of people jumping for joy), and at the 10 most important criteria for an assistant engineer (or studio owner).

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Dane Myers Of Custom Tracks On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Dane Myers Custom TracksUnless you live in a big media center like NY, LA or Nashville (or any big city for that matter), most artists and songwriters probably don’t have access to the caliber of musicians needed to really make their tracks as good as they can be.

A company called Custom Tracks is trying to change that though, allowing you to submit your song so a crack team of studio professionals can craft it while you watch and listen online in real time. On the latest episode of my Inner Circle Podcast, founder Dane Myers gave me the rundown of how Custom Tracks came about, and how it all works.

In the intro I’ll take a look at some very interesting Internet statistics that might blow your mind, and how a new study found that the physicality of playing music live means so much to musical performances, as well as the new trend of Jymmin (what, you haven’t heard of it?).

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Engineer Drew Drucker On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Drew DruckerIf 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.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

OWC’s Larry O’Connor On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Larry O'Connor OWCIf 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.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

Celebrate The 3rd Anniversary Of My Inner Circle Podcast With Guest Dennis Moody

Dennis MoodyToday 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.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

February 28, 2017

Composer Richard Gibbs Talks About Woodshed Recording On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Woodshed Recording Studio

Woodshed Recording Studio

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.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

February 21, 2017

Composer Michael Carey On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

Composer Michael CareyMichael 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.

You can listen to it at, or via iTunesStitcher, Mixcloud or Google Play.

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