Category Archives for "Inner Circle Podcast"
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.
Stevie Blacke is a multi-instrumentalist known around Hollywood as the “strings guy” because he’s often called upon to record full string sections of violin, viola, cello and double-bass (up to 40 tracks!) all by himself. He’s much more than just an orchestral string player though, as he also does sessions on mandolin, dobro, sitar and virtually anything else that has a string on it.
Stevie has played or recorded with a wide variety of music superstars, including Beck, P!nk, Madonna, Snoop Dog, Ludacris, Gary Clark Jr, Rihanna, Colbie Callait, and many more. He’ll talk all about the intricacies of recording strings, and provide some interesting tricks, on my latest Inner Circle Podcast.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the fact that the music world has changed now that we’ve reached 100 million paying streaming subscribers, and take a look at the 5% of the population that actually doesn’t like music.
Grammy-winning engineer Tim Latham has worked with a wide variety of artists across many musical genres, including the Black Eyed Peas, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Britney Spears and many more, and he’s the guest on Episode #142 of my Inner Circle Podcast.
Tim has also worked on a number of Broadway cast albums, including the major hit Hamilton, and we’ll be discussing its differences from a normal project.
On the intro I’ll take a look at how the news got it wrong when it said that Mozart (of all people) sold more albums than anyone last year, as well as my Music Tech Report Card.
Episode 141 of my Inner Circle Podcast features my annual year end review as well as a look ahead to what might happen in the music business in 2017.
So much went down last year that was eventful, and some of it was completely under the radar, so you’ll want to listen to this episode for sure. The deals and acquisitions, what happened in social media, Record Store Day, new vinyl technology, the beginning of the end of big companies, technologies, and some gear favorites that you won’t believe – it’s all there.
Plus, we have an interesting year ahead of us in 2017, and I’ll give you a peak into some of the things we know will happen, and some predictions as well.
Mike Elizondo is a musician, songwriter and producer who’s worked with hit artists as diverse as Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent, to Kieth Urban, Maroon 5 and Carrie Underwood, to Avenged Sevenfold and Mastadon.
He was nominated for producer of the year in 2008, and has a ton of huge singles and albums to his credit. He has a great story and lots of insight about working with superstars. I’m really pleased to have him as a guest on my Episode #140 of the podcast.
On the intro I’ll look at how streaming music is finally make the Long Tail concept work, and how we acquire our musical tastes.
We’d all like to have a mic cabinet filled with the most coveted vintage mics, but few of us can afford even one of those beauties. That may all change thanks to the new generation of modeling microphones, which bring you an excellent rendition of the best of the best in vintage mics in one package at a reasonable price.
Chris Townsend is the creator of the Sphere L22 modeling mic, and he’s on this week’s podcast to tell us all about it, and why we should consider a modeler in the future.
I must tell you that his voice was recorded on one of his mics in the U47 mode, and it sounds fabulous, but you can hear it for yourself when you tune in.
On the intro I’ll look at how virtual reality may be a boon to live music, and the potential cyber-security risk facing us with our studio gear.