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Russell Wolff

RSR005 – Russell Wolff – Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Funny Dude

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RSR005 - Russell Wolff - Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Funny Dude

RussellWolff.com          http://www.russellwolff.com/

Instagram - @russellwolff

Twitter - @russellwolff

Krazy Pop Studio - http://www.krazypopstudio.com/

No Bull Productions - http://nobullproductions.bandcamp.com/


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.


Projects

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 Project 365 “There was no such thing as a song that was a bad idea.”

-Russell Wolff



One of the cool resources Russell shared is: Entertainment Legal Aid in Nashville

In Nashville, there is an entertainment Legal Aid Society for people in the industry of low income. Also there is a society through Music Cares and the Grammy association that provides volunteer legal aid for the arts, that will provide you with a lawyer and discuss contract negotiation with you, and also represent you if you’re sued.


Some great quotes from Russell:

"We are responsible for our own success"

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"Fear is large portion of why people don’t achieve their goals"

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"Any day can be your last and nothing is guaranteed, so do what you can to make the most out of every day" 

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Screw up! It’s the best way to learn. It’s essential to life. 

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Jam Session

Q: Do you have anything that was an inspirational quote about making music?

A: There is no right or wrong way to do something (more like a concept than a quote)


Q: Can you share an important failure or setback in your career that turned out to be a great lesson?

A: Every record I ever made. They’re all failures and they’re all successes.


Q:Tell us about a moment of success that felt like a “hit” moment for you.

A: Opening for Moxy Fruvous in 1999 and the crowd sing along to my songs by the first verse.


Q:Tell us something you’re excited about right now in recording, making records, or your music career.

A: Branching out internationally, with work in Israel, Europe, and Africa



Q: Do you have any advice for anyone interested in making records in other countries?

A: Really get to know people in your community, then your region, state, etc.


Q: What was holding you back at the beginning of your career in music?

A: Fear. Everything was fear based.


Q: What was some of the best advice you received starting out or advice you’d give to someone who’s just starting?

A: Don’t listen to anyone. Listen to the loudest, most passionate voice in your head.


Q: What recording tip hack or “secret sauce” would you like to share?

A: Don’t over-compress, especially when you’re just starting out. There is no secret sauce. Don’t use secret sauce. Use your ears and use your brain.


Q: Do you have a favorite book you’ve been reading that you’d like to share?

A: Sadly, I can’t focus on a book enough to read. On shorthand, TapeOp


Q: Do you have a favorite hardware tool to use in the studio?

A: This cheap chain of mics into an API pre, then into an ART VLA II compressor, into a Behringer V-Verb Pro REV2496 reverb.


Q: Do you have a favorite software tool?

A: My UAD plugins


Q: Can you share a resource for the business side of the recording studio?

A: Write everything down. Everything.


Q: If you were dropped in a strange city and you could only take a simple setup to record, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet?

A: I’d take a UA Apollo Twin, a Miktek CV3, a laptop with Pro Tools, a guitar and a small keyboard. I’d probably go to the middle of town every night and see where the musicians are. I’d play music in the middle of town with a guitar cases for donations







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Links

Instagram - @russellwolff

Twitter - @russellwolff

Website - http://www.russellwolff.com/

Krazy Pop Studio - http://www.krazypopstudio.com/

No Bull Productions - http://nobullproductions.bandcamp.com/















If you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me:

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

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Björgvin Benediktsson

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

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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.


I was first introduced to Björgvin through The Pro Audio Files leading back to his site www.audio-issues.com. Here he creates content to teach you more about the whole recording process from Songwriting to recording and mixing till you create a finished master.


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. Providing everything you need to know to produce your own music in your home recording studio.


He runs his own site Audio Issues, and has produced an EP and multiple singles for his band, The Long Wait, and is currently working on their first LP.

Content:


The best ways to make great records is to start with great recordings and know how to work with the tracks till you have a balanced mix.

The best way to get to a sound that is balanced is to understand the basics. That’s why Björgvin created The Ultimate Guide To EQ to help you get the ultimate sound!

“If you've ever wondered how to give instruments their proper place in your mix where they don't fight with each other, you already know the answer... Its EQ 

​Any engineer will tell you that EQ is their most important weapon when they're mixing.

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Everything else comes after.” -BB



When you are ready to mix then you need the power to understand how to use your plugins

(Especially if your are mixing in a DAW like 99% of the music making world!).

Björgvin created an awesome course called Mixing With 5 Plugins to help guide you on your mixing journey. He breaks it down to five basic plugins to give you everything you need to create a fantastic, professional mix.


Create an Amazing Mix With Only 5 Plug-ins

“Discover How To Use EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Saturation To Create Incredible Sounding Mixes. You only need 5 plug-ins to get a great mix.”


You can find all of Björgvin’s work at Audio Issues


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Here are some of the wisdoms that Björgvin shared with me on the podcast:


Philosophies


  • “Always try to teach what you know while striving to improve” @audioissues

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  • “Forge your own path, even if it’s different or difficult” @audioissues

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Jam Session


Q: Tell us about something that was holding you back when getting started with music

A: Fear of thinking that I’m not good enough


Q: What was some of the best advice you received about recording?

A: Read everything you can about it


Q: Can you share a recording tip, hack or “secret sauce”?

A: Experiment. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, try at least two things so you can have something to compare.


Q: Can you recommend a favorite book?

A: Unlocking Creativity by Michael Beinhorn


Q: Share with us a favorite hardware tool from the studio

A: AKG C-414 XLS


Q: What about favorite software tool?

A: Logic and UAD API channel strip plug-in


Q: What’s a great resource you found for the business side of the industry?

A: Wunderlist, XMind, and my calendar


Q: If you were dropped into a strange city with a simple setup to record, what would you choose to have, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet?

A: I’d take a 4 to 8 input interface. I’d find people to record by going to shows and networking.



Resource Links


Facebook - facebook.com/audioissues

Twitter - @audioissues

YouTube - Bjorgvin Benediktsson

The Long Wait

Patreon - The Long Wait


Websites - Audio Issues

Björgvin's Products to help you make better recordings:

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

lij@recordingstudiorockstars.com

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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

Check out Home Studio Corner Production Club​ a 19-Part Online Course Walking You Through the ENTIRE Home Studio Production Process From Song Idea to Finish Mastered Recording


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 differently 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 show you how they mix the songs to give you insights into the process.


Home Studio Corner” & “Simply Recording” Podcasts. (These links will take you straight to iTunes)

  • 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 super 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. This is a great lesson for us all in matching our rates to the high value of our service.


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?”

  • 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?”

For more about Joe go to

HomeStudioCorner.com

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

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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.

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RSR001 – Mike Purcell – 6Minor Films

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Intro:

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



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RSR000 – Lij Shaw Introduction to the podcast


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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


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.


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RSR002 – 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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Also leave a comment below on this webpage!​ Say hi to me and Vance.


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