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RSR292 – Scott Michael Smith – From Score to Studio to Sound Stage for Mank, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Invisible Man

How do you record an orchestra in your home studio? Scott talked about mixing the score for the movie "Mank" recorded one track a time in home studios, how to record strings, horns, piano and drums, and why the JZ Amethyst is one of his favorite mics.

My guest today is Scott Michael Smith a Grammy nominated Mixer, Producer, and musician based in Los Angeles working largely in music for the screen. Scott got his start at the legendary Village Recording studio in Los Angeles where he became a staff engineer, working with artists like John Mayer, Keith Emerson, Colbie Caillat, Carole King, Fink and many others. He spent countless hours in the studio learning from guys like Ed Cherney, John Alagia, and T-Bone Burnett while honing his own skills as an Engineer/Producer. 

For over a decade Scott has been one of Hollywood's most in-demand film music mixers. Recording and Mixing scores for projects like The Revenant, The Handmaid's Tale, It Chapter 2, Minions, The Invisible Man, and many more. Recently Scott completed work on Mank, the new David Fincher period piece featuring the music of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, the entire score was done in isolation during the pandemic. 

Scott is known for his ability to bridge the gap between modern film scoring and record production, helping to create a sound that serves what's happening on screen while creating an immersive and rewarding listening experience at the same time. Scott has also recently composed music for Marvel 616, a behind the scenes look at the history of Marvel, streaming now on Disney+.

Thanks so much to Andris Evelis at JZ Microphones for making our introduction. I’m excited to talk about recording and mixing music from the studio to the orchestral hall on the show today.

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The secret to great bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best-sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


The Envoy Pro FX pushes USB technology bandwidth to the max of 2800MB/s over Thunderbolt. Find the new Envoy Pro FX and all your storage needs at OWC.com

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Record through 8 world-class mic pre channels. Mix through 24 smooth as glass faders. And upgrade your home studio to legendary status. API now offers a Virtual Console Experience, allowing you to get a personalized online demo of THE BOX at APIAudio.com


Adam Audio can provide all your monitor needs from home studio to pro mix room. Learn how to set up your studio monitors and control room for great sound plus lots of other cool studio tips at Adam-Audio.com/education

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
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MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR291 – Larry Droppa – The Legendary Sound of API Audio in Your Home Studio

What's The Best API Analog Gear For Your Studio? Larry Droppa the owner of API shares the history of the company, a breakdown of the 500 series lunchbox modules, an overview of API consoles, and answers questions directly from the Rockstars like you.

My guest today is Larry Droppa the owner and president of API since 1999, when he acquired the company at auction. He and two friends launched ATI, the live console company, in 1988, positioning that company’s Paragon console as the premier live sound mixing tool for many years. After adding Uptown Automation in 1995 and then API in ’99, Larry’s quest for audio manufacturing notability had been satisfied.

He spent the first half of his professional career as a live mixing engineer, progressing from a local bar band, to a small regional sound company, to one of the larger live sound companies in the US. Larry has toured with folk groups, orchestras, pop and rock bands and spent an ear-splitting 6 weeks on the road with the band listed in the 1984 Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘Loudest Band In A Performance’. But the highlight of his live mixing days is unquestionably the 12 years he spent mixing in-ear monitors for Stevie Wonder. Stevie was an early adopter of in-ears and Larry developed both high-quality in-ear monitors as well as a unique wireless transmission system during that time.

With the purchase of API, Larry had to pivot to become familiar with the studio environment and its inherent differences. Hard work and a team of dedicated audio professionals re-built the API brand into the acknowledged powerhouse it is today. The entire range of API products remains firmly dedicated to co-founder Saul Walker’s original ideas and designs.

A statement on Larry’s passion for the music business can best be summed up in the words of a Stevie Wonder song, Sir Duke – ‘Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand, With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands…’ 

It is an honor to have the fearless visionary leader keeping the legendary API sound alive and well joining us today...

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Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones and the JZ Pop Filter with the unique waveguide design. Use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 20% off The Pop Filter at JZMic.com


The secret to great bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best-sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


The Envoy Pro FX pushes USB technology bandwidth to the max of 2800MB/s over Thunderbolt. Find the new Envoy Pro FX and all your storage needs at OWC.com

Get Music Production Suite Pro for only $24.99/mo or Producer’s Club for only $19.99/mo. Start your 7-Day Free trial subscription now or use the code ROCK10 to get 10% off any individual plugin purchase at iZotope.com/Rockstars


Record through 8 world-class mic pre channels. Mix through 24 smooth as glass faders. And upgrade your home studio to legendary status. API now offers a Virtual Console Experience, allowing you to get a personalized online demo of THE BOX at APIAudio.com


Adam Audio can provide all your monitor needs from home studio to pro mix room. Learn how to set up your studio monitors and control room for great sound plus lots of other cool studio tips at Adam-Audio.com/education

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MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR290 – Björgvin Benediktsson – “You Get What You Give” The Story of a Home Studio Engineer’s Path to Success

Whose permission are you waiting for anyway? Björgvin talked about allowing yourself to create the music career you want and how to set your rates for success with your home studio in his new book "You Get What You Give". Download the free worksheets!

My guest today is Bjorgvin Benediktsson an Icelandic-American author, audio educator, and entrepreneur. He is also a friend of mine and the founder of www.audio-issues.com where he has taught thousands of music producers how to make a bigger impact with their music since 2009. 

His latest book, You Get What You Give is a business parable a la The Go-Giver that follows Casey, an aspiring music producer stuck in a dead-end job. He dreams of becoming successful in the music industry but has no idea how to find clients. After a disastrous start (sound familiar?), he meets a mentor who teaches him the success principles he needs to make an impact and find success with his music.  

Björgvin is the author of seven other books in the music industry: Step By Step Mixing, Get More Gigs, and Better Mixes in Less Time. He has written over 1,000 articles on music production and his advice has been featured in publications such as MusicTech magazine, The Huffington Post, CD Baby's DIY Musician's Blog, Audiotuts, and the SAE Institute.

Today we are going to talk about his new book, and dig into some of the topics surrounding the business side of running a recording studio whether it's a pro or home studio or recording and releasing your own music. We will tackle the often elusive question of marketing and promotion so that you can connect with your customers and make a great living doing what you love. 

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Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR289 – Adam “Atom” Greenspan – Producing & Mixing IDLES, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Veils

Are fake plants really ok in the studio? Adam "Atom" Greenspan breaks down studio vibe, how to mix in Pro Tools but sound like a console, the secret to recording drums and cymbals separately, and mixing with a sub for great low end, plus lots more!

My guest today is Adam Greenspan A Grammy-nominated engineer, mixer, and producer who had a pretty good start to his career engineering Faith No More’s “Album of the Year” at age 20. He later spent time at two world-class studios, Westlake Audio and The Village Recorder, working with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Bono before going freelance in 2000.

As a consultant for setting up home studios, he met Nick Launay and began collaborating on albums by Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Refused, while at the same time taking on more and more producing and mixing gigs of his own for the likes of The Veils, INVSN, and French Style Furs (featuring members of Cold War Kids.)

More recently Adam has seen great success receiving a Mercury prize nomination for IDLES “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.” also nominated for Best Album at the UK Music Producers Guild Awards and won the Ivor Novello award for writing. In 2019 Adam was Grammy-nominated for Thomas Dybdahl “All These Things” and he just had his first #1 in the UK with IDLES “Ultra Mono” and a top 10 with Cliff Richards.

I have really enjoyed listening to Adam’s discography which we have put together in a special playlist for you in the show notes. Thanks so much to Adris Evelis at JZ Microphones for making our introduction.

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At Soundporter.com, home of the iterative mastering process, Brian Murphree will listen to your needs and help you get your mix ready for mastering. Contact Brian now for a free mix review and mastering demo at Soundporter.com


Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR288 – Rafa Sardina – 5 x Grammy Winning Mixer For Alejandro Sanz, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, and D’Angelo

What's the first thing you do preparing a session? Move the chairs! Rafa Sardina talked about recording with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, and how to capture powerful Nylon String Guitars, drums, horns, and strings...

My guest today is Rafa Sardina a recording and mixing engineer with 5 Grammy wins, 12 Latin Grammy awards, and a total of 60 Grammy nominations during his career including winning the South African SAMA award in 2018. A Basque native of Spain Rafa started out with four years in med school before deciding to pursue his passion for music which led him to Full Sail University. 

After graduating as valedictorian he found himself at Oceanway in Los Angeles working with a wide variety of artists including the Black Crows, Celine Dion, Greenday, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Today he works from his own After Hours Studios where he regularly mixes artists from around the world.

Though Rafa is best known for working on pop, rock and R&B projects, he has recorded and mixed just about any genre of music you can imagine: orchestral recordings, big band, R&B, dance, gospel, soul, rap, choral, film/TV soundtracks and huge movie scores like “Any given Sunday”, “102 Dalmatians”, “Michael Jordan- To the Max”, Johnny Depp’s “The Rum Diary” and many more. 

He is also a founding member and vice-chairman of the Latin Recording Academy's CPI the equivalent to the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy. And Rafa enjoys teaching what he knows through platforms like Mix With The Masters, Pensado’s Place and of course Recording Studio Rockstars. 

Thanks to Andris Evelis at JZ microphones for making the introduction.

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At Soundporter.com, home of the iterative mastering process, Brian Murphree will listen to your needs and help you get your mix ready for mastering. Contact Brian now for a free mix review and mastering demo at Soundporter.com


Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR287 – S Husky Hoskulds – How To Be Original Recording & Mixing in The Studio

If that plugin sounds so great then why does your mix still suck? Husky talked about how to find your own unique sound in the studio using pa speakers, guitar pedals, Gramaphone mics, and plugins so that your records will sound awesome and original!

My guest today is S. Husky Hoskulds a Grammy winning engineer, and mixer who moved to LA in 1991 to study audio engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

He began his career working with Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as a staff engineer at The Sound Factory in the early 1990s but would quickly move on to independent projects with Michael Penn, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits and steady collaboration with Mike Patton on his various projects. 

In 2002 he won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical alongside Jay Newland for the multiple awarded debut album Come Away with Me by Norah Jones co-produced by Craig Street. Husky’s many credits also include Joe Henry, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples, Ann Peebles, Bettye Lavette, My Brightest Diamond, Billy Preston, Aloan, Chocolate Genius, Fantomas, Sheryl Crow and many more...

Thanks to Andris at JZ microphones for making our introduction.

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At Soundporter.com, home of the iterative mastering process, Brian Murphree will listen to your needs and help you get your mix ready for mastering. Contact Brian now for a free mix review and mastering demo at Soundporter.com


Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR286 – Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown With Roger Alan Nichols – the Making of the New Album Pressure

Can you really rock with software amps? Tyler Bryant and Roger Alan Nichols talked about producing the new rock album Pressure from a garage home studio during the lockdown, guitar pedals vs amps, the virtues of UAD, and how to mix guitar, bass, & drums!

My guests today are Roger Alan Nichols and Tyler Bryant. Roger has been a guest on the show before to talk about producing great rock records with his band Dreaming In English and artists like Paramore, Seal, Larking Poe, and Steven Tyler and you can hear his story on episode RSR45.

But today we are here to talk about the records he makes with the other Tyler of Nashville based rock band Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Tyler is a gifted singer and guitarist who has released four successful studio albums with his band. He has toured with such groups as Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as playing several rock focused music festivals. The group's current lineup consists of Tyler Bryant (lead guitar & vocals), Graham Whitford (rhythm guitar), Ryan Fitzgerald (bass), and Caleb Crosby (drums).

Recently Roger recorded Tyler and the band for their new record Pressure and powerful driving rock album that sounds like Audioslave, The Foo Fighters, and Tom Petty all wrapped up in one with killer guitar tones, Swampy slide playing, and soulful songs.

Somehow they managed to pull off this record at a time when most of the world was hiding away or venting on social media. So it’s great to hear some creative fire come out of the speakers.

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At Soundporter.com, home of the iterative mastering process, Brian Murphree will listen to your needs and help you get your mix ready for mastering. Contact Brian now for a free mix review and mastering demo at Soundporter.com


Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR285 – Brent McCollough – Producing The Viral Bee Gees Parody Video “Stayin’ Inside”

"Stayin Inside!" The video that went viral in 2020... Brent shared tips for home studio production, vocal recording, mixing, and performance tips, and revealed the story of creating the Bee Gees parody that video with over 3.8 million views.

My guest today is Brent McCollough a Nashville-based producer, keyboardist, and artist. 

He started playing the piano by ear at the age of five later accepting a full scholarship at the University of Alabama to pursue a degree in Music Production and Performance followed by a full-time graduate teaching fellowship for his master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. 

He records and mixes his own music as well as artists all over the country, and plays keyboards and sings for many bands like The Black Jacket Symphony, and Trace Atkins.

More recently he became well known for his coronavirus parody video, “Stayin’ Inside,” which went viral and was shared by the Bee Gees, John Travolta, and countless news networks all over the world. 

Brent’s studio work and content creation spans many various genres, and he is also regularly hired to mix and master live performances. He currently runs Brent McCollough Studios and prides himself in making his clients’ musical dreams become reality.

Brent also joined Kurt Hugo Schneider, Tony Succarr, and me for an OWC workshop “How To Be Creative With Video Content From Your Home Studio”. That link will be included in the show notes.

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At Soundporter.com, home of the iterative mastering process, Brian Murphree will listen to your needs and help you get your mix ready for mastering. Contact Brian now for a free mix review and mastering demo at Soundporter.com


Get it right at the source with the new BB29 mic by JZ Microphones. Hear my voice on the BB29 in the podcast intro and use the limited-time coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZMic.com


The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

RSR284 – Tony Black – Grammy Winning Engineer for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Wu Tang Clan, Luther Vandross, and More…

"Why I quit Alicia Keys!" Tony Black shared stories about working with Alicia Keys, assisting at the Hit Factory, recording and mixing hip hop in the 90s with Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, and Timbaland. Plus vocal recording techniques.

My guest today is Tony Black a Grammy-winning music producer, mixer/engineer & songwriter/musician. He has contributed to recordings totalling more than 50 million units sold or downloaded. He won a GRAMMY AWARD for his contribution to the album “THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS” for BEST R&B ALBUM. He also mixed and recorded  “RIDE OR DIE” on the Grammy-winning album  JAY-Z “HARD KNOCK LIFE VOL.2”. 

Tony spent many years in NYC at legendary studios such as The Power Station, The Hit Factory, Quad, and Electric Lady. He became part of the 90’s hip-hop scene that would go on to make music history. Working with artists such as Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Q tip, Lil Kim, P. Diddy(Puffy), Cam’ron, Wu Tang Clan, Michael Jackson and too many others to list, he clocked in more than 4000 sessions in the 90’s alone. 

These sessions led to a 6-year working relationship with Alicia Keys. He recorded and mixed all of The Diary of Alicia Keys. He continues mixing, recording, and producing new music today for label artists, indie artists, and for his own project Slow Down The Quick based in NYC and working anywhere in the world with his mobile project studio.

Thanks to Josh Harris for making our introduction! (Carl Nappa).

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RSR283 – Tony Succar – Latin Grammy Producer Of The Year

Need more cowbell? Tony Succar talked about winning the Latin Grammy Producer Of The Year award, working with Bruce Swedien, arranging for a full salsa band, building a Grammy winning home studio in a garage and much more!

My guest today is Tony Succar a two-time Latin Grammy award-winning and #1 Billboard charting artist, producer, and composer/arranger Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Miami, Florida. Tony’s produces music in the world of salsa, jazz, pop, and afro-latino-inspired music. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University.

In 2018, Tony was nominated for the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards for Best Tropical Song, “Me Enamoro Mas De Ti.” He received four nominations in 2019 for Album of the Year, Best Tropical Song, Best Salsa Album, and Producer of the Year for his most recent album, Mas de Mi. Tony took home two Latin Grammys for Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album, making history as the youngest winner to have ever won both categories.

Mas de Mi was released by Tony through his independent label, Unity Entertainment. His inspiration for the album was to write and produce non-traditional songs that will appeal to younger generations. He has also worked with an impressive array of talented artists, including Tito Nieves, India, Jon Secada, Marc Anthony, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Judith Hill, and Obie Bermudez, among others.

Tony’s debut album, UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, had tremendous success, reaching Billboard’s #1 Tropical Album Music Chart, iTunes' #1 World Latin Chart, and Amazon's #1 Latin Pop Music chart, among others. It also evolved into a nationally-televised primetime PBS special that kicked off the PBS Fall Arts Festival. 

He has performed at the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival (Aruba), the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Auditorio Telmex (Mexico), Vivo Beach (Puerto Rico), Tempo Latino (France), and the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards (MGM Grand Las Vegas), among others.

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The secret to great sounding bass in your mix is to start with a great recording. The BB-DI is the best sounding bass DI I have ever used. “It’ll move your pant leg!” No Hype, No Color, Just Pure Tone at Spectra1964.com


Your music is more valuable than gold. Make sure your music is safe with fast and reliable storage and backup options from OWC at OWC.com

iZotope RX and Ozone are on every podcast episode mix to make sure you never miss a single word of wisdom on Recording Studio Rockstars. If you want crystal clear mixes go to iZotope.com/Rockstars and use the code ROCK10 to get and extra 10% off. 

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
Brayden Stremming
Hugh Macdonald
Vlad Vasilcenko

MixMasterBundle.com Learn how to mix using stock and free plugins in Pro Tools. Get a look at how I recorded my song "American Winter" with downloadable multitracks to mix in your own studio and even include in your mixing portfolio. Are you ready to make your best record ever? Then go to MixMasterBundle.com to get started for free now!

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