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RSR272 – Stephen Shirk – How to Record a Great Band Performance in the Studio

From Spy To Sphere... Stephen Shirk talked about his Sphere console at Shirk Studios in Chicago, the intersection of espionage and audio, assisting at the Hit Factory, how to create a simple drum booth, recording bands live in the studio, and much more!

My guest today is Stephen Shirk an engineer, producer, and owner of Shirk Studio in Chicago. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, he began playing in bands through junior high college at Miami University where he earned a degree in Business and Marketing. 

In 1998 he moved to New York City to chase his dream of working in a recording studio where he worked at The Hit Factory, Pink Noise and Three Tree Productions as well as assisting on sessions at many legendary NYC facilities like Avatar (Power Station), Clinton, Right Track, and Sound on Sound. Recording in New York also exposed Stephen to a unique artistic community beyond that of music. His collaboration with Nadine Robinson would ultimately land one of his sound designs in the Museum of Modern Art’s Tempo exhibit in 2002.   

In 2004, Stephen relocated to Chicago to continue producing and recording bands, creating sound for art installations, as well as providing audio services for the advertising community. This was the beginning of SHIRK studios. Through a chance meeting at SXSW in 2006, Stephen partnered with the music blog, HearYa.com, and began recording and filming the HearYa live sessions. 

The video series featured powerful live in-studio recordings of artists like Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, Other Lives, Patterson Hood, White Denim, Strand of Oaks, Rayland Baxter and many more. In 2013 he acquired the building that now houses SHIRK studios in Chicago’s West Town neighbourhood. Firmly planted in Chicago, Stephen records, produces and hosts sessions with some of Chicago’s most celebrated artists as well as those just getting their start.

I had the pleasure of spending a day at Shirk studio in 2019 when I hosted a mixing clinic there with Anthony Gravino. We spent the day listening to the beautiful Sphere console and I knew I found a new favourite studio in Chicago. Plus Stephen is the coolest.

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The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - Spectra1964.com


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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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
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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!

RSR271 – Marc Daniel Nelson – Mixing Music & Trailers In Pro Tools During Quarantine

Should you really get the new Mac Pro? Marc Daniel Nelson talked about mixing with Acustica plugins on the new Mac Pro 16 core, finding the perfect headphones for mixing, why you should turn off your parallel plugins, and much more!

Marc Daniel Nelson is a Latin Grammy-nominated producer/mixer. He has been producing, mixing and managing creatives for over 19 years.

Since our last interview, Marc has been diving headfirst into the film and tv world for music. In 2018, Marc engineer and mixed the score for the film “Amanda” that went on to be nominated for the French Academy Award for “Best Score”. That following spring he mixed the score and music for the Ukraine film “Ya, Ty, Vin”, which was the last film Zelinsky Vladimir starred in before becoming president.

“Ya, Ty, Vin” went on to having the largest film opening in Ukraine history. In 2019 and 2020, Marc engineered and mixed the scores for a few Netflix originals movies. Outside of film score work, he has kept busy mixing numerous large action trailers and continuing work in the album world, with mixes for Francesca Battistelli, Eric Burdon / Ben Harper and more.

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The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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RSR168 – MARC DANIEL NELSON

Additional podcast editing and production by:
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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!

RSR270 – Shawn Everett – Mixing Alabama Shakes Sound & Color and Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour

What's the secret to mixing the Grammy-winning "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes? Shawn Everett talked about mixing in Pro Tools and breaking out stems through his API console for the Alabama Shakes & Kacey Musgraves, layering eq and much more!

My guest today is Shawn Èverett, a Juno and Grammy-winning Canadian producer, engineer, previously a guest on episode RSR137. In that interview, we talked with Shawn about his background schooling and his production and mixing philosophies. 

He has worked with many great artists including Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, Weezer, Margaret Glaspy, Pete Yorn, Warpaint, John Legend, The Killers, Julian Casablancas, and The Voidz, Kesha, Har Mar Superstar, Local Natives, and many many others.

In 2019 he won his fifth Grammy for mixing Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour which included songwriting and production from Daniel Tashian and engineering from Craig Alvin both previous guests on the show as well. You can hear their episodes at RSR176 and RSR232. I’ll have these links in the show notes.

I have also become a huge fan of Sound & Color by the Alabama Shakes which Shawn engineered and mixed winning a Grammy in 2015. I feel like this record has set the bar pretty high for my own mixes.

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Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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RSR137 – SHAWN ÈVERETT
RSR176 – DANIEL TASHIAN
RSR232 – CRAIG ALVIN

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!

RSR269 – Bill Cheney – Spectra 1964 & The STX 600 Complimiter

Bill showed off the new STX 600 Complimiter from Spectra1964, explained the importance of accurate phase in mic pre-design, why power efficiency is so important in 500 series modules, How to correctly set your input and output knobs and much more!

My guest today is Bill Cheney co-owner with Jim Romney of Spectra1964. Bill designs mic pre amps, eqs, and compressor limiters for studios following in the footsteps of William Dilley who founded the original Spectra Sonics company in 1964. 

Bill has been a guest on the podcast before to talk about the history of Spectra Sonics and Spectra 1964 on episode RSR227. So if you want to learn more about the background go back and check that episode out. Bill talked about the original Spectra 101 amplifier circuit, its original role in the military as part of the Minute Man missile defence system, and the history of the Spectra consoles at the Record Plant and Stax Studio.

Today Bill and Jim are taking the classic sound of the Spectra 101 amplifier and retrofitting it into 500 modules to allow us to get that same incredible sound in our pro and home studios. Bill has already brought us the STX100 mic pre, the STX 500 eq, and now has also taken the classic C610 complimiter design and found a way to add that as well bringing us the STX600 Complimiter Microphone Preamplifier.

So today we're going to catch up with Bill and Spectra1964 find out what's new and learn more about the new STX 600 module and how to properly record with them.

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Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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Spectra1964.com
RSRockstars.com/227

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!

RSR268 – Bill Schnee – Recording Steely Dan Aja, Miles Davis, and Huey Lewis & The News

Bill talked about recording Steely Dan Aja, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & The News, the importance of emotion in performance, record label history, recording direct to disc, and his new book.

My guest today is Bill Schnee an internationally renowned producer, engineer and mix master. In a highly decorated career that spans five decades, Bill has engineered many gold and platinum albums with a wide variety of artists that include Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Chicago, Steely Dan, Natalie Cole, The Jacksons, Marvin Gaye, Dire Straits, Ringo (with all the Beatles), Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Michael Bolton, George Benson, The Pointer Sisters, Bette Midler, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston, including her mega-single "I Will Always Love You”. 

Bill also produced multiple projects with Huey Lewis and the News, Boz Scaggs, Pablo Cruise, Joe Sample, as well as internationally renowned direct-to-disc recordings with Thelma Houston and James Newton Howard and Friends. 

In addition to working on dozens of Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning albums, Bill has been personally nominated 11 times for The Best Engineered Album category and has won twice for Aja and Gaucho, both from Steely Dan. Those two multi-platinum releases add to a harvest of hits that includes over 85 gold records, 50 platinum projects and 50 top twenty singles. Schnee also has won an Emmy Award for Best Sound Mixing for a Variety Special and a Dove Award.

In 1981, Bill opened his own recording facility in Los Angeles – Schnee Studio. It boasted a large live recording room with a very unique acoustical sound, a custom made recording console, custom tube mic pre-amps, and an extensive collection of vintage tube microphones.  It was widely regarded as one of the finest recording rooms in Los Angeles.

Bill currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Sallie. And we are lucky to have him here on the podcast with us today!

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Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
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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!

RSR267 – Marc Frigo – Mixing Multiple Musical Genres In The Box

Marc talked about engineering at Woodland Studios in East Nashville in the 90s, lessons learned from Peter Collins, Don Was, and David Leonard, and how to get an analog quality mix using templates and plugins in the box. Plus lots more!

My guest today is Marc Frigo a mix engineer, recording engineer, and producer based out of Nashville, TN with multi-platinum credits and over 29 years of experience. 

Marc started out in his hometown of Chicago in 1990 but relocated to Nashville, TN in early 1991 where he became a staff engineer at Woodland Studios. It was there that he was able to work with and learn from some of the best engineers and producers in the world, such as producers Peter Collins, Don Was, T-Bone Burnett, Tony Brown, Josh Leo, Jay Joyce and engineers David Leonard, Steve Marcantonio, Rick Will, Bob Bullock, Steve Tillisch, Bill Schnee, and so many others that were great mentors. 

During his days as an assistant engineer, he worked on projects with Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Restless Heart, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, The Divinyls, Nancy Griffith, Larry Carlton, Gillian Welch, and the list goes on. 

Eventually moving out of assisting and into engineering, Marc engineered and/or mixed projects for The Indigo Girls, K.T. Oslin, Nelson, Dez Dickerson (of Prince & The Revolution) Israel Houghton, Jewel, and Future Leaders of the World to name a few. Marc also recorded and mixed the "Larry Boy" theme song featuring Nicole C. Mullen for the popular Veggie Tales children's video series, which went on to sell 15 million copies.

Marc And I Met when I was interning at Woodland and I’m psyched to be reconnecting 25 years later!

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Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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Additional podcast editing and production by:
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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!

RSR266 – Dana Dowd – Mémoire of Her Father Tom Dowd

Dana talked about her father Tom Dowd and shared stories of growing with Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers at Criteria Studios, recording Aretha Franklin and Charles Mingus, Tom's work on the Manhattan Project, and writing her fathers mémoires.

My guest today is Dana Dowd whose father was the legendary Tom Dowd an American recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records with a credit list of top artists in jazz, blues, doo wop, soul, and rock records spanning 5 decades of recording from the 50s-90s.

Credited with innovating the multitrack recording method and linear console faders from their original round knobs Tom engineered through the various phases of recording technology starting with direct to disc all the way through analog tape 2 track, 4 track, eight-track, 16 24 and finally Pro Tools in the 90s.

His first hit in the 50s was Eileen Barton's "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake". And he went on to record popular artists such as Ray Charles, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Spinners, Ruth Brown and Bobby Darin. 

He recorded iconic jazz records by John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Herbie Mann and continued through other genres of music recording Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Oak Arkansas, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Wishbone Ash, New Model Army, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, the Allman Brothers Band, Joe Bonamassa, Robin Gibbs, Meat Loaf, Cher, the Rascals, the Spinners, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, the Four Seasons, Kenny Loggins, James Gang, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Harris, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Joe Castro and Primal Scream.

I met Tom’s daughter Dana Dowd more recently when she wrote a glowing testimonial as part of our movement to help save home studios in music city. Dana is an outspoken supporter of the music industry, and expert on her father and his work, and a successful business person and entrepreneur in her own industry of brand marketing.

So It’s an honour to have Dana joining us on the podcast and today we are here to learn more about her dad Tom Dowd and what it was like to grow up around so much incredible music that influences us all.

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Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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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!

RSR265 – Buick Audra & Jerry Roe – Sludge Stoner Doom Rock with Friendship Commanders and Steve Albini

Buick & Jerry talked about writing and recording sludge stoner doom rock with Steve Albini, getting powerful drums and heavy guitar sounds, avoiding harsh cymbals, getting ideal feedback, the perfect vocal mic for rock vocals and much more!

My guests today are Buick Audra and Jerry Roe of Friendship Commanders, a heavy duo from Nashville TN. Their new EP - HOLD ON TO YOURSELF released in April of  2020  follows their second LP, BILL, which they made with Steve Albini Electrical Audio. HOLD ON TO YOURSELF was tracked between Fort Knockout and Sound Emporium studios in Nashville TN. It was mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity in Salem MA and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland OR.

In this body of songs, Friendship Commanders examines the world around them, their part in the problems and potential solutions, and even challenges the patriarchy. The release also gets personal and discusses what it looks like to be an adult who survived childhood trauma. 

The band’s primary songwriter, Buick Audra, is an abuse survivor and has chosen to dedicate this work to other survivors. Her outgoing message is summarized in the EP’s title. The phrase has been a personal mantra for Audra; she has a habit of writing it down every morning as a reminder.

Buick and Jerry record and self produce their music and have created an immediately classic heavy punk rock sound. I’ve known Buick for years playing in other band settings and when I heard this record I knew we would want to learn more from Buick and Jerry about the process of writing, capturing, mixing, and mastering such a powerful sound.

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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



Studio One is easy to learn for a beginner yet fully customizable for your high-speed workflow as you become an expert. Get started now with Studio One Artist and Presonus Sphere at Presonus.com


The new STX series is modeled after the 100 series amplifiers used by Tom Dowd, Muscle Shoals, and The Record Plant. Hear my voice on the STX100 and C610 Complimiter in the podcast intro. - 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. 


Over 50 years API audio has created mic pres, compressors, eqs, and the original 500 Series Lunchbox following founder Saul Walker’s original proprietary Op-Amp and transformer designs to make sure you always get that legendary “API Sound” at APIaudio.com


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

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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!

RSR264 – Marc Urselli – Pro Tools Mixing Template Breakdown From a Grammy Winning Engineer

My guest today is Marc Urseli a 6-time Grammy-nominated, 3-time Grammy Award-winning engineer, producer, mixer, sound designer and front of house engineer Marc Urselli works with many artists from around the world.

He has worked with U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Sting, Keith Richards, Kesha, and Laurie Anderson and scores of other amazing artists performing rock, pop, metal, jazz, experimental/avantgarde/new music, urban and electronica and classical.

Marc also composes music for film and television, creates sound design for commercials and mixes audio for film and television as well as mixing more than half a dozen movie soundtracks.

Born in Switzerland he moved to Italy and opened his first commercial recording facility at 17 years old later moving to New York City, where he currently resides and works as Chief House Engineer for the historic & legendary recording studio EastSide Sound.

Marc works in the highest calibre studios worldwide, including Village Recorders (LA), Capitol Sound (LA), EastWest (LA), Sunset Sound (LA), Sear Sound (NY), Flux (NY), Grouse Lodge (Dublin) and many others.

Marc has learned a great deal about recording and mixing and teaches online and from the stage. I’ve included a great clip of him teaching for Sonic Scoop and am excited to learn more about mixing professionally for multiple genres.

Thanks to Rudy Roopchan for the intro!

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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!

How to Go from Charging $100 to $1000/song as a Full-Stack Producer – Jordan Valeriote

Jordan Valeriote is a producer, mixer, and engineer specializing in hardcore music who fast-tracked his decade-plus career from assistant working with Usher, Timbaland, Serena Ryder and The Jonas Brothers to a successful major label producer for Silverstein, Antimacy, the Dead and Divine, and Prophets for the Counterparts, Nick Johnston, Forevermore, Great Lakes, Mandroid Echostar, and Skynet.

Jordan is also an educator at Hardcore Music Studio helping to transform students around the world from home studio hobbyists to top-tier rock and heavy music producers. He has helped thousands of music producers learn how to produce powerful rock records and build successful careers from their music studios.

In this episode, Jordan is going to show us how to go from charging $100 to $1000/song as a full-stack producer while understanding the 4 key ingredients for how to capture raw tracks in your studio that sound better than most people’s final mixes.

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