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RSR169 – Eric Sarafin aka Mixerman – Musician’s Survival Guide To A Killer Record

Eric Sarafin aka Mixerman talked about his new book Musician's Survival Guide To A Killer Record, the importance (or lack) of mixing and mastering, why you want width in your mixes, understanding frequencies, compression in threes, and his favorites mics.

My guest today is Eric Sarafin aka Mixerman, a gold and platinum award winning record producer and mixer. He has worked with many nationally known acts, including The Pharcyde, Tone Loc, Ben Harper, Lifehouse, Nine Days, Barenaked Ladies, Amy Grant, and Foreigner, just to name a few. After 25 years based out of Los Angeles, Eric is now living in Asheville NC, where he produces and mixes records out of several world class recording facilities located there.

Eric is also a published author and has written several books under the pen name of Mixerman about recording, producing, and mixing. It all began with The Daily Adventures Of Mixerman chronicling his recording journey in the studio. He then went on to write Zen And The Art Of Recording, Producing, and Mixing as three separate books after that, which I highly recommend reading.

And now he has come out with his most recent book presented as a field manual for the studio called: Musician’s Survival Guide To A Killer Record.

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RSR168 – Marc Daniel Nelson – Producing, Recording, and Mixing for Music and Picture.

Marc talked about learning from Bill Schnee (Steely Dan) and Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac), recording orchestral scores for Warner Chappell, how to win a mix shootout, breaking down his mis template for 300+ tracks, how to record piano and drums, and more.

My guest today is Marc Daniel Nelson, a Grammy nominated music producer, mixing engineer, and 4 time PMA nominated, and 1 time winner.

He has been producing, mixing and managing creatives for over 18 years.  His music credits include Fleetwood Mac, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Eric Burdon, Robert Duvall, Mark Bussard, Ozomotli, Reik and more. As Protégé for both legendary producer / engineer Bill Schnee and Ken Caillat, Marc has carried the torch for impeccable quality sound and production.  

His film credits include Solo, The Vietnam War, Blade Runner, Wild Horses, Point Break, No Manches Frida, Father Figures and more.  

His creative management credits include executive producing the 13 episode PBS television series, creating and executive producing the national video campaign for Guitar Center and creative directing for Alcon Sleeping Giant and ArtistMax.

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RSR167 – Nikolay Georgiev – Capturing and Recreating Reverbs From Secret Spaces Around the World.

Nikolay took us on a journey to capture the very best reverb samples in exotic spaces around the world, and showed us how to create our own reverbs as well. Plus lots of other stuff like recording classical music, the meaning of proximity effect, and why stereo ribbons mics sound so great!

My guest today is Nikolay Georgiev, a London based engineer, producer and plug-in developer. Nik is also an experienced lecturer in Sound Engineering and Music Production and a past chairman of the AES UK section.

He is engaged closely with Acustica Audio, both as internal and external 3rd party plug-in developer. As such he took a major role in the creation of plug-ins such as Lime, Navy, Cream and some of the modules in Pink. Nik currently works on his own line of plug-ins based on Acustica’s tech.

I discovered Nik one day browsing Facebook and seeing him post videos from exotic spaces with incredible reverbs from around the world. You might find him firing a gun in a long industrial tunnel under a mountain somewhere or popping a balloon in a beautiful church. I have always found this kind of thing fascinating. So I knew we would want to learn more about his adventures to capture and recreate reverbs from secret spaces around the world.

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RSR166 – Paul Moak – How To Make Your Records Rock!

5 time Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak talked about recording rock bands in Nashville at his studio The Smoakstack. We covered how to setup, tune, and record drums, guitars, bass, and vocals. Tons of stuff you need to know to make a great rock record!

My guest today is Paul Moak, a 5 time Grammy-nominated, ASCAP award winning, producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and musician based in Nashville, TN.

Paul has amassed credits on more than 500 albums. Spanning a wide variety of genres, with artists like: Goodbye June, Joy Williams, Mat Kearney, The Weeks, John Paul White (of The Civil Wars), Marc Broussard, Caitlyn Smith,  Relient K, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Leagues, and House of Heroes to name a few.

Paul’s work has appeared on numerous platinum and gold albums exceeding 10 million in sales and been featured on hit TV shows such as, Nashville, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and 666 Park Avenue as well as tv spots for College Game Day,  Bose, American Family Insurance, and Taco Bell.

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RSR165 – Pete Lyman – Mastering For Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Weezer at Infrasonic Sound

Pete talked about punk rock bass, mastering for vinyl, advice for buying your first turntable, the basics of mastering, and working with Chris Stapleton, Vance Powell, and Dave Cobb.

My guest today is Pete Lyman, a GRAMMY-Nominated mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN and owner of Infrasonic mastering, an audio and vinyl mastering studio with locations in Echo Park, California and Nashville, TN.

Pete has mastered Grammy-nominated projects for Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, and Grammy-award winning albums for Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton. In 2016 he was recognized with a GRAMMY Nomination for Album of the Year for Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.

In 2018, Pete opened his second studio facility, Infrasonic East, in Nashville, TN. Infrasonic East is now home to Pete Lyman’s custom mastering suite, and the Neumann cutting lathe, where he works with a diverse client roster - from John Prine and Dierks Bentley to Fall Out Boy and Halsey - on projects of all sizes.

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Sonarworks.com Are you sick of doing multiple mixes, but you still you can’t get the low end right? How would it feel to have badass bass the first time? Sonarworks Reference 4 helps you get the most out of your mixes by correcting the sound of the speakers and headphones in your studio, so you get your mix right the first time.  Get a 21 day free trial at Sonarworks.com, and get ready to rock your perfect mix!

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RSR164 – Jim Stewart – Producing, Recording, and Mixing, Rock, Soul, Jazz, and Americana In Cleveland OH.

Jim talked about calibrating your studio speakers with Sonarworks, recording live music, working with remote studio clients, building a Hackintosh, and getting great drum and guitar sounds in the studio. Plus make sure to stick around for the awesome Jam Session Q&A at the end.

My guest today is Jim Stewart, a Cleveland based Engineer, Producer, and Mixer working with a wide variety of local, regional, and national artists. Some of Jim’s credits include Welshly Arms, The Lighthouse & the Whaler, Ray Flanagan and The Authorities, and Ryan Humbert.

Jim began his career studying at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. Then went from intern to staff engineer at Metrosync studios and Ante Up Audio, after which he moved on to freelance engineering working out of many major studios in Northeast Ohio. Jim finally made his mark on Cleveland’s music scene and built his own studio in the heart of downtown Cleveland​.

Jim produces, engineers, and mixes records comfortably in a variety of styles like Rock, Jazz, Soul, and Americana weaving from productions that feature groovy live bands to productions that involve building a track from the drums up.

A decade ago I produced a record for an Akron/Cleveland artist named Ryan Humbert, called Old Souls New Shoes, which was recently re released for it’s tenth anniversary. Ryan has also been recording with Jim locally, and when I heard the awesome work they were doing I knew I would want to have Jim on the show to talk about making great records up in Cleveland, and how he is getting such great sounds from his studio.

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RSR163 – Ryan Sutton – Capturing, Editing, And Mixing Pro Vocals In The Studio.

Ryan talked about getting guitars in tune, miking drums, and recording, editing, comping, and mixing pro vocals in the studio.

My guest today is Ryan Sutton, who originally thought he was going to be a professional golfer. Fortunately, his passion for music drove him to learn many instruments, including guitar, bass, keys, and drums, and then the studio.

Ryan's uncle, Bob Gaudio brought him into the studio and gave him a “masterclass” in writing and producing based on his work for some of the biggest artists of all time like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. Bob invited Ryan to engineer and mix projects for Frankie Valli and for the Jersey Boys film soundtrack and international stage productions.

Ryan also worked under producer Tedd T (MuteMath, For King & Country). Ryan also got to play on For King & Country’s 2X Grammy-winning album Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong, as well as projects for Phil Joel (Newsboys) and Big Daddy Weave.

In addition, Ryan has had the pleasure of writing and recording custom music jingles, as well as doing post-production mixes for Coca Cola, Krystal Burgers, Nike, BBC, LP Building Products, Payless Shoes, Dollar General, Backyard Burgers, Hummingbird Productions, HCA Healthcare, First Tennessee Bank, and Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

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Sonarworks.com Are you sick of doing multiple mixes, but you still you can’t get the low end right? How would it feel to have badass bass the first time? Sonarworks Reference 4 helps you get the most out of your mixes by correcting the sound of the speakers and headphones in your studio, so you get your mix right the first time.  Get a 21 day free trial at Sonarworks.com, and get ready to rock your perfect mix!

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RSR162 – Jonathan Haidle – Drawing Inspiration From The Fashion Industry To Create Music With Ableton Live.

Jonathan talked about finding inspiration for composition in Project Runway, setting up for a live loop performance in the studio, and using Ableton Live to get more human, less robotic recordings.

My guest today is Jonathan Haidle, trained in both piano performance and composition, with an minor in painting. Jonathan likes to bring a wide range of artistic influences to his music.  After getting a masters in Education, he founded Forte Music School - where 180+ students receive private lessons with focus on recording/arranging pieces they learn.  

I’ve known Jonathan for a while and have also been aware that he loves using Ableton Live and the Push controller. But recently I saw some of his live performance videos on Youtube and thought it would be awesome to have him on the show to talk about using the push controller and Live as both a composition tool and performance DAW.

Jonathan says he has also been drawing some of his inspiration for composition from watching TV lately, particularly Project Runway. So he is going to tell us how he is drawing inspiration from the fashion industry in creating music - and why Ableton is such a great platform for that. And also talk about composing for film and TV.

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RSR161 – Ian Shepherd – How To Keep Your Mixes Out Of The LOUDNESS Penalty Box.

Ian talked about getting the loudness of your mixes just right for online streaming, and why louder is not necessarily better when you are mixing or mastering.

My guest today is Ian Shepherd, mastering engineer and owner of Mastering Media Ltd. Some of Ian’s credits include: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Culture Club, New Order, and King Crimson amongst many others. Ian also has a blog called ProductionAdvice.co.uk where teaches you how to master your own music with plugins in your DAW.

You may be aware that the loudness wars have caused music to get louder and louder since digital music was introduced in the 1980s, but you might not know that music streaming sites have finally taken us out of the loudness wars by automatically adjusting levels of all songs on playback to hit a matched listening level.

This means that louder songs today can actually get turned down by sites like Spotify and Youtube. So really you want to get your levels just right so that they hit the sweet spot and sound right when streaming.

Today we will talk about Ian's newest free website tool called LoudnessPenalty.com that lets you check you actual loudness for each music streaming site to make sure that it will playback at the correct levels and keep you out of the LOUDNESS penalty box!

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RSR160 – Ryan Earnhardt- 4 Ways To Think Creatively In The Studio from Creative Sound Lab TV

Ryan talked about ways to think creatively in the studio by changing your method, adding more air to your recordings, finding sympathetic vibrations, and scaling the time in your DAW. Plus lots more super cool bonus material!


My guest today is Ryan Earnhardt, a video creator and studio owner who produces a YouTube show called Creative Sound Lab. It covers recording-focused topics and out-of-the-box topics such as DIY effects. He recently built a Pooper Time Cube (A delay made from 4 inch drainage pipe) and created a reverb out of a garden hose.

Creative Sound Lab stresses fundamental recording techniques and capturing real sounds such as using re-amping during mixing or using echo chambers for vocals - even if that chamber is your living room! Ryan has also partnered in teaching with Brian McTear of Weathervane Music and author Eric Sarafin aka “Mixerman”.

Ryan started Creative Sound Lab in 2013 because he saw a need for something different than computer screen videos that mostly covered mixing topics. He currently has over 37,000 subscribers and hosts over a dozen online courses at Creative Sound Lab.tv

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