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EveAnna Manley In The Lab

RSR134 – EveAnna Manley – CEO of Manley Labs, Massive Passive EQ, Vari Mu Compressor Limiter

EveAnna talked about growing Manley Labs from a small business into a major company, explained tubes and why they sound great, and shared encouraging advice for getting perfect results even if you make mistakes along the way.

My guest today is EveAnna Manley, CEO and sole owner of Manley Laboratories, makers of hi end audio gear. Inspired by her stepfather who was a part owner of Ampeg in the early 70s Eveanna moved to California in 1989 to begin working in audio at VTL. Some of the classic gear from Manley Labs includes the Massive Passive, the Variable Mu Limiter Compressor, the VoxBox channel stip, and many more including a complete line of HiFi components. And more recently Manley has collaborated with UAD to create a line of plugins for these classic processors.

"Use your ears!" EveAnna Manley @ManleyLabs

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Young EveAnna soon to set off to California from Atlanta in her 1969 VW Bug

The moment Al Schmitt is telling me how happy is for me:

Me n my best friend Erica McDaniel from UA

RSR133 – Femke Weidema – Composing, Producing, and Creating Your Own Record Label

How to write songs in Nashville with artists from around the world, produce records that are successful once they leave the studio, and create and grow your own record label.

My guest today is Femke Weidema, a musician, producer, songwriter, and composer for film and TV. A Dutch native starting out at Berklee College Of Music, she has also spent time in LA  working at Hans Zimmer’s prestigious Remote Control studios in Los Angeles, won the ASCAP Harold Adamson award, studied with Lin Manual Miranda at Chicago's North Western University with the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and worked for Richard Gibbs, and Don Grusin.

As a musician she sang with Blink 182's Mark Hoppus on the soundtrack for Fired Up, played accordion on several indie movies, played guitar and programmed on ABC's 10 Things I Hate About You, and scored a season of Disney's Binny und der Geist.

She was also recently the subject of the Dutch Documentary series "Don't dream, Do!" about her success as a producer in Nashville. Femke has a studio at Liz Rose Music, a publisher in Nashville she works with closely for all her country material and has recently gotten her cuts on Seth Ennis with Sony, and others.

Her productions are gaining international attention with a UK viral chart mention for Four Walls on SYPS and BBC1 and her goal is to create a global hub in Nashville, working with artists from Thailand, China, Canada, the UK, Germany and Scotland that either come to work with her here, or she goess to them with her portable studio. So In 2017 she decided to create a platform for the artists she thinks the world needs to hear and this is how LV Music was born in partnership with ToneTree Music.

"Turn you weakness into a strength in the studio." @femkesongs ‏

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

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RSR132 – Mac Gayden – Session Guitar Player, Nashville Cats, Barefoot Jerry, Area Code 615

A session guitar player with The Nashville Cats, recording with Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios, the difference between a Nashville vs Muscle Shoals recording session, and much more! 

My guest today is Mac Gayden, a successful songwriter, producer, and guitar player. He is also considered a musician’s musician for his intricate playing. He started playing guitar in Nashville as a teenager in the 1960s and quickly become a top session guitar player playing on iconic records such as Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde. 

Mac was also known for his unique slide guitar sound through a wah pedal made famous on JJ Cale’s record Crazy Mama. And years later in 2013 He was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame as one of the original “Nashville Cats”.

As a songwriter Mac wrote “Everlasting Love” covered by many great artists including Carl Carlton, Robert Knight, U2, and Gloria Estefan. It has the distinction of being one of only two songs to ever have hit status every decade for the past 40 years.

As a top session player Mac helped found to critically acclaimed super groups in the 70s, Barefoot Jerry, and Area Code 615 both of which recorded with Wayne Moss at his famous home studio Cinderella Sound in Madison TN (about 10 miles north of here).

Mac has played on records with with many great artists including John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, Loudon Wainwright, Rita Coolidge, and Robert Knight. He is an open book of Nashville music history.

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

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RSR131 – How To Sound Analog In A Digital World with Johnnie Truesdale – Recording Steve Martin, Tony Bennett, and Harry Belafonte

Johnnie talked about recording bluegrass with Steve Martin, getting an old school analog sound in your DAW, and using software guitar simulators.

My guest today is Johnnie Truesdale, a Grammy winning engineer, producer, mastering engineer, and audio teacher. Starting at Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey with classic artists such as: Steve Martin, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Anita Baker, Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, and Andy LaVerne. He also got experience working with great producers like Phil Ramone and John McEwen. 

In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles to become a teacher at SAE Institute in Los Angeles.  And recently moved to Nashville to build his own recording, mixing, and mastering Studio, FireFly Sound, in Brentwood, TN.  

Today we have incredible digital tools available to us in the studio through modern DAWs and plugins that can do things that were never even possible 10 or 20 years ago. But sometimes we find ourselves making records that can feel a little too digital, and long for the sound of the classic analog albums that we grew up with.

Johnnie has experience working with both analog, and digital, and is going to talk about he gets the best of both worlds in the studio. So the theme of today’s episode is to learn How To Sound Analog In A Digital World.

http://fireflysound.net   http://www.johnnietruesdale.com   @fireflysound   Instagram

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

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RSR130 – Andy Reed – Recording Power Pop with The Legal Matters & The Verve Pipe

We talked about recording power pop in a small home studio space, getting big lush vocals, great drums sounds, and composing for film.

My guest today is Andy Reed, a fantastic power pop songwriter, musician, engineer, and producer from Bay City Michigan. Andy owns Reed Recording an analog meets digital studio where he records his own music as well as other bands. I met at Welcome To 1979 recording summit this fall which is an awesome weekend long clinic of music and recording panels.

As an artist Andy writes and records with The Legal Matters a very cool power pop band that reminded me of the things I love about Elliott Smith. And he has also recorded and toured with The Verve Pipe as a bass player.

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

“I am not a genius. I’m just a hard working guy” Brian Wilson @ReedRecordingCo

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RSR129 – Alysha Brilla – Mixing Sounds; Producing outside of the lines

We talked about the importance of finding your own unique voice in production, and creating outside the lines.

My guest today is Alysha Brilla a three time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter and producer. Alysha is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her fourth self produced album, “Rooted”. Brilla often conducts songwriting and production workshops in schools across Canada.

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

“If it sounds good it sounds good.” @AlyshaBrilla

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Nick Krill at the Helios

RSR128 – Nick Krill – The Spinto Band, Grammy winning War On Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tchad Blake, and Dave Fridmann

Nick talked about recording with Grammy winners, War On Drugs, keeping your old DAW alive, ditching your template for creativity, and the importance of going after sounds you hear in your in your head..

My guest today is Nick Krill, a brilliant song writer, producer, and engineer who lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City professionally as both a musician and producer / mixer.

He has since toured the globe as a member of various bands including The Spinto Band, Teen Men, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. And on the control room side of the studio glass Nick has worked as a Producer Engineer or Mixer for band such as,  The Dove and the Wolf, The Teeth, Jesse Hale Moore, Nightlands, Eliza Hardy Jones, and he also worked on the Grammy winning album, A Deeper Understanding, by The War on Drugs.

Nick Krill's Website: www.nickkrill.com

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

“Try to be efficient with your wackiness.” Nick Krill on staying creative @teen_men

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RSR127 – 5 Big Mixing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making – Jason Moss from Behind The Speakers

Jason joins us from Los Angeles, and is going to help you make your best record ever by showing you how you can avoid 5 Big Mixing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making In your Studio.

My guest today is Jason Moss, a mixer, producer, and engineer focusing on the pop, EDM, hip­hop, folk, and indie rock.

Jason is a graduate of New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he honed his skills through mentorships with Grammy­ winning music makers like Bob Power, Kevin Killen, and Jim Anderson.

By putting his own spin on tried­ and ­true techniques, Jason likes to create records that are a meeting of classic and modern sounds. His clients include artists signed to labels like Disney, Hollywood Records, Glassnote, and many more.

As a music educator Jason is the founder of BehindTheSpeakers.com, and frequently lectures on mixing at NYU. His how­ to articles have been featured in leading industry publications by Berklee, TuneCore, SonicScoop, The Pro Audio Files, and Disc Makers.

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Tegeler Audio Manufaktur - Tegeler Audio Manufaktur has the mission of bringing the highest quailty analog audio gear to musicians and producers everywhere at an affordable price. The founder Michael Krusch has taken a unique approach by designing hi quality analog gear that you can control digitally from within your DAW. Check out the complete line of compressors, eqs, and fx processors all remote controllable by your DAW plugin: "By musicians for musicians!"

“People are listneing to more music today than ever before!” - Jason Moss Behind The Speakers

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RSR125 – Lior Goldenberg – Recording With Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn, Allen Stone, Allanis Morisette, And Marylin Manson

Lior talks about working with Michael Beinhorn, Rick Rubin, and how to make a great record! He also shares advice on how to be a successful intern.

My guest today is Lior Goldenberg a producer and mixer based in Los Angeles. He has been making records in LA since the early 90s starting out as a runner at the Record Plant and then as s second engineer for producers like Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn, Robert Margouleff and Manny Marroquin.

Lior’s clients include Stone Temple Pilots, Ziggy Marley, Rancid, Fuel, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Marilyn Manson, Andrew W.K., Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Alanis Morissette, MxPx, Allen Stone, and many more. He has even mixed songs for Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. And he recently produced and mixed a record for Grant Ganzer, a finalist on 'the voice'.

Lior has worked at Conway Studios and Scream Studios before going completely independent at his Calabasas facility in 2006. And He is currently building a studio in Woodland Hills.

“There’s only one way to find out...” #LiorGoldenberg quoting #MichaelBeinhorn on trying an idea

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Lior has put together this Intern Checklist to help you get the most out of your internship, and avoid the most common mistakes that new interns and assistants make on pro sessions.

Watch The Lior Goldenberg Youtube Playlist below:

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RSR124 – Mike Senior- The Tao Of Facepalm – Important Failures You are making In Your Home Studio And How To Turn Into Big Wins

Mike talks about the importance of mistakes in the studio, and shares some great tips for recording drums, bass, guitars, and vocals!

My guest today is Mike Senior, a professional recording and mixing engineer, who has worked with artists such as The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, Nigel Kennedy, and Wet Wet Wet.

In October 1999, he joined the editorial department of Sound On Sound magazine as the Reviews Editor for six years and also launched both the popular 'Studio SOS' and 'Mix Rescue' columns.

Since turning freelance, he has specialised in project-studio production and become one of Sound On Sound's most prolific contributors, performing more than 50 Mix Rescue remixes, launching the regular Session Notes recording-technique feature, and critiquing more than 350 commercial releases in his monthly Mix Review column. 

In 2011 he published the best-selling book 'Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio', and its sequel 'Recording Secrets For The Small Studio' followed in 2014. Alongside his audio and writing work, Mike also hosts the well-known Cambridge-MT educational resources website, which includes the web's largest free multitrack download library as well as thousands of recording and mixing audio demonstrations.

Today Mike is going to talk about the power of mistakes in the studio, and just how valuable they can be as out teachers and guides. He is also going to teach us 4 important mistakes that you are probably making in the studio, and how to turn those from big failures into bigger wins.

(Keep reading below for more bonus links from Mike)

"If it sounds good. It is good!" #MikeSenior

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More bonus stuff from Mike...

Mike's Wild Stereo Mic Test:

All my Mix Review critiques or commercial productions are freely available to read online. Here's a full listing of them all with links: http://cambridge-mt.com/MikeSeniorFull.htm#MixReview

And, specifically, here are a few of those specific critiques where I discuss tracks which I suspect contain engineering mistakes: Hilary Hahn: Christos Hatzis 'Coming To' (check out the strange stereo imaging artefacts) http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan16/articles/mix-review-0116.htm#para1

Rudimental (featuring John Newman): 'Feel The Love' (odd mono-incompatible low end) https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/mix-review-10#para1

Labrinth (featuring Emeli Sandé): 'Beneath Your Beautiful' (sounds suspiciously like the CD album version was mastered from an MP3) https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/mix-review-6#para3

Classic Mix: Bing Crosby: 'White Christmas' (was the balance engineer napping during Bing's opening phrase?) http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec13/articles/themixreview-1213.htm#para4

Classic Mix: The Police: 'Roxanne' (Sting sits on the piano keyboard and there's some clunky editing)

For the business questions, there's one book that's really influenced me with regards to the positive power of mistakes: Matthew Syed's 'Black Box Thinking'. If you want a flavour of what he has to say, check out his TEDX talk at the London Business School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmVCYqs3mko

My own personal recommendations for project-studio loudspeakers and headphones for mixing:

http://www.cambridge-mt.com/ms-ch1.htm#links

http://www.cambridge-mt.com/ms-ch2.htm#links

This one I'll illustrate by talking about my struggles with stereo recording technique. In the end, the guy who I most trust these days on the subject is called Helmut Wittek, who has an excellent resources website here: http://www.hauptmikrofon.de/us/helmut-wittek

In particular, he has developed an app for Schopes called IMA3 which provides really useful guidance on how to set up all manner of stereo microphone techniques, as well as information about their unique sonic characteristics: http://www.ima.schoeps.de/

My favourite book on the subject of perceptual bias is Thaler & Sunstein's classic 'Nudge' -- in just 20 pages, the first chapter lists a half-dozen peceptual biases that I struggle with all the time, both in and out of the studio.

The other killer bias in studios is, of course, loudness bias, and here are three situations you have to be really careful about it: - When parallel compressing: it's really easy to end up making an instrument louder if you're adding the compressed signal via a separate mixer channel.

- When multimiking any instrument: add in any extra microphone, and it'll make the resulting sound louder.

- When EQing: if you use a lot of boosts, you'll make the sound louder in addition to adjusting its tone.

DRUMS - In dry-sounding rooms, try using more than two overheads. Here's a free web article (with audio files) about a session where I used two pairs of overheads rather than one: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr13/articles/session-notes-0413.htm

RECORDING ACOUSTIC GUITARS - demonstrates (with audio files) how good they can sound: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan16/articles/session-notes-0116.htm

Here's that audio example I mentioned of a figure-eight guitar mic two feet from the singer (http://audio.cambridge-mt.com/CMTWorkshops/PSE_RecordingMistakes/AES0306_Figure8GuitarSeparation.mp3)

ELECTRIC GUITARS - Multimiking. Here's another free web article with audio demonstrations of that technique in practice: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug13/articles/session-notes-0813.htm

VOCAL RECORDING - Try speaker foldback. Here are some audio examples that demonstrate the effectiveness of various different foldback-spill-reduction techniques: http://www.cambridge-mt.com/rs-ch5.htm#audio

MIXING - Mix referencing is the king of all small-studio mixing techniques. Here's an article about choosing and using mix references: https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/creating-your-own-reference-cd



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