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RSR081 – Jamie Tate – Multi Grammy Winning Mixer At The Rukkus Room

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"It doesn't matter where you record it. I did an album in a storage shed. It turned out great!" @TheJamieTate #studio

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Jamie Tate is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer, mixer and producer. Jamie has worked on many popular recordings including dozens of hit records and chart topping songs, making him a highly sought-after mixing engineer and producer.

Jamie earned his chops recording legendary artists such as Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Marty Stuart and others. More recently, clients have included major Country artists such as Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Billy Currington, major labels such as Big Machine and Broken Bow Records, up-and-coming Nashville artists Jordan Rager, CJ Solar, RaeLynn and Smithfield and professional country & pop songwriters from publishers such as Ole, SeaGayle, Dan Hodges Music, Starstruck and many more.

"I'm just a music fan, I study it. I know every sound on every Yes and Beatles record." @TheJamieTate #studio

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"There's something about an analog console. Hitting it hard going in has this light fuzz and sheen of distortion." @TheJamieTate

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Important Links:

http://www.rukkusroom.com/
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jamie-tate-mn0000213469/credits

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Stewart Eastham

RSR080 – Stewart Eastham – Learning Pro Tools

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Stewart Eastham Shares tips on learning Pro Tools as an artist, songwriter, and producer in East Nashville TN. His recent Americana album, Dancers In The Mansion, was recorded at The Toy Box Studio, through the famous MCI console. The album brings together a rock band rhythm section with piano, organ, pedal steel, horns, and real strings to create an energetic album that sounds great. Stewart talks with us on the podcast about his experience in the studio, and as an independent artist. We dig into what it means to write, record, and release an album living in Nashville, and then take it out into the world.

"Be your biggest fan. Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. And follow your vision." @SEasthamMusic #EastNashville 

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Stewart generously shared some examples of mixes from his record, Dancers In The Mansion. The playlist includes mixes of two songs. You will find the rough mix, the final mix, and the mastered mix. This is to give you some insight into the differences. You can hear that the rough mixes are louder because they were mixed through a loudness plugin. And The final mixes are lower level probably mixed at a nominal -12 or -18 dbfs. But this leaves lots of headroom for the mastering stage. Finally the mastered mixes are at full volume and sound great!

Teaser trailer for the upcoming album

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Bobby Holland

RSR079 – Bobby Holland – Nashville Producer & Mixer

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"Be nicer and work harder than everyone else and you will succeed." @Bobby_Holland #Nashville #Mixing

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Bobby Holland is an indi rock and pop musician, producer, and mixer from Nashville TN. He also loves recording Country, Americana, Jazz, and is a big fan of fresh fruit and good bourbon. He is very active on the local music scene playing guitar, keys, singing bvs, and drums. His rock band is called Milktooth, and his new pop band is The Daybreaks.

He's worked on over 15,000 songs and hundreds of albums since he started recording in 1998. Bobby’s credits include artists like: ZZ Ward, Drake White, Meghan Linsey, and Sean McConnell to name a few.

"Don't mix with your eyes mix with your ears. Screw rules just listen." @Bobby_Holland #Nashville #Mixing

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Stuff we talked about on the show:

Important links:

Personal website: http://bobbyholland.net

Studio website: http://pentavaritstudios.com

Milktooth: http://milktoothmusic.com

The Daybreaks: http://thedaybreaks.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/bobbyholland

Instagram: @bobby_holland

Twitter: @bobby_holland

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Steve Albini

RSR078 – Steve Albini – Electrical Audio, Recording Nirvana, & Shellac

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"What you're doing [as the engineer] is just making it easier for the band to get their record done" @ElectricalWSOP #ElectricalAudio #Nirvana

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My guest today is Steve Albini. Though he is often referred to as a producer he prefers the label of recording engineer. Steve owns and operates Electrical Audio, a beautiful and very unique studio in Chicago. At a time when smaller studios were popping up, and many commercial studios were beginning to close their doors, Steve was doing the exact opposite by opening a large facility, and bringing on a dedicated full time staff of eight.


He has been making records for four decades and continues to make music daily both recording other bands and playing in his own band, Shellac. When we worked together 10 years ago Steve told me that he had probably recorded around a thousand records so far, and today Wikipedia claims that it’s closer to 1500. He records a full spectrum of bands, from those that you have never heard of, to some of the biggest names in rock and roll with recognizable credits like: The Pixies, Nirvana, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Pj Harvey, The Breeders, Superchunk, Helmet, The Stooges, Cheap Trick, Veruca Salt, and of course 1490 others!


I had the great pleasure to work with Steve at Electrical Audio on a couple of different records while staying at the studio in the dorms. I learned a ton from Steve about recording, running a professional studio, business, and believing in people and their music, and I’m sure you will too here on this podcast.

"There is new tape being made now. It is an expense, but it's not more than a bag of good weed." @ElectricalWSOP #ElectricalAudio #Nirvana

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Derrick Bostrom

RSR077 – Derrick Bostrom – The Meat Puppets & Nirvana

RSR077 - Derrick Bostrom - The Meat Puppets & Nirvana

My guest today is Derrick Bostrom, drummer for the Meat Puppets. They recorded seven albums in the 80s for the legendary SST label. They released three more albums for London Polygram in the 90s, including “Too High To Die,” for which they received a gold record and scored the hit “Backwater.”

They are most widely known for their appearance on Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” television program and subsequent album. It was the financial success of the Nirvana project which finally allowed the Meat Puppets to take a long hiatus, during which Curt moved to Austin, Derrick became an IT professional and Cris pursued a drug habit which landed him up in a federal prison.

Though Bostrom declined to join the Kirkwoods when they reformed in 2006, he has continued to chronicle the band’s history, producing a series of reissues on the Rykodisk label and promoting his own version of events on his Bostwworld site. he is also a deejay at LuxuriaMusic.com, where he hosts a weekly show dedicated to sharing his favorite ephemeral pop trash.

Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

"I actually tried overdubbing the entire kit one drum at a time for Meat Puppets Up On The Sun." @DBostrom #MeatPuppets 

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Step By Step Mixing

RSR076 – Bjorgvin Benediktsson – Step By Step Mixing Q&A

RSR076 - Bjorgvin Benediktsson - Step By Step Mixing Q&A

Björgvin Benediktsson is author of the blog Audio-Issues where he writes all about recording, production, and mixing music from your studio. His new book Step By Step Mixing reached #1 on Amazon teaching you how to mix using only five basic plugins choices.

Bjorgvin joins us to talk about his new book and his full featured course Mixing with Five Plugins. We are trying something new for Recording Studio Rockstars. We won’t be going through the usual list of interview questions. Instead we reached out to you Rockstars ahead of time, and asked for your questions about mixing. We got lots of great submissions and are excited to dig into all of your great questions.

Here are some of the great questions we answer on this episode:

  • How to deal with sibilant vocals. How to handle crazy S's
  • EQ phase: Zero Latency, Natural, and Phase Linear modes
  • How to fix muddy EQ, and set your compression to keep your kick drum clear and punchy.
  • How to set your reverb and balance against a "dry" vocal sound.
  • Raising and lowering the EQ to affect the track in a positive way.
  • How to set your bus compression for different genres of music.
  • How to set the lows in your mix to play back great on a big system, even when you only have small speakers in your own mix studio.
  • How to use EQ to its full potential
  • More great tips on EQ, and tricks for getting an awesome kick drum in your mix.
  • How to use parallel compression to create a killer vocal mix.
  • How to use saturation to bring out your bass in the mix without creating too much low end.
  • Adding longer reverbs and delays to a vocal mix.
  • Using short delays for snare and guitars.
Step By Step Mixing

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Step By Step Mixing

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Mixing With Five Plugins

Mixing With Five Plugins

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Chris James

RSR075 – Chris James – Grammy Nominee – Best Engineered Album for Prince

RSR075 – CHRIS JAMES – GRAMMY NOMINEE – BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM FOR PRINCE

Chris James is a Los Angeles based musician, songwriter, producer and first time Grammy Nominee in the 2017 Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical category for his work on what would become the last album from innovative icon Prince, HITNRUN:Phase 2. The Memphis-born musician moved to Maryville in East Tennessee at age ten where he honed his chops before going to college in Murfreesboro (near Nashville) to attend Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) for both music and recording.

As a founding member and keyboardist for the alternative-rock band, sElf, Chris James recorded and toured for several albums before the Dreamworks act moved to the Los Angeles area, where he opened The Archive Studio. Apart from his work as a multi-instrumentalist, Chris James has also produced, recorded and/or mixed material for many artists including Luther Vandross, Van Hunt, Ne-yo, Paramore, Miguel, Frank Ocean and Janelle Monáe.

In 2012, Chris James began a working relationship with Prince at Paisley Park Studios near Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in Chanhassen, Chris James recorded and mixed countless Prince productions including the Warner Bros. released albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM -- along with many unreleased songs for the legendary Prince Vault. A personal career highlight was when Prince invited Chris James to play guitar on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Later that same year, Prince insisted he tour as live sound engineer where one notable gig included the critically praised set during SXSW (Prince’s first and only).

Chris James talks about his beginnings in music, his rad roommates in college, and his amazing journey leading to the Grammys (Sunday February 12th, 2017 8PM ET / 7PM CT on CBS - check local television listings in your area). February 17th hear a Kings of Leon concert mixed by Chris James of an AT&T/iHeart Radio performance airing on DirecTV Audience Network.



I think to me it’s the weirdest yet ultimate gig because there will never be another (one) like it in the world. @ChrisJamesPro

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Ooh! And I did a little research as promised, and found Tommy Ogle who played sax in our band Stinky MIfflin. He remembered all our names!

  • Stinky Mifflin on drums - Sam Gray
  • Gurtch Bazmati on bass - Ben Morton
  • Ligget Igloo Hall Jr. on guitar - Lij Shaw
  • Jerome Bandwagon Peabody on sax - Tommy Ogle

     and the one you've been waiting for!

  • Lil LaRon Plemstone on keys - CHRIS JAMES!

From childhood my compasses musically were Prince and Michael Jackson @ChrisJamesPro

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Some stuff we mentioned on the show:
Over Stayer

Overstayer

Avid Lo Fi

Avid Lo Fi

HOFA 4U Project Time

HOFA 4U Project Time

Remote Audio IO

Remote Audio IO

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Jason Lehning

RSR074 – Jason Lehning – Growing Up Producing & Mixing In Nashville

RSR074 - Jason Lehning - Growing Up Producing & Mixing In Nashville

My guest today is Jason Lehning, a musician, songwriter, producer, and twice Grammy winning engineer. He was even nominated for Best Engineer Grammy in 2008. Jason grew up in Nashville spending his childhood in and around studios as the son of the successful country producer Kyle Lehning, who produced nearly every record by Randy Travis. So Jason has always been at home in the studio, and immersed himself in bands and recording projects full time from a young age.


I have had the pleasure of recording Jason’s band The Silver Seas here at The Toy Box Studio. We recorded their album Chateau Revenge! And then later an all acoustic version of the same record for vinyl release called “The Blue Edition.” The sessions were a lot of fun tracking the whole band live through the MCI console to analog tape and then into Pro Tools to be later mixed by Brad Jones.


In The Silver Seas he writes and records with Daniel Tashian, and has also worked with other Nashville artists David Mead, and Josh Rouse. I have known Jason for 20 years as someone who is constantly making records. Some of Jason’s credits include: George Jones, Erasure, Mat Kearney, Guster, Bill Frisell, and Alison Krauss.

I have a criteria for what work I take. Theres three things, music, money and people. If it meets two of those things Ill take it.

Jason Lehning

The best mic, on the best singer singing a shitty song, is still gonna sound like a shitty song. @JasonLehning

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The band is only as good as the weakest listener in the room. @JasonLehning

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Some stuff we mentioned on the show:
FabFilter Pro Q 2

FabFilter Pro Q 2

Box.com

Box.com

The Hay Bale Studio at Bonnaroo with Lij Shaw

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Ken Stringfellow

RSR073 – Ken Stringfellow – The Posies, Big Star & REM

RSR073 - Ken Stringfellow - The Posies, Big Star & REM

My guest today is Ken Stringfellow, a musician, songwriter, producer, arranger who formed the power pop band The Posies in 1988 with Jon Auer. Notably he was an important part of reviving the band Big Star, one of the most acclaimed and legendary groups of all time. Ken also spent ten years on the road, and in the studio with R.E.M, and continues to record and release his own records, and has recorded and produced many other artists like: Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, China’s Hanggai, Snow Patrol, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Death Cab For Cutie, The Head & The Heart, and many others.

Sometimes production is trying to equal a song. But a song can survive any kind of production and its essence would still come through.

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The fact that I never have made a million dollars is a good thing. I need to keep working.

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Trust yourself. If you feel it say it.

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Some stuff we mentioned on the show:
TweetDeck
FabFilter
KenStringfellow.com

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Chris Graham

RSR072 – Chris Graham – How To Grow An Online Mastering Studio Business

RSR072 - Chris Graham - How To Grow An Online Mastering Studio Business

My guest today is Chris Graham, a mastering engineer, who works from his own mastering studio, Chris Graham Mastering, in Columbus OH.


Chris came across my radar one day when I was looking for Youtube video about a new plugin, and before the video started an ad popped up. Of course I’m used to seeing ads about cars, or plugins, or whatever trendy item Google thinks I should know about. But this one was unexpected. It was a normal looking guy talking to me about the frustrations of trying to master my own record, how he understood, and how he could help.

Even walking starts with a mistake - Chris Graham

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So out of curiosity I clicked through and landed on his website Chris Graham Mastering. I was so impressed with how he had laid everything out, and how he presented his before and after player for mixing, and mastering examples that I decided to send him an email and introduce myself.

The producers are the ones that know how to get along with people and capture that magic moment. - Chris Graham

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Chris and I talked on the phone I knew right away that he was someone you needed to meet, Rockstars! Chris has figured out how to build a thriving mixing and mastering business that really over delivers by offering coaching, mentoring, and video tutorials to help his clients get the best mixes possible before the mastering process. And he does all this from the heartland of Ohio, not from NYC, LA, or Nashville.

No one wants to listen to perfect music. no one cares that you spent 10,000 hours editing your drums. If theres not a magic grab you buy the seat of your pants make you want to cry when you listen to the song.

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He has built a smart, effective marketing, and business strategy that allows him to help as many people as possible using the internet to connect with his clients. I am really excited to dig deep into mixing and mastering, and find out what makes an effective marketing strategy for you Rockstars.

Ill never forget when strangers started hiring me for the first time. It was bonkers. - Chris Graham

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If you listen to the great recordings throughout history they're dirty and imperfect. - Chris Graham

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Check out ChrisGrahamMastering.com

Chris designed his own custom audio player to show before and after examples of his work. Something we might take for granted today, but he was actually the first guy on the web to do this!

Chris Graham Mastering

Chris Graham Mastering

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And keep reading below for more videos and cool photos from the road...

Chris Graham Welcome video on Youtube. Click through and check it out!

Trying to impress people with your work can cause you to be a bad engineer. - Chris Graham

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The secret to a successful studio business is to under promise and over deliver. - Chris Graham

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I alway prioritize my day. One get healthy. Two prioritize. And three, do the number one thing. - Chris Graham

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Here are the great books we talked about to inspire you in your business!
The Emyth Revisited
How To Win Friends And Influence People
The Go Giver
$100 Startup

The goal for any mastering engineer is to be a telepath and read someone's mind. Give them that master back, and have someone say "Oh my gosh thats perfect!" - Chris Graham

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Don't let your schooling get in the way of your education - Mark Twain via Chris Graham

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Good To Great
Integrity
The Lean Startup
Berry Gordy

Integrity is the ability to eat reality for breakfast without getting sick. - Dr Henry Cloud via Chris Graham

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The best advice I got was that I could do this for a living. - Chris Graham

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You can't build a business on swindling people in 2016. If you do, everyone will know! - Chris Graham

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