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RSR179 – Charles Holloman – Muscle Shoals Now, More Than Just the Music

Charles talked about moving his studio to Muscle Shoals, Rick Hall and Fame Studios, 3614 Jackson Highway and The Swampers, Daniel Lanois, recording double drums, how to work with remote clients, and lots of other cool stuff!


My guest today is Charles Holloman, Audio Engineer, Producer, Musician, Songwriter and Studio Owner in Muscle Shoals, AL. Originally from Atlanta, GA graduating from Georgia State University with a recording degree he migrated to Charlotte, NC, where he operated Charles Holloman Productions (chpaudio) for over 20 years. From his studio, he recorded everything from Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia and Benji Hughes, to dialog replacement for The Simpsons, music cuts for shows like East Bound & Down, on hold messages for pharmacies and Jingles for Car Dealers and Hooters.

He’s currently operating the reopened East Avalon Recorders and renovating Widget Studio. As well as working on several projects with Rodney Hall at Fame Studios, the place that inspired him to take the journey in the first place. He’s a board member of the Muscle Shoals Music Association, and a self-described Ambassador of Everything Muscle Shoals, with a passion for preserving its history, but more importantly focusing on Muscle Shoals Now, and creating its future.

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RSR178 – Smith Curry – Playing Bad Ass Pedal Steel and Slide Guitar in Nashville.

Smith talked about being a pedal steel, dobro, and lap steel session player in Nashville, broke down how to get a great pedal steel sound, and shared awesome tips for writing Nashville numbers charts like a pro.


My guest today is Smith Curry, a session player primarily on pedal steel and slide guitar who also has toured with acts ranging from uber-star Kid Rock to British synth/pop stars Erasure. As a Session Player over the past two decades Smith has worked as a Sideman with over 100 major-label Country artists such as Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Randy Travis and his credits include CMA, ASCAP and ACM songs of the year.  His playing can be heard on Randy Travis's #1 "Three Wooden Crosses", Jason Aldean's #1 hit "Why", and Billy Currington's #1 “Good Directions” among many others. And he has played major-label master sessions for legendary producers like Paul Worley, James Stroud, Don Cook, Blake Chancey, Kyle Lehning, Chuck Howard, and Ron Chancey.

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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!

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RSR177 – Tim Easton – How To Write Songs and Travel The World.

Tim talked about busking all over Europe, assembling a band for the studio, working with great producers, and creating a routine to consistently write songs that you can feel good about.


My guest today is Tim Easton, artist, musician, songwriter, and troubadour originally from Akron Ohio before starting his musical journey traveling Europe busking the streets of London, Paris, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Ireland for seven years.

Tim has since had a long career of songwriting, collaborating, and record making that includes his band the Haynes Boys in the 90s, followed by two decades of solo records recording and toured with the likes of members of Wilco, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt, Mike Campbell, Jim Keltner, Kenny Vaughan, John Hiatt, and many more.

He has been signed to EMI publishing, and New West Records, and Thirty Tigers, and even started his own record label, Campfire Propaganda. He continues to make records and make it happen through crowdfunding when appropriate.

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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!

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RSR176 – Daniel Tashian – Writing Great Songs In Nashville

Daniel talked about co-writing with artists in Nashville, capturing inspired musical ideas, how to push though tough lyrics, and using Ableton Live, Logic and Pro Tools in a writing studio context. Plus lots of other cool stuff!


My guest today is Daniel Tashian is a Gammy nominated producer, musician, and song writerwho started early in his career with a deal at Elektra Records at 19 years old. He grew up in a musical family. Daniel’s father opened for the Beatles at Shea Stadium. Daniel did a record with T-Bone Burnett but it did not get traction. After his deal ended, Daniel went back to art school to study photography, but soon he was back into music again and started various musical projects:

  • He played guitar on Patty Griffin's album "Flaming Red"
  • He had an alt rock band called "The Umbrellas" that was very influenced by the Soft Boys. 
  • He then started a band called The Silver Seas with Jason Lehning (episode 74) in 1999. Their second album did well in the U.K. including a gig on the Jules Holland Show. 
  • Daniel had his first #1 Country song with “Hometown Girl” by Josh Turner co-written with Marc Beeson
  • Daniel co-produced Kacey Musgrave’s critically acclaimed and CMA and Grammy nominated album Golden Hour & also co-wrote 7 of the album’s 13 songs.

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RSR175 – Michael Estok – Writing and Recording for Pop and Independent Artists in Nashville and Ohio

Michael talked about building music tracks for artists, how to create programmed drums with the right feel, collaborating remotely with song writers, and how to record and mix vocals with wide dynamic range among lots of other cool stuff!


My guest today is Michael Estok, a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter born in Youngstown, OH. Starting with school at the Recording Workshop, and then Full Sail University. In 2004, Michael moved to Nashville, TN for an internship at Sony/ATV Tree studios, and worked under the watch of music industry legend, Pat Mcmakin.

During the 14 years he spent in Nashville, Michael worked as an independent producer out of his home studio, and eventually returned to Sony/ATV when his client, Nashville based pop artist, Kynlie, was signed. Estok continued to work with Sony, producing for Sony’s Artist development team under the watch of Troy Tomlinson, Ed Williams, and Abbey Adams.  He also co-wrote and produced countless songs for artists such as Wesley Orbison, Lionel Cartwright, Tiffany Johnson, and Jon Raven.

In 2017, Michael and his family decided to leave Nashville, and return to Canfield in Northeast Ohio, where he built Court Street Recording inside the National Historic Charles Ruggles House (circa 1846). Court Street has worked with local musicians including the Vindys, and Anthony LaMarca (from The War On Drugs, The Building), all while continuing to work long distance with pop artist, Aaron B. Thompson (from Vancouver Island), and various Nashville artists, producers, and songwriters. He is excited to bring his experience back to Ohio, where he hopes to elevate the local music scene and help local independent artists make great recordings.

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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!

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RSR174 – Brian Charles – Designing Transatlantic Plate Reverb and Recording Indi Rock in Boston at Zippah Studios

Brian talked about designing his new plugin Transatlantic Plate Reverb, tube gear, drums, guitars, recording vocals, and how to fix bad bass with your mix.

My guest today is Brian Charles, a producer, engineer, and now plugin designer from Boston Massachusetts. Brian’s studio (Zippah) has become a renowned destination for indie rock bands from New England and around the world.

As the producer/guitarist in the late 90’s band “The Sheila Divine” Brian still tours Europe and makes records with the group and continues to grow his network of younger bands to make records with.

Brian’s credits span 30 years of record making, from the punk band  “The Vatican Commandos” (fronted by a young Moby) in the 80’s. To the indie guitar pop of the 90’s from bands like The Gigolo Aunts, Dirt Merchants and The Figgs to the present day with artists like Mike Slap and power trio “Weakened Friends”.

Embracing the idea that to create a successful life in music these days, you have to do everything you know how to do...with a passion, Brian also created a plug-in company (Rare Signals) with a few of his musician friends, and they recently released their first plug-in, called the “Transatlantic Plate Reverb”, which really sounds fantastic.

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RSR172 – Tim Lauer – Writing, Composing, And Producing Music For The TV Show Nashville.

Tim talked about his early studio gear, how miking for a tv recording is different from a record, how to write to picture, the importance of tension and repose, and finding the perfect vocal range, key, and tempo for a singer. And lots lots more!

My guest today is Tim Lauer, a Nashville based composer, producer, songwriter, and musician. He recently completed his second season as Executive Music Producer for the television show Nashville. He produced over 125 cast recordings for the Nashville show and was also EMP for Greenleaf Season 1 and wrote and produced the main title song performed by Mavis Staples.

Tim is an Emmy-nominated writer whose songs have been featured in advertisements for BMW, Target, L'Oreal, Coke and Microsoft and well as tv shows One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Hung, The White Queen, Homeland, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars and Cougar Town.  

He has played on over 300 major label albums, recording with a wide variety of artists including Robert Plant, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Chris Cornell, Keith Urban, Rodney Crowell, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Megadeth, and Joan Baez.

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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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RSR171 – Vance Powell – How To Produce, Record, And Mix A Record That Rocks

Vance talked about recording drums with Clutch, guitars with Chris Stapleton, his favorite UA plugins, and how to create your best mixing template in Pro tools.

My guest today is Vance Powell, a six-time Grammy award winning producer, engineer and mixer, whose impressive list of credits includes Chris Stapleton, Elle King, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, Tinariwen, and Jeff The Brotherhood, among many others.

Powell recently won two Grammy awards in 2018 for mixing and engineering Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 1 (Best Country Album), and mixing and engineering various songs on CeCe Winans' Let Them Fall In Love ('Best Gospel Album'). He was also nominated for mixing Robert Randolph & The Family Band's Got Soul ('Best Contemporary Blues Album').

Today we are going to dive right into the topic of producing, recording, and mixing. And I’ll ask some questions about recent productions for Vance over at his private studio Sputnik Sound which he shares with Mitch Dane.

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Try Vance Powell's
Pro Tools UAD
mixing template!

Vance Powell has generously made his mix template available for you to try out in your studio. This is the same template that he starts with on every mix no matter what the style, whether rock, folk, or jazz. Check it out!

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The four mic technique that Vance talked about on the podcast.

RSR170 – Matt Beaudoin – How to Get a Great Recording of a Band Live Together in a Room.

Matt talked about the origin of the famous Q Region poster, the history of Q Division studios, the most common mistakes that people make when recording a band live in the studio, working with Jennifer Kimball and Ry Cavanaugh of Session Americana, a breakdown of the Glyn Johns drums, best choices for vocal and bgv mics, and lots of other stuff!

My guest today is Matt Beaudoin, a Boston-based engineer, producer, and educator.  While currently a freelance engineer, Matt has had a long association with Q Division Studios, where he was chief engineer from 2003 to 2010.  

While he has worked in a wide variety of genres, Matt particularly enjoys employing classic recording techniques while working on music made with a live, ensemble-based approach. In addition to his work in the studio, Matt is currently an assistant professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music.

Today he is going to talk about his experience recording in Boston and teach us How to Get a Great Recording of a Band Live Together in a Room

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The Famous Q Region Poster.

The Famous Q Region Poster.

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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