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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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RSR159 – Brad Dollar – Music Catalyzer And Entrepreneur

Brad talked about recording Bob Weir, killer drums and vocals in the studio, and how to be a music entrepreneur in a world of content creation.

My guest today is Brad Dollar an empowering Grammy nominated producer & engineer who has been a part of over 1000 released titles. He has worked with major artists like G-Eazy, Bob Weir, & Slightly Stoopid as well as rising talent like Madame Gandhi, Dovydas, & Catch Prichard. And has ultimately been a part of over 1000 released titles.

Brad also started Zoo Labs in Oakland CA, a non profit that accelerates music career development. Zoo Labs’ mission is too empower artists to create music on a self directed and successful career path among other things.

So I am looking forward to learning more about some of the cool records that Brad has made and also to better understand the ways that we can create our own music and get it out to the world. As musical entrepreneurs we want to know what we can do to make our music sustainable, thriving, and fun.

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Full Credits list: https://www.braddollar.com/credits

● important website links http://braddollar.com http://zoolabs.org

● social media links @bradkdollar soundcloud.com/braddollar

RSR158 – Paul Niehaus IV – Producing Soul & Blues In St Louis MO

Paul talked about recording super groovy soul & blues music in St Louis MO, how to get the analog tape sound in your DAW, and great ways to mic your drums, harmonica, horns, and strings.​​

My guest today is Paul Niehaus IV, a musician, engineer, and producer born and raised in St Louis MO. Paul is the operator of Blue Lotus Studio, an audiophile-oriented recording studio in his basement in Saint Louis. He loves natural and hi-fidelity tones in the studio, and strives to cultivate an environment in which artists can get creative and be themselves.

Paul has served on the Board of Directors for the Saint Louis Blues Society since 2014, and has produced three celebrated compilation albums for the group. He has also co-produced two permanent blues-oriented museum exhibits, one for the National Blues Museum (in STL) and one for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (Meridian, MS).

In 2016 Paul founded the Blue Lotus record label, specializing in Soul, Blues, Folk, and Americana. it was his production of super groovy soul records with artists like Gene Jackson, and Ms Zeno The Mojo Queen that really caught my attention. Plus I am a big fan of anything cool happening in my home away from home St Louis MO.

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Links:

www.bluelotusrecordings.com

On Instagram: @bluelotusrecordings, @paulniehausiv

On Facebook:

www.facebook.com/bluelotusrecordings

www.facebook.com/paulniehausiv

Here is a link to Paul's discography:

https://www.bluelotusrecordings.com/pauldiscography

RSR157 – Hayley McLean – Guitar Voice And Ableton Live From Studio To Stage

Hayley talked about growing up on a sailboat, rocking out on the guitar, moving to Nashville, building Live loops, and taking it all to the stage, plus lots more...

My guest today is Hayley McLean, a Vancouver born producer, writer, and instrumentalist. Her musical vision, Texada, is a mix of original styles that infuse elements of transient pop, smooth hypnotizing vocals and her fantastic soulful guitar playing.

Hayley embraces the ability to produce pop songs with a computer using programmed drums, and capturing synths and shimmering otherworldly guitars rather than traditional rock and roll.

Following her Texada ‘Blue’ release in February of 2016 release, the track “All My Life” made it’s way onto both Canadian and US Spotify viral charts earning it over 2.8 million streams. And her self made video for a remix cover of Walking on the Moon was a video shot and edited using just an iPhone.

Over the past year Hayley has been building and performing with a custom live rig that allows her to bring the Texada project to life through a system of looping, keyboards, acoustic drums, and guitar virtuosity to create an engaging and diverse musical spectacle.

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RSR156 – Anthony Gravino – Creating The Illusions In The Moment Of Inception

Anthony talked about his hybrid recording studio in Chicago, classic mics that you need to know, and some of the best ways to record jazz and bands among many other things. 

My guest today is Anthony Gravino, an independent record producer, engineer and musician based in Chicago, IL. He works primarily out of his private studio affectionately known as The Drake.


Anthony’s work includes an eclectic variety of styles across many genres including rock, jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, metal, R&B, hip hop and a lot of stuff in between. Artists he has worked with include Davy Knowles, Hood Smoke, Matt Ulery, The Claudettes, Marquis Hill, Bunny Patootie, Stu Mindeman, Noah Harris and many more.

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RSR155 – Kyle Andrews – Producing Bedroom Pop Songs For Shampoo, Oscar Meyer, Holiday Inn, And You

Kyle talked about producing music for major ad campaigns from his bedroom studio, songwriting for prompts, vocally shedding your shell, and keeping the fun in making music.


My guest today is Kyle Andrews, a prolific songwriter and producer with an awesome story of producing pop from his bedroom studio that ultimately reached millions and millions of listens and views worldwide.

Kyle has been producing great pop songs from his bedroom using the simplest studio setups, writing songs like “You Always Make Me Smile” with millions of view on Youtube, as well as releasing his own records Real Blasty on his own label Elephant Lady, which includes the hit single “Sushi”, and more recently his new EP “Big Hearts Exploding”.

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Miktek Audio

Roswell Pro Audio - Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company based in the wine country of Northern California. These hand crafted microphones provide a distinctive sound, and a level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices. Now you can get the rich quality of a big studio mic vintage sound on home studio budget. Make your best record ever with Roswell. 

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RSR154 – Dan Shike – Tone And Volume Mastering In Nashville TN

Dan talked about DIY room treatments, speaker placement, the importance of client communication, and gave us a peek inside the mastering process for many genres of music from rock to hip hop to modern country.

My guest today is Dan Shike, a multi Grammy nominated mastering engineer, and owner of Tone and Volume Mastering here in Nashville, TN.

Over the past 18 years he's mastered for artists such as Jonny Lang, ASG, Third Eye Blind, Cody Jinks, Shannon Sanders, Big Daddy Weave, Marvin Sapp, Secondhand Serenade and Chris Janson and has worked on most every genre of music.

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Miktek Audio

Roswell Pro Audio - Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company based in the wine country of Northern California. These hand crafted microphones provide a distinctive sound, and a level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices. Now you can get the rich quality of a big studio mic vintage sound on home studio budget. Make your best record ever with Roswell. 

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Links: www.toneandvolume.com

Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toneandvolumemastering/

Personal Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/danshike

Insta - @DanShike

Twitter - @DanShike

RSR153 – Maor Appelbaum – Mastering Metal, Rock, And Everything Else

Maor talked about mastering for international clients, getting the tones and levels just right, and working with Sylvia Massey, William Shatner, Billy Sherwood, Mike Clink, and Ben Grosse.

My guest today is Maor Appelbaum a mastering engineer and musician for major international acts such as: Faith No More, Yes, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Meatloaf, William Shatner, Sepultura , Rob Halford and more. He has mastered the works of well-known music producers such as: Matt Wallace, Mike Clink, Mike Plotnikoff, Bob Horn, Ben Grosse, Roy Z, Sylvia Massy and more.

Miktek Audio

Roswell Pro Audio - Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company based in the wine country of Northern California. These hand crafted microphones provide a distinctive sound, and a level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices. Now you can get the rich quality of a big studio mic vintage sound on home studio budget. Make your best record ever with Roswell. 

To Maor, being a mastering engineer is the best way possible to combine his love and passion for music, with his various skills- objectivity, subjectivity, and technical & artistic prowess. He finds pleasure in his job, more than anything, thanks to the variety of music and sounds he gets to master from all over the world. 
It is a profession he takes pride in, and masters.

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RSR152 – Wessel Oltheten – Mixing With Impact

Wessel talked about the importance of setting up your studio just right, how the human ear works, and shared his special multi bus mixing setup to help you mix with fewer plugins, all from his new book Mixing With Impact.

My guest today is Wessel Oltheten, mixing and mastering engineer with a very diverse clientele, from big selling pop acts to classical orchestras, and many indie bands. Wessel is also lecturer in Audio Engineering at the Utrecht University of the Arts in the Netherlands.

Miktek Audio

Roswell Pro Audio - Roswell Pro Audio is a boutique microphone company based in the wine country of Northern California. These hand crafted microphones provide a distinctive sound, and a level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices. Now you can get the rich quality of a big studio mic vintage sound on home studio budget. Make your best record ever with Roswell. 

Wessel has also written many articles on audio engineering and music production. This led to Wessel writing a full length book called Mixing with Impact. In this book Wessel takes you from an introduction to mixing music, through the various parts of the mixing process, to help you get a better understanding of what mixing is, and how it is important to the process of creating recorded music.

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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Weblinks to share:

For more information on Wessel’s studio and to listen to some of his mixes, visit www.wesseloltheten.nl

For more information on the book Mixing with Impact, visit www.mixingwithimpact.com

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/w.oltheten/

https://www.instagram.com/wesseloltheten/