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Studio Rats Podcast

Featuring interviews with artists and working engineers, pulling back the curtain to reveal how some of our favorite new recordings are being made. The podcast will appeal to tech-nerds, but will also be sufficiently down-to-earth to entertain music fans of any stripe. Hosted by Jeff Elbel and Matt McCabe.

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Studio Rats Podcast #20 - Critical Listening

In this episode, I discuss various ways to improve your critical listening skills using a variety of source material.

22 Feb 2012

Rank #1

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Studio Rats Podcast #19 - Creative EQing

In this episode, I discuss the creative use of equalization to improve your mixes, adding character to digital delays and reverbs, and more.

17 Feb 2012

Rank #2

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Studio Rats Podcast #18 - Audio Restoration

In this episode, I talk about an audio restoration project involving a World War Two veteran and how I used iZotope RX, equalization, and compression/limiting to clean-up and enhance the recording.

16 Feb 2012

Rank #3

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Studio Rats Podcast #16 - Commit!

A discussion about getting good sounds from the get-go. Permalink

14 Feb 2012

Rank #4

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Studio Rats Podcast #12 - Use Your Studio To Your Advantage

In this episode, I talk about leveraging your home studio to get the best possible performances.  In other words, take your time!  Permalink

8 Feb 2012

Rank #5

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Studio Rats Podcast #10 - Improve Your Guitar Tone for 34 Cents or Less!

This episode is going to be a bit guitar centric - so I apologize to you non-guitar players out there.  But, I think this information will also be valuable for all engineers that record guitars...and who doesn’t.

23 May 2011

Rank #6

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Studio Rats Podcast #6 - Is DIY Killing Your Creativity And Efficiency?

In this episode of the podcast, Jeff and I discuss topics that are only sometimes tangentially related to the topic! Along the way, we mention; Mumble, Crane Song HEDD, George Lucas, the excellent book by Howard Massey called Behind The Glass Volume 2, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, stereo and mono guitars, panning, stereo delay instead of double tracking, the importance of arrangements, American Idol, networking, BARMMAP, AES, EARS, Steve Hindalong of The Choir, and finally, spontaneity and inspiration.Special thanks to Mark Marshall for providing the music. Permalink

24 Sep 2010

Rank #7

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Studio Rats Podcast #5 - Recording Acoustic Guitar

In this episode of the Studio Rats Podcast, Jeff and I discuss recording the acoustic guitar. We touch on topics such as microphone placement, the merits of recording that really horrible sounding direct output found on most acoustic guitars these days, and emulating the Beatles white album acoustic guitar sound. Additional topics include; our take on Apogee’s new Symphony I/O, the Ovation guitar as a paddle, why I remind Jeff of his Aunt, mixing Mumble, and King Never rehearsals.Special thanks to the band Triangle Exception for providing the music.

30 Jul 2010

Rank #8

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Studio Rats Podcast #3 - Recording Electric Guitar

In this episode of the podcast, Jeff and I discuss recording the electric guitar.  Topics include DI vs. mic'ed cabinets, wet or dry, favorite microphones and placement, the merits of double tracking and more.In no particular order, we mention the following gear: AKG 414, Shure SM57, BLUE The Ball, AT 4033, Shinybox 46, Electro-Voice PL80, Apogee Duet and Ensemble, MOTU 2408, M-Audio Fastrack Pro, Euphonix MC Mix and Avalon 2022. Permalink

28 Jun 2010

Rank #9

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Studio Rats Podcast #25 - Backup!

In this episode, I discuss the importance of backing up your files.

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2 Mar 2012

Rank #10