Rank #1: Episode #227 – Blue Oyster Cult Guitarist Buck Dharma, Stream Fraud, And A New Audio Console Study
Photo: Cheryl Peterson
- Stream fraud is running rampant by artists, labels, platforms and even consumers
- Audio consoles and mixers are getting cheaper but better, according to a new study
- Blue Oyster Cult singer, songwriter and lead guitarist Buck Dharma
Aug 21 2018
Rank #2: Episode #288 – Label Catalog Dilemma, AES New Gear, And Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski
- The record labels have a problem with what to do with their back catalog
- New gear shown at AES NYC
- Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski
Michael Romanowski is a Grammy nominated mastering engineer who’s the owner and chief mastering engineer at San Francisco’s Coast Mastering. He’s also the co-owner and founder of the analog tape label The Tape Project, and a Trustee of the The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter (NARAS).
Michael has worked with a long list of clients that includes America, Third Eye Blind, G-Love, Train, and Pentatonix, among many many others. He’s also become one of the first mastering engineers to work in the immersive audio world with projects for Media Hyperium Surround and Kenny Wayne Shepard.
During the interview we spoke about making the transition from engineering to mastering, the difference between polishing a mix and real mastering, the quest for dynamic range, working in immersive audio, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at what record labels are doing with back catalog, and new gear shown at AES NYC.
Oct 22 2019
Rank #3: Episode #221 – Vinyl Surges Again, Jazzmaster Is The New Strat, And Engineer Ed Seay
- Vinyl sales rose again in the first half of the year
- Fender’s Jazzmaster is becoming this generation’s Strat
- Nashville engineer Ed Seay talks about giving an Elvis album new life
Jul 10 2018
Rank #4: Episode #224 – Releasing Vinyl, Audio Over Ethernet, And Wall Street Piano Man Niko Kotoulas
- 9 things to think about before release a vinyl album
- An overview of Audio over Ethernet
- Wall Street piano man Niko Kotoulas
Jul 31 2018
Rank #6: Episode #265 – Digital Payola, Minors Playing In Clubs, And Microphone Maker Dave Pearlman
- There’s a new form of legal payola now coming to streaming platforms
- Pennsylvania passes a law to let minors play in bars, but there’s unintended consequences
- Dave Pearlman of Pearlman Microphones
After years as a touring pedal steel guitarist with everyone from Dan Fogelberg and Phil Everly to Pat Boone and Bobby Womack, Dave Pearlman opened his Rotund Rascal Studio in North Hollywood in 1979. To save money on outside techs, Dave began to do repairs and modifications on classic mics like the U47, 67 and AKG C12. His side business became so successful that Dave closed the studio after 25 years and started Pearlman Microphones.
He now hand-builds a full line of excellent vintage-style tube mics, including the mostly overlooked Church MGM microphone from the 50s, Telefunken 250, and the U 47, among others.
In the interview we talked about how he started building mics, the history of the famous Church microphone, finding vintage tubes, the magic of older parts, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at payola and how it’s making a legal comeback, and a new well-intentioned law that might end up hurting musicians in Pennsylvania.
May 14 2019
Rank #8: Episode #239 – Engineering Legend Al Schmitt, Apple Music Distributor Tiers, And Top 10 Synths
Nov 13 2018
Rank #9: Episode #223 – Radio Formats Changing, Musical Instrument Data, And Empirical Labs Founder Dave Derr
- The popularity of radio’s top music formats is changing
- Musical instruments are selling again and here’s where we’re buying them from
- Creator of the Distressor and Empirical Labs founder Dave Derr
Jul 24 2018
Rank #10: Episode #285 – Online Content Getting Shorter, New SSDs, And L-Acoustic’s Scott Sugden
- The ramifications of online content is getting both longer and shorter
- Upcoming solid state drives will be much larger and cheaper too
- L-Acoustic’s L-ISA product manager Scott Sugden
Scott Sugden started as a live systems engineer for bands like Van Halen and Steve Miller Band to theater productions like Spamalot and The Producers before specializing in large format sound system design for festivals. He initially came to L-Acoustics as application support and education engineer, which led into a product role with the company.
Scott is now a product manager for L-Acoustic’s fantastic L-ISA immersive audio system, and I was so lucky to get a first-hand listen to a system in the company’s demo room after we recorded this interview. I strongly believe that this is going to become a revolution that will change how we enjoy a concert experience, and Scott is the evangelist that teaches FOH mixers how to use it.
During the interview we spoke about the role of the systems engineer, the idea behind immersive audio in a live environment, improving the concert experience for the audience, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at how audio and video content online is getting both shorter and longer, and how sold state drives will soon get larger and cheaper.
Oct 01 2019
Rank #11: Episode #274 – Amazon Music, Aerosmith In Vegas, And Producer/Engineer Greg Penny Talks Immersive Audio
- Amazon Music is growing faster than any other streaming network
- Aerosmith has a part-time residency in Las Vegas, and it’s a big one
- Producer/engineer Greg Penny talks Atmos music mixing
My guest today at the forefront of mixing music in Dolby Atmos. Greg Penny has produced hits with k.d. lang, Cher, and Paul Young, among others, but a meeting with Elton John while Greg was in his teens turned into an award-winning mixing journey with the legend many years down the road. Besides producing and mixing Elton’s many albums in surround, Greg is now mixing them in the latest immersive audio format, and he’ll tell us more about how it all works in just a bit.
During the interview we spoke about sitting in on Elton’s Yellow Brick Road sessions, the differences between mixing in Atmos and 5.1, recording the Vatican Choir in surround, and much more.
The intro takes a look at how Amazon Music is coming on strong with new subscribers, and at Aerosmith’s immersive audio Las Vegas residence.
Jul 15 2019
Rank #12: Episode #243 – Universal Music Up For Sale, A Look At Mastering, And Vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven
Dec 11 2018
Rank #13: Episode #268 – The 50 States Of Music, Vintage Synth Acid Trip, And Music Consultant Rick Goetz
- The 50 States Of Music shows what music contributes to every state’s economy
- Synth tech gets an acid trip from a vintage synth repair
Rick Goetz has been a a major label A&R representative, a music supervisor, an artist manager, a bass player, and record label owner. He has worked for Lava/Atlantic, Elektra, and EMI, with projects by artists that include Kid Rock, Matchbox 20 and Sarah Brightman, and on television shows including Sesame Street and Psychic Detectives.
Since leaving the major labels in 2007, he has handled music clearances and major marketing campaigns for a range of artists, from young, local, and aspiring bands, to multi-platinum, international superstars. In recent years he’s also been a guest speaker at SXSW, The Recording Academy, CMJ and The New Music Seminar.
In the interview we talked about the transition from being in a band to working to a record label, if radio is an effective promotional tool anymore, marketing to playlists, how physical products fit in for an artist, and much moreThe 50 Stat.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the results of the 50 States of Music, and look into a repair tech who went on an acid trip while repair a vintage synthesizer.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #14: Episode #230 – Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher, Spotify Music Video War, And Neumann Logo Badge Color
- There’s a big war brewing between labels, publishers and Spotify over music videos
- There are five logo badge colors on Neumann microphones. Do you know what they mean?
- Sweetwater editorial director Mitch Gallagher
Sep 11 2018
Rank #15: Episode #258 – 5th Anniversary Geoff Emerick Tribute With Bill Smith, Record Deal For Algorithm, And Counterfeit Gear
- An algorithm just got a record deal for 20 albums with Warner Music
- Counterfeit gear ring in China busted
- 5 Anniversary Show – Tribute to Geoff Emerick with Bill Smith
Recently I had a conversation with engineer Bill Smith about the late engineer Geoff Emerick and realized that there was a lot that we didn’t know about this audio giant even though he was responsible for some huge records that shaped the lives and careers of so many people.
Although he’s most famous for recording The Beatles, Geoff recorded songs that we hear every day by The Zombies, Stealer’s Wheel, Supertramp, America, Jeff Beck, Kate Bush, Oasis, Cheap Trick and so many more.
In the interview you’ll hear some interesting facts about how Geoff miked Paul McCartney’s bass, how he needed to get EMI’s written permission to be able to experiment with some of his miking ideas that are since become the standard way we do things today, why his bass and drum techniques are so influential to today’s music, and much more. I
Mar 26 2019
Rank #17: Episode #280 – Music Disappearing From Radio, Hydrating Your Voice, And Hollywood Bowl FOH Mixer Fred Vogler
- Music may disappear off the radio in 10 years but the format will remain
- Tips on hydrating your voice
- Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall FOH mixer Fred Vogler
- Learn more about Fred at Sonitus Consulting
6 time Grammy Award-winner Fred Vogler is the principal sound designer and FOH mixer for the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Throughout the year, he also records the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for commercial and broadcast release.
Fred is also one of the first live mixers to work in immersive audio using the L-Acoustics L-ISA system on high profile events for Deadmau5 and the LA Phil 100th anniversary tour show in Seoul, S. Korea.
During the interview we spoke about mixing in an immersive environment, what it’s like to mix at the Hollywood Bowl, what happens if a visiting mixer gets too loud, the punishing schedule during the summer, and much more.
On the intro I take a look at how music is expected to disappear from the radio in 10 years, and tips on how to hydrate your voice properly.
Aug 27 2019
Rank #18: Episode #269 – YouTube Copyright Mistakes, Losing 50 Million Songs, And Zubin Gadhoke Of Olympus Projects
- The reason why YouTube is making a lot of copyright mistakes these days
- MySpace just lost 50 million songs from 14 million artists and many can’t be found anywhere else
- Olympus Projects co-founder and music producer Zubin Gadhoke
Zubin Gadhoke is a co-founder and producer for Olympus Projects, which is a management and consulting agency that provides artists with help in the day-to-day operations and development of their businesses.
In the interview we talked about artist branding, building social authority, creating a new industry sound, the power of SoundCloud, and much more.
The intro takes a look at the YouTube’s frequent copyright mistakes, and a formerly huge social network that lost 50 million songs.
Jun 11 2019
Rank #19: Episode #254 – Amphion CEO Anssi Hyvonen, Facebook’s Lasso, And The Start Of Modern Recording
- Facebook launches Lasso, an alternative to TikTok
- Bing Crosby and the start of modern recording
- Amphion Loudspeakers founder and CEO Anssi Hynovnen
Anssi spent most of his life as a hi-fi enthusiast, but he got into building speakers sort of by accident. His speakers are very well respected by that community, but acceptance by the pros was a total surprise.
Today the company provides speakers to mixers and composers just about everywhere, even though they’re passive and buck the current trend in monitors.
In the interview we talked about the difference between speakers made for hi-fi and pro audio, why passive speakers can provide higher quality reproduction, the use of passive radiators, the Finnish speaker building tradition, and much more. This interview was recorded live from the speaker evaluation room at Vintage King in Los Angeles.
On the intro I’ll take a look at Facebook launching Lasso to counter Gen-Z favorite TikTok, and a look at the person and event that started the modern recording industry.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #20: Episode #229 – Taxi Founder Michael Laskow, US Radio Decline, And The 5 Saddest Songs
Sep 04 2018