Years ago John Fischbach, a well-established and respected producer/engineer, came to my studio to record an album that our mutual friend, Luther Russell, was producing. [See Tape Op #21.] In those days my studio, Jackpot! Recording, was a diamond...
 
"I sent a package to you several months ago containing some music I asked you to evaluate for me. I respect your background and was hoping that you personally might allow for cutting out a spare hour to do me this favor. Since I never heard from you...
 
When I graduated from college, I dove headlong into restaurant work in order to survive. I had a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Art from an un- prestigious college, but near the end of my studies I'd begun playing bass in a band...
 
CASE ONE: Many years ago I was sent a very complex piece of recording equipment to review. It basically performed one simple function; but its inherent design was the concept that every parameter could be adjusted. Some similar devices I already...
 
A reader just informed me that APPLE's recent Logic Pro X includes "Drummer", a virtual drummer plug-in. One of the virtual drummers is named "aidan", who apparently cannot find the CAPS key on his virtual MacBook. In Aidan's "Portland Kit" we...
 
Still openings: Larry Crane Recording Workshop in Portland, Aug 17/18, 2013 at Jackpot! Recording Studio. http://bit.ly/13sJ0Ds
 
A year ago I read this quote from self-proclaimed expert music biz blogger, Bob Lefsetz:  "We live in a lo-fi era. You can focus on sound quality, but most people can't hear it. There's a chance hi-fi is coming back, but do you really have...
 
Here's a recent email I received: "I am interested in what you do and how you do it. I guess I am not the average person looking to get into audio engineering. I am 44 and I am an anesthesiologist looking for a second career. I am an audiophile,...
 
Michael Cozzi (Guitarist/Producer Shriekback, Sky Cries Mary etc... ) dropped us a line about his newly built Moscozzi Studio in Seattle. he says, "I was able to complete it on a shoestring budget using largely re-salvaged materials." Luckily for...
 
I've received a few pretty odd emails recently. I know times are tough, unemployment sucks, but really, expecting any sort of "bailout" from the music biz has got to be the most delusional crap I've come across. Making a living in music requires hard...
 
Yes, this is where I found myself running Pro Tools today. I WAS able to combine my favorite things: cooking, beer, coffee and recording.