Interviews and articles by topic, curated from our archives
DIY Gear Modifications
by Jeff Laity
The Alesis 3630 is a very popular, full-featured compressor. It offers up RMS and peak compression, variable knee, adjustable attack and release times, and great metering for under a hundred bucks....
by Matt Newport
It's common knowledge that a beautiful, well-designed and well-crafted tube mic preamp is going to cost as much as a budget used car. There is a low-cost alternative, nonetheless. Given the right...
by Dave Fisher
Ribbon microphones are finally coming back into vogue these days after a long, unexplainable hiatus from the recording studio. The sudden proliferation of Oktava's ML52 is in no small part due to the...
Motown & Memphis
by Rob Bisel
It is truly remarkable to step back and examine the full societal impact that some recording engineers and mixers have had on American culture. During his 18-year tenure as Chief Engineer for Motown...
John Fischbach is a world-class producer/engineer who has had his hands on the console since the late '60s. He's worked with artists as diverse as Carole King, War, the Burrito Brothers and even the...
It's the mid-60s and tubes are glowing hot in studios from 30th Street to Abbey Road. Wheels are in motion and the legacy of Leonard Chess and Sam Phillips is welling up in the ears of America. In...
Somewhere on the thorny road to legend, hotel recording genius (and Eric Clapton victim) Robert Johnson wrote, "This stuff I got'll bust your brains out." While he may have been referring to...
Tool makers, gear builders, and more.
Artists who engineer their own records.
Recordists who take on the loudest, scariest, and heaviest of sounds.
Technical and artistic boundary-pushers who mine the humanity in computer music.
Stories and wisdom from the other side of the glass.
Glyn, Andy, and Ethan all have had an unwavering commitment to capturing it live, and in doing so have helped defined the sound of rock & roll for generations of recordists.
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