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Must Have – Avantone CV-12

Man, do I love this microphone. The Avantone CV-12 is a large diaphragm tube condenser, apparently inspired by the AKG C-12. I picked one up in 2007 when the model was first introduced. It shipped with 3 different tubes at the time, allowing you to change its tonal characteristics and experiment with various applications. On … Continue reading

The Horrors – Awesome @ FUV

So The Horrors walk into FUV, and 5 hours later they leave me with some of the coolest tracks I’ve heard in a while. By radio standards, our session was a marathon – four hours spent getting sounds and an hour for the interview and performance. Definitely time well spent. Thankfully, they had a brilliant … Continue reading

Sessions Recorded – July to September 2011

Roster for July to September, 2011: Elizaveta – Mariachi El Bronx – Elbow – Motopony – The Horrible Crowes – Fountains of Wayne – Beirut -Cymbals Eat Guitars – Sleeper Agent – The Horrors – Typhoon – Man Man – The Elected – Imelda May

MILAGRES – Awesome @ FUV 1 (mix video)

You know what’s awesome? The band Milagres. You know what’s more awesome? Recording them at WFUV with my coworker Erin Wilson. This was one of those rare sessions that needed to be mixed in post – there was just too much going on to pull off mixing it live. But frankly, as soon as I heard … Continue reading

Junip – Awesome @ FUV (video)

After mixing “Always” live in Studio A on a cold November morning, the song quickly became a favorite. Hypnotic rim knocks and Jose Gonzalez’s other-worldly acoustic guitar drone carry you through the reminiscent song…but I’m not a music reviewer, so let’s talk tech after the audio clip. Junip arrived in the Bronx with an FOH engineer … Continue reading

Dissertation on Drums

“Drum replacement has made us lazy. Too few of us are learning the craft and some of us that know it aren’t flexing their skills. … This is the real deal right here: player, kit, room, mics. Live and die by those ingredients, because all the +15db at 62Hz isn’t going to help an improperly tuned … Continue reading

The Damnwells – Awesome @ FUV

Alex Dezin of The Damnwells came to Studio A yielding only an acoustic, yet successfully provided enough character to create a big sound. His delivery was well rehearsed, but lost nothing through repetition. The bridge is where it hits me. The guitar was miced with an AKG 414 near the sound hole and an AKG … Continue reading

Must Have – Beyerdynamic DT 770

There are a few pieces of gear that I’ve grown to rely upon, and Beyerdynamic’s DT 770 Pro (80 Ohms) headphones are among them. While I generally don’t use them when listening for enjoyment, I’ve found them to be an indispensable tool for monitoring, mic positioning and mix evaluation. I won’t write a complete review … Continue reading

Automatic Gain Control for ProTools

Radio producers sometimes spend countless hours manually leveling out dialogue. Wave Rider v2 seems to do most of the work for you. Here’s a discussion about why this capability is useful in radio. Check out the plugin at http://www.automaticmixing.com/.

Peak Level and Perceived Loudness

I recently listened to a broadcast of one of my station’s music interviews during a long drive. The dialogue sounded clear and robust, but once the music came in it sounded like someone had pulled a fader down by 6dB. I knew there must have been a misconception about level somewhere downstream in our workflow. … Continue reading