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FUV – Three Years in Review

In anticipation of a transition to a completely different field, I resigned from my position at FUV in January. It was a great 3 years, filled with awesome projects, a ton of personal and professional growth, and meaningful friendships. Here’s a summary of my favorite projects and sessions. Setting up the monitoring environment For reasons … Continue reading

What Influences YouTube Performance?

One of the cool things about my job at WFUV is that I get to do some work in areas other than my primary focus of audio engineering and training. One such area is the development of our YouTube platforms. For background, we film around 200 in-studio sessions each year, then post the videos to … Continue reading

Savoir Adore – “Dreamers” (performance, mastering video)

Into Studio A walked some of the nicest and best people I’ve ever met, who also happen to be superbly talented musicians and songwriters. And so we recorded them. Instead of a boring written post about processing, here’s a video which goes through the effects chain and talks about using plug-ins like Nugen Audio’s SEQ1 … Continue reading

Mumford & Sons and Salvaging Distortion

Well the album is out, so I’m finally free to publish this. What an awesome session; these guys can really play. Video of “Whispers in the Dark” first, tech stuff after. Cool song. There was, however, a serious technical challenge with the original recording: some nasty hard distortion on the lead vocal at a critical … Continue reading

Stars, Diamond Rings at Webster Hall

Awesome performances and 2 bucks off two beers. The sound is pretty good, wondering if there’s a sub-freq generator.

Divine Fits…

… was awesome. Definitely check them out. More to follow.

Bombay Bicycle Club, Metric

This summer has been busy. Here are some recent sessions I really enjoyed: Metric, “Breathing Underwater” (acoustic) For guitar, Sennheiser 441 on the 12th fret and a Shure KSM-109 to complement. Light buss compression at 2:1, probably around 20ms attack. Piano, AKG 414’s in a spaced pair on the sound board. Maybe 6-8dB max gain … Continue reading

Sessions Recorded – July to September 2012

Roster for July to September, 2012: Brandi Carlile – Exitmusic – Thieving Irons – Field Report – Here We Go Magic – Bombay Bicycle Club – Mumford and Sons – Yeasayer – Diamond Rings – Bob Mould

Mastering Beach House

Man, has it been busy. After 2 years, Beach House returned to WFUV for a Studio A visit with Rita Houston. We weren’t able to videotape the session, which was just as well because the absence of cameras allowed all of us to focus solely on capturing an impressive musical performance. I hope to write … Continue reading

Sessions Recorded – April to June 2012

Roster for April to June, 2012: Ben Howard – Everest – White Rabbits – Yuna – Emily Wells – Horse Feathers – Polica – Spanish Prisoners – Chuck Prophet – Silversun Pickups – Niki and the Dove – Beach House – Wintersleep – Diamond Rugs – Cassandra Wilson

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