Video: Russian Circles Rig Rundown

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Premier Guitar always has great gear videos. I’m a big fan of Russian Circles‘ music so I was pretty stoked to find this video interview and run through of the guitar and bass gear. There’s also some interesting info on the recording process, particularly with combining amps. The video was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago.


There’s some more in the article here—russian-circles-mike-sullivan-brian-cook

The Modern Producer Magazine for iPad

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modern_producer_ipad copyToday I’d like to bring your attention to a new magazine on audio production called The Modern Producer. This is an interactive magazine available only on iPad (for now at least). The first issue was just released and is packed with cool tutorials, interviews and reviews. I have some reviews in the first two issues.

Check it out at

Video: Toontrack EZDrummer 2 Review Part 2: First Impressions

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For part 2 of my EZ Drummer 2 review I’m exploring the interface and demonstrating some of the presets. Gotta say, so far this is pretty damned intuitive and I’ve barely dug into it yet.

The plugin is out next month, check out the video below for a preview.

Are you already an EZDrummer user? Thinking of upgrading? Are there any features you want me to dig into for the 3rd video? Let me know in the comments below!

Video: EZdrummer 2 Review Part 1: Install

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Toontrack sent me EZ Drummer 2 this week to try out and make some videos. Prior to this I had never used EZDrummer but I could usually identify it in indie releases. It’s pretty exciting to be one of the first reviewers of this product. My first impressions of it are very positive.

The first video is a bit boring, I admit. Install went perfectly as it should. I intended to show more in the first video but my screen recording had major sync issues, user error. So I’ve broken it up into a few parts, part 1 below covers the install and authorization, part 2 explores the interface, and shows off the sounds and patterns, first impressions kind of stuff. Part 3 will be my final review after using the software on a few projects, this should be done by the end of the month.

Check out part 1 now, and stay tuned for part 2 and 3.

If there is a specific feature you’d like me to cover in part 3, please leave a message here, on Youtube or email me directly.



The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console

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focusrite_studio_consoleFocusrite has produced a really interesting documentary about the Focusrite Studio Console. There are only 10 in the world and they travel to see them all. During the production of the video one of the consoles was destroyed.

Rupert Neve designed the console to be the absolute best quality, with a transparent but larger than life sound. There’s no shortage of hyperbole in the quotes from musicians and engineers here, but it really is a special piece of equipment and history.

I think you’ll like this one

SoundToys Little PrimalTap demo

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SoundToys has released Little PrimalTap. A delay plugin based on the old Prime Time delay rack. This plugin just came out and is only available for 2 weeks. It’s free, needs an iLok account but is definitely worth grabbing. In previous years I’ve loved the freebies they’ve released, Devil-Loc, Little Radiator, and Little Microshift, I use those all the time.


Click here to get it

I made a quick demo with a drum loop to show how fun it is to use.

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Video: Michael Brauer Q&A

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MIX With The Masters is a small-class workshop with world class music mixers. After the events some Q&A videos are posted free on the YouTube. While you may have missed the seminar, there’s still a lot of good insight into the workflow of the mixers.

I’ve recently been trying a multi-mix bus parallel processing chain inspired by Michael Brauer and really enjoyed these videos. Brauer’s mixes sound so polished, big and wide and deep. Even if you don’t like the music he tends to work on, he has serious skills and you can learn a lot from him.

Best part of this first video happens at 8:39

Q&A from session 2