Some Things Never Change

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“Starting in the record business in my early twenties, I could count the number of real record producers on my fingers. Today, I believe that every third person I meet is either a record producer or trying to become one.”
– George Martin

I found this quote in the foreword of the book Home Recording for Musicians by Craig Anderton, the original 1978 edition. 36 years later the statement is still just as true.


Video: Dick Wave

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Have you ever noticed that waveforms sometimes resemble certain other things? In this video Geoff and Gavin from Rooster Teeth pass the time trying to draw dicks with their mouth sounds.



Can you do better?

Video: Labor of Love

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Meet Grant Meyers, a foley artist with a real passion for sound.

Video by Jack Pierce

The Fans Deserve Better

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Another great video from Glenn at Spectre Media Group.


Are you applying pitch correction, sample replacement and quantizing instruments without considering what it does to the emotional impact of the song? Knock that shit off!

How to transfer photos from a camera to your iPhone in 36 easy steps

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As you may already know, I’ve been getting into photography this year, and I’m also pretty active on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I share a photo most days and if I want better than iPhone 4 quality, and more control over lighting, aperture etc. then I use my real camera. Getting the photos from the camera to Instagram is a daily struggle.

  1. Remove SD card from camera and insert into Mac
  2. Open iPhoto and import photos, this might take a while
  3. Select a photo, go to the share option and send email
  4. Email the photo to yourself as an attachment
  5. Unlock your iPhone and open the Mail app
  6. Sync your email and open the email with the attached photo
  7. Tap and hold on the image, then choose save image from the menu that appears
  8. You can now share your photo

OK so that’s not 36 steps, but its more than a few and doesn’t that seem needlessly complicated?
Does someone have a better way? Do the cameras or SD cards with WIFI actually simplify this?

Let’s make this music related with a photo I took at Desert Fish Studios in Toronto. Synth porn!


Mastodon Making of Once More ‘Round the Sun

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Mastodon has published four short videos documenting the process of recording their latest album Once More ‘Round the Sun. There’s not a lot to learn from these videos – they’re not tutorials of course – but you might get a kick out of seeing all the sweet guitars and other gear.
One thing I found particularly interesting was how guitarist Brent Hinds does a lot of his single-note picking parts right at the bridge. This is something I can steal for my recordings!


. This one with the drummer you might want to skip


Better or just louder? Ian Shepherd’s Perception Plugin

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Ya know what’s a pain? A/B comparing a mix or master you’re working on to reference tracks. How loud should you push the level? How much is too much?

Level matching by ear and comparing meters is just guess work. As you probably know, even a half decibel volume difference can skew your perception of audio. Mastering Engineer Ian Shepherd has come up with a better way and teamed up with MeterPlugs to build the Perception plugin.


Perception is more than a meter, it will automatically level match your project to your reference files so you can make totally impartial decisions about your mix or master processing.

Check out this video to see it in action and exactly why this is so important.

also this

Perception is on sale now with a $50 discount until this Friday. The price goes up to $149 on Saturday.