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October 11, 2019
My guest today is Kim Rosen a mastering engineer working out of her own studio, Knack Mastering, located in Ringwood, NJ. Kim’s mastered six Grammy® nominated albums in the past four years; one winning for Best Folk Album (Aimee Mann), three nominated in Best Blues Album categories (Bettye LaVette, Victor Wainwright and Theresa James) as well as two nominations in the Best Engineered Album/Non-Classical category (Bonnie Raitt and The Milk Carton Kids). Kim grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and poured herself into the vibrant college music scene. In the summer of 2002, a friend turned her on to a mastering studio in NJ that was looking for an intern. Kim jumped at the opportunity, moved to NJ and began her journey at West West Side Music with Alan Douches (RSR092). In 2009, after working her way up to Staff Mastering Engineer at West West Side, Kim decided to go out on her own and has built a growing list of clients that includes producers and engineers such as Ryan Freeland, Ed Cherney, Joe Henry, Matt Ross-Spang, Paul Q. Kolderie and artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Aimee Mann, Belly, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, Wynonna Judd, The Birds of Chicago, The Barr Brothers, Over The Rhine, Sarah Jaffe, Anthony Green and Title Fight.  Thanks to our sponsors! WhisperRoom: https://whisperroom.com Get 10% off the 4x4 or 4x6 booths now when you mention Recording Studio Rockstars: http://whisperroom.com Eventide: https://www.eventideaudio.com OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast, then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/214
October 4, 2019
My guest today is Tommy Womack A Singer-songwriter, author, humorist and Kentucky native Tommy Womack got his start in 1985 to 1992 with legendary Bowling Green based post-punk and college radio faves, Government Cheese (who’s story is immortalized in Tommy’s cult classic book “Cheese Chronicles”).  Upon moving to Nashville in 1992, Tommy’s become known for his long working relationship with Will Kimbrough, starting with their bands the bis-quits (who made one classic album for John Prine’s Oh Boy label in 1993), and their band Daddy, who have made two albums and enjoy a cult following. Since 1998, Tommy has released seven solo albums, the latest being the brand-new “Namaste”. He looks forward to the back half of 2016 with new songs from that record to play, in addition to such proven past show-stoppers as “Nice Day”, “Vicky Smith Blues” and “Alpha Male & the Canine Mystery Blood.” In addition to “Cheese Chronicles”, Tommy is the author of the comic Civil War novella “The Lavender Boys & Elsie”, and the recently published “Dust Bunnies”. He has written for many magazines, including the Oxford American, and is a regular contributor to The East Nashvillian.   Thanks to our sponsors! WhisperRoom: https://whisperroom.com Get 10% off the 4x4 or 4x6 booths now when you mention Recording Studio Rockstars: http://whisperroom.com Eventide: https://www.eventideaudio.com OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast, then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/213
September 27, 2019
My guest today is Matt McQueen a studio owner, recording engineer, music producer, and videographer who built his studio in 2013 in an abandoned church located in the mountains of a rural East Tennessee town. The building has a 30 x 50’ live room with 24’ high ceilings and large old wooden rafters. Matt has recently gone full time with his studio having had plenty of experience creating music but also creating content as a videographer for other producers like Warren Huart and Glenn Fricker. This has led him to create his own video channel for his studio to help promote local artists and bands. We live in a world where social media and YouTube channels can be an important part of our musical output. So I’m psyched to talk with Matt today about making the leap to go full time in music and also see what we can learn about creating content for our own studios and artists that we work with. And of course we will be digging into his process for recording and mixing too.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/212
September 20, 2019
My guest today is Rolff Zwiep who moved to Nashville as a musician/songwriter, and small business owner founding Technical Knock Out Products, a musicians accessory sales and manufacturing business.  Working his way through ‘real jobs’ in the industry as a cartage tech, freelance stage hand & stage manager, production manager with the Nashville Symphony, and working in and managing a number of music/entertainment based service businesses.  In 2004 Rolff launched Blackbird Studio’s audio equipment rental business with John McBride and in 2015 assumed his current role as Blackbird Studio manager working with clients including major labels, publishing companies, indie artists and bands, film/video production companies and studio themed events.  I’ve known Rolff for nearly 25 years and he has even helped me put together my Hay Bale Studio at Bonnaroo before when we needed to rent lots of awesome gear. I’m psyched to learn more about managing a professional studio and gain some business wisdom and insights today.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/211
September 13, 2019
My guest today is Billy Decker originally from Nebraska. He studied criminal justice before following his calling in music to become one of the highest ranking students at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in 1992. Then in 1994, Decker moved to Nashville where he’s been working ever since.  Billy has mixed 14 #1s to date - most recently, Chris Young's "Losing Sleep". He has mixed for Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean. Jaime Lynne Spears, and Sam Hunt making history in July of 2014 when Sam Hunt became the most added new artist of all time. Billy had the honour to mix George Jones’s last album before he died.  Billy also makes signature mixing plugins for Joey Sturgis Tones where you can find all in one tools for Drums, Bass, Guitars, Vocals that model Billy’s tried and true methods for mixing quickly to get that hit country sound that he is so well known for.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/210
September 6, 2019
My guest today is Colt Capperrune who for the past 18 years has been a FOH engineer, studio engineer, live guitarist, and songwriter. His focus these days is Producing, Mixing, Session guitarist, Artist Development, and Mastering. In the past several years you could add Social Media Influencer to that list too.  He produced his first record when he was 19, and has now charted Top 40 on Billboard, had #1's on iTunes, Amazon, and other radio charts. He has spoken at Belmont University, and is super passionate about developing artists so they make a living from their music. His website even makes a point of showing before and after examples of starting with a worktape for an artists and developing a finished production. I connected with Colt recently through another guest on the show Daniel Ford, and I’m psyched to talk about producing awesome guitar records and whatever else we can come up with.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/209
August 30, 2019
My guest today is Andy VanDette a mastering engineer who started his career interning at the legendary Masterdisk under Bob Ludwig. After completing his degree in Tonmeister Studies, he was hired full time. During the CD’s explosion, he spent time with other mastering luminaries -Tony Dawsey, Howie Weinberg, Greg Fulginiti, Greg Calbi, and Vlado Meller.  He learned more than just how to Master and cut vinyl. He observed their perspectives on processing and musicality. By the time the MFiT standard was introduced, Andy had been Chief Engineer for 14  years and had mastered classic albums from the Beastie Boys, Uncle Kracker, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Rush, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, and more. Andy has spoken at audio schools, AES conventions. Interviewed for the New York times, Ars Technica, SonicScoop.com, MusicPlayers.com, and presented “Friends Don’t Let Friends Press Bad Vinyl” at SXSW 2015.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/208
August 23, 2019
My guest today is Tim Dolbear who cut his musical teeth playing live with people such as Sammy Hagar, and in the studio with his mentor, producer Keith Olsen. Currently, he works with both labels and independent artists, and receives projects from all over the world. Since 1999, He has owned and operated Eclectica Studios, originally located in Los Angeles, operations were moved to Austin TX in 2006. In 2019 Eclectica Studios moved to its current location in Nashville. Tim is a guest lecturer for audio production at many colleges throughout N America including Blackbird Academy, NYU and SAE. Tim is also a published writer who writes for MIX, Sound on Sound, and Professional Sound Magazine.   I met Tim recently through Mark Rubel at Blackbird Academy. So thanks again Mark!   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/207
August 16, 2019
My guest today is Steve Albini musician engineer and owner of Electrical Audio in Chicago. Steve is known for his love of analog tape and extensive discography that includes artists like Nirvana, The Pixies, The Breeders, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, The Stooges, Cheap Tick, and PJ Harvey to name only a few of more than a thousand records he has made spanning the past 40 years.  Steve has also been a previous guest on the podcast when we talked about his start in recording and creating Electrical Audio. So please check out that episode RSR078. He also makes time to speak publicly about music and recording and teaches as well through Mix With The Masters. So on today’s episode I thought I would focus more on mixing and see what we can learn about mixing records on analog tape through consoles and also how that might inform the decisions we make when mixing digitally in the computer as well (or not).   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/206
August 9, 2019
My guest today is James Ivey, the Technical Editor of Pro Tools Expert and owner and facilitator at Location Recordings in London UK.  James has been playing drums since the tender age of 7, performing his first paid gigs at the age of 8. From that moment on there was no stopping him. His parents brought him is first 4-track tape recorder (a Tascam Porta 01 costing well over £1000) at the age of 12 which gave him the bug for recording and ever since then he has been collecting and acquiring gear to make his studio and productions the best they can be. James’ first job in the audio industry was with a pop video production company where he learned what the term deadline really means and other audio skills which have stuck with him, like the importance of clock and sync. Since then he has worked for studio equipment suppliers and installers as well as companies like Sibelius and later Avid and a production demonstrator. James or Jivey is officially the Production Expert gear junkie. If it makes a noise and you can play it or record it, he’s interested.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/205
August 2, 2019
My guest today is Sara Carter, a BBC trained, mixing and mastering engineer based in Basingstoke in the UK.  Sara started recording and mixing music in the mid-’90s from a small home studio as a hobby. In 2000, at the somewhat ripe age of 34, she decided to find out how to turn that hobby into a full-time career.  She studied at the SAE Institute in London gaining an Audio Engineering Diploma, then went on to work for the BBC in London as a Studio Manager. There she engineered many of the UKs most popular radio shows and live music sessions. Working from the BBCs Maida Vale Studios, she developed her critical listening skills by working with a wide variety of artists on numerous sessions and has been credited on records by Corrine Bailey Rae and KT Tunstall amongst others.  In 2009, Sara decided to take a break from broadcasting and left the BBC to explore a different career in brewing. However, in recent years, she has felt a strong calling back to music and returned with her online mixing and mastering business serving unsigned rock and indie bands from all over the world. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/204
July 26, 2019
My guest today is Langston Masingale who started working in recording studios 25 years ago at age 16 in his uncle’s studio in New Jersey. He went on to help start JJ Audio Mics in 2009. In 2014, he struck out on his own and invented what would become the core technology of his tape-emulation product, Zulu. He formed Handsome Audio in 2015 with his partner Tod Levine, and they released Zulu that same year.  Langston also owns a recording studio, Narrative Audio, in Syracuse, New York, where he produces and records artists.  He loves to create new and interesting tools for the modern recording engineers and producers. And his early exposure to analog tape has guided and shaped his sonic perspective in a world of digital audio. A big thank you to Alan Evans for introducing us. And also make sure to check out Matt Boudreau’s new book from Working Class Audio Jornal Volume 1 where you can read his interview with Langston too. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/203
July 19, 2019
My guest today is Nick Lobel a Nashville producer, engineer, and song writer who started out touring and recording with MI-based rock band, Monsters and Mannequins before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music production. Following his studies at Belmont University, and internships at The Toy Box, Station West, and Ocean Way Nashville, Lobel cut his teeth as an assistant to mix engineer Sean Moffitt.  In 2016 Lobel began working with songwriter/producer Tyler Johnson. Under Tyler’s wing, Lobel has worked on artist projects including Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Harry Styles, Cam, and The Head And The Heart. Over the past year Lobel has been further honing his chops, producing and developing the artist Alec Bailey whose debut EP has already amassed over 4M streams.  When Nick was at Belmont he also interned with me here at The Toy Box Studio and was one of the best interns I have ever had. He has assisted and engineered for me on many projects and has also been part of my team at the Bonnaroo Hay Bale Studio. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ vintage series microphones. RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/202
July 12, 2019
My guest today is Steve O’Brien a songwriter who originally moved from Connecticut to Nashville to pursue songwriting after graduating from Fairfield University in 1973. He spent several years working at the offices and studios of Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins, and Ray Stevens. And had a couple of songs enter the Billboard Top 100 Country Chart in the mid-1970s. He then built his own recording studio and formed Steve O’Brien Music BMI in 1976 to be the exclusive worldwide publisher of his compositions, which have sold over 10 million copies. Steve’s songs have been featured on numerous recent recordings, including two songs on Danni Nicholls’ “Mockingbird Lane” album, which was nominated for UK Americana Association 2017 Album Of The Year. Steve cowrote all 10 songs on JJ Lawhorn’s 2018 album, “The Huntsman” produced by Jeremy Stover which recently topped one million streams. Recent releases include  Southern Halo, and Bailey James, produced and engineered at his studio and now climbing the Music Row Country independent chart. If that wasn’t enough, Steve also published a novel called The Ferrari Club in 2013. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ Summer Sale: (up to) 50% Off All Microphones at JZMic.com Right Now! RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/201
July 5, 2019
My guest today is Bill Demain a Nashville songwriter, producer, author, and even self started walking tour guide of downtown Nashville. As one half of Swan Dive, Bill DeMain has released ten acclaimed albums over the past 15 years with his singing partner Molly Felder, and were huge in Japan, Thailand and Korea.   He’s also written songs for and with many other artists, including Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, David Mead, Bleu, Kim Richey, Jill Sobule and Boo Hewerdine. His songs have appeared on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice andThe L Word, and in commercials for Laniege Cosmetics, Unicef and Sky Mobile.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ Summer Sale: (up to) 50% Off All Microphones at JZMic.com Right Now! RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/200
June 28, 2019
My guest today is Jon Fintel a producer in Columbus, Ohio where he worked at a variety of studios in the 90s before finally opening his own studio, Relay Recording, in 2002. His mission for the past 17 years at Relay Recording has been to create an environment where artists can experience the joy of musical discovery, and Relay has developed a reputation for stellar sound quality and a top-shelf artist experience. Way Yes, The Worn Flints, and Mark Lomax are just a few of the artists that have worked with Jon at Relay, where combines a dedication to sonic and musical details with a relaxed attitude that makes artists comfortable and lets them enjoy the process. I am super impressed with Jon’s awesome sounding discography and have included a Youtube playlist and Spotify player of his work in the blog post which you can find in the show notes. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com/ JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/199
June 21, 2019
My guest today is Lee Turner, a Wisconsin born musician now living in Nashville and owner of 2 Twenty 2 studio, dedicated to helping artists easily navigate the recording process with a focus on bringing pro Nashville players and sound to anyone making a record whether local or over the internet. While Lee can play everything in the studio his primary instrument is the keyboard playing piano, organ, and even accordion. He splits his time between the studio and playing live touring the world with Darius Rucker. He has also had the honor of performing with a long list of top tier artists to include Blake Shelton, Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rodgers, Big and Rich, Lee Ann Rimes, Trace Adkins, Wynonna, Randy Owen, Cowboy Troy, Bo Bice and many more. He has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show, Ellen, The View, The Talk, The Today Show and Good Morning America. And has been a member of the house band for the hit show Nashville Star on both NBC and USA for the past five years. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com/ JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/198
June 14, 2019
My guest today is Austin Hull a producer, writer, and mixing engineer living in Orlando, Florida. Austin is also the founder of Make Pop Music featuring a thriving Facebook group dedicated to producers, writers, engineers, and artists interested in making a living in pop music, or who just like to chat about underground pop. Austin also hosts a YouTube channel publishing videos twice a week on production tips, business advice, and featured guests and on the Make Pop Music website you can find blog posts, sample packs, various presets downloads, and music production courses. Ausin’s client list includes hundreds of independent artists including Kodamilo, SRY, EMIA, Troy Ogletree, Liam Ferrari, Stella Jones, and Forget Tomorrow to name just a few. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com/ JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/197
June 7, 2019
My guest today is Steven Durr, a studio designer and acoustical architect with an amazing list of over 2000 clients including Garth Brooks, Neil Young, Dan Auerbach, Mark Ronson, Arcade Fire, Fame Studios, RCA Studio B, Zac Brown, Jim Eno of Spoon, and Eric Johnson to name just a few. He has also designed music venues, film studios, health care facilities, and sports venues for clients like Disney, Willie Nelson, NASCAR Motor Speedways, Library of Congress, Hilton Hotels, DreamWorks Studios, Nissan Manufacturing, Vanderbilt University, Austin City Limits, and the Cleveland Browns. I am psyched to be talking with Steve today about what it means to design the perfect recording studio, and how you can improve your own studio space and monitoring whether a home studio or pro studio. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com/ JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/196
June 3, 2019
I was psyched to have Boz Millar on the podcast for episode RSRockstars.com/195 talking about how he creates super cool plugins for unique solutions to your mixing challenges! And I also want to remind you that for a limited time you can get a special deal (just for you Rockstars) of $70 off Sasquatch Kick Machine 2 from Boz Digital Labs. This is Boz's brand new plugin allowing you to get deep lows and punchy beater attack for your kick drums whether they are acoustic with a real band or programmed. Hell you can even make your indie rock kick sound like an 808 if you want to! :-) Just go here to purchase: https://www.bozdigitallabs.com/product/sasquatch-kick-machine-2/ Then use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout and you will get a whopping $70 off the normal price for Sasquatch Kick Machine 2. That means that you can get SKM2 right now for only $29. Thanks Boz!! :-) Also Click here to see my new video showing Sasquatch Kick Machine 2 in action mixing drums to add more punch and excitement with a few simple plugins! Cheers, Lij
May 31, 2019
My guest today is Boz Millar, a great (though he might not admit it) multi instrumentalist musician and creator of Boz Digital Labs plugins. Boz creates professional audio plugins with one goal in mind: make solutions to problems.  I discovered Boz Digital Labs years ago when I bought plugins like T-Bone, Imperial Delay, and one of my favorites Sasquatch Kick Machine and began using them on all my mixes. Then more recently I got to meet Boz at Winter Namm and learn more about the complete line of super cool plugins he was creating.  Today I am psyched to have Boz joining us on the show to talk all about designing and creating the tools that we can use to make our records, and to dig into how we can use each of his existing plugins to create really awesome sounds and mixes. Thanks to our sponsors! Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/195
May 24, 2019
My guest today is Ken Sluiter, a grammy-nominated recording engineer/producer/mixer whose credits include artists such as Heart, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Blunt, Andra Day and Weezer.  His work can also be heard on many records from indie-icons including Mekons, The Jesus Lizard and Ok Go. Working closely with producer Joe Chiccarelli, Ken has recently mixed several projects for artists such as Morrissey, Flogging Molly, Augustines, Night Riots and Divine Fits. Ken has also recorded and mixed several film and TV scores with composer, Brian Reitzell which include “Hannibal” (NBC) and “American Gods (STARZ). As a producer, Ken has worked on soundtrack songs with Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson, Siouxsie Sioux, Marc Almond and the B-52's. To catch Kens first appearance on the podcast go to RSR111 where we talked about his journey from Chicago to LA and becoming an early adopter of Pro Tools. Today we will be focusing on mixing and the projects he has been working on recently. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/194
May 17, 2019
My guest today is Mike Indovina, a recording, mixing and mastering engineer based out of Toronto, Canada. He also runs the website masteryourmix.com where he shares many of the lessons he's learned throughout his audio career to help thousands of musicians and engineers create better mixes that they're proud of. In addition, he hosts the MasterYourmix Podcast where he has interviewed many top-level audio engineers including Sylvia Massey, Nick Raskulinecz, David Bottrill, and more. With an interest in pop-punk and rock music, Mike got his start as a drummer, having spent the first decade of his career playing and touring with bands.  Most recently, Mike released a brand new book called "The Mixing Mindset - The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio". This book quickly became a #1 best seller on Amazon. This book aims to provide people with a complete understanding of the tools, workflow, and mindset needed to create polished mixes with confidence, speed, and ease. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/193
May 10, 2019
My guest today is Wyn Davis and I am going to read his bio to you know because it tells his story well: I started playing guitar when I was 10. I grew up in Southern California and was influenced by all the music that was created here and in Northern California. Beachboys, Doors, Canned Heat, Spirit, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, all of it. I think the releases of 1967-1968, the folk music, the rock music, the psychedelic music, the British invasion, all of it was the foundation of my ear. I played in bands and in 1974 moved to New York and performed throughout the North East at over 200 colleges and universities. In 1981 I opened my studio in Redondo Beach, California and named it Total Access after a backstage pass I’d been given a few weeks earlier by George Massenburg when he was mixing FOH for Earth Wind and Fire. I imagined I’d be able to record my own music but quickly found out that keeping a studio open required clients. By word of mouth, the studio gained a reputation as a place where young bands could record in professionally designed space and come away with competitive results.  Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/192
May 3, 2019
My guest today is Jordan Reynolds an established voice actor and in-demand, progressive voice-over demo reel and audio producer in Los Angeles. His voice has been heard all over the world. Voicing internationally known companies such as LEGO, Audi, Sprite, and Cisco - to voice dubbing and impersonating celebrities - to screaming in video games such as World of Warcraft to voicing villains in Netflix Anime series. He directs and records voice talent both in his professional home studio or from their home studio online. Where he then mixes and produces personalized demo reels with music and sound effects. He’s a frequent speaker on the topic of Demos, Audio, and Voiceover at some of the largest voiceover conferences in the industry. He also played a key role in designing the very first high-quality microphone made specifically for voiceover: The Roswell Pro Audio RA-VO. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/191
April 26, 2019
My guest today is Dave Hillis who started his career as a 17 year old guitarist for the legendary thrash metal band "MACE." Dave also spent ten years alongside legendary producer Rick Parashar, at Seattle's famed  London Bridge Studios, during the birth of the Grunge era where he worked as the engineer on Pearl Jam's debut album  "Ten" , "Mother Love Bone", the movie soundtrack for "Singles", Alice in Chains, Blind Melon, The Seattle Symphony, Love On Ice, and many others. Dave’s producing and engineering credits include The Afghan Whigs', The Twilight Singers, Kevin Martin of Candlebox, and he has even worked with comedian, Denis Leary among many others. In 2011,  Dave opened Starlodge Studios in Seattle; a private mix and overdub room featuring vintage and modern recording tools and his beloved AMPEX 1/2" tape Machine for analog magic. And he now lives in Pittsburgh PA where he recently works from a new multi purpose performance hall recording studio called The Sanctuary at Mr Smalls. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/190  
April 19, 2019
My guest today is Stuart Richardson who began his career as a recording engineer in his native Wales in the mid-'90s, cutting his teeth with bands and musicians who would go on to become breakout artists, such as Funeral for a Friend, Bullet for my Valentine, The Blackout, and Kids in Glass Houses. In 1998, Stu joined the band Lostprophets, who signed a record deal with Columbia Records/Visible Noise. He spent the next decade recording and earning No. 1 albums and sales of more than 3.5 million units, multiple industry awards, millions of YouTube views and music streams, sold-out shows in clubs, arenas and headlining music festival shows on stages across the globe. Stuart has taken part in every aspect of the music industry. In 2014 Stuart began focusing on recording, producing and mixing again moving his family from LA to Florida to open Rocky Water Studios. He is currently a member of the highly acclaimed band NO DEVOTION, and a touring bassist with the legendary post-hardcore band THURSDAY. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/189
April 12, 2019
My guest today is Brandon Bell, a Grammy-winning recording engineer known for his work with Bluegrass, Americana, and Country music artists. Originally from central Arkansas, Brandon moved to Tennessee to study recording at Middle Tennessee State University. He got his start interning for, and later assisting, renowned recording engineer & producer Gary Paczosa. With Gary he was twice nominated for the Best Engineered non-classical Grammy for Alan Jackson's Like Red on a Rose and Sarah Jarosz's bluegrass album Follow me Down.   Brandon later received a Grammy in 2013 for Best Bluegrass Album for his work on the Steep Canyon Rangers album Nobody Knows You. His other credits at this time include Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Dierks Bentley, and Blackberry Smoke. In 2014 Brandon was hired to be Studio Manager and Chief Engineer at Southern Ground Nashville, a beautiful Nashville recording studio owned by Zac Brown. Brandon has expanded into production with artist Sam Lewis, and he also enjoys working with producer Dave Cobb on records for Robert Randolph, Dylan Leblanc, Dillon Carmichael, Anderson East, Brent Cobb, William Prince, Chris Isaak and John Prine.   Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off. JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/188
April 5, 2019
Every year in April here in the US it’s tax time, and for those of us working professionally in the recording studio, it means organizing all the income, bills, and expenses of the year to see how we did and then send off a check to the IRS to show our gratitude to Uncle Sam. So today I have a guest that will help us better understand how to organize your recording business, and manage your money the smart way. My guest today is Jared Eliseo, a licensed CPA with over 10 years of invaluable experience having worked with some of the largest accounting firms and businesses in the world. In 2014, he began using his talent to fulfill his true passion to open his own CPA firm, currently located in Charlotte, NC. He now serves Main Street small business owners by offering customized one-on-one financial and accounting services. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Boz Digital Labs - https://www.bozdigitallabs.com Use the coupon: RSRSasquatch2 when you checkout to get $70 off.  JZ Microphones - https://usashop.jzmic.com/ use coupon: ROCKSTAR at checkout for 50% off JZ BH1S and BH2 Mics RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/187
March 29, 2019
My guest today is John Paterno, a Grammy winning Los Angeles based producer, mixer, composer, engineer, mastering engineer, and musician who has worked with a diverse range of artists including: Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band, Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, The Thrills, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt, and Badly Drawn Boy in his twenty five-plus year career.  Dubbed ‘Mr Meticulous’ by industry writer Mr. Bonzai, Paterno is known for his attention to detail while at the same time allowing artists to feel uninhibited in their creativity. John moved to Los Angeles two weeks after graduation from the University of Miami MUE [Music Engineering] program. A short period of freelance assisting concluded with a staff position at Sunset Sound/Sound Factory in Hollywood, where for five years he was exposed to many great engineers, producers, and artists. After breaking out of assisting, John worked with a wide range of producers including Mitchell Froom,  Joe Chiccarelli, Byron Gallimore, Celso Valli, and Stephen Duffy. He won a Latin Grammy for his work with artist/producer Soraya. John has produced or co-produced projects for The Black Mollys, Mitchell Froom, Lustra, Robbie Williams, The Lilac Time, and many other artists. He as also co-written songs with artists and has written pieces for TV and film. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/186
March 22, 2019
My guests today are Simon Walls & Greg Bonnier from Montreal CA. once a year, they pick a country, board a plane, pack suitcases full of gear and record as many talented artists as they can find. They have an amazing series on Youtube now called Simon & Greg Record The World. Simon Walls is a music producer, songwriter and adventurer. After producing his own original records, he has been producing, recording and mixing for other artists such as Le Winston Band, David Jobin, Clay and Friends, ILAM, Tee Cloud, Sadio Cissokho and Aaron Lumley. He also produces for Wapikoni Mobile, Musique Nomade and AVATAQ offering recording services and mentorship to indigenous musicians across Canada. Between records, Simon is a motivational speaker at The Great Explorers where he tells the tales of his adventures. Greg Bonnier is a record producer, sound engineer and filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Beginning at Musique Plus (Much Music) in 2000, he has since managed post-production facilities, mixed various TV shows, filmed and edited many documentaries, live shows, corporate films and web projects including a web series with renown French actor Pierre Richard. Since 2006, his work in music has led him to produce, record and mix all over the world with artists from all walks of life and diverse musical genres. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/185
March 15, 2019
My guest today is Spencer Bastian, a Michigan-born and Los Angeles-based producer. Starting out as a musician Spencer played with Jason Evigan’s band After Midnight Project, and their first single “Take Me Home” peaked at number 25 on alternative rock radio in 2009. Spencer went on to your the 2009 and 2010 Vans Warped Tour opening for bands like Chevelle, Papa Roach, and The Used. Toward the end of those tours, Bastian's passion for electronic music grew. And In 2014 he founded the live electronic band Citizun who performed at festivals like Bass Camp Festival and Summer Camp Festival. It was his time with Citizun that began his segue into producing, and Bastian went on to help the band develop a fresh electronic sound for their two EPs Blood Love (2014) and Lay Low (2015), and their single "Echo". Since then, he has worked with a variety of artists including Chromeo, DRAM, Demi Lovato, Bea Miller, Rachel Platten, Jason Derulo, and Bridgit Mendler, and has exciting and notable projects in the works for 2019 and beyond. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/184
March 8, 2019
My guest today Alan Evans is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, studio engineer, record producer, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae and the psychedelic. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Alan often plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and percussion on his solo recordings as well as for other artists.   Alan is also a founding member of the band Soulive who has toured the world for the past 20 years.  In that time, Soulive has toured with The Rolling Stones, The Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Charles Bradley, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Chris Robinson and many more.  These days, Alan spends the majority of his time recording, mixing and producing bands from around the world at his own Iron Wax Studios. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/183
March 1, 2019
My guest today is Pete Johns, a singer-songwriter, recording enthusiast and music educator from Adelaide, South Australia. Pete played in bands and dabbled in recording in the 90s, before a full-time career and family put music on the back-burner. Twenty years later, Pete started getting back into writing, playing and recording music, starting out using Cakewalk and eventually Reaper to record on his PC, before discovering that he could record directly on his mobile device. Since falling in love with mobile music creation Pete has since released nine singles, an EP and in 2018 released his first full-length album "Self(ish) Aware", all recorded 100% in GarageBand on iPhone and iPad. While recording in GarageBand, Pete became frustrated with the lack of tutorials and instructional videos online that focused on mobile recording, especially using iOS, so he started his own website, blog and YouTube Channel, Studio Live Today. Pete has since created more than 400 videos focused on helping folks who want to create, record and release their own music. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/182
February 22, 2019
My guest today is Jonathon Jircitano, a vocalist and songwriter who started playing in rock bands at the age of 12. After fronting bands for over six years, he decided to start performing solo after inspiration sparked working with former Cage The Elephant member Lincoln Parish. Jonathon spent time living and writing in Los Angeles, focusing on creating his sound, with influences from artists such as Imagine Dragons, Phantogram and Imogen Heap. Having recently moved back to Nashville, Jonathon’s upcoming debut will merge genres in alternative and pop, with hints of blues, electronic, and his permanent roots of rock. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/181
February 15, 2019
My guest today is Yoli Mara who along with her husband Chris Mara, manages the Nashville analog focused recording studio, Welcome To 1979. Located in what used to be a thriving record pressing plant in The Nations area of Nashville, Welcome to 1979 is a spacious recording studio that specializes in analog recording at a time when most studios are 100% digital. Yoli also helps to manage three other businesses there: the successful tape machine restoration business, Mara Machines shipping and restoring tape machines worldwide , a vinyl mastering and lacquer cutting service operated by Cameron Henry, and a newly added electroplating facility allowing you to expedite the vinyl pressing process for your next record release with impressively fast turn around results. Welcome to 1979 has an impressive client list that include: Pete Townshend, Third Man Records, Jason Isbell, Lady Antebellum, Reid Shippen, Margo Price, Rodney Crowell, Pam Tillis, Chris Stapleton, John Prine, and Luther Dickinson. And that's just reading the first 11 names or so off the website! Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/180
February 8, 2019
My guest today is Charles Holloman, Audio Engineer, Producer, Musician, Songwriter and Studio Owner in Muscle Shoals, AL. Originally from Atlanta, GA graduating from Georgia State University with a recording degree he migrated to Charlotte, NC, where he operated Charles Holloman Productions (chpaudio) for over 20 years. From his studio, he recorded everything from Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia and Benji Hughes, to dialog replacement for The Simpsons, music cuts for shows like East Bound & Down, on hold messages for pharmacies and Jingles for Car Dealers and Hooters. He’s currently operating the reopened East Avalon Recorders and renovating Widget Studio. As well as working on several projects with Rodney Hall at Fame Studios, the place that inspired him to take the journey in the first place. He’s a board member of the Muscle Shoals Music Association, and a self-described Ambassador of Everything Muscle Shoals, with a passion for preserving its history, but more importantly focusing on Muscle Shoals Now, and creating its future. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/179
February 1, 2019
My guest today is Smith Curry, a session player primarily on pedal steel and slide guitar who also has toured with acts ranging from uber-star Kid Rock to British synth/pop stars Erasure. As a Session Player over the past two decades Smith has worked as a Sideman with over 100 major-label Country artists such as Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Randy Travis and his credits include CMA, ASCAP and ACM songs of the year.  His playing can be heard on Randy Travis's #1 "Three Wooden Crosses", Jason Aldean's #1 hit "Why", and Billy Currington's #1 “Good Directions” among many others. And he has played major-label master sessions for legendary producers like Paul Worley, James Stroud, Don Cook, Blake Chancey, Kyle Lehning, Chuck Howard, and Ron Chancey. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/178
January 25, 2019
  My guest today is Tim Easton, artist, musician, songwriter, and troubadour originally from Akron Ohio before starting his musical journey traveling Europe busking the streets of London, Paris, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Ireland for seven years. Tim has since had a long career of songwriting, collaborating, and record making that includes his band the Haynes Boys in the 90s, followed by two decades of solo records recording and toured with the likes of members of Wilco, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, Tift Merritt, Mike Campbell, Jim Keltner, Kenny Vaughan, John Hiatt, and many more. He has been signed to EMI publishing, and New West Records, and Thirty Tigers, and even started his own record label, Campfire Propaganda. He continues to make records and make it happen through crowdfunding when appropriate. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/177
January 18, 2019
My guest today is Daniel Tashian is a Gammy nominated producer, musician, and song writer who started early in his career with a deal at Elektra Records at 19 years old. He grew up in a musical family. Daniel’s father opened for the Beatles at Shea Stadium. Daniel did a record with T-Bone Burnett but it did not get traction. After his deal ended, Daniel went back to art school to study photography, but soon he was back into music again and started various musical projects: He played guitar on Patty Griffin's album "Flaming Red" He had an alt rock band called "The Umbrellas" that was very influenced by the Soft Boys.  He then started a band called The Silver Seas with Jason Lehning (episode 74) in 1999. Their second album did well in the U.K. including a gig on the Jules Holland Show.  Daniel had his first #1 Country song with “Hometown Girl” by Josh Turner co-written with Marc Beeson Daniel co-produced Kacey Musgrave’s critically acclaimed and CMA and Grammy nominated album Golden Hour & also co-wrote 7 of the album’s 13 songs. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/176
January 11, 2019
My guest today is Michael Estok, a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter born in Youngstown, OH. Starting with school at the Recording Workshop, and then Full Sail University. In 2004, Michael moved to Nashville, TN for an internship at Sony/ATV Tree studios, and worked under the watch of music industry legend, Pat Mcmakin. During the 14 years he spent in Nashville, Michael worked as an independent producer out of his home studio, and eventually returned to Sony/ATV when his client, Nashville based pop artist, Kynlie, was signed. Estok continued to work with Sony, producing for Sony’s Artist development team under the watch of Troy Tomlinson, Ed Williams, and Abbey Adams.  He also co-wrote and produced countless songs for artists such as Wesley Orbison, Lionel Cartwright, Tiffany Johnson, and Jon Raven. In 2017, Michael and his family decided to leave Nashville, and return to Canfield in Northeast Ohio, where he built Court Street Recording inside the National Historic Charles Ruggles House (circa 1846). Court Street has worked with local musicians including the Vindys, and Anthony LaMarca (from The War On Drugs, The Building), all while continuing to work long distance with pop artist, Aaron B. Thompson (from Vancouver Island), and various Nashville artists, producers, and songwriters. He is excited to bring his experience back to Ohio, where he hopes to elevate the local music scene and help local independent artists make great recordings. Thanks to our sponsors! OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/175
January 4, 2019
My guest today is Brian Charles, a producer, engineer, and now plugin designer from Boston Massachusetts. Brian’s studio (Zippah) has become a renowned destination for indie rock bands from New England and around the world.   Brian’s credits span 30 years of record making, from the punk band  “The Vatican Commandos” (fronted by a young Moby) in the 80’s. To the indie guitar pop of the 90’s from bands like The Gigolo Aunts, Dirt Merchants and The Figgs to the present day with artists like Mike Slap and power trio “Weakened Friends”. Embracing the idea that to create a successful life in music these days, you have to do everything you know how to do...with a passion, Brian also created a plug-in company (Rare Signals) with a few of his musician friends, and they recently released their first plug-in, called the “Transatlantic Plate Reverb”, which really sounds fantastic. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/174
December 28, 2018
My guest today is Chris Graham, a multi genre Billboard chart breaking mastering engineer who has worked with thousands of artists. He's also the co-host of "The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast" with Brian Hood. Their podcast aims to help audio engineers make a full time living from the comforts of their home studio. Chris has a passion for seeing audio engineers make a solid living from their skills, and he thinks there's nothing cooler than when people "fire their boss" so they can go full time in music. Chris has been on the podcast a couple of times already which you can check out on episodes 72 and 118 if you want to learn more about his mastering business Chris Graham Mastering. But today we are going to focus on his newest passion and website HomeStudioLessons.com where you can book one on one lessons with a professional audio engineer, and gett face to face teaching right from the comfort of your own home studio where it really counts!  Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/173
December 21, 2018
My guest today is Tim Lauer, a Nashville based composer, producer, songwriter, and musician. He recently completed his second season as Executive Music Producer for the television show Nashville. He produced over 125 cast recordings for the Nashville show and was also EMP for Greenleaf Season 1 and wrote and produced the main title song performed by Mavis Staples. Tim is an Emmy-nominated writer whose songs have been featured in advertisements for BMW, Target, L'Oreal, Coke and Microsoft and well as tv shows One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Hung, The White Queen, Homeland, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars and Cougar Town.   He has played on over 300 major label albums, recording with a wide variety of artists including Robert Plant, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Chris Cornell, Keith Urban, Rodney Crowell, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Megadeth, and Joan Baez.   Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/172
December 14, 2018
My guest today is Vance Powell, a six-time Grammy award winning producer, engineer and mixer, whose impressive list of credits includes Chris Stapleton, Elle King, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, Tinariwen, and Jeff The Brotherhood, among many others. Powell recently won two Grammy awards in 2018 for mixing and engineering Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 1 (Best Country Album), and mixing and engineering various songs on CeCe Winans' Let Them Fall In Love ('Best Gospel Album'). He was also nominated for mixing Robert Randolph & The Family Band's Got Soul ('Best Contemporary Blues Album'). Today we are going to dive right into the topic of producing, recording, and mixing. And I’ll ask some questions about recent productions for Vance over at his private studio Sputnik Sound which he shares with Mitch Dane. Download: Vance Powell's Free Pro Tools UAD Mixing Template Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/171
December 7, 2018
My guest today is Matt Beaudoin, a Boston-based engineer, producer, and educator.  While currently a freelance engineer, Matt has had a long association with Q Division Studios, where he was a chief engineer from 2003 to 2010.   While he has worked in a wide variety of genres, Matt particularly enjoys employing classic recording techniques while working on music made with a live, ensemble-based approach. In addition to his work in the studio, Matt is currently an assistant professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. Today he is going to talk about his experience recording in Boston and teach us How to Get a Great Recording of a Band Live Together in a Room. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/170
November 30, 2018
My guest today is Eric Sarafin aka Mixerman, a gold and platinum award winning record producer and mixer. He has worked with many nationally known acts, including The Pharcyde, Tone Loc, Ben Harper, Lifehouse, Nine Days, Barenaked Ladies, Amy Grant, and Foreigner, just to name a few. After 25 years based out of Los Angeles, Eric is now living in Asheville NC, where he produces and mixes records out of several world class recording facilities located there. Eric is also a published author and has written several books under the pen name of Mixerman about recording, producing, and mixing. It all began with The Daily Adventures Of Mixerman chronicling his recording journey in the studio. He then went on to write Zen And The Art Of Recording, Producing, and Mixing as three separate books after that, which I highly recommend reading. And now he has come out with his most recent book presented as a field manual for the studio called: Musician’s Survival Guide To A Killer Record. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/169
November 23, 2018
My guest today is Marc Daniel Nelson, a Grammy nominated music producer, mixing engineer, and 4 time PMA nominated, and 1 time winner. He has been producing, mixing and managing creatives for over 18 years.  His music credits include Fleetwood Mac, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Eric Burdon, Robert Duvall, Mark Bussard, Ozomotli, Reik and more. As Protégé for both legendary producer / engineer Bill Schnee and Ken Caillat, Marc has carried the torch for impeccable quality sound and production.   His film credits include Solo, The Vietnam War, Blade Runner, Wild Horses, Point Break, No Manches Frida, Father Figures and more.   His creative management credits include executive producing the 13 episode PBS television series, creating and executive producing the national video campaign for Guitar Center and creative directing for Alcon Sleeping Giant and ArtistMax. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/168
November 16, 2018
My guest today is Nikolay Georgiev, a London based engineer, producer and plug-in developer. Nik is also an experienced lecturer in Sound Engineering and Music Production and a past chairman of the AES UK section. He is engaged closely with Acustica Audio, both as internal and external 3rd party plug-in developer. As such he took a major role in the creation of plug-ins such as Lime, Navy, Cream and some of the modules in Pink. Nik currently works on his own line of plug-ins based on Acustica’s tech. I discovered Nik one day browsing Facebook and seeing him post videos from exotic spaces with incredible reverbs from around the world. You might find him firing a gun in a long industrial tunnel under a mountain somewhere or popping a balloon in a beautiful church. I have always found this kind of thing fascinating. So I knew we would want to learn more about his adventures to capture and recreate reverbs from secret spaces around the world. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/167
November 9, 2018
My guest today is Paul Moak, a 5 time Grammy-nominated, ASCAP award winning, producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and musician based in Nashville, TN. Paul has amassed credits on more than 500 albums. Spanning a wide variety of genres, with artists like: Goodbye June, Joy Williams, Mat Kearney, The Weeks, John Paul White (of The Civil Wars), Marc Broussard, Caitlyn Smith,  Relient K, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Leagues, and House of Heroes to name a few. Paul’s work has appeared on numerous platinum and gold albums exceeding 10 million in sales and been featured on hit TV shows such as, Nashville, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and 666 Park Avenue as well as tv spots for College Game Day,  Bose, American Family Insurance, and Taco Bell. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/166
November 2, 2018
My guest today is Pete Lyman, a GRAMMY-Nominated mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN and owner of Infrasonic mastering, an audio and vinyl mastering studio with locations in Echo Park, California and Nashville, TN. Pete has mastered Grammy-nominated projects for Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, and Grammy-award winning albums for Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton. In 2016 he was recognized with a GRAMMY Nomination for Album of the Year for Chris Stapleton’s Traveller. In 2018, Pete opened his second studio facility, Infrasonic East, in Nashville, TN. Infrasonic East is now home to Pete Lyman’s custom mastering suite, and the Neumann cutting lathe, where he works with a diverse client roster - from John Prine and Dierks Bentley to Fall Out Boy and Halsey - on projects of all sizes. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/165
October 26, 2018
My guest today is Jim Stewart, a Cleveland based Engineer, Producer, and Mixer working with a wide variety of local, regional, and national artists. Some of Jim’s credits include Welshly Arms, The Lighthouse & the Whaler, Ray Flanagan and The Authorities, and Ryan Humbert. Jim began his career studying at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. Then went from intern to staff engineer at Metrosync studios and Ante Up Audio, after which he moved on to freelance engineering working out of many major studios in Northeast Ohio. Jim finally made his mark on Cleveland’s music scene and built his own studio in the heart of downtown Cleveland​. Jim produces, engineers, and mixes records comfortably in a variety of styles like Rock, Jazz, Soul, and Americana weaving from productions that feature groovy live bands to productions that involve building a track from the drums up. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/164
October 19, 2018
My guest today is Ryan Sutton, who originally thought he was going to be a professional golfer. Fortunately, his passion for music drove him to learn many instruments, including guitar, bass, keys, and drums, and then the studio. Ryan's uncle, Bob Gaudio brought him into the studio and gave him a “masterclass” in writing and producing based on his work for some of the biggest artists of all time like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. Bob invited Ryan to engineer and mix projects for Frankie Valli and for the Jersey Boys film soundtrack and international stage productions. Ryan also worked under producer Tedd T (MuteMath, For King & Country). Ryan also got to play on For King & Country’s 2X Grammy-winning album Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong, as well as projects for Phil Joel (Newsboys) and Big Daddy Weave. In addition, Ryan has had the pleasure of writing and recording custom music jingles, as well as doing post-production mixes for Coca Cola, Krystal Burgers, Nike, BBC, LP Building Products, Payless Shoes, Dollar General, Backyard Burgers, Hummingbird Productions, HCA Healthcare, First Tennessee Bank, and Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/163
October 12, 2018
My guest today is Jonathan Haidle, trained in both piano performance and composition, with an minor in painting. Jonathan likes to bring a wide range of artistic influences to his music.  After getting a masters in Education, he founded Forte Music School - where 180+ students receive private lessons with focus on recording/arranging pieces they learn.   I’ve known Jonathan for a while and have also been aware that he loves using Ableton Live and the Push controller. But recently I saw some of his live performance videos on Youtube and thought it would be awesome to have him on the show to talk about using the push controller and Live as both a composition tool and performance DAW. Jonathan says he has also been drawing some of his inspiration for composition from watching TV lately, particularly Project Runway. So he is going to tell us how he is drawing inspiration from the fashion industry in creating music - and why Ableton is such a great platform for that. And also talk about composing for film and TV. Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/162
October 5, 2018
My guest today is Ian Shepherd, mastering engineer and owner of Mastering Media Ltd. Some of Ian’s credits include: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Culture Club, New Order, and King Crimson amongst many others. Ian also has a blog called ProductionAdvice.co.uk where teaches you how to master your own music with plugins in your DAW. You may be aware that the loudness wars have caused music to get louder and louder since digital music was introduced in the 1980s, but you might not know that music streaming sites have finally taken us out of the loudness wars by automatically adjusting levels of all songs on playback to hit a matched listening level. This means that louder songs today can actually get turned down by sites like Spotify and Youtube. So really you want to get your levels just right so that they hit the sweet spot and sound right when streaming. Today we will talk about Ians newest free website tool called LoudnessPenalty.com that lets you check you actual loudness for each music streaming site to make sure that it will playback at the correct levels and keep you out of the LOUDNESS penalty box! Thanks to our sponsors! Sonarworks: https://www.sonarworks.com/ OWC - Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/161
September 28, 2018
My guest today is Ryan Earnhardt, a video creator and studio owner who produces a YouTube show called Creative Sound Lab. It covers recording-focused topics and out-of-the-box topics such as DIY effects. He recently built a Pooper Time Cube (A delay made from 4 inch drainage pipe) and created a reverb out of a garden hose. Creative Sound Lab stresses fundamental recording techniques and capturing real sounds such as using re-amping during mixing or using echo chambers for vocals - even if that chamber is your living room! Ryan has also partnered in teaching with Brian McTear of Weathervane Music and author Eric Sarafin aka “Mixerman”. Ryan started Creative Sound Lab in 2013 because he saw a need for something different than computer screen videos that mostly covered mixing topics. He currently has over 37,000 subscribers and hosts over a dozen online courses at Creative Sound Lab.tv Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/160
September 21, 2018
My guest today is Brad Dollar an empowering Grammy nominated producer & engineer who has been a part of over 1000 released titles. He has worked with major artists like G-Eazy, Bob Weir, & Slightly Stoopid as well as rising talent like Madame Gandhi, Dovydas, & Catch Prichard. And has ultimately been a part of over 1000 released titles. Brad also started Zoo Labs in Oakland CA, a non profit that accelerates music career development. Zoo Labs’ mission is too empower artists to create music on a self directed and successful career path among other things. So I am looking forward to learning more about some of the cool records that Brad has made and also to better understand the ways that we can create our own music and get it out to the world. As musical entrepreneurs we want to know what we can do to make our music sustainable, thriving, and fun. Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/159
September 14, 2018
My guest today is Paul Niehaus IV, a musician, engineer, and producer born and raised in St Louis MO. Paul is the operator of Blue Lotus Studio, an audiophile-oriented recording studio in his basement in Saint Louis. He loves natural and hi-fidelity tones in the studio, and strives to cultivate an environment in which artists can get creative and be themselves. Paul has served on the Board of Directors for the Saint Louis Blues Society since 2014, and has produced three celebrated compilation albums for the group. He has also co-produced two permanent blues-oriented museum exhibits, one for the National Blues Museum (in STL) and one for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (Meridian, MS). In 2016 Paul founded the Blue Lotus record label, specializing in Soul, Blues, Folk, and Americana. it was his production of super groovy soul records with artists like Gene Jackson, and Ms Zeno The Mojo Queen that really caught my attention. Plus I am a big fan of anything cool happening in my home away from home St Louis MO. Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/158
September 7, 2018
My guest today is Hayley McLean, a Vancouver born producer, writer, and instrumentalist. Her musical vision, Texada, is a mix of original styles that infuse elements of transient pop, smooth hypnotizing vocals and her fantastic soulful guitar playing. Hayley is embracing the ability to produce pop songs with a computer using programmed drums, and capturing synths and shimmering otherworldly guitars rather than traditional rock and roll. Following her Texada ‘Blue’ release in February of 2016 release, the track “All My Life” made it’s way onto both Canadian and US Spotify viral charts earning it over 2.8 million streams. And her self made video for a remix cover of Walking on the Moon was a video shot and edited using just an iPhone. Over the past year Hayley has been building and performing with a custom live rig that allows her to bring the Texada project to life through a system of looping, keyboards, acoustic drums, and guitar virtuosity to create an engaging and diverse musical spectacle. Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/157
August 31, 2018
My guest today is Anthony Gravino, an independent record producer, engineer and musician based in Chicago, IL. He works primarily out of his private studio affectionately known as The Drake. Anthony’s work includes an eclectic variety of styles across many genres including rock, jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, metal, R&B, hip hop and a lot of stuff in between. Artists he has worked with include Davy Knowles, Hood Smoke, Matt Ulery, The Claudettes, Marquis Hill, Bunny Patootie, Stu Mindeman, Noah Harris and many more. Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/156
August 24, 2018
My guest today is Kyle Andrews, a prolific songwriter and producer with an awesome story of producing pop from his bedroom studio that ultimately reached millions and millions of listens and views worldwide. Kyle has been producing great pop songs from his bedroom using the simplest studio setups, writing songs like “You Always Make Me Smile” with millions of view on Youtube, as well as releasing his own records Real Blasty on his own label Elephant Lady, which includes the hit single “Sushi”, and more recently his new EP “Big Hearts Exploding”.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/155
August 17, 2018
Dan talked about DIY room treatments, speaker placement, the importance of client communication, and gave us a peek inside the mastering process for many genres of music from rock to hip hop to modern country. My guest today is Dan Shike, a multi Grammy nominated mastering engineer, and owner of Tone and Volume Mastering here in Nashville, TN. Over the past 18 years he's mastered for artists such as Jonny Lang, ASG, Third Eye Blind, Cody Jinks, Shannon Sanders, Big Daddy Weave, Marvin Sapp, Secondhand Serenade and Chris Janson and has worked on most every genre of music.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/154
August 10, 2018
Maor talked about mastering for international clients, getting the tones and levels just right, and working with Sylvia Massey, William Shatner, Billy Sherwood, Mike Clink, and Ben Grosse. My guest today is Maor Appelbaum a mastering engineer and musician for major international acts such as: Faith No More, Yes, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Meatloaf, William Shatner, Sepultura , Rob Halford and more. He has mastered the works of well-known music producers such as: Matt Wallace, Mike Clink, Mike Plotnikoff, Bob Horn, Ben Grosse, Roy Z, Sylvia Massy and more. To Maor, being a mastering engineer is the best way possible to combine his love and passion for music, with his various skills- objectivity, subjectivity, and technical & artistic prowess. He finds pleasure in his job, more than anything, thanks to the variety of music and sounds he gets to master from all over the world. 
It is a profession he takes pride in, and masters. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/153
August 3, 2018
Wessel talked about the importance of setting up your studio just right, how the human ear works, and shared his special multi bus mixing setup to help you mix with fewer plugins, all from his new book Mixing With Impact. My guest today is Wessel Oltheten, mixing and mastering engineer with a very diverse clientele, from big selling pop acts to classical orchestras, and many indie bands. Wessel is also lecturer in Audio Engineering at the Utrecht University of the Arts in the Netherlands. He has also written many articles on audio engineering and music production. This led to Wessel writing a full length book called Mixing with Impact. In this book Wessel takes you from an introduction to mixing music, through the various parts of the mixing process, to help you get a better understanding of what mixing is, and how it is important to the process of creating recorded music. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/152
July 27, 2018
Michael talked about building recording studios around the world from Mutt Lange to Blackbird Studios to your home studio wherever you are. My guest today is Michael Cronin who has never once had a hit record or for that matter even recorded one himself, but nevertheless has played an important role in the creation of hundreds of millions of records through his famous designs for over 200 world class recording studios all around the globe. Michael started out restoring a 19th century London church as a modern recording studio for the Eurythmics in 1984. Then worked with Tom Hidley afterwards creating his own company, Michael Cronin Acoustic Construction. Some of Michael studios include: Guillermo Tell and MEGA in Paris, France; the renovation of MOSFILM in Moscow, Russia;  BOP Studios Bophuthatswana, South Africa; The Tracking Room, Ocean Way, Blackbird Studios and Masterfonics in Nashville, Tennessee; Capri Digital in Capri, Italy, and even producer Mutt Lange’s famed hideaway studio Sully Sound in Tou de Pays, Switzerland. In addition, Michael has been a pioneer in designing and building educational recording facilities such as the multi-studio complexes he has done in New York City, Miami, and Atlanta for SAE, the world’s largest multimedia academy. He has also contributed his skills to culturally significant facilities, including the archivist mastering room at the Country Music Hall of Fame and acoustical consulting work for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, both in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also one of the most sought after designers and builders of advanced, high-end home theaters in the U.S.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/151
July 20, 2018
John talked about recording the Dead Kennedys, Joe Satriani, Thomas Dolby, and One Mic (the minimalist recording series) My guest today is John Cuniberti, and engineer who started at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco recording punk, metal, and alternative bands like The Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Forbidden, Xentrix and Crome. John received both platinum and gold records for co-producing and engineering six Joe Satriani records, including Satriani's ground-breaking 1988 "Surfing with the Alien.” In 1994 John designed, manufactured and sold the first commercially available reamping device called the Reamp.  In 2000 John opened a CD mastering suite at the world-famous Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito mastering over one thousand CDs for artists like Tracy Chapman, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Thomas Dolby, Aaron Neville, Fela Kuti and the Grateful Dead. In 2008 John won a Grammy for his mastering work on "Global Drum Project" by Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain. In 2016 John began work on his YouTube channel OneMic (the minimalist recording series) In the series of over 20 videos, John demonstrates how he records an entire band around one stereo microphone with remarkable results.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/150
July 13, 2018
Ted talked about game audio, and getting great drum, bass, guitars, and vocals in the studio while balancing family life. My guest today is Ted Skolits an audio engineer and music producer here in Nashville, TN, who has studied under Grammy winning Mastering Engineer Bob Katz, Roger Nichols and college professor Raul Valery. He cut his teeth working in a animation studio as lead sound design, mixing and mastering animated shorts in stereo and surround, then went on to work at EA Sports video game company as an audio editor and soundtrack composer for multiple AAA game titles. He has also worked in Nashville on various TV programs ranging from the Dove awards to the Pickler and Ben show. His current focus is producing independent artists ranging from pop to country to americana. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/149
July 6, 2018
Ross talked about finding perfect mic placement, creating wider guitars & powerful drums, the importance of spiritual growth in creativity, and much much more... My guest today is Ross Hogarth a Multiple Grammy winning producer, engineer, and mixer with a long and varied list of credits in musical styles from blues, to reggae, to heavy metal, and rock. Gov’t Mule, Roger Waters, The Black Crowes, Shawn Colvin, John Mellencamp, R.E.M.and Jewel are just some of the artists that Ross has worked with in over three decades of recording. Growing up in NY during the influential punk scene of the 70’s, and making his way to San Francisco’s exploding New Wave scene and Southern California’s seminal rock scene. Ross evolved from doing live production and sound on the road with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Fleetwood Mac and Little Feat into producing, engineering, and mixing Grammy winning srtists in the studio. And In 1986 Ross established Hoax Productions to have the freedom to promote and produce top names as well as newly discovered talent. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/148
June 29, 2018
Recording Bon Jovi, getting voice and guitar just right, upright bass, mixing with Neutron, and recording guitar amps. My guest today is Steve Dawson, a multiple Juno award-winning musician, with over 80 projects into his career producing award-winning recordings for such artists as Kelly Joe Phelps, Jim Byrnes, Old Man Luedecke, The Deep Dark Woods, Big Dave McLean, John Hammond, Jenny Whiteley. Steve works onstage and in the studio with musicians as diverse as Tim O’Brien, Matt Chamberlain, Jay Bellerose, Wayne Horvitz, Jill Barber, Colin James, Colin Linden, Sonny Landreth, and The McCrary Sisters. Steve has 8 solo albums to his credit, and tours as a sideman as well, recently touring regularly with the band Birds of Chicago. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/147
June 22, 2018
We talked about Frank Zappa, Tom Dowd, The Hells Angels, Elliot Scheiner, and recording the biggest rock concerts of the day among many other stories. My guest today is David Hewitt, who designed and built the legendary Record Plant mobile recording studio, the “Black Truck” in 1978 and formed Remote Recording Services in 1979 for independent Engineering projects and equipment rental. David is an 8-time TEC Award Winner and member of the TEC Hall of Fame. His credits run from Aretha to Zappa, Miles to MJQ, George Jones to Shania, Mtv to Met Opera, Die Hard to Disney and some that simply defy categories.  Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/146
June 15, 2018
Derek Talked about using Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and Celemony Melodyne fpr pop production, building live loops for performing, Justin Timberlake vocal production secrets, and nailing the low end in your programmed drums. My guest today is Derek Olds, an Instructor at The Los Angeles Film & Recording School in Hollywood. He is heavily involved in the Audio & Tech worlds and has run the Celemony Melodyne booths at NAMM, AES, IMSTA, and the Grammy P&E party from 2014 to 2018, where we met. He has produced or performed over 1200 live shows worldwide in over 10 countries, and is currently planning his upcoming tour in support of his first solo record release. And over the past decade, Derek has had the pleasure of sharing his talent with many of his idols such as Prince, Oprah Winfrey, Bone Thugs, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, & Justin Bieber to name a few.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/145
June 8, 2018
Ryan talked about not losing the edge in your music that makes it awesome, recording vocals and acoustic instruments, mixing, and lessons learned from Rick Rubin. My guest today is Ryan Hewitt, a grammy-winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, Bob Dylan and The Dixie Chicks to name a few.   Ryan is also a great teacher and has videos on Lynda.com, Puremix, UAD,  Pensado’s Place, and The Recording Academy. So I’ve put these together into a Youtube playlist for you, in the show notes, along with many of his awesome records which we will talk about today. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/144
June 1, 2018
We talked about studio construction, getting great drums, guitar, and horn sounds, and how to build your production career. My guest today is Chris Harden, A Chicago based producer, engineer, and mixer and guitar player, and partner at IV Lab Studios. Getting his start as assistant engineer on the Grammy nominated Plain White T’s single “Hey There Delilah,” Chris went on to work with Rachael Yamagata, The Von Bondies, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Wayne Baker Brooks, and supergroup Hard Working Americans.   Chris’ production credits include Miracle Condition, District 97, Like Pioneers, and Chicago Farmer. And he continues to perform locally with The Pod (a Ween cover band) and tour nationally with the Ike Reilly Assassination. And He also tours as a live sound engineer and is a member of the Recording Academy. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/143
May 25, 2018
We talked about studio construction, live stage recording technique, and the power of mixing templates. My guest today is Russ Long, a multi talented producer, engineer, mixer, teacher, and author who engineered the hits “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes” by Sixpence None The Richer. He also recorded and/or mixed albums by Wilco, Newsboys, Over the Rhine, Relient K, Dolly Parton, Jim Brickman, Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman. His film credits include the soundtracks to The Sapphires, Girl Interrupted, Here On Earth, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, Hannah Montana: The Movie, and She's All That. And Russ has also done 5.1 DVD mixes and live sound recordings  for Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Luke Bryan and Guy Clark. We join him for the podcast in his private Dangerland mix room. He is also a partner in the acclaimed Brown Owl recording studio where he does most of his tracking. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more on Youtube If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/142  
May 18, 2018
Nick talked about recording awesome drums, and guitars capturing a performance, and how to comp the best vocals. My guest today is Nick Worley a musician, engineer, who grew up in Nashville around recording studios. His father Paul was a session guitarist, producer and studio owner. He built a one-car garage in East Nashville into a tiny home studio and began recording bands at night and on the weekends while working at Blackbird by day. In 2017, Nick and his friend from Blackbird, Leland Elliott, had the opportunity to combine their gear and experience and move into a building within the House of Blues studio complex. There, they created their own vibey recording facility, Weatherman Sound, where they currently record music of a variety of genres. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Nick:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuytsLvZcY&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsz-mUTnFloNFMO2JKkxHkk7 If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/141
May 11, 2018
Mitch talked about song writing, producing Americana, and recording acoustic instruments for fantastic sounds! My guest today is Mitch Dane, a Grammy winning engineer, and producer with over 25 years of making great records with singer songwriters, roots rock, bluegrass/ Americana, and Alt Country artists. He shares an incredible studio with Vance Powell called Sputnik Sound in Berry Hill TN that makes you feel immediately at home, and creative. Notable artists Mitch has worked with include, Jars of Clay, Humming House, Kenny Foster, Sonia Leigh, and The Young Fables to name a few. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Andrew Scheps:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8duk0gDlarQ&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsyjCgFez9ZuCVpgU_yctoY9 If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/140
May 4, 2018
Andrew Talked about mixing hit records with only a laptop and headphones, and great ways to use your plugins for creating powerful drums, awesome guitars, and spot on vocals. My guest today is Andrew Scheps, a multi Grammy award winning engineer, producer, and mixer. He has worked with a wide array of great artists from  Stevie Wonder, to Michael Jackson, and then recorded and or mixed top records for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Audioslave, Green Day, Beyonce, Zac Brown Band, Jay Z, Weezer, Metallica, and Black Sabbath to name just a few. Andrew is known for his loud and exciting mixes, and for bringing all that to life while mixing within the DAW or otherwise known as ITB (In The Box). He has also helped to create some of the tools that we can use for mixing ITB ourselves with his plugin designs for Waves: the Scheps 73, Parallel Particles, and Scheps Omni Channel. I highly recommend that you check them out Rockstars. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Andrew Scheps:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHlhOgQ36m8&list=PLbJhbD1bWQswPpNOB1mOnYgzB2LY6I2kL If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/139
April 27, 2018
Eric talks about producing pop punk with local bands, getting killer sounds for drums, bass, and guitars, and how to grow your local studio business through Youtube. My guest today is Eric Taft, a producer, engineer, and multi-talented musician working from the Buzzlounge Studio outside of Baltimore MD. Eric works alongside Matt Squire with artists such as Underoath and Plain White T's. He also plays guitar and sings for “The Great Heights Band” out of Baltimore, and produced the bands latest release, "Rad-Pop." Today we are going to dig into some questions about recording, editing, and mixing tight powerful pop. And how to grow your studio business through smart use of promotion and content creation. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Eric Taft:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlDVOIO1rIA&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsxADIQv1VeQx-j0RdiniBu6  If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/138
April 20, 2018
We talked about pushing creativity beyond the edge, creating 3d space around your mix, capturing incredible vocals, and lots more! My guest today is Shawn Èverett, a Juno and Grammy winning Canadian producer, engineer, and mixer living and working in Los Angeles. Shawn has a long discography of really cool sounding records! He has worked with many great artists including Grammy winning Alabama Shakes, Weezer, Margaret Glaspy, Pete Yorn, Warpaint, John Legend, The Killers, Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, Kesha, Har Mar Superstar, Local Natives, and many many others. And in 2018 he won a Grammy for engineering and mixing War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding. And you may remember we have also had Nick Krill on the podcast who did some engineering on this record as well. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Shawn:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwooIW__BQc&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsz0VP2i2bNWIRQ4g6P5U5bc Website: http://subtlemcnugget.com/   If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/137
April 13, 2018
We talked about Snoop Dog, Ronnie King, DJ BattleCat, Tupac, mixing with the LCR rule of three, recording & mixing great vocalists, and how to run your studio business. My guest today is Daniel Ford aka “Dr Ford”, 6 x Award Winning Producer and Mixer with music at #1 on iTunes, & the Billboard Top 20. Daniel studied under west coast legends Ronnie King and DJ BattleCat of Tupac, Snoop, & Dr Dre cred.  Dr Ford also has years of experience teaching audio online and in the classroom, and loves to talk about the theoretical/philosophical side of mixing. He has lots of experience recording and mixing powerful vocals, and can teach us more about LCR mixing, great use of parallel compression, using reverb effectively, and even how to produce killer hip hop tracks quickly and easily.  Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Rob:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz0LAhydfGw&list=PLbJhbD1bWQszz4EMF0-b5upM1DI27mbgZ Website:  www.DrFord.com Youtube.com/DrFordMusic Instgram.com/DrFordMusic Facebook.com/DrFordMusic Twitter.com/DrFordMusic If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/136
April 6, 2018
Rob talks about getting great acoustic guitar sounds for Elliot Smith, recording Beck Loser, and much more! My guest today is Rob Schnapf, a producer making critically-acclaimed records for the past two decades. He first gained recognition by producing (with his then-partner Tom Rothrock) Beck's debut album, "Mellow Gold," including the breakthrough single, "Loser." Rob and Tom produced three albums for Elliot Smith, including "XO" and "Figure 8." Rob went on to produce albums for Guided by Voices, Saves The Day, The Vines, Powderfinger, The Whigs and Tokyo Police Club. In 2009 he produced Booker T Jones' "Potato Hole," which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2011 he produced "The Road From Memphis" with Booker, which again won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear more from Rob:  https://open.spotify.com/user/mcdman/playlist/4zsL6rVLrX8Vid5fB8EtnH Website: http://mcdman.com/schnapf If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/135
March 30, 2018
EveAnna talked about growing Manley Labs from a small business into a major company, explained tubes and why they sound great, and shared encouraging advice for getting perfect results even if you make mistakes along the way. My guest today is EveAnna Manley, CEO and sole owner of Manley Laboratories, makers of hi end audio gear. Inspired by her stepfather who was a part owner of Ampeg in the early 70s Eveanna moved to California in 1989 to begin working in audio at VTL.   Some of the classic gear from Manley Labs includes the Massive Passive, the Variable Mu Limiter Compressor, the VoxBox channel stip, and many more including a complete line of HiFi components. And more recently Manley has collaborated with UAD to create a line of plugins for these classic processors.   Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Watch more about EveAnna and Manley Labs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itKksHOTJp8&list=PLbJhbD1bWQswyOFkA6gCa8nBnBhB_yruE https://www.manley.com/ If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/134
March 23, 2018
How to write songs in Nashville with artists from around the world, produce records that are successful once they leave the studio, and create and grow your own record label. My guest today is Femke Weidema, a musician, producer, songwriter, and composer for film and TV. A Dutch native starting out at Berklee College Of Music, she has also spent time in LA  working at Hans Zimmer’s prestigious Remote Control studios in Los Angeles, won the ASCAP Harold Adamson award, studied with Lin Manual Miranda at Chicago's North Western University with the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and worked for Richard Gibbs, and Don Grusin. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear Femke's music:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJhbD1bWQsyXpcEZVzCUjW5AF1r07FWm https://soundcloud.com/thisislv https://www.facebook.com/thefemke/ https://www.twitter.com/femkesongs https://www.instagram.com/femkesongs https://www.thisislv.com If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/133
March 16, 2018
A session guitar player with The Nashville Cats, recording with Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios, the difference between a Nashville vs Muscle Shoals recording session, and much more! My guest today is Mac Gayden considered a musician’s musician for his intricate playing. He started playing guitar in Nashville as a teenager in the 1960s and quickly become a top session guitar player playing on iconic records such as Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde. Mac was also known for his unique slide guitar sound through a wah pedal made famous on JJ Cale’s record Crazy Mama. And years later in 2013 He was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame as one of the original “Nashville Cats”. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear Mac's music on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8fepmmBOY&list=PLbJhbD1bWQswZUZZtKHISY0QntRehlaH1 If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/132
March 9, 2018
Johnnie talks about recording bluegrass with Steve Martin, getting an old school analog sound in your DAW, and using software guitar simulators, plus lots more. My guest today is Johnnie Truesdale, a Grammy winning engineer, producer, mastering engineer, and audio teacher. He has experience working with both analog, and digital, and is going to talk about he gets the best of both worlds in the studio. So the theme of today’s episode is to learn How To Sound Analog In A Digital World. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Watch Johnnie's teaching on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJhbD1bWQsxQTmcGWIOhyHmTiknaxtAL If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/131
March 2, 2018
We talked about recording power pop in a small home studio space, getting big lush vocals, great drums sounds, and composing for film. My guest today is Andy Reed, a fantastic power pop songwriter, musician, engineer, and producer from Bay City Michigan. Andy owns Reed Recording an analog meets digital studio where he records his own music as well as other bands. I met at Welcome To 1979 recording summit this fall which is an awesome weekend long clinic of music and recording panels. As an artist Andy writes and records with The Legal Matters a very cool power pop band that reminded me of the things I love about Elliott Smith. And he has also recorded and toured with The Verve Pipe as a bass player. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear Andy's music on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWdQmTtGvrA&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsw661NNhX11R7Zei44RVKYc reedrecordingco@gmail.com If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/130
February 23, 2018
We talked about the importance of finding your own unique voice in production, and creating outside the lines. My guest today is Alysha Brilla a Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer. Alysha is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. which draws on the influences of her unique background.  A multi-racial child of the Indian diaspora, Alysha’s art aims to unite people through the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope and bring light to social inequity issues in Canada and abroad. Her music and workshops feature strong themes of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusivity. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear Alysha's music on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px6jQHs0gVU&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsxbG37kN15s3fUqHE1ycl7j www.alyshabrilla.com If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/129
February 16, 2018
We talked about recording with Grammy winners, War On Drugs, keeping your old DAW alive, ditching your template for creativity, and the importance of going after sounds you hear in your in your head.  My guest today is Nick Krill, a brilliant song writer, producer, and engineer who lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City professionally as both a musician and producer / mixer. He has since toured the globe as a member of various bands including The Spinto Band, Teen Men, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. And on the control room side of the studio glass Nick has worked as a Producer Engineer or Mixer for band such as,  The Dove and the Wolf, The Teeth, Jesse Hale Moore, Nightlands, Eliza Hardy Jones, and he also worked on the Grammy winning album, A Deeper Understanding, by The War on Drugs. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Hear Nick's music on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8ivEQaHaJk&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsyj0Q6OwSEpBeUMGJrEuVSw Nick's Discography: http://nickkrill.tumblr.com/discography If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/128 twitter: @teen_meninstagram: @teenmenhomepage: http://nickkrill.tumblr.com/
February 9, 2018
We talked about how you can avoid 5 Big Mixing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making In your Studio. My guest today is Jason Moss, a mixer, producer, and engineer focusing on the pop, EDM, hip­hop, folk, and indie rock. Jason is a graduate of New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he honed his skills through mentorships with Grammy­ winning music makers like Bob Power, Kevin Killen, and Jim Anderson. As a music educator Jason is the founder of BehindTheSpeakers.com, and frequently lectures on mixing at NYU. His how­ to articles have been featured in leading industry publications by Berklee, TuneCore, SonicScoop, The Pro Audio Files, and Disc Makers. Download the free eBook: 35 Mixing Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Watch Jason's videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGYyQowYdnc&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsxfUwt6LkPbaE1G3FtdfjnB If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/127
February 2, 2018
We talked about hearing the Beatles for the first time, why the sound of Pyromania in the 80s was influenced by FM radio compression, and the making of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. My guest today is William Wittman, a musician, multi–platinum engineer, and producer for artists like Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, the Hooters, and The Outfield. He has held the chief engineer position at several major recording studios which also led to several years as an A&R VP and Staff Producer at two major record labels (Sony/Columbia and BMG/RCA). He was also a member of the alternative rock band Too Much Joy. Today, he plays bass guitar in the band of Cyndi Lauper, both in her studio recordings as well as on her international tours. Thanks to our sponsors! Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Tegeler Audio Manufaktur: https://www.tegeler-audio-manufaktur.de/ Watch William’s videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5zUgkCSjAE&list=PLbJhbD1bWQszXVUOTdAo7PSpxpIWJLLWl If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/126
January 26, 2018
We talked about working with Michael Beinhorn, Rick Rubin, and how to make a great record! He also shares advice on how to be a successful intern. My guest today is Lior Goldenberg a producer and mixer based in Los Angeles. He has been making records in LA since the early 90s starting out as a runner at the Record Plant and then as s second engineer for producers like Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn, Robert Margouleff and Manny Marroquin. Lior’s clients include Stone Temple Pilots, Ziggy Marley, Rancid, Fuel, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Marilyn Manson, Andrew W.K., Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Alanis Morissette, MxPx, Allen Stone, and many more. Thanks to our sponsors: Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Watch Mike’s videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJhbD1bWQsyXvtuLdK9DNemVig5YFy3F If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/125
January 19, 2018
Mike talks about the importance of mistakes in the studio, and shares some great tips for recording drums, bass, guitars, and vocals! My guest today is Mike Senior, a professional recording and mixing engineer, who writes for Sound On Sound magazine both the popular 'Studio SOS' and 'Mix Rescue' columns. He teaches recording on his fantastic blog at http://cambridge-mt.com/. Thanks to our sponsors: Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Watch Mike’s videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lN8vWm3m0&list=PLbJhbD1bWQsxH4bwQAecJEc3MS2Y3tOJM If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/124
January 12, 2018
George tells us about choosing great mics, designing the parametric EQ, Blackbird studio C, recording Little Feat, Earth Wind & Fire, and much more. My guest today is George Massenburg, a multi Grammy award winning producer, engineer, mixer, and award winning audio designer legendary for having invented the parametric equalizer in 1972. George has participated in over four hundred records over the past 45 years. His work includes recordings of Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Herbie Hancock, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, the Dixie Chicks and many more. Thanks to our sponsors: Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Listen to George's records on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJhbD1bWQsyeDMJHfeIGHkltzZG0vFXu If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/123
January 5, 2018
Get the real story about recording “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with Cyndi Lauper, and other great studio stories, and recording tips! My guest today is Eric Bazilian, Founder of The Hooters, and part of the band on Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual”, as well as Joan Osborne’s “Relish”, for which Bazilian wrote the Grammy-nominated “One Of Us’ one night in his dining room. He then went on to write for and produce artists as varied as Busted, The Scorpions, Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, Amanda Marshall, Jonatha Brooke, Billie Meyers, Leanne Rymes, and many more he can’t remember at the moment. His proudest moment as a producer in recent history is the album he produced with William Wittman for Dave Hause, “Bury Me In Philly”. Thanks to our sponsors: Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Listen to Eric Bazilian's records on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs&list=PLbJhbD1bWQszGMrEwVcfIhFQrHQv8NFco If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/122
December 29, 2017
Joe Chiccarelli talks about recording killer drums, guitars, and vocals among other things... My guest today is Joe Chiccarelli a ten time Grammy Award-Winning Producer/Engineer & Mixer who has been making great records for more than 3 decades. Joe’s credits include such artists as Tori Amos, Beck, The Strokes, The Killers, U2, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, The Shins, The White Stripes, Morrissey, Christina Perri, Alanis Morrisette, Jason Mraz, Cafe Tacuba, and The Raconteurs for which he received his eighth Grammy award, for Best Engineered Album of 2008 for "Consolers of The Lonely." Joe got his first big break with one of my favorite artists, Frank Zappa, in 1979 recording Sheik Yerbouti, Joe’s Garage Acts I&II, Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar, and Tinsel Town Rebellion. Thanks to our sponsors: Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com Listen to Joe's Records on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQYpF2pCkLI&list=PLbJhbD1bWQszVJ_gDWpb5YnOzwvTkkK33 Joe’s Dicography: https://www.discogs.com/artist/147534-Joe-Chiccarelli?filter_anv=0&type=Credits   If you love the podcast then please Leave a review on iTunes here And if you want to learn more about mixing you can get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/121
December 22, 2017
Jim Scott digs deeper into his story, talks about recording Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and gives tips on miking up drums.
December 15, 2017
Jim Scott talks about his entry into the music industry and working with iconic artists such as Wilco, Sting, and Tom Petty. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/119  Multiple Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer, Jim Scott, has worked with many artists since his start with Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtles three decades ago. His discography lists over 200 credits on his website including Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Roger Daltrey, Crowded House, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Sexsmith, Dweezil Zappa, Styx, Foo Fighters, Johnny Cash, Rage Against The Machine, Santana, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Nikka Costa, Weezer, and Audioslave. So many great records I had to stop writing them down. Jim has recorded and mixed records with Rick Rubin and also with our previous guest on the podcast Richard Dodd on Tom Petty’s Wildflowers. In 2006, he built Plyrz Studio in Valencia, CA. An inviting space to make music with a classic Neve 8048 recording console, walls of colorful tapestries adorning rooms full of vintage instruments. We are going to dive into questions about many of these classic albums that Jim has produced, engineered, and mixed, and just how he got such wonderful sounds. Thanks to our sponsors:  Check out Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com   Leave a Review -Also- Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com
December 8, 2017
We interrupt the regular podcast schedule to bring you a breaking news story about how Music City is bringing the hammer down on working home studios! CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/118    Would you believe Nashville brought the hammer down on my home studio just because I was recording other people to make a living? Well it's true!My name is Lij Shaw and I have a Grammy awarded home studio in East Nashville TN called The Toy Box Studio where I have been peacefully recording local musicians for nearly 20 years. Until recently that is...Learn more by listening to this out take from my live video broadcast with Björgvin Benediktsson and Chris Graham as I explain the situation, what happened to me, and how I decided to fight back! Thanks to our sponsors:  Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com   Leave a Review -Also- Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com
December 1, 2017
Ted Hutt talks about recording in studios around the world, the pre-production process, effective production tips, and gives a few awesome tricks for capturing vocals. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/117  Ted Hutt is a Grammy-Award Winning British music producer, musician, and songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Ted was originally a guitar player and founding member of The Promise, The Great Unwashed, Gods Hotel, Reacharound, and Flogging Molly. He moved on to production from there, and is credited with many chart-breaking albums including: The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, including their RIAA certified Gold recording Drunken Lullabies and its followup Within a Mile of Home, The Bouncing Souls, Lucero, Dropkick Murphys, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Audra Mae amongst other notable artists. Thanks to our sponsors:  Check out Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com   Leave a Review -Also- Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com
November 24, 2017
Matt McGlynn walks us through the steps to diversifying your mic locker. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/116 Get Matt's Free PDF notes at: http://RSRockstars.com/MicLocker  Matt McGlynn is the founder of Roswell Pro Audio, a boutique microphone company from the wine country of northern California. His goal is to make microphones that provide a distinctive sound, but also a level of performance normally associated with far more expensive devices. You have heard our sponsor ads on the podcast about the Roswell Mini K47 and Delphos mics, both of which are really cool well built mics at affordable price points. Matt is going to share with us his strategy on How To Build A Mic Locker which will work for the pro or home studio through a system of categorizing condenser mics that should help you intelligently build diversity into your collection, and avoid buying a bunch of microphones that sound more or less the same.  Thanks to our sponsors:  Check out Chris Graham Mastering: http://RSRockstars.com/FreeMasteringSample Roswell Pro Audio: https://RoswellProAudio.com   Leave a Review -Also- Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com
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