Way Down Inside

Rick Beato with a great dissection of the Zep classic Whole Lotta Love:

I like when he picks up the guitar and plays along with the solo.

Pretty sick!


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Streaming Royalty Rates


Here’s some current streaming rates per service. Your rates might vary.

If you stream from…

  • Spotify – between $0.0005 and $0.007
  • Google Play – $0.0107
  • YouTube Music – between $0.0013 and $0.0105
  • Tidal – $0.0171
  • Apple Music iTunes Match (US)
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The Great Analog Archives

A 1940’s era professional tape deck


Since the early 20th century millions of talented people have recorded music. Record labels stored these archives whether the artist sold well or not.

Some archives were lost to fire or flood, and many … Read the rest

Fake Hi-End Audio

Apple and others continue to push the lie that lossy music is high quality.

They claim they will soon be shipping studio quality airpods and over-the-ear headphones.  Please.

Nothing lossy is studio quality.

Nothing wireless is studio quality*.


According

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Tom Petty Song Breakdown

Cool breakdown of a classic Tom Petty song, from the arrangement, the performances, and the mix.

Good stuff.

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Mastering The Equalizer

The most important thing in recording and mixing – the equalizer.

Learn to master it. Your music and mixes will come to life.


Here’s 2 great videos giving you the basics of how to EQ:


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The Problem With Experts Indeed

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Interesting take over on RealHDAudio taking shots at a music producer.

I read and replied to his post but it’s not publishing over there, so here is:


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Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
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Humanity Becoming Pixelated

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Oh the humanity of a hand puppet, fake blood, and animal entrails.


The tech takeover is something we’ve been watching for decades now, and with regards to audio production and socializing I get preachy about how much we’ve lost.

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Many Are Brainless

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Sick album, great stuff. All time classic in my library:

 

Get a taste then buy the lossless version here.


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Deltron 3030: Kid Koala, Del The Funkee Homosapian, Dan The Automator

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The Art of Recorded Music

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A canvas. A monitor.

A block of clay.

Human imagination is more fertile and expansive than all of them.

Human imagination is where the soundstage of recorded music is rendered.


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Creating sound for a recording takes planning. Even a simple … Read the rest

Youkill Audio Youtube

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Lossless data on the left. The right side is a visual representation of what we’ve been listening to for 20 years now.


Deets on Youtube’s audio handling:

Audio is streamed at either 128k or 320k mp3.

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Magical 2nd Track

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When you have your first certified hit as track #1 on your first album, track #2 becomes really important.  Track 2 = What else can this band do?

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Streaming’s Shortcomings

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If everyone got their music from streaming?  That’s a big problem.

Streaming…

  1. has no cross promotion with local events or the local economy.
  2. has no cross promotion with local unsigned bands.
  3. has no direct connection back to the artist.

  4. completely
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A Tale Of Two Setups

I was in my new all-analog studio last night with a simple task – dump from the 4-track tape machine to something digital so I could share the tracks just recorded with the artists.


 

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Room Acoustics 101

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Here’s a simple to understand, visual version of basic room acoustic properties. People argue about gear and formats and often times forget to deal with the most important aspect of what they are hearing – the room.

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How You Hear Music

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Listening 101

1. Directionality – Where is that sound coming from? Where exactly is that hi-hat sitting in the mix? Is the band in front of me or all around me?

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Dawg Gone Analog

It’s happening. I’ve considered and planned and anticipated this for 15+ years. But always compromised.

I’m going analog at the studio. Direct to tape. Outboard gear. No DAW. No computers needed at all.

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Making Records In The Age of Pono

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Great blog post covering Pono and the trends in music from a well known music producer. There is a lot of work to still be done in ending the era of bad sound quality but I like how he acknowledges … Read the rest