Author: By by Clive Young
May 21,2015
There's more to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA than musical training. With that in mind, the venerable college has released an ebook, Want A Career In The Music Industry? Six Things You Should Consider, that shows what potential students should be doing to prepare for or maintain a music-industry career—a move that instantly makes readers mentally check-off "I do that, I don't do that," thus determining whether they're serious about being in the field or should just be content to love music and explore other professions instead.

Author: By by Clive Young
May 14,2015
Forty years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded some of their breakthrough Born To Run album at 914 Sound Studios in the small town of Blauvelt, NY.  They spent a lot of time there—so much that occasionally the band pitched a tent in the studio's backyard rather than drive home to New Jersey. Ultimately, however, they only used one song on the final album, opting to record the rest at The Record Plant in New York City. Still, if only a single song could make it to the finished LP, it was the right one: the propulsive title track. We all know what happened to Springsteen, but whatever became of 914 Sound Studios and its audio team?

Author: By by Clive Young
May 11,2015
It’s no secret that record pressing plants are heavily backlogged these days. Aiming to help out bands and simply learn something new, Texas-based Austin Signal recording studio has started offering lathe-cut vinyl services—essentially hand-cutting records one-by-one. Intrigued, we sat down with studio owner Jon Neiss to learn more and discovered that’s only part of what makes his studio unique.

Author: By by Brian Davidson
April 27,2015
Brian Davidson, Production Director at Dallas, TX-based Park Cities Baptist Church, shares his thoughts and experience as to how best to make the most of assistive listening systems in Houses of Worship and other venues.

Author: By Rob Tavaglione for
April 22,2015
As it happens from time to time, I get requests for advice from fellow engineers. Sure, there's questions about compressors or methodologies, but the most common is the good ol' “what mic should I buy?” question. This recent inquiry from Terry Moore of Abstract Studios in Houston—asking about affordable mic purchases for singer/songwriters—seemed like it might be informative for a lot of our readers. Terry was agreeable with sharing, so here you go

Author: By by Mr. Bonzai
April 14,2015
This interview with the remarkable Stan Freberg, from the Lunching With Bonzai series of 167 interviews, first appeared in Mix magazine in 1983. I met Stan Freberg not because I recognized his face, but because I overheard his voice in a crowded L.A. supermarket. I did a mental double-take, looked around and pushed my way through the shopping carts to shake this man's hand. He cordially introduced his 12-year-old son, Donavan, and we made plans for a lunching. I thought it would be revealing fun to meet with two generations of Frebergs.

Author: By by Clive Young
April 6,2015
Frank Sinatra knew his way around a recording session, as this seven-minute, fly-on-the-wall clip of the singer recording “It Was A Very Good Year” shows. Singing with a live orchestra, the Chairman of the Board puffs away on his cigarettes, keeps an ear out for bad notes, cracks jokes to keep the mood up and remains focused on the practical demands of the day, too, concerned that the song remain short enough for rigid radio formats.

Author: By by Clive Young
April 2,2015
How metal is guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal? The guy has played with Guns n’ Roses and Lita Ford, and co-wrote and performed the theme to VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show—and those are just a few of the highlights from his 20 year-plus career. “First-call guitar player” isn’t the only hat he wears though—truthfully, Thal is a one-man industry, as you can get your hands on everything from Bumblefoot guitar cases to hot sauces. And if you pick up his latest solo album, Little Brother Is Watching, you’ll find he’s adept at producing, engineering and conducting gang vocals, too.

Author: By by Steve Harvey
March 31,2015
The April, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News features a special report, Immersive Sound: New Tools Of The Trade (which can be read HERE). Expanding on the report, we present further insight in this online continuation.

Author: By by Clive Young
March 30,2015
“All About That Bass” may have been a hit song last summer, but it’s also the basic concept behind a prototypical fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames. Created by Viet Tran and Seth Robertson, engineering seniors at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, the invention uses sound waves in the 30 to 60 Hertz range to separate oxygen from an object on fire, extinguishing flames without using water or chemicals.

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