Industry legend—and METAlliance co-founder—George Massenburg examines the differences between hearing and listening, and discusses how they shape and affect our efforts to evaluate music and technology.
Roving PSN photographer Steve Harvey captured more of the ongoing goings-on at NAMM.
By Craig Anderton. Digital downloads turned the software sales model completely on its head. Once Apple started the trend, momentum increased for companies selling direct to users.
By Clive Young. While public accolades recognizing talent and hard work are fulfilling, for many creatives in the industry, whether they’re artists, producers, engineers or something else, their greatest, most gratifying award is something that the rest of the world will never see: their bank accounts.
Peter Janis shares why offering a wide selection of products is key to a manufacturer’s success.
By Al Schmitt. Twenty-time Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt discusses the emotional relationship he has with a mix and shares more on the process with an excerpt from his new memoir.
Back in 2006, Pro Sound News sat down with the late Pete Shelley, founder of legendary UK rockers The Buzzcocks, and chatting ensued, covering everything from the band's early days to how their recording process had changed with the advent of Pro Tools to what it was like to play Warped Tour whilst in late middle age.
Recording legends Frank Filipetti and George Massenburg explain how to accurately test for and choose the right microphone.
Back in November, 2008, we chatted with an emerging teen country artist about recording her second album.
By Peter Janis. By convincing market leaders—in our case, audio engineers and guitar techs—that our product offered a better solution, they became advocates for our products and continued to use them when future opportunities arose.
By Clive Young. When you have a personal stake in seeing something succeed, regardless of whether it’s a product or a company, you try harder and you achieve more.
Musicians can get stymied in the studio when they're unable to make creative decisions, as an audio excerpt from the Beastie Boys' memoir proves.
Producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay weighs in on how JBL LSR-708p monitors became the go-to speaker for his home studio.
Mix Editor in Chief Tom Kenny guest posts about his travels across the AES Convention.
Ambitious plans to restore house and home studio will fulfill Coltrane group's creative mission.
The crumbling home—and home studio—of Jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane has been rescued and named a National Treasure, but the work has only begun.
By Clive Young. David Bowie, MGMT, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Donna Lewis and dozens of others recorded at this converted 1902 train station.
By Peter Janis. One of the questions most often posed to me over the years is this: How do you come up with so many product ideas?
This is the first in what will be a monthly series expressing the METAlliance’s views, reviews and ideas concerning audio, audio hardware and software, education and more. This month’s contribution comes from founding member Frank Filipetti.
By Craig Anderton. Ever since we’ve had a choice of sample rates, there’s been controversy over whether higher sample rates sound better. Some claim higher sample rates add transparency to music, while others claim (with some justification) that no one can tell the difference if material recorded at 96 kHz plays back at 96 kHz or 44.1 kHz. For the past few years, I’ve been researching the hypothesis that…
By Clive Young. The U.S. festival market has hit some speed bumps in recent times, but our festival history pales against that of Europe and the UK, where such annual blowouts have been a summertime staple since the 1970s. What can we learn from their experience?
Watch the video: Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russell Kunkel and Craig Doerge joined moderator Mr. Bonzai in an exploration of the creation of Jackson Browne's “Running on Empty” at Winter NAMM.
By Clive Young. The R&B megaproducer's Virginia Beach studio complex is up for sale, along with its gear.
By Clive Young. Over the last few years, a movement has sprung up within the spirits industry championing a process called “sonic aging,” which uses loudspeakers to both speed up alcohol’s aging process and affect its flavor.
By Craig Anderton. Will machine learning make audio engineers obsolete?
By Clive Young. Ottmar Liebert rose to fame in the 1990s with his swoon-worthy ‘nouveau flamenco’ acoustic guitar music; in the years since, he’s amassed four Grammy nominations and 38 gold and platinum album certifications in the U.S. alone. Now he’s selling the custom home and detached private studio that he’s owned since 1992.
By Craig Anderton. The latest Apple rumor is that the company is going to replace Intel’s chips with their own starting in 2020.
By Clive Young. Recording studios have been disappearing from major cities for years; now an unexpected trend may be changing that.
By Clive Young. Noted musician/recording engineer/studio owner Steve Albini took home over $100,000 on June 14 when he beat 309 other entrants in the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Seven Card Stud event.
By Clive Young. Legendary Detroit facility hits the market with a $1.5 million price tag.
By Clive Young. After a few wilderness years, pro-audio trade show attendance has rebounded, and in some cases the conventions are bigger than ever. Exhibitors are aware of that more than anyone, so I spoke with a number of companies to get their takes on how the conventions found their way back.