Book Review: Al Schmitt On the Record—The Magic Behind the Music
By Clive Young. Arguably the most successful engineer ever, Al Schmitt has worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Dr. Dre—and now he's written an autobiography to tell the tale and share what he's learned along the way.
The Aha Moment: Scaling Your Business Without Sacrificing Quality
Peter Janis explores the challenge of scaling your pro audio business without sacrificing quality.
Software Tech: The Latest DAW Updates Serve Up Compatibility, Parity, Completeness
Craig Anderton serves up insights on the latest DAW updates.
The METAlliance Report: Where We Are
By Ed Cherney. Legendary producer/engineer and METAlliance member Ed Cherney (Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) explores the struggle to bring album credits back into the limelight in the age of streaming—and how that effort...
The METAlliance Report: Critical Listening and Critical Evaluation
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.
Seen on the Scene: 2019 NAMM Show—More from the Floor
Roving PSN photographer Steve Harvey captured more of the ongoing goings-on at NAMM.
Software Tech: How the Cloud Changed Music Software
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.
Consumed with Music Consumption
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...
The Aha Moment: Using Selection to Become a Destination
Peter Janis shares why offering a wide selection of products is key to a manufacturer’s success.
The METAlliance Report: Al Schmitt on ‘Emotions in the Mix’
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.
Retro PSN: Chatting with Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks
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...
The METAlliance Report: How to Choose the Right Microphone
Recording legends Frank Filipetti and George Massenburg explain how to accurately test for and choose the right microphone.
Retro PSN: Taylor Swift Talks Recording ‘Fearless’
Back in November, 2008, we chatted with an emerging teen country artist about recording her second album.
From the Editor: Highlighting Pro Audio’s Entrepreneurial Vibe
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.
LISTEN: Studio Obstacles Fueled Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”
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.
The METAlliance Report: JBL 7 Series Studio Monitors
Producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay weighs in on how JBL LSR-708p monitors became the go-to speaker for his home studio.
At AES: The Show Floor Shuffle—A Peek at New Products
Mix Editor in Chief Tom Kenny guest posts about his travels across the AES Convention.
Home Studio Restoration will Build on Alice Coltrane’s Legacy
Ambitious plans to restore house and home studio will fulfill Coltrane group's creative mission.
A Labor of Love Supreme: Saving John Coltrane’s Home Studio
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.
This Destination Studio Was a Destination Before It Was a Studio; Now It’s for Sale
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.
The Aha Moment: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
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?
Software Tech: 96 kHz vs. 44.1 kHz—Let’s Settle This
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...