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Studio Sense

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Bizarro World

No matter your political persuasion, you must admit that the recent election cycle has been crazy and has taken some sort of toll on all of us. I know many people, from both sides of the aisle,...

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Scam Alert!

If you’re a small pro audio-oriented business owner—studio owner, audio engineer, live sound provider, all of the above—you’ve surely warded off attempted scams, phishing, spoofs and/or hacks in recent times. Anyone who has sold expensive audio equipment via Craigslist...

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Dear American High School Student

Audio engineering does provide some challenging and lucrative opportunity, but frankly those positions are under heavy competition. With today’s audio educators doing a fantastic job of providing employers with well-trained and able-minded interns, the modern employer is cherry picking...

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Headphone Freakout Solutions

As an engineer or producer, you’re surely used to seeing weird looks on the faces of the talent—maybe it’s just looking through the glass?—but sometimes, frankly, it’s almost too much to bear. You’ve been there: You ...

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Audio For President

I can no longer sit idly by as this nation’s politics are domineered by outsiders, rogues, technocrats and ideologues. It is obviously clear what this great nation needs and I intend to provide it with my new third party...

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Reviewing Monoprice

If you’re on Facebook and are public about your musical habit, you’ve likely seen ads from Monoprice. They sell their own branded musical instruments—products ranging from band/orchestral to rock band gear and associated portable PA—and, most...

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Touchscreen Mixing Looks Good In Print

Above the slogan "People who don't have time make time to read the Wall Street Journal" is will.i.am: "producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Wall Street Journal reader," among many other titles, accomplishments and accolades. From the photo, some of us...

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RadioShack Goes The Way of American Leisure

Personal, not-for-profit projects require blocks of free time—to think, to experiment, to create. And electronic projects—whether one, 150-in-one or literally thousands over a lifetime—require time as well as a ready source of both components and inspiration....

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Android Meets Pro Audio At NAMM 2015

This evening, I’m only one day into NAMM 2015 and I’ve already seen “Android” on literally dozens of manufacturer booths, banners and promotional materials, often mentioned alongside iOS in near-equal billing (though still out of alphabetical order).  

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It Takes Two Kinds

Surely you've heard the saying, “There are two kinds of people in this world,” as it has been creatively applied to most any discipline, topic or argument one can think of. Does such divisiveness have a place in serious...

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The Art (and the Risk) of the Rough

Admittedly, the beginning of a recording project is the best part; all the optimism, all the teamwork, and all the focus on the big picture is energizing, challenging and fun. Conversely, the end of a recording project is almost always...

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Music Production Biz in ’12

A new breed of engineer/hit-maker has emerged, one who tracks drums in a bedroom with questionable results, yet can "expertly" use drum replacement software; that records basses and guitars via DI and virtual "amps" to get their tones, racks and...

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Positively On Location

Sometimes audio engineering can seem like a pretty lousy job.  If you've ever spent days away from sunlight, alone in a small room, dealing with repetitive and mundane tasks (quantizing drums, editing dialogue, tuning giant vocal stacks), then you...

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2012 Sounds Good To Me!

The good news is that the economy is likely going to be slightly better off in 2012. Barring some unlikely lack of cooperation by Europe's super-powers on their debt reform, the US economy is likely looking at about 2.5%...

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