December 6, 2013
You might have noticed that we don’t really have a “comments” section on Scientist. That’s by design.
If you want to let us know what you think, we welcome you to write us an email anytime. Here are a few of our favorite letters from 2013:
The article on working for free kills. Thank you!
-Shane Michael Rose
I just wanted to let you know how much I loved the piece you did on sample rates. In an industry where thoughtful, deep articles are needles in the haystack of gear reviews and dubstep bassline “how-tos,” websites like yours are a go...
December 5, 2013
Get off those laptop speakers and switch your video stream to HD. We’re back for the 3rd installment in our new series on drum mic techniques.
This video takes place at Strange Weather Brooklyn, and is filmed by Elias Gwinn of Velidoxi and the recording studio documentary series, “Masters From Their Day.” (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.)
In this clip, you’ll hear examples of room mics used in a real-world context: Blended in loud over some basic close mics. Once again, we’ll be using a set of microphones provided by Sennheiser, this time focusing on the e914 small-diaphragm condenser mic....
December 2, 2013
2013 has been another monster year for Scientist. We started the year with about 25,000 visits each month, and ended up peaking as high as 70,000.
This has mostly been because you’ve been sharing our stories via social media, and opening up our monthly newsletters at rates higher than we ever could have hoped for. So thank you for that.
But as much Scientist as you read, chances are you missed at least one of our biggest stories of the year. Below is a recap of some of the most widely-shared, “greatest hits” of 2013. We hope you enjoy.
December 2, 2013
For recording musicians of my generation, the first experience of turning a dual cassette deck stereo into a multi-track recording device, by dubbing the output of one deck to the input of the other while playing a new instrument through the stereo’s mic/line input, was a bit like sorcery. Sure, the original Casio drumbeat is now almost inaudible, the new guitar is too loud and dry, and the entire recording sags under the weight of each new track that is introduced, but that doesn’t matter much when you feel you have discovered a secret door to a whole new world.
Some musicians come out of an experience like this thinking h...
Barbés is a rare kind of venue where you can walk through the door on almost any evening, expect to hear a band that you’ve never heard of before, and practically without fail, that band will be amazing.
New Gear Reviews
This year, you’ve got not one but two ways to check out an overview of all the best new recording, mixing and audio gear from 2013. First, peruse a list of highlights from the 2013 AES convention in NYC. Then, join-->
Q: What does a musician do when he wins a million dollars? A: Keeps playing gigs until the money runs out. Musicians, producers and engineers often face tough career propositions. Here’s how to avoid losing your shirt – in good times and in bad. With a little bit of intelligent planning, you might even...
Until 2007, Will Schillinger’s Pilot Recording Studios operated out of Chelsea, a now-gentrified New York City neighborhood that sits just below Hell’s Kitchen and the old Garment District. It closed after many other big Manhattan studio did. Today, the new Pilot Recording occupies a beautiful old church building in-->