The Most Popular Stories from the First Year of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist

Charles Darwin listens to his wife Emma play piano at their home in Downe, England

Charles Darwin listens to his wife, Emma, shred on the family Mellotron

We launched the first ever “Beta Issue” of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist back in July 2011, which means that this month marks our official one-year anniversary.

To date, we’ve published over 100 articles on the art, business, and science of music and sound – more than half of which are exclusive stories that can’t be found anywhere else.

We’ve also run guest-posts by a half-dozen audio experts and professional music-makers, and are always looking for a few more good contributors to share in the platform. If you have an idea for a story of your own, just reach out.

As many of you may know, we went from 0 to more than 10,000 unique monthly visits in our first 180 days, and we’re proud that we’ve been able to continue to grow that audience with each issue.

But much more than that, we’re proud of how engaged and responsive you’ve been. Essentially all of this growth stems from you sharing our stories.

Many of our readers come to us through our monthly email newsletter, which thanks to you, has “click-through” rates that are practically unheard of elsewhere in the business. But the largest portion of our traffic comes from the links you share on your Facebook walls, Twitter feeds and Tumblr pages. In a very real sense, your honest excitement about these articles is our newsstand and our lifeline to the larger world.

Of course, even the most dedicated TMimaS reader probably can’t keep up with every post we put out. That’s why this month, we’re providing a recap of some of our most widely-shared and still-relevant stories.  As you peruse this brief list of our most popular articles, please check out our official theme song, “Matter of Science.” It comes to you courtesy of Brooklyn musician Baby Copperhead. The song was recorded by the artist himself in his home, and it was mixed by cellist/producer Brent Arnold.

Thanks again for reading  – and for spreading the word.


Music Business:

How To Release and Album in the 21st Century

How To Win the Loudness War

Audio Poll: Do We Need High Definition Sound? and Audio Poll Results: Neil Young and High Definition Sound

Reports of the Death of the CD Are Greatly Exaggerated and Vinyl Revival: Brooklyn Phono

How Much Do Musicians Really Earn on Spotify? and 6 Areas in the Music Business With Potential For Growth

Top 10 Reasons Not To Become A Recording Engineer and Audio School: Salaries and Graduation Rates for Sound Engineers


Studio Tour:

The Best Recording Studios in Brooklyn


Studio Skills:

Can You Hear What I Hear: A Guide to Listening Blind and Avoiding Crimes Against Speakers: 3 Tips from a Mastering Engineer

Drum Tuning Essentials and Guitar and Bass Setups 101

Parallel Compression Demystified and Serial Compression, Simplified



Audio Priorities: What Matters a Lot (And What Doesn’t)

The Great Auratone Roundup (Featuring Reviews of the Avantone and Behritone Studio Monitors)

Curing Condenser Confusion: An Audio History of the AKG C-414 Microphone

Focus and Power: An Ode to the Dynamic Microphone

Pro Tools 10: Worth It?


Intellectual Property and Copyright Law:

How the Swedes Fight Piracy

Can We Stop Online Piracy Without Censoring the Internet?

SOPA Blackout: The Morning After


Producer Profiles and Interviews:

Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Factory Records)

Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails)

Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Elf Power)

Gabe Roth (Daptone Records, Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse)

Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Weezer)

John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile)

Peter Katis (The National, Jonsi, Interpol)

Joel Hamilton (Blakroc, Sparklehorse, Matisyahu)

Alex Newport (At The Drive In, The Locust, City and Colour)


Behind the Release:

“Mid-Fi” Recording with DIIV and Daniel James Schlett

Beach House – Bloom

Lost in the Trees: A Church That Fits Our Needs

Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Bjork – Biophilia

Wilco – The Whole Love

Booker T. Jones – The Road From Memphis

Sondre Lerche – Sondre Lerche

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical

Cults – Cults

Here We Go Magic – Pigeons & The January

Listen to This:

The Ventures Live in Japan ’65

Charles Mingus Blues & Roots

Ennio Morricone: A Fistful Of Film Music

Seen and Not Heard: Almost-Classic Instrumental Tracks

2011 Record Release Roundup: Highlights From A Hazy Summer

The Best Christmas Albums In The History Of The Universe


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