Category Archives: September 2011

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

This post, “Curing Condenser Confusion: An Audio History of the AKG C 414” can now be found on Click here to read on. The AKG C 414 is one of the most important and misunderstood microphones of all time. The way we count it, this model has had 12 or more incarnations over the […]

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Ennio Morricone: A Fistful of Film Music

In just four short years from 1964 to 1968, Italian film director Sergio Leone and the soon-to-be-prolific composer Ennio Morricone made four groundbreaking movies together. A Fistful Of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and  Once Upon a Time in The West were all cowboy pictures, and among […]

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How Much Does Spotify Pay Independent Musicians?

For years, I’ve believed that subscription-based services would be the future of mainstream music distribution. But that doesn’t make me a genius. Anyone who’s tried Netflix can see how much of a no-brainer the model is. It’s cheaper than buying or renting, easier than stealing, and it helps content producers get paid. The best ideas […]

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NYC Studio Tour: Queens Recording Studios, Part I

KAS Music and Sound Studio A

The studio scene in Queens is often overlooked, but perhaps not for much longer. Long Island City is home to a burgeoning musical community, while Astoria has been the home of one of NYC’s busiest production facilities since 1921. Today we take you for a tour of a few of the most active studios in […]

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Dancing About Architecture: A Dictionary of Audio Terms

In issue #83 of my other favorite magazine, Tape Op editor Larry Crane details a list of lessons that “They Didn’t Teach You in [Recording] School”. Near the end of this page-long list of incisive barbs Crane offers a quip that reads as a gem of painfully dry studio wit: “Words like ‘warm’ and ‘punchy’ […]

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Welcome! Issue #2 Overview and “The Wisdom Of The Renter”

Hello fellow scientists of sound! Welcome to the September Issue of Trust Me, I’m A Scientist. Thanks to you, Issue #1 was a smashing success, with over 3,000 new readers checking out several articles a piece for a total of more than 8,000 pageviews in the month of August. Once again, we present an overview […]

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Behind the Release: Cults

Before Sony’s Columbia record label picked up the Brooklyn band Cults, they made do with a spare Bandcamp page and a text-only website to list upcoming shows. Cults’ Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion Bloggers world-round seemed to marvel at the band’s ability to ignite industry interest without Facebook and Myspace – much like the rest […]

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Beyond The Basics: Serial Skills, Simplified.

Like Parallel Compression, Serial Compression is one of those esoteric terms that seems to pop up in recording magazines from time to time. While the name might seem abstruse and academic, the process is anything but: “Putting one compressor before another is something that was going on long before it got a fancy name that […]

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