Category Archives: September 2012

In Defense of Pre-Production

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Among self-financed musicians, pre-production is arguably the most neglected step of the recording process. This is a regrettable state of affairs, but it’s also easy to understand. The reality is that many new artists skip or gloss over this step because they don’t yet realize how much it matters. Despite being the least expensive part […]

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The Bob Power Interview (Podcast Link)

In this episode of Input|Output, Geoff and Eli interview legendary “Soul Music Producer” Bob Power. In the 80s, 90s, and 00s, Power worked with some of the most influential artists of the Hip Hop and R&B world, including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, India Arie and Meshell Ndegeocello. The hosts […]

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Producers Weigh In On Kickstarter Recording Budgets

Over the past two years, crowdfunding – whether it’s through Kickstarter, Indiegogo, PledgeMusic, or a custom page on an artist’s website – has grown at a rate that’s impossible to ignore. At the current pace, contributions to Kickstarter campaigns alone are expected to account for over $150 million in arts funding in 2012. That’s more […]

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The Quirky Habits of Great Mixers

Anyone who has worked on enough records knows that it’s not the tools that make a great mix, but the way that they’re used. And in a day and age where great-sounding gear has become something of a commodity – an assumed baseline rather than a unique and unusual selling point – the benefits of […]

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The Big List of Free Pro Tools Plugins

For a long time, it’s been easy to find a whole world of free VST and AU plugins on the web. But for users of Pro Tools – arguably the most popular professional DAW in the U.S. – pickings have always been a bit slimmer. Due to Avid’s exacting standards, fewer plugins have been written […]

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Bandcamp’s Endless Summer

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Sometime in early 2008, Ethan Diamond, co-founder of the webmail service that would later become Yahoo! Mail, tried to legally download his favorite band’s new album, and failed miserably. Pages loaded at a glacial pace and the download never materialized, yet a later look at his […]

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Letters From Smart People


Regular readers of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist know that we have never had a comments section. This is not because I think our articles are the be-all end-all on every topic. I do take some honest pride in all the feedback that suggests our stories are often better fact-checked, fuller in scope and more […]

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Music, Myth, and Catalog Profits – The Future Perils of the Current Pop Charts

This is a Guest Post by Alex C. McKenzie There was a sizeable brouhaha earlier this month in a small-yet-dedicated corner of the internet, after it was discovered that rock band Pearl Jam would be playing a private show for software giant Oracle’s Openworld Festival later this year in San Francisco.  A single ticket would […]

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