Category Archives: 2013

Letters From Smart People: Some of Our Best Mail From 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! […]

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Drum Mic Techniques, Part III: Placing Room Mics

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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 […]

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Our Best Stories About Music and Sound From 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. […]

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A Brief History of Popular Home Recordings

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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, Music: Making it, Listening to it., Producers and Studios, Technology | Comments closed

Live Venue View: Barbés – Music that Breaks Boundaries

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. Learn more about what makes Barbés tick on SonicScoop.  

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Recording Retreats: Pilot Recording Studios, Berkshire County in Western MA

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 Housatonic, Massachusetts – a small town […]

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Recording Drums, Part II: Close Mic Techniques

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Welcome back for Part 2 of our new drum mic video series. Fire up a good pair of speakers or headphones and switch your video stream to HD: This time, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular approaches for close mic’ing drums. This video was filmed at Strange Weather Brooklyn by Elias […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, November 2013, SonicScoop, Techniques | Comments closed

The Uninsured Musician’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act

As many as 43% of artists and musicians in the US currently lack health insurance. This is about 2.5x higher than the average national rate. We’ve taken a look at the new prices and policies, and how they affect musicians and freelancers, in what has become one of our most popular articles of the year. […]

Also posted in All Stories, Industry Trends, November 2013, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

An Inconvenient Fee: The Legacy of Pearl Jam Vs. Ticketmaster

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Two weeks ago, Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt, their tenth studio album in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. A predictable wave of retrospectives from rock critics followed. Always mentioned – but only in passing – is what many of them dismiss as […]

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Picking Your Plectrum: An Audio Comparison of Odd and Unusual Guitar Picks

This is a guest post by guitarist and composer Rich Bennett Keys to the Kingdom In an expectant moment before my first guitar lesson, I quickly grabbed a pick out of the tin at the front desk of my local music store. I can’t be sure if it was a Fender, Dava, Peavey, whether it […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Gear Reviews, Guest Posts, November 2013 | Comments closed
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