Category Archives: 2013

Fact-Checking David Byrne: Daft Punk Actually Stands to Make a LOT of Money on Spotify

Let me start off by saying that I love David Byrne. Not only do I like so much of his music, but over the past few years, I think Mr. Byrne has offered some of the best commentary on music, culture and the importance of copyright. For starters, I’m constantly — and I mean constantly — […]

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Drum Recording VIDEO: Overhead Mics Compared


This month, we’re happy to announce the launch of a new series on drum mic techniques with our partners over at SonicScoop. We filmed this one at Strange Weather Brooklyn, using microphones provided by Sennheiser. In this episode, you’ll learn about (and hear) some of the most popular and flexible overhead mic placements in history, […]

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Extraordinary Desire: How Child Prodigies Are Made

Image by Flickr user David Simmonds

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden When I was just above child-age, and not at all close to being a prodigious musician, stories of musical child prodigies seemed to pop up like clockwork. There I would be: 12 years old, just having finished struggling my way through the opening to Nirvana’s “Come […]

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Feeding the Machine: Are You Releasing Enough Music to Have a Real Career?

Welcome back to singles culture. A survey of history reveals a familiar pattern. And a few good ideas about what musicians should be focusing on now. For about 40 years, the full-length album has been assumed to be the “default” method for releasing music in the minds of most musicians and fans. At first glance, […]

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Update on “The Golden Ear Challenge”: Who Will Conquer Audio Mount Everest?

Last month, we issued “The Golden Ear Challenge”: Our promise to write a glowing, feature-length article about whoever becomes the first person on record to show he or she can reliably hear an improvement offered by any super-high-resolution file format under properly controlled conditions. So far, this prize remains unclaimed. Although I have my doubts […]

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The Independent Musician’s Guide to Not Going Broke

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 come […]

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Join “Scientist” Editor Justin Colletti at the 2013 AES Convention in NYC

It’s time for the AES convention—our favorite audio conference of the year. Once again, we’ll be hosting the Platinum Engineers Panel. Be there Friday, October 18, 2013. This special event is complementary with a free “exhibits plus” pass. Sign up to get yours by 5pm Tuesday, October 15. This time, our special guests include Chris […]

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Local Recording Scenes: Machines with Magnets Attracts NYC Musicians to Providence, RI


About 5 minutes outside of the center of Providence, Rhode Island, there’s an old industrial mill town called Pawtucket. In the past decade it’s turned into a local center for arts, culture, and rock n’ roll. Local Venue/Recording Studio/Art Gallery, Machines with Magnets has become something of a destination. Read more about Machines with Magnets […]

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Make Your Own Gear: An Introduction to DIY Recording Equipment

A few years, ago Peterson Goodwyn of was living in Milwaukee, WI, perhaps an unlikely place to pursue his dream of becoming a recording engineer. Today, he’s putting out easy, introductory-level DIY audio kits, and runs one of the most comprehensive databases of open source DIY kits on the web. Read more about […]

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How to Become the Best at What You Do (In Music, Sound, Writing, or Anything Else)


We now live in a global economy. This means that no matter what path you take in life, if you want anything that resembles a sustainable and fulfilling career, chances are that you’re going to have to become among the best in the world at what you do. This wasn’t always the case. There was […]

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