Category Archives: Featured Stories

Build Your Own Rat Park (A Better Approach to the Internet)

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In July of 2013 Alexis Madrigal wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can’t Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook”. Calling on research from MIT anthropologist Natasha Schüll, Madrigal makes overt what some of us […]

Also posted in All Stories, Guest Posts, January 2014, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

“Scientist” Editor Launches New Daily Blog. (And it’s good.)

Hey all, Thanks for tuning in for another issue of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, your favorite facetiously-titled, once-monthly, web-only magazine about the art, science and economics of music and sound. (Word to the wise: It’s easy to be the best when you get to narrow things down pick what you have to be the […]

Also posted in All Stories, January 2014, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

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! […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Guest Posts | Comments closed

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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Techniques, Technology | Comments closed

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. […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Most Popular | Comments closed

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, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, Music: Making it, Listening to it., Producers and Studios, Technology | Comments closed

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, November 2013, SonicScoop, Techniques | Comments closed

How to Tell If You’re an Amateur Musician

We all like to think that we’re beyond categorization. And to some degree, we are. To be human is to be flexible and multifaceted. But that’s not going to change the fact that throughout your entire life, others will categorize you, just as you do to them. It also won’t alter the reality that there […]

Also posted in Industry Trends, Rants and Raves | 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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, November 2013, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

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, Gear Reviews, Guest Posts, November 2013 | Comments closed
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