Category Archives: Rants and Raves

Rants. Raves. Often entertaining. We hope.

Why (Almost) Everything You Thought You Knew About Bit Depth Is Probably Wrong

A lot of competent audio engineers working in the field today have some real misconceptions and gaps in their knowledge around digital audio. Not a month goes by that I don’t encounter an otherwise capable music professional who makes simple errors about all sorts of basic digital audio principles – The very kinds of fundamental […]

Also posted in All Stories, September 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 3, Technology | Comments closed

Why Vinyl Is NOT Going To Save The Music Industry (And What Will)

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Vinyl sales have exploded over the past six years. They grew by 44% in 2010, 39% in 2011 and 19% in 2012. At first glance, this seems huge — Especially when you take into account that music sales in general have dropped over 60% from their peak. But here’s the dirty little secret you probably haven’t […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed

Modern Hi-Fi: What Really Happened to the High-End Stereo Market

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Old people complaining about ‘the kids these days with their so-called music’ goes back to at least the time of the ancient Greeks, when Plato griped that: “Music was once divided into its proper forms…not permitted to exchange the melodic styles of these established forms and others…The rule was to listen silently and learn; But […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular, Technology | Comments closed

InputOutput Podcast: The Ian MacKaye Interview

As a member of seminal hardcore punk bands The Teen Idles, Minor Threat and Fugazi, and a founder of the pioneering indie label, Dischord Records, Ian MacKaye led a musical movement out of Washington, D.C. in the early 80s that continues to ignite and inspire bands all over the world. With Dischord as its engine, […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Industry Trends, Producer Profiles, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Self-Produced Songwriter Arthur Nasson on Limitations, Listening and 8-Track Recording

Arthur Nasson is a recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Boston, MA. Around the turn of the century, as the digital revolution took hold in earnest, music stores began selling off the very last of their all-analog recorders in order to make way for “the future”. I stood inside of one of those […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, July 2013, Most Popular | Comments closed

Your (Long, Arduous, Doubt-Inducing, Bipolar) Surefire Path to Success

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle The modern musician cares about time, probably because we’re so often reminded, in ways both funny and sad, of how little we actually have. Musicians who feel the pressure of time look outside themselves for shortcuts to success. […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, June 2013, Most Popular, Music: Making it, Listening to it. | Comments closed

Pandora’s Epic PR Fail (And the Future of Internet Radio)

Pandora Radio has experienced some pretty incredible growth over the last several years. Today, the company lays claim to nearly 80% of internet radio traffic in the US, a category which has grown 33% since 2007. With over 175 million monthly users, Pandora is the second most popular music-only streaming service on the web, right […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, June 2013, Most Popular | Comments closed

How Long Is This Gonna Take? The Time and Cost of Recording a Full-Length Album

Vintage record clock by Etsy user "clockstockandbarrell"

This story, “How Long Is This Gonna Take? The Time and Cost of Recording a Full-Length Album” has been ported over to SonicScoop.com for all posterity to enjoy. Find it here. . . . . .

Also posted in All Stories, Behind The Release, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, May 2013, Most Popular, Producers and Studios | Comments closed

Tales of the Tape: Cassette Culture in the Digital Age

"Restraint" from Seattle band Orca Team, on Cassingle and Loving It

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In his book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, psychologist Barry Schwartz slaps us with a provocative theory: The modern consumer’s unlimited freedom of choice is actually a burden that leads to anxiety and unhappiness. Schwartz isn’t culling ideas from Orwell’s 1984, but from […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, May 2013, Most Popular, New Releases | Comments closed

When to Work For Free (And When Not To)

Oregon Trail: You Have Died of Exposure

Over the past year, the general public has become increasingly ravenous over stories about the new economics of music and other creative fields. 2012 started off with news of class-action lawsuits that may bring an end to illegal unpaid internships. High-profile public conversations emerged when musicians debated when they should and shouldn’t work for free, […]

Also posted in April 2013, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed
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