Category Archives: Sub-Feature 2

Studio Skillset: The Care, Feeding and Selection of a Studio Piano

Until the home piano was overtaken by the home stereo (and now the home studio), it stood as one of the most complex, engaging and rewarding musical devices ever made. Get to know more about their care and construction in this installment of Studio Skillset. A good recording engineer should know at least a bit […]

Also posted in November 2012, SonicScoop, Studio Skillset | Comments closed

InputOutput Audio Review: UA Apollo vs. World-Class Recording Studio

In the latest installment of Input|Output, Geoff and Eli put the Universal Audio Apollo up against a world-class studio with vintage Neve 8068 console and classic Studer 827 tape machine, to see if the two could possibly compare. Click here to download our entire episode, including audio samples and our analysis, on SonicScoop.

Also posted in Gear Reviews, October 2012, SonicScoop | Comments closed

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 […]

Also posted in Producers and Studios, Rants and Raves, September 2012, SonicScoop, Studio Skillset | Comments closed

The Uninsured Musician’s Guide to Not Going Deaf

I had a disconcerting moment earlier this week. While out for a mid-afternoon stroll, I rounded a corner and suddenly felt an unusual pressure in my right ear. In just a few footsteps, my hearing grew dull and I experienced the strange and unwelcome sensation that someone or something had plugged my ear canal full […]

Also posted in August 2012, SonicScoop | Comments closed

NYC Indie Labels: Temporary Residence Limited


Temporary Residence Limited is a record label that has defied most of the recent trends in the music industry. As record sales deflated during the first decade of the twentieth century, Jeremy deVine and the bands at his label enjoyed their greatest spurts of growth. And, in a business that’s been moving steadily toward download […]

Also posted in Industry Trends, July 2012 | Comments closed

NYC Indie Labels: Luaka Bop

Those who have only a passing familiarity with Luaka Bop are likely to think of it as “David Byrne’s World Music Label.” While this may be a useful shorthand, it fails to tell the full story of an imprint that’s focused on finding music that would have no other natural home. When I talked to […]

Also posted in June 2012, Made in New York, SonicScoop | Comments closed

String Section: Rob Moose & yMusic


Violinist Rob Moose was a sophomore in college when he responded to a classified ad that read “Britten, Buckley, Boulez, Bjork.” That single ad led him to songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and in the years that followed, to gigs with Antony and the Johnsons, The National and Bon Iver. In 2007, Moose […]

Also posted in May 2012 | Comments closed

Vinyl Revival: Brooklyn Phono

There’s a record-making resurgence in Brooklyn – and the world. According to Nielsen Soundscan, sales of vinyl records rose by a shocking 39% in 2011 to reach totals of nearly 4 million. And those are just the conservative estimates – Soundscan’s rankings only include barcode sales at retail outlets. The RIAA says that even after […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2012, Industry Trends, Made in New York | Comments closed

City Strings: Gillian Rivers

Gillian Rivers is everything a classical violinist could want to be: She’s young, she’s beautiful, and she makes a reasonable living playing and arranging music for critically acclaimed contemporary composers. The only catch is that most of these composers turned out to be the songwriters in rock bands like MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV […]

Also posted in All Stories, March 2012, SonicScoop | Comments closed
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