Category Archives: Sub-Feature 4

Recording Studio Retreats – Spring 2013

Bustling cities like New York, L.A., San Francisco and Nashville may boast more recording studios per square foot than just about anywhere else on earth. With such high concentrations of talented professionals, it’s not surprising that so many commercial records are made, at least in part, inside of one of these major markets. Then there’s […]

Also posted in March 2013, SonicScoop, Studio Tour | Comments closed

Sound Information: Metadata For Your Music

In the days of vinyl and tape cassettes, providing your listeners with information about your music was simple: Everything from song titles to song-writers, lyrics to album art, engineering credits to UPC codes, could be included in the sleeve or album sticker, and that was that. Today, what drives growth in the industry are music […]

Also posted in All Stories, Industry Trends, March 2013, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Widowspeak Almanac

Sometimes people do their best work when they step outside their comfort zones. Widowspeak‘s latest release, Almanac, out January 22 on Captured Tracks, is evidence of just that. Its sound is the product of a few creative people veering just slightly off course. And the album is better for it. The band’s 2011 self-titled debut […]

Also posted in All Stories, Behind The Release, February 2013, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Empirical Labs, an Analog Leader, Moves “Furiously” into Digital

Dave Derr, designer of the instant-classic analog Distressor, says his high-end audio company is ready to move “furiously” and “excitedly” into the digital domain. Dave Derr of Empirical Labs got his start in audio as an analog man at a digital company, testing circuit components for Eventide Electronics’ breakthrough hit, the H3000 UltraHarmonizer. When he […]

Also posted in All Stories, January 2013, Made in New York, SonicScoop | Comments closed

Music Spaces Hit Hard By Sandy – Here’s How You Can Help


Music community spaces including WFMU, The South Sound, Norton Records, New Amsterdam Records and Tape Kitchen were devastated by hurricane Sandy last week. Find out what you can do to help. When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard last week, it brought with it 90-mph winds, 40-foot high waves, and in some areas, 15 inches […]

Also posted in December 2012, SonicScoop, Studio Tour | Comments closed

Before The Storm: South Sound, Translator Audio and The Civil Defense

South Sound has just been decimated by hurricane Sandy. See what it looked like during it’s grand opening party, mere weeks before the storm. From The original article, October 18th 2012: Over the past ten or fifteen years, we’ve witnessed the indelible rise of a Do-It-Yourself ethos in the music industry. But for all the benefits of […]

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

Made in NY: Awesome Channel Amplifier

“If you dig the sound of old 1970’s records, you are listening to the sound of an entire console. A discrete preamplifier design is just one element,” says Dave Raphael, designer for the “Awesome Transistor Amplifier Company” (AwTAC) Click here to read more about the Awesome Channel Amplifier’s “console-in-a-box” approach on SonicScoop.

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

The Bob Power Interview (Podcast Link)

In this episode of Input|Output, Geoff and Eli interview legendary “Soul Music Producer” Bob Power. In the 80s, 90s, and 00s, Power worked with some of the most influential artists of the Hip Hop and R&B world, including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, India Arie and Meshell Ndegeocello. The hosts […]

Also posted in Producer Profiles, September 2012, SonicScoop | Comments closed

The Next Generation of Drum Replacers

Drum replacement – or at least drum augmentation – has been part of recorded music since as early as the 1960s, when Phil Spector took to layering live percussion instruments to help create his “Wall of Sound.” It’s a basic technique that only become more prevalent and sophisticated as specialized tools become cheaper, faster and […]

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

“Infamous” Myth-Buster Ethan Winer Rewrites The Audio Rulebook

As far as polarizing figures go, Ethan Winer is an unlikely candidate. Now 63 years old, Winer is a former audio engineer and computer programmer who plays the cello, owns a successful acoustics business, and frequents online messageboards in his spare time. In the most pervasive photo of him on the web, Winer is pictured […]

Also posted in July 2012 | Comments closed
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