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Barbara Schultz

Contributing editor Barbara Schultz writes about music production, audio education and studio design. She's also the managing editor of Electronic Musician and Keyboard magazines. Twitter: https://twitter.com/babbyjoschultz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=69291777&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics

Um, isn’t every song Aretha Franklin sings a “Diva Classic”? On her latest album, the Queen of Soul covers hits from other great female vocalists, including Barbra Streisand, Gloria Gaynor, Adele, Sarah Vaughan and others. Franklin’s voice is not exactly what it was, and that’s evident when she reaches for some of her pyrotechnic tools, but that just means she’s slightly more of-this-earth in......

Elliott Brood, ‘Work and Love’

To be clear: The roots-rock band Elliott Brood is actually a duo, neither of whom is called Elliott. Juno-winners Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso made their latest record last spring in the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studio with producer Ian Blurton (Weakerthans, Skydiggers) and engineer Nyles Spencer. Bathouse is built into an 1840s house, where the group miked up drum kits, amps and vocals in......

Jukebox the Ghost in the Orphanage

Producer/engineer Dan Romer hosted pop band Jukebox the Ghost in his studio, The Orphanage (L.A.), to make their self-titled fourth album, out now on Yeproc. “The boys would bring in demos that they made in their home studios,” Romer says. “We then spent about a week changing the tempos and arrangements, essentially doing a group remix of the song. We arranged all the drums, synths, and pianos......

The New Basement Tapes

T Bone Burnett’s talents as a music producer are many, but Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops sums things up in a way when she says, “He has such good instincts.” ......

Cool Spin: Sinead O’Connor, ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’ (Nettwerk)

Hardly anyone writes about Sinead O’Connor and doesn’t mention some personal or political controversy, but her music is so worthy of unqualified praise. The new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, is intimate, emotional, sensual—focused on the reverb-laden, chorused vocals that have been the hallmark of O’Connor’s best records. She and her producer, John Reynolds, are masters at creating vocal......

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