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Thomas Kenny

Mix Editor Tom Kenny joined Mix in 1988 after receiving a masters' degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has written extensively for Mix through the years, developing the Sound for Picture section in 1991, followed years later by a book on the subject. He was named Editor in 2003.

Producer/Engineer Ian Schreier

There was a moment a few years back, and again a few years before that, where Ian Schreier faced the career dilemma a lot of talented mid-market audio engineers go through: “Should I pack up and try Nashville? L.A.? New York? I’ve engineered a Grammy-nominated record. I think I’m good enough. But how would I make it happen? Would it work out? What would I be giving up?” ......

Monitoring Reality

So many speakers. And they’re everywhere. In your living room, kitchen and bedroom. In your car, on the plane, on the bus, on the train. They’re even on motorcycles as they split lanes during the morning commute on the Bay Bridge. They’re in the store, at the movies, coming out of kiosks, and coming out of digital signage. They’re at theme parks while you wait in line and then in the vehicle as......

Gear, With Personality

I write this in the Thursday early morning from Room 335 of the Anaheim Marriott, just a football field and a few hours away from the doors opening on the 2016 NAMM Show. Three huge halls of products on display for musicians and recording types, with Yamaha alone annexing the Marriott and filling the ballrooms, enough space to showcase the 100 new products the company is expected to announce.......

The Saltmine Studio Oasis, Phoenix

Vibe matters. That sometimes indescribable quality that makes a studio unique—from the Buddha in reception to the artwork on the walls, the leather in the lounge to the instruments on display, the sound of the room to the personality of the assistant engineer—is often what makes a studio thrive. Since modern recording broke away from the radio lab, lots of people have built world-class studios.......

Don’t Call It ‘Edutainment’

Pensado’s Place is highly entertaining. Pick any of the 240-plus weekly episodes and it’s apparent—even residing in a niche arts- and technology-centric market like professional audio—that this is good television. It’s engaging, instructional, cultural and just plain fun, often moving beyond the bounds of craft and into simple life lessons. A lot of that has to do with the guests, as engineers,......

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