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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.

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,......

On the Cover: The Pensado Media Center

Pensado’s Place is much more than an Internet-based TV show. That’s how it started five years ago, for sure, the first few episodes posted to a new site, shot in a makeshift studio at a digital network called This Weekend, with a little social media thrown in. And that’s how most viewers first discovered it, from a link that brought them to the set where Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick combined......

In the Room Where It Happens

John Davenport, owner of this month’s cover studio, is quite a character. I had the privilege of spending a few days on his property along the Deep River this past month, listening to playback in the studio, riding on an ATV through creeks and forests, flying a drone. And I got to hear his stories, the ones that led from an unplanned, unpaid internship at Chelsea Sound in New York City to, 35......

Deep River Sound Studios

In order to truly “come back home again,” in a manner celebrated in story and song, you have to first truly get away. You have to make a big break, not a parallel move. You have to challenge yourself and the way you live, to find the way you want to live. Then you can go back home at peace, whether personally or professionally, metaphorically or literally. For producer/engineer John Davenport, ......

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