In a Silent Way
Beautiful, isn't it? Gomez said. She seemed to sense that he was uneasy. Yes, beautiful, he answered. But he didn't feel that way at...
A Producer That’s All Thumbs
So you wanna talk about desktop production? Heck, I've been doing that since 1986. A Mac, a couple of synths, a Sony PCM-F1 and...
Michael Kamen, 1948-2003
Michael Kamen was someone who crossed the lines between rock and classical music when it was a truly revolutionary idea, and he kept on...
Bungling In the Jungle
Okay, kids, it's the longest night of the year, so it's time to gather 'round the simulated virtual fireplace and I'll tell you some...
The Doctor Is In the House
Does anybody remember life before sound systems? Once upon a time, when music was played by unamplified instruments, the instruments' construction determined
Shrinking the Classroom
Back when I was in college, audio production education was something you did on your own. If you wanted to learn how records were...
Audio Products Go Wild!
It's AES time. Thousands of us will flock to the Javits Center to drink overpriced lukewarm coffee, eat three-day-old sandwiches, lose our voices from
From the Ashes
The fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island was the worst music-related disaster in New England in over 60 years. One hundred people...
The One-Eared Monster
Some day, they'll come out with stereo television. I mean, the kind that you have to look at with both eyes, probably through special...
Ah, Sweet Mysteries of Life
It was around the time when I built my first home studio that I rediscovered the mystery novel. In my living room were a...
The Kids Are All Right
When I was in high school, I loved to write incendiary satirical articles for the school paper about then-fashionable topics like war, racism, drugs...
Hacking and Hijacking
The most dangerous man in the music business is on his third, or maybe his fourth, company. He's been selling audio software on the...
The OS X Files
Computer companies rarely make audio or music hardware. There have been exceptions: If you've been around a while, you may recall that Atari included
One of the best parts of moderating Mix Forums online (www.mixforums.com) is that I get to read and, most of the time, approve all...
Kill Your Radio
Last month, I complained about the inability of the many digital radios in my house to receive my favorite public station. Before that, I...
Dumbing Down the Dial
It isn't often that I can, in the space of a few days, learn about a new application of digital technology in audio, connect...
Like a Broken Record
Remember the saying, "You sound like a broken record"? It's origin, of course, is from the (first) days of vinyl. Today, of course, that...
The World Above 20k
Like most of us, when I was a kid, I suffered from a bad case of technolust. Among my favorite reading matter were catalogs...
Son of Grumpmeier
Once in a great while, I get the chance to talk to and write about a rising young musical star like the one in...
Digidesign Soft SampleCell
SampleCell has been a mainstay of Mac-based musicians and sound designers for a number of years. The software integrates perfectly with any sequencer
Is It Time to Go Soft?
Following up on last month's column (which you can read at mixonline.com), I've been looking heavily into software synthesis. This semester, I built a
Hardware, Software, Wetware
As we turn over the calendar to another New Year, we in the audio industry find ourselves asking the age-old question: Will we still...
Strange Times, Other Voices
I usually write Insider Audio about two months before it's published. So this month's column was supposed to be about the New York City...
Living on Borrowed Culture
In one recent week, I could have seen the following shows within 10 miles of my home: A Beatles tribute band who sold out...
Drop or Non-Drop? Pull-Up or Pull-Down? Thirty or 29? And what the heck is 23.976? All questions that strike terror into the hearts of...