George Petersen Editorial Director
It’s Your Vote Use It!
A long time ago a very long time ago I was a poor college student. I scraped by doing technical jobs, like repairing electronics,...
Get it Live!
A simple musical performance can change your life. In the summer of '68, I went with a couple of friends to Rome for a...
A little bit of all of us died last week. I went by Mike Quinn's Electronics in Oakland, Calif., and saw the Closed Out...
The NASCAR Studio
Not too long ago, studio computer simply referred to a CPU/monitor/keyboard setup either built into an SSL or used as an outboard automation controller.
As an industry, we work with pretty complex stuff. And once we think we know it all, some breakthrough arrives and the learning process...
Walk around any pro audio/MI convention, and you'll see lots of vintage gear or vintage-looking gear. Some of it is close to the real...
You Better Shop Around
This week, I listened to some of the worst tracks I've heard in years. It was a standard (guitars/bass/drums/vox) rock project that any pro...
Power…At a Price
Technology doesn't appear overnight. The first commercial sampling tools for digital audio go back some three decades with pioneering systems from Fairlight
The New Audio Pioneers
The other day, I heard a radio ad about Wi-Fi G4 iBooks with Tiger and BlueTooth, and it occurred to me that very little...
TEC Comes of Age
Certain milestones stand out as rites of passage, such as getting a driver's license at 16 or turning 18 and registering to vote. At...
The New Demo
There's an old saying in the recording biz that everything's a demo until it's released. Demos range from a quick sketchpad of a tune...
The Imperfect Space
Whether working in clubs, bars, studios, stadiums, boardrooms or bedrooms, we deal with a lot of imperfect acoustical spaces, and making it right is...
WELCOME TO NAB!
NAB 2005 is here, and thousands of audio and production pros from around the world will pack into the Las Vegas Convention Center (April...
What’s Going On?
Lately, the pro audio community has been abuzz about the closing of key major recording studios across the country. In a matter of weeks,...
Once upon a time, record labels were run by musicians and producers rather than lawyers and accountants. In those near-bygone days, labels had A&R...
Happy New Year! After weeks of nonstop partying and egg nog, the holiday season comes to a close with New Year's Eve, a night...
China: A Study in Contrasts
During my brief 51 years on this planet (including 23 years with Mix), I've traveled to dozens of countries on six continents and thought...
Who Owns Your Live Recording?
There's nothing that compares to seeing your favorite artist or band perform live. Yet with the advent of multitracking and editing systems, live recordings
Most of us took some kind of first-aid class, where we learned about applying direct pressure to a deep cut and whether we should...
Not Just a Game!
Game audio? Why in the world is Mix covering game audio? To answer that, we pose our own question: Have you driven a game...
The Desktop Studio Grows Up
Much has been said (and written) about the desktop studio and with good reason. Given the state of modern DAWs, 24-bit sampling libraries, plug-ins...
If there's a slow season in live sound, it's January. Oh sure, there were a bazillion one-offs on New Year's Eve, but between Christmas...
So Where’s the Excitement?
If you haven't noticed by now, I'll clue you in on a not-so-secret secret: DVD-Video releases are hot. Hollywood has certainly noticed, especially with
The Legacy of Sam
By now, just about everybody in the music biz has heard about the passing of Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records the seminal...
Old School/New School
One of the wonderful things about modern recording technology is that it accommodates a wide range of studio production styles. At one time, was...
Some have argued that rock 'n' roll was born some half-century ago with the debut of Bill Haley & His Comets' Rock Around the...
Since the invention of the wheel, Gutenberg's movable type, the Wright brothers' flying machine and helium-filled Mylar balloons with special-occasion
The Forgotten Surround Format
In the never-ending quest for dominance in the my surround format can beat up your surround format struggle, proponents of DVD-A, SACD and DVD-Video...
Make Mine MIDI
Twenty years ago this month, a quiet revolution began. Standards never come easily, but after years of backroom meetings between U.S. and Japanese manufacturers,
Who Do We Blame Now?
According to a recent study, CD sales are down 11% over this same period a year ago. Finding the reason is simple enough: A...
Learning and Re-Learning
Over the years, the TEC Awards has been host to many special moments, and the Hall of Fame award to Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick...
There are a lot of tough jobs in the recording industry, but the life of the production mixer is surely the most difficult, most...