MixTrips: Chris Pelonis
Chris has been a longtime friend and I’ve thought from day one that he had one of the great creative/technical minds in our industry.
Who’s Keeping Score?
If there is one thing you can say about the digital age so far it’s that there has been a remarkable level of indifference...
Where Will We Be?
When I was a kid, I used to play a daydreamer’s game of “where will I be?”—when I’m 20, 30, in the year 2000,...
Reflections From the Bay
“It is represented to us that the universal suffrage, as now existing throughout the Union, is abused; that fraud and corruption prevent a fair...
This One’s for My Buddy Dwight
You don’t know Dwight. There’s really no reason you should. He’s not a recording engineer or live sound professional. He doesn’t make audio products......
What Is a Recording Studio?
Back in 1989 when I walked into John Mellencamp’s Belmont Mall Studios off Highway 46 east of Bloomington, Ind., I had no idea that...
Everybody Loves a Good Story
I’m of mostly Irish descent, and I come from a large family. My undergrad degree is in history and my master’s is in journalism....
Pick Up Your Pro Tools Pace
While attention to detail and organization are vital elements in professional session workflow, speed can often make or break a session.
Where Legacy Becomes Future
When we last featured Capitol Studios on the Mix cover, in November 2012, we invited a whole gang of L.A.’s finest engineers and producers...
Tales From the Client Side
The ink was barely dry on my January 2015 column about the dynamics of dealing with artists when I found myself in a situation...
What Kind of User Are You?
Last month I wrote about new subscription/membership models that are now being offered by Avid, Slate Digital, Cakewalk and Audionamix.
It’s nothing new. You’re likely reading Mix because you have a subscription. It’s based on a mutual agreement.
“I don’t need the drummer telling me how to mix a record!”
Don’t Forget to Stretch
At the start of every new year, I like to take an assessment of my studio life, looking at both the gear I have...
As often as possible, we need to remind the people we mentor that the fundamentals of audio apply to both studio and stage.
Education Through Teamwork
Although the major stars don’t often admit it in public (except, perhaps, on the awards podium), success in the music business is the result...
One question I hear most often from students who want a career in pro audio is how can they break into the business.
Tech Talk: 18 Years in L.A.
I’ve lived in Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and now twice in Nashville, but the city I spent the biggest chunk of time in is...
TechTalk: Upgrade? Is It Time Yet?
As an engineer, educator, content creator and communicator, I’m constantly wrestling with tech upgrades. But the first question I have to always ask myself...
TechTalk: Do Nothing
I’m always looking for something to do. Call it OCD, OMG, WTF or whatever you’d like—one of my dearest friends calls me her “favorite...
TechTalk: On Being A Sponge
Everyone knows the Chinese blessing/curse, “May you live in interesting times.” For me, the polarity-flipped blessing would be, “May you always be surrounded by...
TechTalk: It’s About Time
We all deal with timing every day. From hitting the stoplights on the way to work to setting a song tempo, making business decisions...
Metadata is like a banana peel. It looks great on the banana, but once it’s separated, no one wants to own it. Who will...
TechTalk: Traveling Rigs
NAMM is in a couple of weeks. I’ve been going to these shows since the 1980s, and I always get the same buzz from...
TechTalk: Top Gear From 2013
The last 12 months have been an interesting ride for our business. Dealers I questioned at Winter NAMM were lukewarm about business, but just...
Robair Report | Know-It-All
I recently played a show at a major performing arts facility on the East Coast, which not only had exceptional sound and lighting, and...