August 3rd, 2017 by Mike Major
If you wanted to record something of reasonably good quality 20 years ago, you generally had to go to a recording studio that had a professional-grade tape machine, a console, and a whole slew of outboard gear and mics.
That studio would have had an engineer, too. Back then, the Read more...
April 5th, 2017 by Mike Major
Image by Jason Lander.
Anyone who has spent some time in the music business would probably agree that it’s a pretty strange way to make a living.
But even in spite of all its strangeness (or maybe because of it) I can think of no better and more fulfilling way Read more...
January 31st, 2017 by Mike Major
When it comes to recording live musicians, few instruments are as misunderstood or mysterious as the drums.
The drum kit presents a complexity that just doesn’t exist when recording other instruments, simply because of the sheer number of components that make up even the most basic drum setup, as well Read more...
January 24th, 2017 by Mike Major
When you auto-tune a blue note, what color does it become?
Sarah Vaughan, pictured here happily singing in an age before auto-tuning software, knew that making subtle choices in pitch was part of the performance.
Auto. Tune. These two simple words, whenever used together and in succession, make my skin Read more...