Month: October 2014

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning is good anytime of the year! To keep your gear working properly, it regularly needs cleaning and dusting. You may also, like me, come across vintage analog gear that needs much love to express its true warmth. To this point, I recently purchased, for two tooth picks and a nail, an old 80s…


DAW – which to choose?

With his permission, this is the english transcript of Etienne Tremblay’s YouTube video by the same name, but in french (“Logiciels (DAW) – Lequel choisir?”). Here is Etienne’s video: Here is my english transcript: “Hi there! This is Etienne Tremblay from La machine à Mixer. Today we will talk about software (DAW)… I should have…


Don’t loose your headroom

Here is a tip for the digital age: Keep your individual track recording levels below -8db and keep your global mix levels below -3db! This hasn’t always be the case. In the analog days, we were taught to record tracks as close to 0db as possible… and above! This was to limit the tape noise….


Want to be a DJ?

Canada’s DJBolivia gives us a good DJ’ing 101…
If you like this video, there are many more on DJBolivia’s channel!

Enjoy!


Building a drum platform

Recently, I purchased and read The Bruce Swedien Recording Method, a book and DVD set about the legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson’s Triller is in his resume). Although the book is not a must-have, there are a number of important take aways in it: Educate your ears… by listening to live classical /…


Back to the future… a perspective from 1980

Bill Putnam is a legend in the recording industry. He built studios, fathered legendary gear (the 1176 compressor, among others) and mentored other recording legends (such as Bruce Swedien who recorded Michael Jackson’s Thriller). I came across this very interesting historical document, typed on a good old typewriter by Bill Putnam in 1980. In it…