Ed Harcourt talks highs and lows of songwriting and collaboration

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During our exploration of Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Ed Harcourt’s Oxfordshire studio, the inevitable question arises – about whether modern studio technology is a good thing and whether having unlimited track counts and thousands of instruments at your disposal is beneficial to the process.  Ed’s view is that in the songwriting sphere, less can be […]

Show Off Your Studio: Enter Attila Hanak’s The Sixteenth Bar studio

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The Sixteenth Bar Studio owner Attila Hanak Contact info@thesixteenthbar.com | thesixteenthbar.com | youtube.com/TheSixteenthBar Key kit Moog Sub 37 Arturia MiniBrute Roland TR8S Soundcraft Signature 22MTK Focal CMS 65 Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK1 Tell us more about the studio. The studio is located in Toronto. It is a work in progress and has been for […]

Ed Harcourt on establishing and maintaining a career as a songwriter

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When embarking on a career as a musician and particularly as a songwriter, there will inevitably be difficult and challenging periods; the real-world pressures of maintaining an income, the slog of dealing with an often unsupportive industry and of course, simply keeping creatively stimulated and feeling that inspiration to write worthy work. Ed Harcourt is […]

Remembering the sounds of Casio VL-1, a pocket calculator with chiming noises

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When I first heard Kraftwerk’s 1981 album Computer World, it felt like the future was within my grasp. The album was a musical vision of how computers were infiltrating our lives and one particular track, Pocket Calculator, incorporated bleeps and blips from actual calculators.  Thanks to the electronics company Casio, a little bit of that […]

Show Off Your Studio: Juggernaut Audio in Colorado focuses on heavy

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Juggernaut Audio Studio owner Ben Romsdahl Contact ben.romsdahl@gmail.com | juggernautaudio.net Key kit Midas Pro 1 for pre-amps, I/O, monitor processing Quested VS2205 monitors and VS1112 subwoofer Heil Sound PR 30 Heil Sound PR 40 Warm Audio WA-47 Revox M3500 Tell us more about the studio. I grew up playing in bands and have always been […]

Show Off Your Studio: Juggernaut Audio in Colorado focuses on heavy bands

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Juggernaut Audio Studio owner Ben Romsdahl Contact ben.romsdahl@gmail.com | juggernautaudio.net Key kit Midas Pro 1 for pre-amps, I/O, monitor processing Quested VS2205 monitors and VS1112 subwoofer Heil Sound PR 30 Heil Sound PR 40 Warm Audio WA-47 Revox M3500 Tell us more about the studio. I grew up playing in bands and have always been […]

“The less time I spend in the studio, the better the end result is”: producer Roland Tings

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Roland Tings’ music makes an impression. At least, it did on Norwegian disco supremo Prins Thomas. When the veteran heard Tings’ first EP in 2012, he was compelled to sign the newcomer. Tings’ debut album was released in 2015 on Internasjonal to critical acclaim, and the much-lauded Each Moment A Diamond EP followed in 2017. Now, […]

Show Off Your Studio: Steven Comeau’s Bass Lab II

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Bass Lab II Studio Owner Steven Comeau, aka Starbass Contact steven@starbass.com | https://www.facebook.com/basslabstudio/  Key kit Universal Audio Apollo 8x interface Serpent Audio SB 4000 buss compressor Universal Audio 2192 Master Converter  Event Opal Monitors Benchmark Audio DAC 1 Master converter 15” 2019 Macbook Pro fully upgraded Tell us more about the studio The studio is […]

Ask Abbey Road: Engineer John Barrett on vocal mics, pet peeves and finishing a mix

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This is the second of a three-part interview with Abbey Road engineer John Barrett. The first part focused on how the Avengers: Endgame soundtrack was recorded at the studios. John has been at the legendary studios for 14 years and shares some of his advice on production. If you have questions for the Abbey Road […]