Parallel Dirt (or: Esteban’s Snare)

I got to sit in on a mix session with Michael Brauer1 in (I wanna say it was) 2000. This is before Gearslutz and Youtube, and his ABCD parallel bus compression method was a very new concept (to me) and kinda blew my young mind. Now parallel compression is the norm...

The Salad Bowl Leslie

  I’m a big fan of cheap alternatives and creative solutions in the studio, mostly because recording gear is so damned expensive. The Wilkinson Audio 421 clip, or just about anything from Naiant Studio and Stam Audio are good examples of exactly this. A few...

Source vs. Sound

When I was in college I got the opportunity to sit in on a session with a (and I hate this word, but it’s accurate) legendary engineer. This guy recorded Hendrix, Zeppelin, etc. I was all full of nervous dorky energy. It was a tracking session, and as the day...