On November 17th, 2017, musical instrument conglomerate Gibson shocked the music-making community by announcing the total shutdown of one of their recently-acquired divisions: Cakewalk Software. Cakewalk, makers of the SONAR recording program and many other extremely popular products, had been around for some 30 years and had a customer base of millions of loyal users… read more →

14 Nov 2017
November 14, 2017

Who’s On First?

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Nancy and I have just returned from the annual TAXI Road Rally music convention in L.A. (our FOURTEENTH Road Rally in a row – can you tell we like them??? 🙂 ). At each year’s Rally, we do a ton of mentoring and teaching.  For example, at this year’s Rally, I did 1-to-1 mentoring with.. read more →

Old Wood Grain Silo, Oconto County, WI.  Photo credit: Oconto County Genealogy website archives.

The Summer NAMM trade show and convention just ended here in Nashville this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with NAMM, on the whole, it’s a big gathering of music gear manufacturers showing off their latest goodies to dealers and potential consumers.  But more important, it’s a chance for people to get together — in person.. read more →

In my job as a producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer and “teacher of all things music production,” I get to hear a lot of recordings made by other people.  Many of them are recordings made for commercial use, as either artist/band releases, or for film and TV cues. Problem is, many of them aren’t anywhere near ready.. read more →

14 Jun 2017
June 14, 2017

Goodbye, Glass Ceiling…?

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Broken Glass Ceiling

There has been a lot of talk in our society lately about gender equality and the roles of women and men. As a music producer and engineer, is has been a fascinating experience watching those roles evolve in my industry over the past 35 years. Way Back When When I first started out, there were almost.. read more →

19 Apr 2017
April 19, 2017

The Producer Mindset

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“Hello, what do you do…?” One of the things I find interesting about what I call “self-recording musicians” is how they do (and don’t) introduce themselves and talk about what they do.  Most refer to themselves as some combination of songwriter, composer, musician, performer, or artist. Some of them might refer to themselves as a.. read more →

(Click on any image above to see full size photos.) Update (8/18/17): The Epiphone Genesis has been SOLD! *** NOTE: this guitar has a couple of minor dings and needs some minor maintenance to get it fully back up to snuff, so if you’re okay with that, read on… For those who are into this sort of thing, this.. read more →

(Click on any image above to see full size photos.) Update (4/19/17): The Guild Prestige has been SOLD! This is another one of those extremely rare guitars (only 172 ever made) that makes you wonder, “why did they stop manufacturing these?”  It’s got the “classic Guild” jumbo acoustic sound and built-in electronics for amplification, and (due to.. read more →

It’s that time of year again.  A New Year.  A clean slate. A chance to hit the Reset button and start over.  And yes, a chance to do all the things we meant to do but didn’t get done in the previous year. It’s the time of New Year’s resolutions, setting intentions and goals, and.. read more →

(This is the second piece in a two-part series about how to get the most out of a music conference. If you haven’t read the first part yet, click here to start at the beginning.) There are many, many wonderful things about music industry conventions and conferences like the TAXI Road Rally, Folk Alliance, or.. read more →