Steve Albini has recorded hundreds upon hundreds of bands spanning three decades. He has probably engineered one of your favorite records. His organic, non-meddling approach requires dependable and versatile recording equipment. With all of this great studio equipment, there had to be some oddball pieces floating around that he could dig up. Don’t worry, he will show you some of it.Read More
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Robert Carranza has spent most of his life discovering how music works, and the last 25 years in the recording industry learning lessons and discovering what is important to him. Producing records for Jack Johnson, Marilyn Manson, Mars Volta and Los Lobos, and winning four Grammy awards are just some of his juicy career accomplishments.Read More
You may know of Phil from his far-out bands Trans Am and Life Coach; but what you may not know is that this guy is also the owner of a historic diamond in the rough recording studio located in San Francisco, California.Read More
Bassist Juan Alderete (the Mars Volta, Deltron 3030, Marilyn Manson) takes us on a guided journey through the musical oasis of Los Angeles packed with killer gear, pop-culture references, and cameo appearances by Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails), Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos).Read More
Enjoy a peek into the studio of a natural inventor; someone whose collaborative temperament blurs the boundaries between electronics and music.Read More
In thirty short years, Sonic Youth produced one of the largest and most stimulating bodies of work of any American rock band…Read More
“I’m interested in how a new tool can inspire a new artistic creation. When I get a new pedal, I’m like, ‘Oh wow! I can figure out what this thing does,’ and I spend all this time tweaking knobs [and] learning the pedal, but maybe in that process you come up with a new riff, and that riff becomes a new song, and then that song takes on a life of its own.”Read More
Since 1997, MATMOS have pushed the boundaries of what would soon be called “intelligent dance music” beyond the natural limits of self-contained software and circuitry by using found objects…Read More
“This is a historical place and people should know the history of it,” says Different Fur Studios owner Patrick Brown.
It’s true -- the discography of the San Francisco-based recording studio reads like a list of the most influential albums of all time.Read More
Producer Ross Robinson brings life to the dead. Dubbed the “godfather of nü-metal,” his raw, unvarnished production on albums by KoЯn, Slipknot, and Sepultura redefined heavy metal by stripping away the glitz and glamour of hair bands still partying on the Sunset Strip in favor of a new sound marked by anger, intensity, and honesty…Read More
If you’re opening a recording studio there are two things you should know:
Location is everything.
Great drum sounds are also everything.
Dan Joeright’s Gatos Trail Recording Studio in beautiful Yucca Valley, CA has both. Housed within an antique barn surrounded by spellbinding desert wilderness, Gatos Trail is a destination for artists like synth-pop phenomenon Twin Shadow, bass-and-drums bashers Big Business, noise rock brutalists Unsane, and nebulous post-punk group The Mekons…Read More
“Anything that resonates, it sticks with you. Then you’re like, ‘I have to have it’ because it’s like a beautiful dream.”Read More
The former Big Business guitarist and regular Melvins collaborator has a long history of engineering and/or producing top-tier rock bands - the bathroom in his Sound of Sirens studio is decorated with platinum records honoring his contribution to albums by Foo Fighters and Tool…Read More
“I’m a sick person,” confesses John Vanderslice.
He’s not wrong.
Vanderslice suffers from a terminal case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and it’s spreading...Read More
It’s not every day we get invited to kick it with producers immortalized in Beastie Boys lyrics. We met up with Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty engineer / producer Mario Caldato at his Hollywood home studio to dig through his endless collection of gear, in search of the perfect party rockin’ piece. And we found something...Read More
Luke Jones’ Custom Vintage Keys sits inside a nondescript industrial building just off the 5 in North Hollywood. A pinkish eggshell door reads, “CVKEYS,” in the kind of stick-on letters you might see on rusted out mailboxes dotted along rural Ohio roads. There’s no other signage. “This is my crazy shop of keyboard horrors,” Jones says, laughing. From where we’re standing, it looks more like the bottom of the rabbit hole and Jones is the Mad Hatter of vintage keyboards...Read More
“You want people to be comfortable, which is why my studio looks like my bedroom when I was seventeen,” says Joe Barresi.
Despite having nearly every piece of gear under the sun, there is little room for child’s play at Joe’s House of Compression. It’s strictly business. Even the fart mic. We’ll let “Evil” Joe explain...Read More
We visited the Automator’s San Francisco studio to watch the master at work doing what he does best - make sick beats...Read More
Palmquist Studios is a treasure trove of vintage gear. “When I collect gear . . . I collect very slowly,” he says. “I like to build up pieces that I know are gonna last and be the sounds that I want and sounds that make my job easier. . . The Warden gets used on a lot of records,” he says. “[On] clean guitars, it keeps them punchy and articulate . . . [and] a little bit of the Grand Orbiter always gives that sense of space . . . [it’s] a nice little bit of je ne sais quoi..."Read More
Everything is awesome at Mutato Muzika.
“It works perfect for me as a private studio . . . it’s got all these little rooms with a circular hallway, so I can start walking, and if I forget what it was I was gonna do, I just keep going . . .”Read More