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Hidden Hit-Makers: History’s Most Iconic Session Musicians

A handful of documentaries released since the turn of the new century, from 2002’s Standing In the Shadows of Motown to 2013’s Muscle Shoals, have helped us put names and faces to the backing musicians...

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Essential Event: Spend An Evening with Producer/Engineer Glyn Johns — 11/14...

“Glyn Johns was there.” – Sir Paul McCartney All along, Glyn Johns has been contemplating this book tour. That only begins to tell the story of how important this engineer’s engineer is to recorded...

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SSL Releases AAX Versions of Duende Native Plugins

Catering to the growing ProTools 11 community, SSL is now offering their Duende plug-in collection in AAX Native 64-bit format. Users can celebrate with an intro price until November 25th The Duende...

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New Room: ReAmp Recording Studios, Studio G – Orange County, CA

Dreamin’ California? If so, Orange County is coming on strong. Some interesting action is unfolding there, with a fresh wave of studios coming online in a market they see as overtalented and...

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Slate Digital Launches Virtual Mix Rack – Modular Plugin System

500 x 4 really adds up. Slate Digital has an attractive equation for engineers, producers, and mixers with the Virtual Mix Rack, a modular plugin system that brings a virtual 500 series straight into...

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Using Multiband Compression to Conquer Proximity Effect Issues

What is the Proximity Effect? The proximity effect describes how bass frequencies build up when a microphone is brought very close to a sound source.  This effect frequently occurs when a vocalist...

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Beyond the Basics: A Survey of Stereo Microphone Techniques

Surround sound is becoming more ubiquitous than ever, but when it comes to music, stereo is still king. While up to 40% of American households now have surround sound systems, the penetration of stereo...

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Softube Releases Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1

Console 1 is Softube’s solution for closing the analog console-DAW gap. Their system allows users to mix audio with their hardware interface that resembles a horizontally layered channel strip. The...

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Black Lion Audio Announces B12A MKII

Mod extraordinaire Black Lion Audio has announced their B12A MKII single channel mic preamp straight out of Chicago. Their new preamp, like Black Lion’s original B12A, is based on the API 312A but...

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Recording Studio Sweet Spot – 825 Records, Brooklyn (Video Tour)

He’s not the hardest-working man in music — yet. But give Matty Amendola time, and the Brooklyn producer/engineer/composer/multi-instrumentalist may yet get a share of that coveted title. There’s...

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Pro Sound Effects Launches Enhanced Hybrid Library & Expansion Program for...

Robin Hood has returned! The Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects packs 338 GB of sounds on a USB 3.0 hard drive. There may be no more beautifully benevolent bundle in the world of audio then the...

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Review: Spitfire eDNA01 – Earth – by Andrew Koss

For those of us that love music/sound synthesis, sound designing, and electronic production, we are living in glorious times indeed.  We now have a vast ocean with a plentiful bounty to fill our...

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iZotope Releases Sample-Based Synthesizer – Iris 2

The idea behind iZotope’s Iris software is to combine the capabilities of a sampler and modular synthesizer (see SonicScoop’s review of the original edition here). The next step for Iris 2 introduces...

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Grace Design Announces m905 Analog-Only Stereo Reference Monitor

Colorado-based Grace Design originally developed their acclaimed m905 with included DAC – now with the audio-only version of the m905, users that already have converters can still make use of the m905...

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Waves Launches OneKnob Pumper Plugin — Instant Ducking

Waves knows that, as the holidays kick off, we all have a need to keep things simple. Ergo, the release of their latest in the series of OneKnob plugins, this time in the form of Pumper. Ducking has...

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D.W. Fearn Launches VT-24 Four Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier

A true gentleman of audio, Mr. D.W. Fearn is into heavy metal. We talk not of his taste in music (although Black Sabbath and Meshuggah may indeed grace his home stereo), but his audio designs. The...

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Studio Strategy: The Augspurger Upgrade in Quad Studios’ Q2

Evolution is supposed to happen gradually – biologically speaking, a few thousand years is a nice brisk pace for major changes to unfold. Some elite New York City facilities are operating on a...

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Dubspot NY EDU Sessions: Mixing Workshop Featuring Ariel Borujow, 12/12

Dubspot is an online and campus-based educational foundation whose expertise lies in DJ, music and audio production. The Dubspot NY EDU Sessions are held right here in the city, hosting a variety of...

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Producer David Bendeth, Boz Digital Labs Release +10db Compressor Plug-In

Multi-platinum producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Of Mice & Men, A Day to Remember) has a big fan club here at SonicScoop (check his inspiring “Mix Analysis” and “My...

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Review: A Practical Look at iZotope Ozone 6 – by Nick Messitte

Many years ago, I got a chance to sit behind a name-brand producer/engineer (no names here, only credits: One Direction, Flo Rida, Leona Lewis) and watch him mix a song for the band Augustana. There...

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