My Massive Drum Sounds

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Studio Secrets | 0 comments

Besides being asked how I got the Flaming Lips drum sounds or the Hum guitars, people often want to know how I managed to get the massive drum sounds on most of the records I’ve engineered or produced.  The super short answer is simple:  I match the drums sounds in my head. If this sounds way easier said than done, don’t fret.  I’ll walk you through a few basic techniques that have worked for me over the years: 01. LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN: First and foremost...

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Flaming Lips Drum Sounds?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Studio Secrets | 0 comments

There were so many factors that went into the drum sounds on the Flaming Lips records I was lucky enough to be a part of, and there’s no single answer as to ‘how’ they happened. But, I’ll do my best to describe the process I went through while creating the drum sounds from ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’ way back when as a start. First, it was a process of trial and error from the very beginning. Without exaggeration, on the...

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Hum Guitar Sounds?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Studio Secrets | 0 comments

On the album I produced with HUM titled “You’d Prefer an Astronaut”, their guitar sounds were inexorably linked to amazing guitar playing, drop-tuned guitars, and super lush chords. I think of my addition of some saturated tracks, a few carefully-chosen mics, and a couple big speakers was only that; an addition to what were already great guitar sounds. HUM wanted to get the fattest guitar sounds they’d ever heard on a record, so our mission was clear...

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Mastering Bliss

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Studio Secrets | 0 comments

I knew the upgrading my recording studio would be a lot of fun, but I never imagined how much fun it could actually be. (See more photos on the photo page of The Playground Recording and Mastering Studio) With a list of essential gear I always wished I had to work with, the new Control Room quickly took shape, and ended up not only looking sleeker than ever, but with more capabilities than the Playground ever had in the past. We started with how we capture sound by...

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Latest Studio Updates

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Latest Updates | 0 comments

As of January 1, 2014, I’m in the process of transferring my extensive database of studio secrets & questions, the mastering FAQ database, previously unpublished stories and photos, outtakes, and anything else that seems important and/or relevant to the Playground Recording Studio here in Chicago with Keith Cleversley.  This website will now serve as a scrapbook of bands and music and amazing times I had for the 10 years we made close to 100 records with some of...

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