The Studio Rats Podcast
By Matt McCabe
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A podcast all about recording, mixing and mastering music. We talk about the gear and the engineers and musicians who use it.
||Episode 25 – Backup!||Hard drives fail and computers die. Do you have a backup regiment in place? Maybe it’s not as good as you think. Mine wasn’t.||3/1/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 24 – Removing Click Track Bleed||Prompted by a listener’s question, I discuss different techniques for removing, or at least lessening, click track bleed from your recordings. Suggestions include; muting unneeded tracks, EQ notches, compression changes, volume automation, iZ[...]||2/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 23 – Our First Mix Critique||A brave listener submits a song for our first mix critique. Don’t worry, many of my comments can be applied to your next mix project! I promise. Special thanks to Doug Darrell of Triangle Exception for submitting the track on the chopping bl[...]||2/28/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 22 – Don’t Fear The Compressor||A quick primer on setting your compressor. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Get the book Mixing With Your Mind here.||2/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 21 – More Critical Listening and a Listener’s Question||Some follow-up on yesterday’s episode regarding critical listening – including vital information I forgot to mention! Plus, I answer a listener’s question about tracking with compression.||2/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 20 – Critical Listening||Critical listening is a vital skill important to all stages of music production. In this episode, I provide some tips and suggestions on how you can develop your listening chops. The idea for this podcast came from this Sweetwater Tech Tip. Bob Kat[...]||2/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 19 – Creative EQing||In this episode I discuss some creative uses for EQ that you might not have thought of before.||2/16/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 18 – Audio Restoration||In this episode I discuss some factors to consider when working on an audio restoration project.||2/15/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 17 – Maybe It’s Your Software?||Okay, maybe it’s not flakey people that are holding you back; maybe it’s your DAW or CD authoring software. In this episode I discuss why I needed to put Waveburner out of its misery, how Wave Editor won me over, more on workflow, and B[...]||2/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 16 – Commit! Damnit.||This podcast episode is all about committing to your tone when recording, the importance of a good arrangement, and why waiting to “fix it in the mix” might be the reason you never finish a mix.||2/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 15 – Are Flakes Holding You and Your Music Back?||Are flakey engineers and musicians holding you and your music back? Listen to the podcast to hear my thoughts on the subject.||2/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 14 – What Goes In Doesn’t Necessarily Come Out!||This podcast episode is all about Bandcamp and what happens to your audio files once uploaded to their site. As an engineer and musician, I want to be able to deliver the highest quality audio files to my clients and fans. I thought Bandcamp was th[...]||2/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 13 – Neil Young; the savior of digital music?||This podcast focuses on an interview with Neil Young and his discussions with Steve Jobs regarding 24-bit 192kHz downloads through iTunes. Related topics include Apple Lossless and FLAC files, HDtracks.com, Bandcamp.com and 16 vs 24-bit. Here are l[...]||2/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 12 – Use Your Studio To Your Advantage||Today’s podcast is all about using your home recording studio to your advantage. If you’re not paying hourly for studio time, why not take the time to get good sounds and solid performances?||2/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 11 – Workflow||In this episode of the podcast I make the case for simplifying your workflow so you can complete whatever project you are working on. I briefly mention the Nord Drum, Moog Minitaur, iZotope Ozone and plugins with simple user interfaces.||2/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 10 – Improve Your Guitar Tone for 34 Cents or Less||In this episode of the podcast, I discuss how to improve or drastically change your guitar tone for 34 cents or less. Yes, I’m talking about guitar picks. How does this relate to recording? Well, using the world’s best microphone and preamp isn’t go||5/23/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 9 – Consider The Source (Mic Preamps)||In this episode of the podcast, I discuss the differences between “colored” and “transparent” microphone preamps. I explore why you might want to choose a “colored” preamp instead of a “transparent” preamp when mic’ing up a drum kit (hin||5/9/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 8 – Know Your Gear||In this episode of the podcast, I expand on our discussion last week about gear shootouts. I explain why I think it’s time well spent to shootout gear you already own – not only for discovering what gear sounds the best, but also from a workfl[...]||4/11/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 7 – Pushing the Limits||In this episode, I evaluate a handful of software limiter plug-ins.||4/4/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6 – Is DIY Killing Your Creativity And Efficiency?||In this episode of the podcast, Jeff and I discuss topics that are only sometimes tangentially related to the topic! Along the way, we mention; Mumble, Crane Song HEDD, George Lucas, the excellent book by Howard Massey called Behind The Glass Volume[...]||9/22/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5 – Recording Acoustic Guitar||In this episode of the Studio Rats Podcast, Jeff and I discuss recording the acoustic guitar. We touch on topics such as microphone placement, the merits of recording that really horrible sounding direct output found on most acoustic guitars these d[...]||7/29/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4 – Studio Six Digital RTA||In this episode of the podcast, I review Studio Six Digital’s RTA app for the iPhone. Don’t have an iPhone? No worries! I also touch on the following topics; calibrating your monitors (how do article by Bob Katz), Fletcher–Munson curves,[...]||7/5/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 3 – Recording Electric Guitar||In this episode of the podcast, Jeff and I discuss recording the electric guitar. Topics include DI vs. mic’ed cabinets, wet or dry, favorite microphones and placement, the merits of double tracking and more. In no particular order, we mention the [..||6/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 2 – Willard Marcell Theory||Matt McCabe and Jeff Elbel interview Will Willard from the band Willard Marcell Theory. We discuss the Space Modulator, vintage 57s, recording the Chapman Stick, guitar synths, eBows, printing effects, cheap recording software, composing via email, [...]||8/17/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 1 – TapeOp Conference 2007||Matt McCabe talks with Jeff Elbel about his trip to the 2007 TapeOp Conference. Topics include crazy micing techniques, mastering, and the grunge hose! Intro music by King Never. Subscribe.||6/24/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
Keep up the great work!!!
Exploration and creation
Does a good job at making interesting points sometimes. Didn't really like the mix critique, don't really care for the intro song. I wish there was a studio geek podcast for weirdos.