About These Audio Clips
On February 4th 2008, legendary audio recording engineer Elliott Scheiner (Beck, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Natalie Cole, Bruce Hornsby, plus others) spoke at East Coast Music Mall (Danbury, Connecticut) about his rock record producing experience and take on the music industry today.
I was lucky enough to attend this free recording workshop and had my trusty portable recorder with me hence the following four clips from that evening – enjoy!
PS – to download the audio files, see the Internet Archives
Part 1 – The Music Business Industry and Trends
This audio clip is 10 minutes in length and 4.9 meg mp3 file:
Some of the points Elliott discusses in this clip (Part 1 of 4) include: How he got started as New York’s first freelance recording engineer; Where to find the most work; Why The Eagles did not release their album on iTunes but went with Walmart instead; The reality of copy protection; Radio Head’s experience selling albums; and, How our culture has completely failed musicians and artists.
Part 2 – Working with Recording Artists
This audio clip is 12 minutes in length and 5.7 meg mp3 file:
Some of the points Elliott discusses in this clip (Part 2 of 4) include: Common denominator in working with great artists; Getting the unique piano sound for Bruce Hornsby; Tracking vocals for Toto and how technology has made artist lazy; Crazy guitar players and their signature sounds; and, Getting work that is just fine vs good or great.
In my opinion, the story Elliott shares about Bruce Hornsby is really powerful lesson for all business people – it is one about the power of creative-tension, working with people who don’t get along, and the difficulty in selling something new – in this case, a new piano sound – and one that would go on to break the charts!
Part 3 – Mixing, Mastering and Surround Sound
This audio clip is 14 minutes in length and 6.8 meg mp3 file:
Some of the points Elliott discusses in this clip (Part 3 of 4) include: The amount of time it takes to mix a record; Working with samples; Mixing Steely Dan’s Gaucho in surround sound; Mixing with satellite speakers; XM and Sirius codecs changing the surround mix changes the copyright; Monitoring levels and speakers; Kids and bass today; Loudness wars; Getting country music to sound great; Order of mixing instruments; and, the importance of hiring mastering engineers.
Part 4 – Audio Recording Tools, Technology and Techniques
This audio clip is 20 minutes in length and 9.5 meg mp3 file:
Some of the points Elliott discusses in this clip (Part 4 of 4) include: Going digital vs analog; Software effects and EQ vs their hardware equivalents; Being a minimalist and using mics properly; Not depending on compressors and having the artist work the mic; Salvaging old reel-to-reel tape recordings; Consoles; Tips for people running project studios; Watching the levels in a mix; Cost of building analog room vs digital room; and, the cost and risks when working in new rooms.