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Lij Shaw Interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insights from the recording studio. So that you can take your recordings to the next level and become a rockstar of the recording studio yourself! - Guests: Vance Powell, Michael Beinhorn, Russell Wolff, Graham Cochrane, Joe Gilder, Björgvin Benediktsson, and many more...




RSR107 - Russell Cottier - Loudness And The Lost Art Of Mixing with Mixbus

Russell Cottier tackles audio topics such as automation, mixing, loudness, recording drums and much more. Russell Cottier is a producer, audio blogger, and YouTube teacher from across the pond in Liverpool, UK. Russell has worked with chart-topping artists and labels such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sony, Sky TV, Nuclear Blast Records, Tamoki Wambesi Dove, Cavern Records, Playboy Channel and many more. He works all across the UK and internationally, and can often be found at the...

Duration: 01:47:21

RSR106 - Recording The Voiceless in Tanzania and Rwanda with Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan shares inspiring stories about music he produced and recorded in Africa, where he helped bring forth the voices of voiceless people to the world. Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning producer who has produced four Grammy-nominated albums and published four books while all the while teaching violence prevention around the world since 1993. He has written a fascinating book called “How Music Dies (Or Lives)” that shares his deep understanding of music, culture, and recording music...

Duration: 01:39:31

RSR105 – Kevin Becka from Mix Magazine – How to add your music credits and get paid using the RIN-M plug-in

Kevin talks about the old music industry versus the new music industry, metadata, and the importance of networking. Kevin Becka has been a recording engineer for over 25 years, working with top names in the music industry including Kenny G., Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, George Benson, George Lynch, and more. Also an experienced educator, Kevin is currently the co-director and an instructor at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville. He has taught advanced recording at Belmont University,...

Duration: 01:49:28

RSR104 - Successful Scoring, Songwriting, and Production Advice from East Nashville with Jordan Lehning - Randy Travis, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers

Jordan Lehning gives advice on collaboration, songwriting, production, what makes great songs, and his experience in the music industry. Jordan Lehning is a Nashville native who grew up in the studio. After a brief stint at Berklee College of Music, he returned to Nashville to record, play in bands, and cut his engineering teeth working for his father, Kyle Lehning, who has also been on the show on Episode 94: We have also heard from Jordan’s brother, Jason...

Duration: 01:18:30

RSR103 - Finally A Way To Get Credit For Your Music With RIN-M from Soundways! - Gebre Waddell

Gebre Waddell talks about creating plug-ins, mastering, metadata, blockchain technology with music, and much more. Gebre Waddell is a mastering engineer, author, and audio software designer-developer. Gebre owns Stonebridge Mastering in Memphis TN, and wrote the book “Complete Audio Mastering: Practical Techniques” published by McGraw-Hill in 2013. His mastering credits include artists like Ministry, Lil’ Wayne, The Bar-Kays, George Clinton, Public Enemy, and David Porter. Gebre is now...

Duration: 01:22:08

RSR102 - 4 Steps To 1.4 Million Spotify Plays In A Year with Kirk Teachout

Kirk Teachout gives excellent tips for songwriting, branding, balancing family & work, building relationships, teamwork and much more! Kirk Teachout is a producer who was introduced to me as dude with a huge YouTube channel of nursery rhymes! I met Kirk at Summer NAMM 2017, where he explained to me that he had been creating content for a company that has the top 500+ YouTube channels in the world. Kirk started out working in Memphis, TN, alongside Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell at Royal Studios....

Duration: 01:23:23

RSR101 - 7 Things About Plug-Ins That Will Make You Sound Like You Have a Ph.D with Eric Tarr

Eric Tarr shares thoughtful insight on programming for plug-ins, convolution, dither, harmonics, synthesizers, and much more! Eric Tarr is an audio engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an assistant professor at Belmont University. He has been a regular contributor to the Pro Audio Files since 2013. He is the founder of Hack Audio, a company developing content connecting computer programming and audio engineering. Additionally, he runs a local “Meet-up” group called the Nashville...

Duration: 01:56:04

RSR100 - Top 10 Shows - 100th Episode Of Recording Studio Rockstars

These are the top 10 shows from 100 episodes of Recording Studio Rockstars. I am so excited to bring you the 100th episode of Recording Studio Rockstars! It has been an incredible journey over two years of publishing a weekly show. So I thought it would be fitting to celebrate by sharing outtakes of the top 10 episodes. Enjoy! #10 RSR076 - Björgvin Benediktsson - Step by Step Mixing#9 RSR079 - Bobby Holland - Nashville Producer#8 RSR086 - Jesse Cannon - Processing Creativity#7 RSR092 -...

Duration: 01:24:08

RSR099 - Top 10 Audio Bloggers Best Of Summer NAMM Breakdown 2017

10 bloggers unite for a Rockstar's Roundtable at the Toy Box Studio to tell stories about Summer NAMM 2017. We have a pretty exciting show this week! I had a great group of audio bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers staying as guests at my studio, The Toy Box Studio. We threw together a live YouTube webinar where we had a Rockstars Roundtable and gave our 10 best takes of Summer NAMM 2017. Join Dane Myers, Chris Graham, Pete Woj, Warren Huart, Chris Selim, Joe Gilder, Brian Hood, Glenn...

Duration: 01:28:55

RSR098 - Summer NAMM 2017 - A Rockstar About Town with Lij Shaw

Lij Shaw goes to Summer NAMM 2017 Nashville TN to learn what's new. Join me and my friends as I head off to Summer NAMM 2017 in Nashville TN. This is the National Association of Music Merchants and a great opportunity to learn about the newest instruments, amps, hardware and software in the music industry. This year I was fortunate to host a large group of guest audio bloggers, Youtubers, podcasters, producers, and mastering engineers at my studio, The Toy Box Studio. I also got a chance...

Duration: 00:59:24

RSR097 - Will Pugh - Producing, Recording, and Mixing Top 40 Songs - Cartel

Will Pugh talks about vocal production, recording in small spaces, and mix tricks that helped him reach the Top 40. Will Pugh is the main songwriter in the Gold selling band, Cartel. Will is also a producer, mixer, artist, and is a friend of our previous guest Bobby Holland, with a room at the same studio, Pentavarit. Will's records with Cartel have sold over half a million copies, and he’s notched two Top 40 hits under his belt. I am psyched to be joining Will in his studio for this...

Duration: 01:40:19

RSR096 - Richard Dodd - The Engineer Behind The Traveling Wilburys - George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison

Stories about engineering & producing The Traveling Wilburys. Richard Dodd is a multi-platinum Grammy winning producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer with 40 years of amazing credits to his discography. He began recording hits in the 1970’s like “Kung Fu Fighting,” and has since distinguished himself many times over while working with artists Boz Scaggs, Stephane Grappelli, George Harrison, Clannad, Roy Orbison, Wilco, Green Day, Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, Robert Plant,...

Duration: 01:47:42

RSR095 - Brad Wood - Producing Liz Phair, Veruca Salt & Smashing Pumpkins

We talk about defining the indi rock sound of the 90s in Chicago. My guest today is Brad Wood, a producer originally from Chicago now in Los Angeles, who is known for making some of the coolest indi and rock albums since the late 80s. Brad also owned Idful Music Corporation- a small but mighty recording studio in Wicker Park, where he recorded albums by bands like Seam, Tar, Shrimp Boat and Eleventh Dream Day. Brad's credits Include: Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Thrill...

Duration: 02:13:25

RSR094 - Kyle Lehning - Producing Randy Travis, Ray Price, and Ronnie Milsap

DOWNLOAD KYLE'S ACME PRODUCTION SHEET Hear Kyle Lehning unfold his production techniques when working with Randy Travis. Kyle Lehning is now closing in on 40 plus years as a professional in the art and business of making music. He has worked with artists as diverse as Little Richard and Chuck Berry to Waylon Jennings and George Jones. He also had the extraordinary opportunity, from 1992 to 1998, to head up Asylum Records under the Chairmanship of Bob Krasow. Kyle continues to produce,...

Duration: 01:29:43

RSR093 - Bonnaroo 2017 Hay Bale Studio - Behind the Scenes

Hear stories behind the scenes of Bonnaroo 2017 at the Hay Bale Studio. Today’s episode is a special one! We are here on-site at Bonnaroo, a music festival just an hour south of Nashville, TN. We are recording a band every hour, two to three songs, mixing it live and mastering it immediately so that the music can go directly out on radio stations all over the country. We’ll be chatting with the team, getting some great stories, and answering as many questions as we can about what goes...

Duration: 01:40:43

RSR092 - Preparing Your Mixes For Mastering with Alan Douches - Sufjan Stevens, Brand New, Animal Collective

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE METADATA MASTERING SHEET Learn how to prepare and deliver mixes for mastering from Grammy-winning engineer, Alan Douches. Alan Douches is a Grammy-award winning music mastering engineer who has been in the professional audio engineering business for 30 years. He has worked on over 12,000 albums with various artists in almost every musical genre. He owns and operates a state-of-the-art mastering studio and 24-track analog/digital recording & mixing facility, West West...

Duration: 01:32:36

RSR091 - 7 Studio Concepts For A Better Record - From The Book Making Sound By Cristofer Odqvist

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SAMPLE FROM THE E-BOOK - MAKING SOUND BY CRISTOFER ODQVIST Learn tips about transient designers, lo-fi microphones, and enhancing reverbs. Cristofer Odqvist is an audio engineer, sound designer and music producer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been running a recording studio in Stockholm, Sweden for several years where he's written, recorded, produced, and mixed music and commercials for television, film, radio, and recording artists. Leave a Review Get the full...

Duration: 01:28:35

RSR090 - Joe Costa - Recording Ben Folds And William Shatner

Hear stories about recording William Shatner, drums, piano, and acoustic guitar in RCA Studio A. Joe Costa is a freelance engineer/mixer in Nashville, TN, originally from Dartmouth, MA. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Joe started out at Syncro Sound in Boston before moving to Nashville in 1993. Since then, he has worked in many great studios like: Treasure Isle, House Of David, and RCA Studio A (Now Ben’s Place), and with many great artists, producers, and engineers through his...

Duration: 01:44:06

RSR089 - John Fields - Producer for The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Pink

John Fields is an internationally recognized, multi-platinum writer/producer/mixer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business - from rock bands like Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls and Andrew W.K., to chart-dominating pop acts like the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Backstreet Boys, to dance/electronic artists like Har Mar Superstar, The Presets and Cut Copy. Leave a Review at:...

Duration: 01:26:43

RSR088 - Van Hunt - The Philosophy Of Production

Van Hunt is a Grammy awarded musician, producer, songwriter, and recording artist originally from Dayton, OH but now living in Los Angeles. His writing and production has been featured on recordings by diverse artists, such as Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer as well as the platinum-selling soundtrack, Love Jones. He has released 5 of his own records over the past 15 years, also touring alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, and Dave...

Duration: 01:06:32

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