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Seattle's Crackle & Pop! studio and the Fretboard Journal have teamed up for an all-new podcast where we answer your pressing questions about recording, audio engineering, producing, and mastering. Hosted by Johnny Sangster, each episode will feature special guests from the industry lending their expertise on all things recording.

It's just like the FJ's Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, but for recording. Launches January 2021.

Submit your questions and topics via voice memo or email to: podcast@fretboardjournal.com.

The Truth About Recording & Mixing The Fretboard Journal

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    • 4.7 • 41 Ratings

Seattle's Crackle & Pop! studio and the Fretboard Journal have teamed up for an all-new podcast where we answer your pressing questions about recording, audio engineering, producing, and mastering. Hosted by Johnny Sangster, each episode will feature special guests from the industry lending their expertise on all things recording.

It's just like the FJ's Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, but for recording. Launches January 2021.

Submit your questions and topics via voice memo or email to: podcast@fretboardjournal.com.

    EP 13 Bill Cheney of Spectra1964

    EP 13 Bill Cheney of Spectra1964

    Welcome back to the Truth About Recording and Mixing brought to you by the Fretboard Journal from Crackle & Pop! studio in Ballard WA. This episode we speak to Bill Cheney of Spectra 1964 about the history of the company and the classic circuits that are still on the cutting edge today.

    1:10 - listener comment from Josh Block regarding episode 11 with Timothy Herzog.
    3:05 - listener comments from Bob Knetzger
    4:45 - what is flanging? Johnny gives a demo and a modern technique to achieve that classic sound
    16:45 - Welcome Bill Cheney, Bill talks about his upbringing and how he got into audio. 
    20:30 - Meeting William Dilley and eventually going to work for Spectra
    29:30 - Scully 100 - the Spectra tape machine
    33:00 - 70s era when Spectra is building sound reinforcement when Bill first started working there.
    36:30 - William Dilleys story and his love of the flying.
    41:30 - the gear manufacturing world of the early 60s and how Spectra got into the market. The 101 amplifier and who was building studios using Spectra parts.
    46:30 - William Dilley designing the Minutemen missile launch project. And a side story about William Dilley and Les Paul hanging out. How working on that system informed his knowledge of transistor circuitry. 
    01:00:00 - the development of the product line through the 60s - the 101A and the 500EQ.
    1:06:45 - the 610 comp limiter and the reasoning behind the putting the limiter at the front of the circuit.
    01:14:00 - what other circuits was William Dilley working on in the late 60s?
    01:19:00 Differences in parts from then and now and where the company is headed now. Through hole technology and current manufacturing. Challenges leading to Spectra using SMD fabrication.
    01:33:20 - New products coming out now.
    01:40:00 - More talk of the 610 compressors! And the book of instructions.
    Thank you for listening to the Truth About Recording & Mixing. Please send us your questions - voice memos are great! - to podcast@fretboardjounal.com

    • 1 hr 47 min
    EP. 12 Johnny Bregar & Johnny Sangster in... the Johnny & Johnny Show

    EP. 12 Johnny Bregar & Johnny Sangster in... the Johnny & Johnny Show

    Show Notes EP 12 Johnny Bregar
     
    Welcome back to The Truth about Recording & Mixing
     
    In this episode we speak to Johnny Bregar about his recording studio “The Brickyard” on Bainbridge Island.
     
    01:00 Listener question about Steve Turner’s guitar setup on the recording of The Warning.
    06:00 Listener question about podcast aggregating. 
    09:30 Welcome Johnny Bregar
    11:00 Early days - getting into recording. “Buy Osmonics”.
    15:00 Making the switch to full time recording.
    17:00 The local “regular” studio owner. Who’s coming in. The job of the producer.
    24:30 Getting it wrong, making it right.
    28:40 Producing, capturing someone else’s vision while being the one stop shop.
    35:45 How do you know when you’re the right or wrong person for the job.
    43:30 More on the Brickyard Studio. The “no control room” layout.
    51:00 A dead space, adding ambiance using UAD’s Ocean Way processing and other reverbs to compensate.
    55:00 Getting performances.
    01:05:00 Changing chords, changing lyrics with the goal of improving the song as a producer.
    01:10:40 Listener question about home recording and capturing acoustic guitars.
    01:20:00 What about recording books?
    01:25:00 Go to acoustic guitars signal path.
    01:31:00 How about micing up your upright piano?
    01:38:00 New discoveries in sound, boundary mics, tuning pianos and other studio ownership joys. DUST!
    The Truth about Recording And Mixing is a monthly or thereabouts podcast dedicated to the art and science of recording music and producing records. We have the support of the Fretboard Journal and our listeners. Please send us questions to podcast@fretboardjournal.com and also make sure to follow our instagram @recordingpodcast
    www.johnnysangster.com
    www.cracklepopstudio.com
    www.fretboardjournal.com

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Phil Ek

    Phil Ek

    Welcome back to the Truth About Recording & Mixing Podcast. This week we have an in depth conversation with producer engineer Phil Ek. Phil is known for his work with Built To Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty among many many others. Also on this episode Johnny Sangster gives a quick demo on mic'ing up an upright piano.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep 10 - Timothy Herzog

    Ep 10 - Timothy Herzog

    Welcome to The Truth About Recording & Mixing episode 10 where we visit with Timothy Herzog and learn more about impedance, circuit design and Spectra Sonics. Timothy is the drummer in Godspeed You Black Emperor, records and produces and builds consoles. 
    Topics:
    0:00 Introduction
    2:00 Comment from Jon Ulrigg on Impedance being frequency dependent.
    6:05 Listener question from Liam on todays musicians and the artists who frequent Crackle & Pop! Studio.
    18:30 Welcome Timothy Herzog - and jumping right in on clarifying the topic of Impedance & interconnects.
    34:50 Timothy’s history and how he got into the things he does.
    40:00 Family history - both Timothy’s father & grandfather were electrical engineers.
    44:30 Meeting J Mascis & Mike Watt and going on the road and eventually getting involved with Godspeed You Black Emperor
    56:55 Getting introduced to Spectra Sonics and then getting obsessed with Spectra Sonics
    01:06:50 Richard Guy and more Spectra history. William Dilley’s approach to solid state designs.
    01:16:00 Learning from Richard Guy and building his first consoles.
    01:22:00 Working on other Spectras. Auditronics and Welton Jetton.
    1:34:30 Current projects. Matt Ross Spang’s studio build and the Ardent Spectra.
    1:44:00 One more correction - how to measure impedance.
    01:49:00 The polarity of kick drums discussion returns!!! Gah!
    Submit your questions for Johnny by sending us a voice memo or email to podcast@fretboardjournal.com.
    The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a bi-weekly podcast produced by the Fretboard Journal magazine, loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps Q&A podcast.
    www.johnnysangster.com
    www.cracklepopstudio.com
    www.fretboardjournal.com
    www.instagram.com/recordingpodcast/
    Gear mentioned - Spectra Sonics, Spectra1964, Spectra C610, Spectra 101, Coles Ribbon Mics, Beyer Dynamic Ribbon Mics, RE20, SM57, 

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Ep. 9 Ed Brooks on Impedance & Interconnecting Gear in the Studio

    Ep. 9 Ed Brooks on Impedance & Interconnecting Gear in the Studio

    Welcome to Episode 9 of The Truth About Recording & Mixing. This week we take on the topic of impedances and interconnecting all the different formats of gear one finds in the recording studio. Ed Brooks of Resonant Mastering walks us through the different categories of gear, how their impedances and levels differ and how we most successfully interconnect them. We also get a visit from electronics engineer and Spectra Sonics wiz Timothy Herzog who explains the design parameters and uses of his 3301 Hi Impedance Instrument Amplifier. 
    03:15 - Welcome back Ed Brooks!
    05:30 - Let’s start with speaker connectors
    08:30 - Instrument Cable! Wait - what is Impedance and how circuit designers moved from impedance matching to voltage matching.
    15:30 Instrument & high impedance unbalanced connections.
    19:30 How does a balanced connection work?
    27:15 What about RCA or other unbalanced connections?
    30:00 Back to instruments and hi impedance sources.
    35:00 How do we get a balanced mic level source into an instrument input?
    39:00 Instrument cable capacitance and what happens with long cable runs.
    41:35 Timothy Herzog describes his instrument preamp / buffer pedal.
    52:30 Connecting +4 balanced sources with instrument level devices - i.e. Reamping.
    58:00 What about connecting balanced and unbalanced sources?
    01:05:20 UAD Unison Mic Pre’s - impedance switching? 
    01:06:15 Listener question about how to measure impedance
    01:08:50 What about the impedance switches on some mic preamps?
    01:11:30 How to get mic level signal off of a speaker out.
    01:14:30 Using headphones or a speaker as a microphone. NS10 kick drum mic!
    Our sponsor for this episode is iZotope.
    Submit your questions for Johnny by sending us a voice memo or email to podcast@fretboardjournal.com.
    The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a bi-weekly podcast produced by the Fretboard Journal magazine, loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps Q&A podcast.
    www.johnnysangster.com
    www.cracklepopstudio.com
    www.fretboardjournal.com
    www.instagram.com/recordingpodcast/
    Gear mentioned: Mic to Instrument Impedance transformer, Herzog Electronics 3301 Hi Impedance Instrument Amplifier, Epiphone Firebird, Rickenbacher guitars, Telecaster, Radial Reamper, Aphex 124, Radial J+4 2 Channel Signal Level Transformers, Cloud Lifter preamplifier, Universal Audio OX, Hughes & Kettner Red Box, NS10 Kick Mic, The transformerless SM57!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Dan Alexander, A Vintage Odyssey

    Dan Alexander, A Vintage Odyssey

    Welcome to Episode 8 of The Truth About Recording and Mixing podcast. This week's guest is Dan Alexander, who has a new book out chronicling his adventures in making records, building studios and making thousands of vintage gear deals throughout the last four decades. It's call Dan Alexander Audio - A Vintage Odyssey (link). 
    0:00 Introduction
    2:10  Send us questions about studio interconnects!
    3:05  Listener question about 500 series rack gear
    6:25  Listener question about analog tape hiss and noise reduction
    10:10 Disclaimer: Zoom audio disclaimer
    11:30 Welcome to Dan Alexander
    12:55 Dan’s history as a guitar dealer and his new pandemic hobby building acoustic guitars
    19:20 Meeting Allen Sides and realizing vintage gear was better than current gear.
    21:20 Tewksbury history
    23:30 Demoes with Jonathan Richman & Earthquake
    27:20 Founding Tewksbury and transitioning into buying and selling gear
    32:20 The beginning of the vintage gear quest
    41:15 Traveling to Europe and Asia to buy gear
    47:45 Dan's plug for the Fretboard Journal
    50:00 Listener question about Rupert Neve and the importance of Neve consoles
    1:05:00 Listener question about upgrading a home recording setup from basic collection of mics and an interface
    1:15:00 More thoughts on the current vintage gear market and current gear makers
    1:24:30 Buying guitars in pawn shops and the guitars that Dan’s building today
    Our sponsor for this episode are Caddis Eye Appliances and iZotope.
    Submit your questions for Johnny by sending us a voice memo or email to podcast@fretboardjournal.com.
    The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a bi-weekly podcast produced by the Fretboard Journal magazine, loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps Q&A podcast.
    www.johnnysangster.com
    www.cracklepopstudio.com
    www.fretboardjournal.com
    Topics mentioned: Logic Pro, CAPI filtered XLR 500 series rack and units, API, Chander, Retro, Neve, Tree Audio, Hairball Audio Lola, Shadow Hills, Hairball Fet 500 compressor, Spectra1964, Spectra STX100, Spectra STX600, iZotope Software, Caddis Life readers, Sennheiser HD650 headphones, Genelec speakers, Soyez Microphones, Telefunken, Royer, STC 4038,
    People mentioned: Allen Sides, Rupert Neve, Peter Duncan, Don Larking, Malcolm Jackson, John Southard, Stax, Aretha Franklin, Al Jackson, Duck Dunn, Queen, John Cuniberti, Paul McCartney, Paul Scoles, Ironwood Studio, Conrad Uno, Egg Studio

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

dagnew123 ,

Awesome podcast

Really looking forward to this podcast. Great topic with lots and lots to talk about.

BenskiBeat ,

Super great!

Johnny Sangster is a well respected engineer and musician with tons of fantastic practical experience. If you’re a home studio maniac like me or a pro in a fancy studio, this is the podcast for you!

Ric Molina ,

Snooze fest

There have been some moments of actual personalities that have some great knowledge to share but this episode 9 is so disorganized and vague that I had to bail.

I’m very Interested in the topic but the host would do well to edit out his “sure” “mmhmm” and other sounds that don’t move the narrative forward.
Maybe it’s just a style choice but this is just so dull. Sorry about that. I really dig TAVA.

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