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Episode 50 Geoff Gray, Part 3

This week I continue my conversation with head engineer and owner of Far and Away Studios in Boulder, Colorado, Geoff Gray!

In this installment, Geoff talks about his ultimate pieces of gear, must-have gems that he uses regularly and would not want to be without.  Geoff gives us some insight into how he likes to use these favorites and reveals a studio trick or two in the process!

A couple of weeks ago, the Sonic Garage team (Troy and Nichole), took a nice drive from Lakewood, Colorado up to Boulder, Colorado to meet Geoff in person and tour Far and Away Studios.  Geoff graciously spent an entire afternoon playing us some great music recorded and mixed at his studio and gave us a detailed run-down of all of his gear!  It was a very fun day and we learned a lot as well!  I’ll be sharing some photos we took that day on the Sonic Garage Facebook page this week, so stop by and check them out!

Thanks for listening and please leave any questions or comments about this episode below!

Far and Away Studios

Episode 49 Jeremy Thomas, Part 2

Today I’m happy to be welcoming seasoned drummer and audio engineer Jeremy Thomas back onto the show!

For new listeners, Jeremy, also known as Big Jerm, is the owner and founder of Music Mania Enterprises in Burlington, North Carolina where he stays very busy recording, producing and developing new and talented artists.  In addition to his recording and mixing work, he is a drummer for Matt Boswell, Jonny Alright and the Hot Rod Mamas and his latest drumming and producing project has him working with the super talented new artist Jason Springs, whom we will be discussing in today’s interview!

Not only does Jeremy love playing drums, he also loves teaching drums and has taught over 18,000 lessons since 1998!  He believes in the power of drumming for peace of mind, body and spirit and he has a great number of long-time students who have experienced amazingly positive changes in their lives after undertaking regular drum practice.

When we last heard from Jeremy, he was going through quite a bit of upheaval and in the year since I last spoke with him, he has made great strides both personally and professionally and I think his perseverance in his own life can inspire us all to continue to follow our dreams, no matter what stands in our way!

I hope you enjoy Jeremy’s interview!  Thanks for listening and Happy Holidays!

Jeremy Thomas on Facebook

Episode 47 Geoff Gray, Part 2

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This week I am continuing my conversation with head engineer and owner of Far and Away Studios in Boulder, Colorado, Geoff Gray!

In this installment, Geoff takes us through how he became inspired to create Far and Away Studios and how his studio has evolved over the years, including being relocated from Goshen, New York to Boulder Colorado.  Geoff also talks about a couple of legendary studios that are dear to him that definitely influenced many of the special features of his studio.

We also get an overview of Geoff’s unique hybrid recording setup and the methodology behind how he set it up and why he likes it so much.  A lot can be learned by understanding exactly what prompted Geoff to make such drastic changes to how he approaches the recording process.  There is certainly a lot more to it than just longing for the “good ol’ days” when all that was available was analog recording.  For over a decade now, Geoff has been refining his hybrid process and although it’s second nature to him, it might not be to everyone.  It certainly takes a seasoned professional with decades of experience to truly comprehend the benefits of a true analog/digital hybrid system but I think engineers of all ages and skill levels could benefit from understanding how Geoff works his magic at Far and Away.

Geoff told me that the only thing he loves more than being in the studio recording is talking about recording and I want to thank him once again for taking a bit of time away from the studio to speak with me and to allow all of you listening to benefit from his many years of experience.  There will be more coming from Geoff in future weeks, so stay tuned for that!

In this episode, Geoff mentions Airshow Mastering, which as most of you are probably aware, is a world-class mastering facility located in Boulder, Colorado.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Airshow founder and mastering wizard David Glasser earlier this year, so if you haven’t heard that episode yet, be sure to check it out!  Another special guest from a past episode, Jeffrey Norman was also mentioned by Geoff, as Jeffrey works closely with David Glasser in remastering the Grateful Dead catalog and can occasionally be spotted at Airshow.  And lastly, Plangent came up in our conversation as well, so if you’re unfamiliar with the fascinating and incredible Plangent Process, be sure to look into it and also listen to my interview with Plangent creator, Jamie Howarth where he tells us the backstory of how he came up with the idea for Plangent.

Thanks once again for listening and supporting the show!

Far and Away Studios

Episode 41 Billy Perez

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This week I am very happy to have Billy Perez from IIWII in Weehawken, New Jersey!

Billy is an audio engineer, studio manager, and systems technician.  Although relatively new to the industry, Billy has had experience in recording, engineering, and audio production from an early age.  Billy’s career as a recording engineer has involved him working with such artists as: Will Calhoun, Dolores O’Riordan, St Vincent, Christian McBride, The Rolling Stones, Anderson East, Tony Trischka, John Batiste, and others as well as many indie artists. As a studio manager and technical liaison of the prominent sound stage at SST Billy has worked with dozens of major artists including Black Sabbath, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, The Kills, The War on Drugs, Rachel Platten, Edward Sharpe and many more.

Billy is well known for his work in the restoration of a rare Focusrite studio console which was destroyed by a flood along with the studio that housed it.  The restoration involved pairing two custom built studio consoles out of the necessity for difficult or impossible to find parts. The story behind the work that was done has been featured in Focusrite’s popular  documentary released in 2014.

Within his professional career, Billy has had the opportunity to be involved with building four unique recording studios and aiding in the design of one.

When not in the studio, Billy enjoys exploring modular synthesis and hanging out with Heather and their two cats Lupe and White Baby.

I was introduced to Billy by Sam Berkow, whom I spoke with in episode 16, and who has also introduced me to David Morgan and Bruce Botnick.  Thanks again Sam!

I hope you enjoy Billy’s interview, and thanks to everyone who has been listening to and spreading the word about the Sonic Garage!  Have a fun and inspirational week!

IIWII Sound

Episode 40 John Haeny, Part 3

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Today I am very pleased to present the third installment of my interview with producer and engineer John Haeny.  And, although this is the final part of my current conversation with John, we will be talking more in the future, so you can look forward to more from John down the road sometime!  Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please be sure to listen to parts one and two of John’s interview as well!

In this segment, John and I take a look at his vast discography and he allows me ask him about some of the many amazing artists that he’s had the pleasure of working with.  I didn’t have time to ask him about everybody that I wanted to, but perhaps in the future I’ll get the opportunity to do so, we will just have to wait and see!

I initially learned about John when I came across his story regarding the making of Jim Morrison’s poetry album, “An American Prayer”.  Although I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Doors, my fascination with this band was reignited a few years ago and I started listening to all of the Doors albums almost non-stop for several months.   For some reason, I had never listened to “An American Prayer”, so I finally did, and after listening I wanted to learn more about how it came about, and that’s when I came across John’s website, which he had recently created at the time.  If you have not yet read John’s story of the making of “An American Prayer”, I highly recommend it and you can find it here.

While John’s association with Jim Morrison is very important, and he no doubt treasures the time he got to spend with this special artist,  he has worked with and become friends with lots of legendary musicians, while working in the very fruitful music scene of the 60’s, and 70’s.  John was present during many special moments in musical as well as world history and I’ve really enjoyed all of his insights into these times in his life, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future!

When I set out to do this podcast, my goal was to be able to speak to as many talented individuals as possible, whether fairly early in their careers or seasoned professionals, and I have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the listening audience as well as the eagerness of so many amazing people to agree to be interviewed!  So, thanks to all of you who have been a part of this show so far, and thanks to all of you regular listeners, I am very grateful for you all!

Please enjoy this weeks episode, and have an amazing and productive week!

The Website of Producer and Engineer John Haeny

Episode 34 John Haeny, Part 1

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I am very pleased to announce that I have internationally renowned audio engineer, producer, and mixer John Haeny on the show this week!

John has graciously given me the opportunity to do a very in-depth and wide ranging interview with him, and today I have the first of what is going to be a 3 part interview.

John’s various careers began during his high school days as a Photographer, which culminated in his receiving a degree in Portraiture from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.  Following that, and for the next 20 years, John worked as a Recording Engineer, Mixer, and Producer in the US Music Industry.  This was followed by a 16 year career as a Sound Designer and Sound Editor in the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television industry, and in addition to all of that, he has been an Academic at a number of US and Australian institutions.

John’s sound career began during the early days of hi-fi and mono analog audio.  Working through the advent of stereo and the early days of multi-track recording, he made the transition into digital audio very early on while working in film and television at Hollywood’s Todd-AO Studios.  In the US exclusively, John has been awarded more than 20 Gold and Platinum records, and worldwide, his projects have sold well in excess of 40,000,000 units.

Over the course of John’s studio career, he has recorded, mixed, and produced hundreds of albums.  Working across a remarkably wide array of musical genres that includes artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Jim Morrison, Tom Jones, Warren Zevon and Linda Ronstadt to Weather Report, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard and Duke Ellington.  In addition to this he worked with Cher, Delaney and Bonnie, Arthur Lee and Love, Kris Kristofferson, Little Feat, Judy Collins, Paul Butterfield, Nico and John Cale, Bobby Darin, The Righteous Brothers, and The Everly Brothers, to name just a few.

While working as a Sound Designer for in the motion picture and TV industry, John’s credits include working on many hit films and series including Scent of a Woman, Twin Peaks, While You Were Sleeping, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, The Firm, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Dallas, Benny and Joon, Major League, Max Headroom, and much more.

John’s impressive body of work has amassed six Golden Reel nominations, five Emmy nominations, an Edison Award, and a Grammy nomination as well!

John’s career as an Academic included Adjunct Professor of Motion Picture Sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and Head of Sound at the Australian Film Televison and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, Australia.

John currently lives on a 10-acre property high in the hills of the Huon Valley outside of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.  He has a comprehensive 5.1 Pro Tools mixing facility in his home studio where he still mixes for select artists, and he especially enjoys working with developing artists, and he is also very passionate about supporting the Australian arts and artists.  In addition, John is the co-developer of the Kramer Master Tape plugin and he is also a Waves beta tester.  When given the opportunity, John still occasionally lectures and is still active in mixing musical scores for Australian feature films and documentaries.

I really hope you enjoy part 1 of John’s interview!  Stay tuned for the next two parts of this interview, I think you are all going to not only really enjoy and be inspired by our full conversation, but there will definitely be lots of great information and nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to your daily life as well!

As always, I want to give a big thanks to everyone who has been listening and spreading the word, I really appreciate it and I am not only having a great time doing this show, I’m enjoying all of the new friendships I’m making and I’m also very excited about all of the new knowledge I have as a result of talking to and listening to all of my amazing guests!

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The Website of John Haeny

Episode 26 Eric Smith

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Stopping by The Sonic Garage this week is Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex Acoustics, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana!

Realizing his entrepreneurial nature at a young age, Eric saw the need for affordable, highly effective acoustical treatments and got to work out in his garage where he created the product that has become the go-to solution for achieving the best sounding rooms worldwide.

Always eager to help educate others on the how-to’s of achieving the best sound possible, Eric is a frequent guest lecturer at high schools and colleges across the country, and also loves attending and speaking at every NAMM show, including Summer NAMM, which is coming up this June in Nashville, Tennessee.

As you’ll find out when you hear Eric’s interview, he is not only a very well-spoken expert in acoustics, he is also a very inspirational and positive person to listen to as well.

I hope you enjoy Eric’s interview, and please be sure to check out the Auralex website for more information on his company and all of the products and services that Auralex offers.

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Auralex Acoustics

Episode 16 Sam Berkow

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My special guest in the Sonic Garage this week is Sam Berkow, owner of SIA Acoustics.

Sam specializes in room & system design (acoustics & electri-acoustical design of concert venues and recording studios) and system optimization.  Sam is best known in the audio world as the original developer of SIA-Smaart.

He has built some really cool recording studios and concert venues and is very passionate about acoustic measurement and system/room tuning.

If you enjoy the show and gain inspiration from the amazing guests I get to interview, I would be very grateful if you would take a moment to subscribe (top right), and leave a rating and a review on iTunes.

SIA Acoustics