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My Take on Music Recording is a podcast that covers many different aspects of the recording process, with a focus on the intersection of art and technology. Although recording is a technical process, it also involves music and musicians, working with engineers to create a satisfying experience for the listener.

Doug Fearn has made his living from professional audio since 1966 as a recording engineer, studio owner, record producer, and pro audio equipment designer and manufacturer.

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Updated 9 September 2021

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#51  What Is Audio Quality? with George & Geoff Hazelrigg             July 29, 2021

Geoff and George Hazelrigg are not only my business partners, but also superb musicians with decades of studio experience.

We seem to always agree on what makes a compelling recording. In this informal conversation, we talk about how artifacts of any kind will detract from the listener’s enjoyment. We share what we have discovered to be the best combination of gear and technique to make recordings we are pleased with.

The second part of this conversation, where we discuss DSD high-resolution recording, will become an upcoming episode.

Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always interesting and helpful to me. You can contact me at dwfearn@dwfearn.com

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#52  DSD Recording with George & Geoff Hazelrigg             August 12, 2021

Direct Stream Digital (DSD) is a different way to record music in a digital format. The concept goes back to the 1930s, and it has been used to record music for at least 20 years. But DSD has not been widely accepted in music recording because it has some serious limitations, which require changes in our normal workflow habits.

This conversation with George and Geoff Hazelrigg is a continuation for the previous episode on audio quality. We do not get into the technical details of how DSD works, which will be the subject for a future episode.

Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always interesting and helpful to me. You can contact me at dwfearn@dwfearn.com

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#53  Studio Drummer John O’Reilly Jr.             August 26, 2021

John O’Reilly Jr. is a studio drummer who spends most of his time recording drum tracks for clients in his studio. He talks about his experiences leading up to his business, “Boom Crash Drum Tracks.”

Our conversation covers much more than that. We talk about his philosophy of drumming and music, the challenges and rewards of providing drum overdub tracks, and his commitment to teaching. We discuss the state of current music, and music of the past.

 You can visit John’s web site at https://www.boomcrashdrumtracks.com/

 John is also the drummer with the  Hazelrigg Brothers Trio.

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#54  Chuck Anderson, Guitarist, Teacher, Performer, Author       September 8, 2021

Chuck Anderson is an amazing musician. Not only is his technique on guitar remarkable, he is also a solid businessman who has made his living from music since he was a teenager. Over his long career, Chuck has worked with the top singers in the music business.

But his steady passion is teaching. Since he was 16, he has taught thousands of students. He instructs them not only on the technique of the guitar, but also how to pursue their musical dreams, whether it is becoming a rock star, a studio musician, or just playing for a lifetime of enjoyment.

In addition, Chuck has written 26 books, the first when he was 21 years old.

I first met Chuck in 1974 when we recorded his first jazz trio album. That was my introduction to the serious jazz idiom. Since then, we recorded a couple of other albums, and recently we did a session where Chuck recorded an entire album of wonderfully improvised compositions in two hours. It’s called “Spontaneity” and it will be available by the time you hear this.

In July 2021, Chuck called me to ask if I had any photos from the first project we worked on, a jazz trio album called “Mirror Within a Mirror,” recorded at my studio in 1974. I didn’t, but after talking for a bit, we came up with the idea of recording a new album of solo guitar, entirely improvised in the studio. You can hear a sample from the album here.

A week later, we recorded this interview, using a pair of AEA R44 mics. For Covid safety reasons, we were well separated in the studio.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Chuck talks about his career, his philosophy, and why he still works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, teaching, composing, and exploring the world of music.

Our conversation will continue in the next episode, where discuss his early albums, the beauty of silence, and some practical advice for people who want to make a living in music.

You can learn more about Chuck Anderson at his web site, https://chuckandersonjazzguitar.com/?v=757e5b5109ed

There you will find interesting information, samples of his music, and links to his social media.

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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. And feel free to send me your ideas about future episodes. You can reach me at dwfearn@dwfearn.com

You can subscribe at any of over 30 podcast providers who carry My Take On Music Recording, including Apple Podcasts.