Monthly archives: June, 2014

Radio Rules New Nielsen Listening Study

Radio still rules. Most audio consumption is passive listening done by people who value convenience, according to a new Nielsen study. Called the Audio Demand Landscape, the study breaks American consumers into six segments according to listening habits and favored formats. Three groups of radio listeners are 54 percent of audio listeners and 45 percent…


Aphex Twin’s ‘Caustic Window’ album: Was It Worth £40K?

It’s a special day when an album from one of the most important and influential artists alive becomes available to hear for the first time. Especially when it’s been such a long time coming. ‘Caustic Window’ is a ‘lost’ full-length by Richard David James aka Aphex Twin from 1994 which was scrapped at the test…


DIY Kit Recreates Classic Moog Modular Filter

Grove Audio has announced the GMS-294a VC Low Pass Filter – a faithful recreation of the classic Moog 904a 4 Pole Transistor Ladder filter. The filter incorporates the same audio path and transistors used in the original filter, designed by Robert Moog. The GMS-294a adds an attenuator on the audio input and an attenuated CV…


Univision Ratings Scandal: ‘Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check’

The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings to boost a Spanish-language talk show. The scandal, which cost the employee his job, rattled confidence in the Nielsen system. The company has been scrambling to reassure networks and advertisers alike of the security of its…


New Music Gear Monday: Telefunken M82 Microphone

We’re all looking for the perfect kick drum mic. For some it’s the Shure Beta 52, while for others its an AKG D112 (or vintage D12 if you can get one). Many like a good old RE20, while others get their best results from a combination of mics. Telefunken wants to be one of the choices…


Building a Home Mastering Studio – The End Result

This video, via mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, is the last in a series that looks at planning and building a home mastering studio. Shepherd’s goal was not to create a commercial quality mastering studio, but to create a home studio that he could use for doing some of his work in. While his focus is…


Beyoncé, Pharrell, & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

Who runs the BET Awards? Beyoncé took home the most trophies at Sunday’s show at Nokia Theatre in L.A.   The pop superstar won three awards including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration, and the Fandemonium Award, and also performed “Partition” with Jay Z in a pre-taped piece from the “On the Run Tour.” Pharrell…


Ben Folds Campaigns to Save Nashville’s Historic Studio A

Songwriter Ben Folds has sounded the alarms. Studio A in Nashville’s old RCA Building – which Chet Atkins built in 1964, and has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait – had been sold to a local developer. Folds, who had rented, renovated and recorded in the historic space, penned an…


Busta Rhymes and Eminem Jump Around on Frenetic ‘Calm Down’

Last week, Busta Rhymes hopped on Twitter to tease a collaboration with Eminem. “It’s official! Busta Rhymes ft. Eminem ‘Calm Down’ is coming July 1st,” Busta tweeted, accompanied by the pair standing cross-armed in the studio. One day earlier than promised, “Calm Down” has arrived. Using a loop of those unmistakable opening horns from House…


Google Glass Sets Its Sights on Music, with Artist Evangelizers

Will Google Glass revolutionize the music industry? According to early adopters of the wearable computer – such as French horn player Sarah Willis and hip-hop producer Young Guru – the odds are in the new technology’s favor. Live concerts streamed through Google Glass, saved playlists available on command and the possibility of remotely recording music…