Interview: Pyramind Creative Director and Senior Composer – Clint Bajakian

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Clint Bajakian is currently working at Pyramind Studios in San Fransisco, but his career has seen him work at conglomerates like Sony to esteemed companies like LucasArts. With Pyramind’s growing name as a destination for music education and contracted audio work for games and films, getting to chat with Clint about his work and workplace was great opportunity.

SamInterview: Pyramind Creative Director and Senior Composer – Clint Bajakian

Interview: Jason Graves [Game/Film Composer]

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Jason Graves’ resume stretches too far for me to fully go through but some notable game and franchises he’s scored are Dead Space 1,2, and 3, Devil May Cry: Vergil’s Downfall, Resistance: Burning Skies, Murdered: Soul Suspect and the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. With his music output not seeming to slow down, I figured I’d throw some questions … Read More

SamInterview: Jason Graves [Game/Film Composer]

Interview: Moog Chief Engineer – Cyril Lance

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Moog Music Inc are in possession one of the most powerful and recognizable brands in pro audio and synthesis. They’re also one of the most respected, for their decades of work in creating instruments and sounds that have saturated popular and underground music since the 60s.

SamInterview: Moog Chief Engineer – Cyril Lance

Interview: Activision Senior Audio Manager – Adam Boyd

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Continuing in my line of video game interviews with the companies at the forefront of the industry, I recently got the chance to talk to Adam Boyd over at Activision, the publishing division of Activision Blizzard. With his long-standing position within the game industry as an audio professional, I anticipated that he’d be able to offer some insight into the … Read More

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Interview: Producer/Mixer – R8DIO

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After having randomly bumped into him at the Vintage King store in LA, I became acquainted with Troy Johnson, aka R8DIO, who was unbeknownst to me a producer and mixer with a background and resume in the music world that was to be envied. After becoming more familiar with one another, talk inevitably led to pro audio, the music biz … Read More

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Interview: Audio Engineer – Jeff Edwards

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Following my chat with Blake Harden, I was able to further dive into the world of audio engineers by interviewing someone who’s experience has taken him from the American MidWest to the South, both as an audio professional and teacher. Jeff Edwards has a credit list that can be made long, covering most of today’s popular urban stars, which gave … Read More

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Interview: The Recording Radio Film Connection COO – Brian Kraft

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In an age where millennials have been granted the kind of access to music-making technology unseen in times past, the volume of people trying to get into the music industry has soared in the 21st century. One of the popular ways to legitimize such efforts is to treat it with the same regard as one would customary academics pursuits: enroll … Read More

SamInterview: The Recording Radio Film Connection COO – Brian Kraft

Interview: Audio Engineer – Blake Harden

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As much as I tend to talk to mixers, it’s important to remember that studio engineers play an equally important role in helping artists reach their musical goals. After all, no-one wants to mix a botched recording. That’s where the likes of Blake Harden come in, an engineer with experience across a wide spectrum of urban music, from Usher, Tech N9ne … Read More

SamInterview: Audio Engineer – Blake Harden

Interview: Mixer – Tony Maserati

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With a resume that stretches from here to the moon, Tony Maserati hardly needs an introduction for those in the pro audio world. However, for those just getting into it, it might help to mention that he has credits as a mix engineer for everything from classic hip-hop and RnB records of the 90′s by the likes of Mary J … Read More

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Interview: SubPac/StudioFeed CEO – John Alexiou

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The SubPac is a product that quite a number of people within the world of electronic music and hip-hop are buzzing about, and when I came across it myself, it seemed like something from the future. But apparently the future has arrived, as the service this product provides to musicians is one that may become a game-changer for many.

SamInterview: SubPac/StudioFeed CEO – John Alexiou

XLN Audio Artist Bundle Giveaway

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Hopefully everyone has gotten a chance to read my XLN Audio interview by now, and have gotten up to speed with their newly released Addictive Drums 2. To help mark this release, I’m teaming up with XLN to give away an Artist Bundle for AD2, which allow the winner to choose any 2 Adpaks, 2 Midipaks and 2 Kitpiece packs!

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Giveaway: Crytek Game

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After having talked at length with Crytek’s Audio Team, I was given the chance to partner with the company to further spread the word of their awesome work by giving my readers the chance to win any one of their games. So listen up:

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Interview: Mixer/Producer – Ken Lewis

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Ken Lewis lacks for nothing in terms of a resume within the music industry. From songwriting to mixing, and being an all-around production powerhouse, his credits are littered all across popular urban music acts like Mary J Blidge, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Common, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as famous names from other genres, like Fun and Krewella.

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Interview: XLN Audio Product Manager – Lars Erlandsson [Addictive Drums 2 Release]

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You may have already seen my interview with XLN Audio from last year, where I spoke with their Product Manager about the company’s origins and their popular drum plugin, Addictive Drums. Well, they’ve just recently put out the sequel, titled Addictive Drums 2, so me and Lars Erlandsson once again had a talk about XLN and their new release.

SamInterview: XLN Audio Product Manager – Lars Erlandsson [Addictive Drums 2 Release]

Interview: Mixer/Producer – Peter Malick

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For my latest interview I decided to step into a genre that whilst I occasionally listen to, isn’t my regular cup of tea. I find that roots music has its gems, but as over-compressed pop, rock and EDM gain more real estate in today’s culture, it’s hard to come across names that can capture the attention of the masses. Not … Read More

SamInterview: Mixer/Producer – Peter Malick

Interview: Crytek Audio Directors And Composer – Simon Pressey, Florian Füsslin & Borislav Slavov

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The video game developer known  as Crytek is behind some of the most acclaimed games of the 21st century, namely the Far Cry and the Crysis series. With the arrival of the new generation of consoles, they have been one of the first on the scene with their Xbox One launch title, “Ryse: Son Of Rome“, which boasts some of … Read More

SamInterview: Crytek Audio Directors And Composer – Simon Pressey, Florian Füsslin & Borislav Slavov

Interview: Mixer – Phil Tan

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Phil Tan is one of the leading names in the world of urban and pop music mixing, with his credits pretty much littered all over the place. From 90′s hits like Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby“, to modern charters like Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and newly released albums by Kylie Minogue, Lea Michelle, Iggy Azalea and Michael Jackson album, his track … Read More

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Interview: Aphex Audio Product Specialist – Jace Nuzback

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After having purchased their USB 500 Rack, I was immediately struck by how little I knew of Aphex, who have been around for quite some time, and boast a significant product line that has found its way into recording facilities all over. So I made my way over to their offices in Burbank, and had a chat with their Product … Read More

SamInterview: Aphex Audio Product Specialist – Jace Nuzback

Interview: Cakewalk CEO – Michael Hoover

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Whilst I’m quite familiar with some of Cakewalk’s synthesizer plugins, I had some catching up to do with their audio workstation, SONAR. From it’s integrated 3rd part plugins to it’s visually appealing interface, there was already quite a lot to attract my attention from a distance. But there was no better way to get acquainted with their products than to … Read More

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Interview: Universal Audio CEO – Bill Putnam Jr

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Without a doubt, Universal Audio stands as not only one of the most recognizable brands in pro audio, but also one of the most acclaimed, with both their hardware and software products having ascended to “classic” status in the pro audio community. At the helm of this growth is Bill Putnam Jr, who recently had a chat with me about … Read More

SamInterview: Universal Audio CEO – Bill Putnam Jr