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

SamInterview: Mixer – Phil Tan

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

SamInterview: Cakewalk CEO – Michael Hoover

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

Interview: Naughty Dog Audio Team

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If you were born before the 90s, I’m hoping that you know about Naughty Dog. After all, their Crash Bandicoot game franchise has sold over 40 million combined copies, their Jak & Daxter series has sold over 12 million copies, and their most recent game, The Last Of Us, which topped everyone’s “Best Of 2013″ list, has sold over 6 … Read More

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Interview: Ubisoft Toronto Audio Lead – Richie Nieto

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As the third-largest independent game publisher, Ubisoft boasts some major titles and achievements, such as an employee count of 2000+, billions of dollars in revenue and acclaimed titles like Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. The latest installment of the latter title, “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” happened to be developed by their Toronto office, and since I’m ever the audio enthusiasts, I … Read More

SamInterview: Ubisoft Toronto Audio Lead – Richie Nieto

Interview: Capcom Vancouver Sound Designer – Jesse Lyon

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Capcom has been around for 30+ years, and created some of the most iconic video game franchises in history, from Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Resident Evil to Devil May Cry and Street Fighter. So when I attended the recent Game Developers Conference, they were one of the booths I made a bee-line for, which was being manned by their … Read More

SamInterview: Capcom Vancouver Sound Designer – Jesse Lyon

Interview: Bruce Faulconer (Composer Of Dragon Ball Z Soundtracks)

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Dragon Ball is the 2nd best-selling manga of all time (230+ million volumes sold), and the anime is equally as decorated, given that it’s one of the most influential pieces of media that helped advocate the global appeal of Japanese animation. It was also the most popular series on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, … Read More

SamInterview: Bruce Faulconer (Composer Of Dragon Ball Z Soundtracks)

Interview: Artist – Adventure Club

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For quite some time, I’ve been eager to hear from Adventure Club about how they make their music, and after much behind-the-scenes work, I’m finally been able to present you with the result of my Q&A with one-half of the rising Canadian electronic duo, Christian Srigley.

SamInterview: Artist – Adventure Club

Interview: PSP Audioware Founders – Mateusz Wozniak And Antoni Ozynski

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Whilst the name PSP Audioware might not be immediately familiar, chances are that the producers and mix engineers among you will have heard of the Vintage Warmer plugin, which has become something of a revered piece of digital equipment that is both used and abused in the mix-down process. Based in Poland, much of PSP’s product line boast the same … Read More

SamInterview: PSP Audioware Founders – Mateusz Wozniak And Antoni Ozynski

Interview: Artist – Mr Bill

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Mr Bill is a well known Ableton aficionado, and given his extensive series of tutorials about the software, I thought it would be good to have a quick chat about his use of this DAW. The Australian producer is getting ready to release a new album, and much of his musical glitchiness is accomplished within Ableton Live 9. How did … Read More

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Interview: Artist – Blinders

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Blinders is a guy who rose to fame off of his remix for Axwell, which has racked up over half a million plays. So I shot him some questions about how he want about making it, as well as some production questions in general.

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Interview – PMC Speakers Product Specialist: Ruairi O’Flaherty

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PMC Speakers are in a class of their own. Widely regarded as one of the most high-end speakers on the market, they’ve been gaining serious traction over the last few years, and have ended up in the studios of some major music engineers. I even bought a pair myself! Of particular interest to bedroom producers would be their line of … Read More

SamInterview – PMC Speakers Product Specialist: Ruairi O’Flaherty

Interview: Blizzard Entertainment Audio Team

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Whether you’re one of the 90′s babies who grew up playing Blizzard Entertainment’s iconic games, or a current day teen who just bought Diablo III, it’s quite easy to understand why the company will be going down in history as one of the pioneers of modern-day online and PC gaming. It’s of great interest to me to step outside conventional … Read More

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Interview: PreSonus Quality Assurance Tester – Dominic Bazile

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As you may have figured after reading my interview with Bitwig Studio, it’s not easy to find success with a new audio sequencer. The market is already saturated with heavy competition, from industry veterans like Pro Tools to game-changers like Ableton. But PreSonus were clearly aiming to create a game-changer of their own, with the introduction of Studio One in … Read More

SamInterview: PreSonus Quality Assurance Tester – Dominic Bazile

Interview: 343 Industries Audio Manager – Ken Kato

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The Halo franchise stands as one of the most lucrative, acclaimed and fan-centric media franchises in the world. Having grossed well over $4 billion, it’s been labelled the equivalent of what Stars Wars was for generations past. What does this have to with music, you ask? Well, the score and soundtrack of course! With 7 soundtracks having been released, the … Read More

SamInterview: 343 Industries Audio Manager – Ken Kato

Interview: Olivier Deriviere [Game Composer]

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If you’re a video game fan, you may have spent the holiday season sitting in front of your TV, playing the critically acclaimed “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag” and it’s downloadable add-on, “Freedom Cry“. If you’re a true fan of the series, you’d also have heard that “Freedom Cry” just came out as a standalone version today. That’s bound to … Read More

SamInterview: Olivier Deriviere [Game Composer]