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RSR: Harold LaRue Gives Tips on Pro Mastering in Your DAW

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #225: Harold LaRue Gives Tips on Professional Mastering in Your DAW

In this latest episode of Recording Studio Rockstars, Harold LaRue talks about the growth of the mastering industry, the power of great production, how to reference your mix and master against your favorite hits, and how to master your song like a pro in any DAW.

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #225 – Harold LaRue

About Harold LaRue

Harold LaRue is a mastering engineer and audio educator based in Houston, Texas. Harold started out playing drums and running live sound in the ’80s. He worked as a software developer and pro audio repair technician before meeting his wife, Elizabeth, an accomplished restaurateur. Together, they built and operated several popular restaurants and a recycling company before Harold returned to his passion for recording and music production.

Harold studied with Producer/Engineer, Ronan Chris Murphy (also on the podcast RSR015), and learned the theatrical sound trade as a Union Journeyman on Broadway shows and other large-scale productions.

Harold shares his knowledge and experience with universities and recording schools across the country, provides technical support and consulting services to recording industry professionals, and operates a full-time mastering business. Some of his projects include working on projects for Macy Gray and R&B legend, Jeffrey Osborne.

RSR: Capturing Sounds Around the World with Jesse & Jonah Marks

WhisperRoom™ is proud to sponsor the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #224: Jesse & Jonah Marks – Capturing Sounds Around the World at the Touch of Sound

In this week’s episode, Jesse & Jonah talk about traveling the world to capture authentic stereo sounds, the powerful effects of audio over photos and video, the perfect portable recording gear, and much more.

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #224 – Jesse & Jonah Marks

Authentic Sound Recordings from Around the World

Jesse and Jonah Marks are the founders and curators of The Touch of Sound, a recording adventure and website dedicated to authentically capturing the sounds of the world. All sounds on their site are 100% authentic and captured by real people from real places. Their found sounds have been collected while traveling, along with a growing network of worldwide content contributors.

Anything from fish markets in Japan and Turkey to Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands to the street musicians of Cuba will make it onto their website.

Take a listen to some of their sounds from recent travels to Panama, Vietnam, and Cuba.

About the Marks Brothers

Jesse is an audio engineer who began recording location sounds for potential use in his professional and personal projects. Jonah is an avid traveler whose passion for exploration has taken them around the globe. Whenever possible, they travel together at a furious pace, but their obsession with collecting sounds helps to slow them down to appreciate the moments. Over the past 12 years, the two brothers have traveled the world with a microphone and a mission: to collect authentic and high-quality audio recordings.

RSR: Writing, Producing, & Deconstructing Your Songs with Jarrad K

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #223: Jarrad K’s Tips for Writing, Producing, and Programming in LA & Nashville

In this week’s episode of Recording Studio Rockstars, Jarrad K shares tips on how to start co-writing, the power of writing trips and the death of networking, fidget house and Haas FX, writing for Weezer, Ruston Kelley, and Kate Nash, and how to deconstruct your song production.

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #223 – Jarrad K

Who is Jarrad K?

Jarrad K is a Southern California raised, Nashville-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked with an eclectic slew of artists including Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls, Kate Nash, Ruston Kelly, Betty Who, The Brummies, Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and Elohim.

Additionally, he has toured with various artists such as Zak Waters/Pretty Sister, Ruston Kelly, and Lucie Silvas. He currently owns and operates his own recording studio, Chateau Noir, in East Nashville.

RSR: Steve Chadie Talks about Recording Willie Nelson & More…

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #222: Steve Chadie Talks about Recording Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Los Lonely Boys, Wilco, and Supersuckers

In this week’s episode of Recording Studio Rockstars, Steve Chadie talks about recording Willie Nelson and his guitar Trigger, basic mixing techniques for a full-band session, lessons learned from Andy Johns, how to record with the lights off, and his favorite plugins for mixing. Plus lots more!

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #222 – Steve Chadie

Who is Steve Chadie?

Steve Chadie began his career as an intern at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales recording studio in 1995, quickly working his way up to Assistant Engineer for Larry Greenhill. Upon Greenhill’s departure, Steve took on the position of Head Engineer. This opportunity gave him the chance to capitalize on everything he learned while working alongside many producers, including: John Porter, Paul Leary, and a recurring 14-year stint with legendary producer Andy Johns.

Steve has been awarded multiple gold and platinum records and several Grammy nominations. He obtained these milestones while working with artists like Sublime, Wilco, Los Lonely Boys, the Supersuckers, and Merle Haggard.

Whether recording major label artists or local bands, Steve approaches the task with the same enthusiasm, attention to detail, and artist comfort as he was taught to do from the start. He has a deep respect for the art and is always willing to lend a helping hand, gear, or advice to upcoming young engineers that he collaborates with. He is of the opinion that this is an apprentice-based guild and knowledge should be passed down to these engineers to keep the craft alive.

RSR: Justin Francis Shares Mixing Tips for Your Home Studio

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #220: Justin Francis – Grammy Nominated Engineer Shares Mixing Tips For Your Home Studio

In episode #220 of Recording Studio Rockstars, Justin Francis talks about producing and mixing rock and Americana music, how to mix on small speakers, setting up a mix template, recording and mixing drums, plus lots of great plugin tricks.

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #220 – Justin Francis

Who is Justin Francis?

Justin Francis is a multi-Grammy nominated Nashville engineer and mixer who works out of his log cabin home studio in Ashland City, Tennessee.

In just one week, clients can range from Andrea Bocelli to Alice Cooper. Other notable artists include Top 40 bands like Little Big Town; country singers like Kacey Musgraves, Ronnie Milsap, Tyler Childers, Margo Price, and Rodney Crowell; blues legends like Buddy Guy; classic rock heroes like Deep Purple; punk legends like Anti-Flag, and rabble-rousers like Rozwell Kid and Diarrhea Planet – streams of which reach more than a million every month.

Additionally, Justin’s work with bluegrassers like The Special Consensus and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen earned him two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album.

In the episode, Lij talks to Justin all about his studio in Nashville and how he likes to mix a wide variety of musical styles. Additionally, Justin shares the secrets to getting better mixes in your own pro and home studios.