Analog Tape Series, Part 3: Studio Settings and Collaboration

Setting Up Your Studio to Work Efficiently for Tape Recording Now that you have your tape deck and have completed the basic maintenance on it you can take a look at the gain-staging of your whole recording setup. Most professional studio equipment is designed to operate at a nominal +4dBu; when a VU meter on your tape deck or […]

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Analog Tape Series, Part 1: What to Know Before You Buy

Over the last couple years, I’ve had a remarkable number of projects come through my mastering studio originating on tape. Some of these projects involve restoration on past work of notable artists including the Grateful Dead and Doc Watson, but many are new recordings by artists intrigued by the unique quality of analog sound and […]

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New Releases from Colorado Songwriters

The thriving music community in Colorado has released a number of great albums already this year! We at Airshow have been excited to help these projects from such talented artists come to life and wanted to share a few sound bites of a new releases we’ve mixed or mastered out of the Boulder studio. Lisa Bell The […]

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Multi-tasking Masters: Vinyl + Mastered for iTunes + HDTracks

Airshow clients’ interest in Apple’s “Mastered for iTunes” quality initiative is growing daily. Did you know that the same 24 bit master we create for your iTunes submission can be used to create additional high-res formats for sale to your fans? A 24 bit master file delivers high-quality audio to listeners and can be distributed in multiple ways including: […]

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Record Store Day is April 20th!

Record Store Day rolls around on April 20th, and once again Vanguard Records has some interesting offerings from their eclectic catalog, chosen in a listener poll. Titles include Festival: The Newport Folk Festival 1965; Blues at Newport 1963; Country Joe and The Fish, I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die; Buddy Guy, Hold That Plane, and Big Mama Thornton, Jail, all remastered from the original master tapes […]

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What Do You Want from Your Vinyl?

Vanguard Records is asking listeners to take this survey about what’s important to them when buying and listening to music on vinyl. “The staff at Vanguard Records has decided it’s time to really start digging into our vaults for some out of print albums that we think need to be reissued exclusively for the music fan like […]

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Recording Magazine Interviews Dave on Mastering

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bay-area engineer/producer/steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan on numerous projects, including The Waybacks “From the Pasture to the Future” way back in 2006, three amazing projects from the Crooked Jades, and Bruce’s own releases “Hybrid” and “The Bruce Kaphan Quartet”. He is the consummate professional: no detail is too small to escape […]

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