The Emperors’ New Sonic Clothes: Butch Vig on The Emperors of Wyoming’s Expanded Audio Universe

BY MIKE METTLER — SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

From the smallest of triggers come great things. I was sitting in the dressing room at Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas on April 14, 2012 with […]

Sonic Sorcery, Part 1: A Peek Behind the Audio Curtain at Into the Unknown, by Roto’s Magic Act

BY JAMES ROTONDI — AUGUST 13, 2014

From The SoundBard’s desk: When my good friend James “Roto” Rotondi asked me if he could pen a series of essays about how to get great sound and what […]

(Re)Wind Him Up: Saga’s Michael Sadler on the Sound of Sagacity and the Importance of Enlisting Outside Ears to Get a Great Final Mix

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 6, 2014

Sagacity, definition: Exhibiting acute perception, foresight, wisdom, and sound judgment. Tenacity, definition: Holding together tough and firm, with a tendency to stick or adhere. Two words could not […]

Damn the Two Channels: Tom Petty Producer Ryan Ulyate on How He Mixed Hypnotic Eye in Hi Res and 5.1

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 1, 2014

“This band is so efficient, it’s scary.” It was November 16, 2012, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were already hard at work on the follow-up to 2010’s muscular […]

Taking the HD Reins: Steve Lukather on Sound Quality and the Second Coming of Toto

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 23, 2014

“Our music has stood the test of time,” observes Toto guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather. “We’ve had this long ride, and now it’s starting all over again.” Luke, as he’s […]

John Hiatt on the Terms of His Surrender to the Art of Intimate Recording and Honest Songwriting

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 9, 2014

“We don’t want to shut the door, we want to open it.” John Hiatt has just described the up-close and personal vibe that’s spread all across his new album Terms […]

I’m Going to Give You Everything: Giles Martin on Mixing The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night in Surround Sound — and What Fab Album He Might Tackle Next

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 25, 2014

“I’m just into the ethos of having great sound,” says Giles Martin, describing his surround sound mixing philosophy. “The intention of what we do is to make the […]

King of the British Blues: John Mayall Keeps Tradition Alive and Reflects on His Special Life

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 11, 2014

There are blues legends and there are blues masters, and then there’s John Mayall. Long acknowledged as the father of the British blues scene that emerged in the heyday […]

The Domino Effect: Why Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Continues to Impact Our Ears and Our Hearts

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 6, 2014

Born of pain and longing, their song had the power to break the unhappiness of the world. —from The Story of Layla and Majnum, by Ganjavi Nizami

“Laaaaaaaaay-la!” That […]

What a Nice Revise: Don Felder, Styx, and Foreigner Discuss Remaking “Hotel California”

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 29, 2014

“The moment that song came out, it captured the mythology of California,” observes Styx’s James “JY” Young of the iconic title track to the Eagles’ forever classic 1976 […]