Solo Concert Maestro Bruce Hornsby on Capturing Honest Sound, and How to Play “900 Foot of Piano”

BY MIKE METTLER — NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Bruce Hornsby could never be accused of being an artist who rests on his laurels. “I’m such a different musician in every way than I was 20 years […]

Louder Than Words: Producer Andy Jackson Takes Us Exclusively Inside the Making of the Final Pink Floyd Album, The Endless River

BY MIKE METTLER — OCTOBER 22, 2014

“It’s a very common name. Back of $20 bills, that’s me.” Producer Andy Jackson is being typically self-effacing as he leans back in a chair across from me in […]

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Deep Purple Drummer Ian Paice Celebrates Late DP Keyboardist Jon Lord’s Legacy as Composer and Rocker

BY MIKE METTLER — OCTOBER 10, 2014

“Souls, having touched, are forever entwined.” It’s a lyric penned by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan in honor of his dear friend and late bandmate Jon Lord, the original […]

Play Me My Song: Mike Rutherford Opens Up About Genesis’ R-KIVE, Mike + The Mechanics & More

BY MIKE METTLER — SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

And then there were… five? The photo above is no trick of the tale, for you’re indeed seeing the five key members of Genesis — from the top […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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(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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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