Required reading: How Steve Albini records

I read this article about once a year.  It describes his technique in expert detail, as well as detailing the things other engineers do that he doesn’t. 

I have always done things with the analogue method, and I still think it’s the best method. So I have no reason to change. I’ve had a long time to accumulate equipment and microphones and techniques, and I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had to say ‘No, I can’t do that, because we’re working on tape.’ If there were problems that I could not solve on tape, I might be compelled to use computers, but I’ve never encountered such a problem.”

There are a lot of articles on how to mix rock recordings, but Albini’s interviews are the only I’ve found that show you how to avoid having to “fix it in the mix” totally.

A better set of ears for your cellphone

The bootlegMIC by Open Music Labs looks to be a cheap hack-y awesome way of recording loud live music with your iPhone or other/nope probably wanna do this on an iPhone apparently.

The video alone is convincing.  We’ve all heard the first one:

There’s a DIY kit for this, since it’s such a simple (but clever) design, and it’s only $9!