A podcast exploring the art and craft of sound. Featuring conversations with engineers, producers, and musicians.
Episode 005 -Anthony Gravino/The Drake
Anthony Gravino, an independent engineer, producer, and musician from Chicago Illinois. Anthony does tracking, mixing and mastering, working in a wide range of genres, including Rock, Jazz, Folk and R&B. A go-to collaborator for some of the most skilled and creative independent musicians in the city, his credits include The Claudettes, Davy Knowles, Hood Smoke, Bunny Pattootie, and Matt Ulery. Anthony also has a lot of sonic ties to Michigan, including mastering albums for Red Tail Ring, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, Stephen Lynch, Sky & Signal, and my own group The Red Sea Pedestrians. We talked in February 2018 at his private studio, The Drake, nestled into a a quiet neighborhood in Logan Square.
Recorded 2/23/18 at The Drake in Chicago, IL
Shure SM7s > Custom Neve 31105/1081 > Urei LA3A
Episode 004 - Jen Shangraw/Michigan State University
Jen Shangraw is Director of Recording Services at Michigan State University. Jen is an expert classical and jazz sound engineer who handles concert recordings and sessions in a number of performance spaces throughout MSU's campus.
From Jazz orchestras and chamber music in the 440-seat Fairchild theater, to symphony orchestras in the 2400-seat Wharton Center, to the Spartan Marching Band playing halftime in the 75,000-seat Spartan Stadium, Jen is skilled at creating world-class recordings in a wide variety of scenarios, often on the fly and without a net.
Recorded 3/7/18 at Michigan State University
Neumann U87s > Millennia HV-3D-8
Featured recording by Suren Bagratuni
Episode 003 - Bob Benson/ARU Chicago
Bob Benson is a sound designer at Audio Recording Unlimited, a 4-studio facility in downtown Chicago. Bob is a veteran post-production engineer who has spent decades recording, editing and mixing sound for film, TV, radio, and internet broadcast.
Recorded February 3, 2018 at ARU in Chicago, IL
Bob: Neumann U87 > Hardy M-1
Ian: Sennheiser 416 > Amek 9098
Episode 002 - John Campos/Western Sound Studios
John is Director of Western Sound Studios, the recording facility at Western Michigan University, and has managed this classic Kalamazoo studio for over 30 years. As WMU's recording techniques instructor, John has also helped generations of successful engineers get their careers started in audio.
Recorded 12/27/17 at WSS in Kalamazoo, MI
Neumann TLM49's > True Precision 8
Featured song: "Exactly Like You" by the Susie Parr Trio.
Episode 001 - Bryan Heany/37.ent (Part One)
Bryan is a Kalamazoo sound engineer with eclectic experience in all things sonic, including studio engineering, live sound, archiving, radio production, equipment repair, and audio education. As a musician, Bryan has played with a long list of groups, including Guitar Up!, Zed Zeppelin, The Nwe Spryghts, The Roman Invasion Suite, The That's, and his own 37.ent projects, among many others. Stay tuned for part two of our conversation in a future episode.
Recorded 12/27/17 at Studio 37 in Kalamazoo, MI
Shure SM58's > Crane Song Spider
Electricians and Madmen is produced by Ian Gorman at La Luna. Interviews are recorded on location, with each featured engineer choosing the microphone and signal chain. Theme music, "Roswell (JH24 Version)" was written and performed by Brian Koenigsknecht.