Slau takes you behind the scenes at BeSharp, a recording studio in New York City. Listen to excerpts from sessions, gear reviews and equipment shootouts.

In this episode you get a taste of what is coming in the Sessions with Slau Podcast

Direct download: SWS000-Introduction.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

When I asked Ed Cherney to send me a photo for this blog post, this is what I got from him: OK, shortly thereafter he did supply the official picture. Ed Cherney is one of my heros. Never mind me trying to list the people he's worked with. Check it out for yourself on viagra his discography page and, better still, read his bio. He's a founding member of both the METAlliance and the Producers and Engineers wing of the Recording Academy. I couldn't possibly do him justice in a blog post. Aside from being an extraordinary talent and a vital part of the recording industry, the guy just cracks me up with his wit. On top of that, he's just the nicest guy in the world and I'm so glad I had an opportunity to do this chat with him for the podcast. I must admit, we did this quite some time ago and I never got around to publishing buy levitra canada it but pretty much everything is still relevant. Hope you guys enjoy it.

Direct download: Chatting_with_Cherney.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Last time Mixerman was on the show, we spoke about his book, Zen buy viagra online and the Art of mixing. This time around, we talk about his new release, zen and the Art of Producing. Having read this fantastic book twice, I probably could have asked a dozen more questions, given the scope of the work. It's the kind of material one can read several times and absorb new things with each pass. It's available from Amazon as well as brick and mortar cheap cialis online retailers. I was so incredibly excited to learn about the new Daily Adventures of Mixerman - An Audio Book Dramatization. Even though I read the printed edition several years ago, the audio book version adds a whole new dimension to the story. Rather Buy cialis generic than just Mixerman reading the content, there's voice talent reading dialog and not just any old actors—you've got people like Ken scott, Ron Saint Germain, Ed Cherney, Dave Pensado, William Wittman and many others. Guess what? I'm among the many others! Well, truth be told, I got to do one line but, hey, listen to the credits and weep ;) The Daily Adventures of Mixerman - An Audio Book Dramatization is available through Audible and coming soon to the iTunes Store. Check out the first chapter on youtube: Chapter 0 - Supreme Negotiators And here's a bit of a trailer: TDAOMM Sampler

Direct download: Zen_and_the_Art_of_Producing.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

So anyway… where was I? It's only been about 23 months since the previous episode. Geez… What can I say? There's too much to explain. I'll catch you guys up with the goings on over time but, for now, here are some of the things I talk about in this episode: METAlliance A couple of years ago, I attended the "In Session" event at Avatar Studios. This was a weekend of sessions with the likes of Al schmitt, Phil Ramone, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Frank Filipetti, Ed Cherney and Chuck Ainlay. It was a fabulous workshop and one of the most enjoyable events I've ever attended. from what I understand, there's one coming up early next year. If you have an opportunity to attend—do it. Studio Renovation Well, I don't know what exactly to call it. It started out as a remodel, turned into a renovation but ultimately could be considered a rebuild. I'll eventually do an episode on the whole process but I'd like to do it in a video format. I'll probably need to enlist the help of somebody to shoot and edit. Orchestral Recording Last year was one of those years when I flew to Kiev to record an orchestra for Sulyma Productions. This time, my wife flew out toward the end of our week there and we stayed a few extra days. Again, I'll probably do a separate episode about that trip. Just catching up a bit for now. The Seven Little Foys I did another cast album for Chip Deffaa. This time, it was for a musical called "The Seven Little Foys." The big dilemma was that I was right in the middle of the demolition at the studio so I ended up tracking most of the recording at Dubway Studios. There are some photos from various sessions at Dubway and BeSharp (where I did the final overdubs) at Chip's web site. Although I normally don't answer questions on the podcast, I did take a few questions via Twitter right before recording the episode. I don't know if I'll make that a regular feature or not but I just did it on a whim. I've got two interviews in the can so I'll try to get them out as soon as possible. What can I say? I'm trying to get back on the wagon… or is it off the wagon? Whatever it is, I'm trying to do it ;) Music featured in this episode includes: Various excerpts from Olga Vinokur (piano), recorded by slau Halatyn at Systems two, brooklyn NY "Pro Susidku" and "Shchedryk" by the Kiev City Symphony, recorded by slau Halatyn at dZZ, Kiev, Ukraine "World War I Medley" by the Seven Little Foys Original Cast, recorded by Slau Halatyn at dubway Studios, New York NY,  mixed by slau Halatyn at BeSharp, Astoria NY "In the crease" by Branford Marsalis, recorded and mixed by Rob Hunter at Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville NY "What Did You Do?" by Slau, recorded and mixed by Slau Halatyn at BeSharp, Astoria NY, mastered by Don Grossinger at Europadisk, Long Island City NY "Everything Alive Must Die Some Day" by George Hrab, recorded, mixed and 'mastered"  by Slau Halatyn at BeSharp, Astoria NY "I'm the One" by Slau, recorded and mixed by Slau Halatyn at BeSharp, Astoria NY, mastered by don Grossinger at europadisk, Long Island City NY "Felt Memories" by Slau Halatyn from the documentary, "Felt, Feelings and Dreams by Andrea Odezynska," recorded and mixed by slau Halatyn at BeSharp, Astoria NY

Direct download: So_Anyway.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

Direct download: AudioPodcastersRoundTable.2011.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Mixing is neither a linear process nor a technical one. It's a musical process, and as such, a mix is some thing that one performs—like an artist. —Mixerman from "Zen and the Art of Mixing" Mixerman (a.k.a. Eric Sarafin) has certainly done his share of interviews in print but when I searched for recorded interviews, I basically came up with nothing. I figured that, with the release of his new book, "Zen and the Art of Mixing," he might be willing to spend some time talking about it. We talked about his musical background, education and career as well as his philosophy on recording and mixing. Mixerman also discusses a bit about the upcoming "Total Access Master class" including Ken Scott, Mixerman, Joe McGrath and Wyn Davis. As Mixerman says, "Enjoy!" Excerpts featured in this episode (in order of appearance): excerpt from the Mixerman radio Show Christmas 2010 Mixerman, Slipperman & Aardvark theme by members of the WOMB Forums The Pharcyde "Passing Me By" Ben Harper "Jah Work" David Cassidy "I Think I Love You" Mammal "Smash the Piñata" Pete Murray "Opportunity" Ian Moore "Angelyne" Ben Harper "Steal My Kisses Spearhead "Hole in the Bucket"

Direct download: SWS019-Mixerman_Interview.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

I actually did an episode back in early July but… well, it was just an exercise in Futility. Then, of course, my entire summer and half the fall were swallowed up by several projects and, well… you know how the story goes. Picking up right around where we left off: I did some vocal sessions with blessing Offor, a singer/songwriter signed to a development deal with EMI through Steven Ivy Music out of Nashville. blessing relocated from Nashville to New York and, fortuitously ended up about a 10-minute walk from the studio. It was the first series of sessions on which I used the DVA DR747 on vocals. What mic is this, you ask? Well, I'm sure I'll have to include the story in another episode but, briefly, it's a tube LDC based on a U 47. It was made by David Royer before he started Royer Labs. I'm still trying to get some nice photos of it so I can upload it to the microphone database at Recording Hacks. Soon… One of my favorite projects this year was an original cast recording for an off-Broadway production of a show by the award-winning Chip Deffaa called "One Night with fanny Brice." I had the pleasure of recording Kimberly Faye-Greenberg (vocals), Mark Goodman (piano) and Jonathan Russell (violin). It was an intense project because we needed to get it done within a tight budget. Everyone brought their best. Can't wait to see it on stage. Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will will be using a song I arranged and produced for an upcoming film called "Higher Ground" scheduled for release in 2011. It was from an album I produced for Ukrainian-American singer Olya Fryz. It's a children's song whose title translates as "I'll Plant a Pear Tree." It just so happens that Ms. farmiga is a fellow Ukrainian-American—we all know each other, didn't you know? It just so happens that this year, I did another production for Olya. This time, it's a Ukrainian Christmas album. The project took up several months of my time this summer and fall. Normally, a production might not have taken so long but, as it turns out, I did most of the playing on the album so, needless to say, it was fairly linear. I did get george Hrab to lay down some drums on several tunes. All in all, I'm really happy with everything. I wish Olya had room within her budget for having someone else master the album just for a different set of ears and all. I ended up doing everything from arranging through mastering. Oh, it's a lonely job… Thanks to Dave chick of Inside Home Recording for putting together some cymbal roll samples for the production. Guess what? After all that, I ended up using the real thing. hey, can you blame me? I mean, I was trying to avoid going out and buying several expensive cymbals. Lucky for me, George Hrab was generous enough to jump into his car with his cymbal bag and make the 90-minute trek to NYC to lay down the real McCoy. Also, Jon Tidey from the Home Recording Show was kind enough to remove a couple of noises in Andriy Milavsky's clarinet part on one of the tracks. What did we do before RX? I'll tell you what: we lived with the bench squeaks and the floor creeks. Man, how things have changed… I bought a few instruments at Mandolin Brothers for Olya's production: a wonderful 1910 Gibson "black face Plain A" mandolin, a beautiful Yamaha classical guitar and a Deering banjo. They were a source of much inspiration for many of the arrangements. Yeah, I love buying mics and preamps and all, but buying a musical instrument—well, that's just a whole different animal. I love these additions to my collection. On the gear front, I had rented a Universal Audio 2-610 dual channel tube mic pre from DreamHire for the Fanny Brice project and really loved it. I ended up getting one for the studio and pretty much used it exclusively on Olya's Christmas album. It's a fantastic pre/DI—not the quietest piece of gear but, hey, it's tube and that's to be expected. I've been looking for a pair of Neumann KM 84s for some time.

Direct download: SWS018-Warning__Tangent.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

So, as many of you know, I've been recording albums for George Hrab for many years. In fact, this is his sixth album recorded at beSharp. It's always a blast and an adventure to record an generic cialis india album for him. This one was no exception, of course. I'll post a sort of "making of" episode soon that will include an interview with Geo. For now, thanks to geologic Records, here's the album in it's entirety. If you'd like to support the artist (and I'd encourage you, naturally), it can be found at CD baby and iTunes.

Direct download: George_Hrab_Trebuchet.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

One of the biggest trends in the pro audio world in the last 10 years, apart from the resurgence of the ribbon microphone, has been the modification of lower-end gear to yield high-end results. In many cases, a simple tube or transformer swap can immediately make a noticeable difference in the sound. In some cases, additional circuit changes can transform a good piece of equipment into great equipment that might rival the performance of gear many times its price. Perhaps nowhere is this more prevalent these days than with microphones. Not only are there a ton of sites that offer DIY solutions for mic mods but there are several companies and boutique "mic modders" who offer these services for a reasonable price. Reasonable, that is, when you consider the price of the mics that these modified specimens are said to rival. For the average project studio owner, spending $5,000 or $10,000 on a microphone is usually out of the question, but spending a few hundred dollars on a mic and a few hundred dollars on modifications is a much more realistic proposition. These modified mics may not have the sex appeal of a vintage Neumann or RCA but they can often hold their own or even outperform their revered competition. Will they help a studio attract clientele? Probably not. Will they get the job done? Judging from my own adventures with mic modding—which I'll detail in this article—absolutely. Wouldn't everybody love to have the bragging rights that go with owning a beautiful U 47 in perfect condition? Naturally, but when your clients are paying $50 per hour, it's not easy to justify a $10,000 mic much less all the other items in the gear lust list. Having an affordable option in the "modded" category is a welcome alternative for a growing number of studio owners on a budget and, let's face it, these days, who isn't? As a studio owner, I've rented plenty of microphones over the years. I've often fantasized about owning many of the legendary mics that have come through the door. I could easily afford them all if I'd only increase the studio rate to $500 per hour. Need I pursue this scenario any further to illustrate my point? Putting myself squarely in the category of a studio owner on a tight budget, I began researching the possibility of modifying a few mics that could perform on a high level without the high price tag… To read the rest of my review of the Advanced Audio CM-12 Mod, please visit In this podcast episode, I interview Dave Thomas of Advanced Audio Microphones. We discuss their product line as well as details about the various modification packages. There's a little shootout between a stock Apex 460, the Advanced Audio CM-12 and an AKG C 12. How did the CM-12 compare with the two other mics? Well, naturally, you'll just have to listen to find out. :) If you'd like to compare the mics in your own DAW, you can download a zipped folder containing the 24-bit shootout samples here. For more information about Advanced Audio Microphones' products and services, please visit

Direct download: SWS017-Advanced_Audio_CM-12_Mod.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

Here's a round table discussion hosted by the guys at the Home Recording Show. If viagra online you're in to audio, you should Generic cialis cheap be subscribed to all of these guys' podcasts:

Direct download: 01.roundtable.2010.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:07am EDT











Follow on Twitter


Powered by Libsyn
Header Photograph by Roman Iwasiwka
Banner by Donna Mugavero
Voice over work by
Audrey Farolino and Tony Corso
Podcasting help through Podcast Fast Pass
Site by Pixel + Spoke