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The Right Angle SM57. Granelli G5790

Episode 54 ~ January 16th, 2014 ~ Be the first to comment

All Ronan’s Recording Show episodes are migrating to their new home at Recording Boot Camp. Watch the new Episode Here

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Checking out Lap Dulcimer Mics

Episode 53 ~ November 24th, 2013 ~ 1 Comment

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The BBQ Bible vs IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155

Episode ~ October 21st, 2013 ~ 14 Comments

In this episode Steven Raichlen’s Barbeque Bible goes head to head with IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 speaker isolation stands.
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Air EQ explained – Featuring Al Stewart and Dave Nachmanoff

Episode 51 ~ September 12th, 2013 ~ 13 Comments

In this episode I explain “Air EQ”, or “Why the heck would anyone boost EQ at 40K?”. I show some 40K boosting with the air band on the Maag EQ4 plugin and we pull up examples with Al Stewart in the studio (with Dave Nachmanoff) to try it out.

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Elysia Nvelope Review & Cloudlifter give-away

Episode 50 ~ August 12th, 2013 ~ 13 Comments

Hard to believe this is Episode #50!! Thanks so much for everyone that watches and even more thanks to everyone that shares the show with their friends.
To celebrate we are giving away a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1,  25dB phantom powered mic amp.
Then we review the Nvelope, a ground breaking dynamics processor from Elysia and do [...]

Hi Hat Miking and other Drum Recording Tips

Episode 49 ~ July 11th, 2013 ~ 13 Comments

We have only one spot left for my six day Recording Boot Camp in LA at the end of the month, and a few left for the one in Athens Greece in September.
This was supposed to be a short video about hi hat mics, but morphed into something with a lot more info about drum [...]

The Swirlygig Swirlyhook and Simple Mixing Tips

Episode 48 ~ May 27th, 2013 ~ 7 Comments

Way back in episode 4, I reviewed the Swirlygig studio drink holder and in this episode we check out the new swirlyhook headphone holder. I also share a simple trick I use to find trouble spots in a mix.
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ATTY Winner & Neumann KH 120 A mini review

Episode 47 ~ May 20th, 2013 ~ 5 Comments

This episode includes a mini review of The new Neumann KH 120 A  Studio Monitors (please see disclosure statement about link)
I reveal the winners of the ATTY give-away and why I choose them. Check out the tracks.
Winner of the new ATTY
Carey Langille
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Winner of the used ATTY
Pablo Vidal [...]

SPL Transient Designer Review: Hardware vs Plugin comparison

Episode 46 ~ April 24th, 2013 ~ 15 Comments

In this episode I see how my beloved SPL transient hardware compares to the plug in version I just bought.
For info about the upcoming courses I mentioned in LA check our Recording Boot Camp and for the Vocal Recording Master Class in the DC area May 11 check out the Chuck Levin’s web site.
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The Golden Rule for Compression and A Designs ATTY give-away

Episode 45 ~ March 22nd, 2013 ~ 155 Comments

Live from Athens Greece and The Living Room Studios, in this episode I explain my golden rule about tracking with compression, and also explain recording levels when recording to digital and using passive attenuators (Such as the A Designs ATTY and the Little Labs Redcloud). But more important than all that, I am giving away [...]

UBK Clariphonic DSP Review – Kush Audio

Episode 44 ~ January 25th, 2013 ~ 9 Comments

In this episode I review the Clariphonic DSP, The plug in version of Kush Audio’s Clariphonic hardware parallel EQ. You can download audio samples Please note: there is a mistake in the editing and the raw drum overhead sample is mono. We are trying to fix that ASAP
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AEA RPQ500 mic pre EQ explained

Episode 43 ~ December 12th, 2012 ~ 2 Comments

This episode we dig into the new mic pre from AEA the RPQ500. It is a mic pre and EQ in the 500 format. After playing with it a few days, I could not wrap my head around the EQ section. I suppose if I had “RTFM” I could have figure it out, but one [...]

Mobile Acoustic Panels from LA Sound Panels

Episode 42 ~ October 8th, 2012 ~ 9 Comments

This week I show off a cool new mobile acoustic panel solution that my buddies at LA Sound Panels built for me that has ended up being way more useful than I thought it would be when I bought the panels.
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Two new recording technique interviews

Episode 41 ~ September 5th, 2012 ~ 7 Comments

This “episode” is two new interviews I have done featuring lots of recording approaches and theory.
Interview for the new AEA Ribbon Mics webzine Fix it in the Mic

Drum Recording interview for Full On Drums (You can see parts 2&3 on their web site)

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Maag EQ4, UBK Clariphonic, Square State model one b, Hammer and EM-EQ2

Episode 40 ~ June 27th, 2012 ~ 10 Comments


Several months back I presented my first “Shoot Out Salon”, an event I created to get engineers together to do hands on testing of specific gear. I called this first one “The Monsters of Sheen” and we tested several hardware EQs known for their ability to add beautiful sheen, or brilliant high [...]

Triton Audio FetHead vs. Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Cl-1

Episode 39 ~ April 11th, 2012 ~ 17 Comments

After a long wait, I finally get a change to compare the Triton Audio FetHead against the Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1. We tested with Shure SM57s and Cascade Fathead Ribbon Mics
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reamping guitars in Kuala Lumpur.

Episode 38 ~ March 16th, 2012 ~ 7 Comments

I was back in Kuala Lumpur to track vocals and electric guitars in with the great Malaysian band Tempered Mental. After a lot of interest on my Facebook Page about some reamping we did, I made this video walk through the steps we used to re-amp some of the guitars on this record .
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Thoughts on delay Times, Frog Porridge and Drum Tracking

Episode ~ January 15th, 2012 ~ 9 Comments

A quick video from Kuala Lumpur while I am tracking the Malaysian band Tempered Mental . I share some thoughts on picking delay times, and walk through the drum miking we used on the album we were recording at The Ark Studio in KL.
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A Free Fix for Vocal Plosive Problems and some News

Episode 36 ~ November 3rd, 2011 ~ 15 Comments

The episode shot in Vicenza Italy at Abnegat Records while recording the surrealist punk, pro, surf band Oopart, I show you a really easy and free way to deal with plosives in a vocal recording, talk about our solution for a busted Yamaha SPX-90, and fill you on some developments with my studio and Recording [...]

A Simple Drum Room Mic Trick and Viewer Questions

Episode 35 ~ October 11th, 2011 ~ 31 Comments

So Sorry its been so long since the last episode. These last couple months have been some of the craziest ever.
This Episode I share a really simple drum room mic trick I stumbled on to (which can also be used for other instruments) and answer some viewer questions about inconsistent bass levels, finding the [...]

The Zoom H4N and Saint Mark’s Square as a live room. Pt. 1

Episode 34 ~ July 14th, 2011 ~ 42 Comments

Part one of two: a special edition of Ronan’s Recording Show. I recently produced an album in Italy for the band, Riaffiora, that combined traditional recording with remote recording using a Zoom H4n hand held recorder. It allowed us to use Saint Marks Square in Venice as a live room, and other amazing locations.
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How to use a Pultec style EQ plug in or hardware

Episode 33 ~ June 21st, 2011 ~ 54 Comments

In this episode we look at how to operate the controls on a Pultec style EQ. Here are are the links to the Mix interview about my studio consulting work, and Ronan’s Recording Show Recording Buffets that I mention in the video.
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Learning my own audio lessons while shooting video

Episode 32 ~ May 14th, 2011 ~ 19 Comments

I am experimenting with a new way to play videos that lets the user turn HD quality off and on. Let me know how it works

On a recent trip to the NAB show I had a chance to film some professionally lit TV stages reminded me of the challenges (and the benefits) we face in [...]

A virtual day at the NAB Show 2011 in Las Vegas

Episode 31 ~ April 16th, 2011 ~ 8 Comments

Sorry to anyone on the mailing lists getting multiple emails. We are fixing that!
I had a great time attending my first ever NAB Show in Las Vegas. I got to check out some cool things from Genelec, Soundproof Windows, GoPro and more. The highlight for me was probably an amazing “green screen” technology from Reflec [...]

Knucklehead percussion production tips and FetHead review.

Episode 30 ~ April 4th, 2011 ~ 22 Comments

In this episode I share a simple production technique for recording percussion. I also review the FetHead from Triton Audio. I also announce the new Ronan’s Recording Advice Buffet series.
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Shure KSM32, A love story.

Episode 29 ~ March 23rd, 2011 ~ 50 Comments

In this episode Ronan tries to explain his love affair with the Shure KSM32 microphone, as well as giving shout-outs to Bongo Ties (Thanks to Home Recording Weekly for turning me on to these) and the Home Recording Show. Be warned: the intro to this episode may be the dumbest thing we have ever [...]

A Virtual Day at NAMM 2011

Episode 28 ~ February 20th, 2011 ~ 10 Comments

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Some highlights from this years NAMM show. Cool new stuff including The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, Ra from Dave Hill Designs, the new Drumagog, a new controller from Coleman, The Glasstones glass neck guitars, Phoenix Audio and Cartec Mic Pres, the SmartAx guitar processor [...]

Recording Fest 2011 in Los Angeles February 27

Episode 27 ~ January 17th, 2011 ~ 6 Comments

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Announcing the first “HRBC Recording Fest” in Los Angeles. A festival / charity event with workshops-panels with Joe Barresi (Tool, Kyuss, Bad Religion, Queens of the Stone Age, The Melvins) Tony Shepperd, (Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Elton John) Dylan “3D” Dresdow (Black [...]

Gear of the Year Awards 2010

Episode 26 ~ December 16th, 2010 ~ 39 Comments

The First Annual Gear of the Year Awards. Categories this year are for: Monitoring technology, Hardware, Software, Studio Accessories, Musical Instrument and Ultimate Gear Lust. A few mini-reviews included.
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Dealing with out of tune things in a mix -plus viewer questions

Episode 25 ~ December 7th, 2010 ~ 26 Comments

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This episode is just me talking. I share a tip for dealing with out of tune elements in a mix, and answer a few viewer questions about setting vocal compressors, gating toms while recording and recording guitars.
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That speaker phase trick for recording vocals without headphones

Episode 24 ~ November 9th, 2010 ~ 29 Comments

An explanation of the speaker phase tricks that some people use when recording vocals in the recording studio without headphones.

Recording vocals without headphones in the studio

Episode 23 ~ October 7th, 2010 ~ 27 Comments

An example of recording vocals without headphones, using a Shure SM7b.

Mixing Tips. Widening the stereo image with a free plug in.

Episode 22 ~ August 16th, 2010 ~ 23 Comments

Simple mixing tip to widen the sound of your mixes using a free plug in that you already own. Also an interview with author Rick Clark about his great new book about recording.

Great River Electronics interview and Ronan needs wireless lav mic advice

Episode 21 ~ July 29th, 2010 ~ 18 Comments

Ronan chats with Dan Kennedy, the hardware designer for Great River Electronics. He also looks for advice about lav mics for interviews.

Drum Recording advice. Drum tracks in the mix.

Episode 20 ~ July 7th, 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Demonstration of various drum recording techniques and how they sound in the final mix. One drum kit recorded with only two inputs and two kits recorded with multiple mics.

Analogue Tube AT-101. The Fairchild 670 Recreation.

Episode 19 ~ June 17th, 2010 ~ 36 Comments

Ronan Chris Murphy pretends he is on Top Gear and tries out a high end toy. The Analogue Tube AT-101 variable bias compressor, designed as a faithful recreation of the old Fairchild 670 compressor.

Drum recording advice. Miking for two rock drums sets.

Episode 18 ~ April 20th, 2010 ~ 31 Comments

Drum recording is all about getting it right at the source. We look at how the same recording equipment can be used for two different drummers at a studio in North Italy. Ronan Chris Murphy walks you through the session set up

Vocal Recording Tips and an Autotune Trick that is Not Lame.

Episode 17 ~ March 9th, 2010 ~ 43 Comments

The old adage that everyone sings better in the choir gets applied to classic and modern vocal production in the recording studio.

NAMM 2010 highlights – new hardware, software and instruments

Episode 16 ~ February 2nd, 2010 ~ 23 Comments

Ronan takes a look at some of the highlights from the 2010 NAMM show, including new developments in hardware, software and musical instruments

Drum programming tips for more realistic sounding tracks.

Episode 15 ~ January 12th, 2010 ~ 54 Comments

A lesson on drum programming and building drum tracks that sound natural and fit any style from Tool to the Counting Crowes.

The Tape Op Magazine interview with Larry Crane and John Baccigaluppi

Episode 14 ~ December 21st, 2009 ~ 21 Comments

A look behind the world of publishing the hippest recording and pro audio magazine on the scene today. Tape Op Magazine has grown up form its roots as a rage featuring home recordists and indie rock, to one of the most popular publications about the world of recording.

Drum recording tips. Great drum sounds with only two mics or two inputs.

Episode 13 ~ December 5th, 2009 ~ 98 Comments

Drum recording advice for getting cool drum sounds on your recordings using only 2 inputs on your DAW. Two different techniques are explained. Classic recording techniques that can be applied to your own home studio productions.

Chocolate Rain on the Fender Rhodes and Recording Questions.

Episode 12 ~ November 19th, 2009 ~ 10 Comments

In addition to a clip of Tay Zonday rocking Chocolate Rain on the Fender Rhodes, I give some advice about recording bass, recording drums in a garage and a high end vocal chain.

3 mic pres under $500. Black Lion Audio, True Systems and FMR Audio

Episode 11 ~ October 31st, 2009 ~ 112 Comments

In my quest to find a good microphone preamplifier for less than $500 I look at options by Black Lion Audio, True Systems, and FMR Audio.

A virtual day at the AES convention 2009

Episode 10 ~ October 15th, 2009 ~ 16 Comments

A visit to the trades show at the AES convention checking out highlights like the Little Labs VOG, Barefoot Micromains, a laser microphone and lots of other recording toys.

Village Recorder Studio Tour and the Audio Underground Roadshow. Endless Analog, ATC

Episode 09 ~ September 26th, 2009 ~ 14 Comments

This episode showcases the beautiful Neve 88R in studio D of the Village Recorder. Also showcased is pro audio equipment from companies making great mic pres compressors, EQ and other recording equipment. Music is by Kathleen Blackwell.

Mixing tips-No one has ever asked me for the bass sound on Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

Episode 08 ~ September 5th, 2009 ~ 67 Comments

A thought about mixing drums and bass, inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.
Mahee Kat and the great guitarist Willie Oteri pointed out that the bass on Kashmir was probably done with keys, but the concept is the same.

Guitar recording tips. Taming excessive room reverb and delay.

Episode 07 ~ August 13th, 2009 ~ 35 Comments

Guitar recordings with too much reverb or slap delay from the room can be fixed with inexpensive things most people have around the house.

Interview with tube mic maker Dave Pearlman of Pearlman Microphones

Episode 06 ~ July 15th, 2009 ~ 16 Comments

1. In this episode I interview  Dave Pearlman, maker of new tube microphones in the classic style.
2. We have upgraded the show with streaming video. This should improve performance for fans of the show in almost all parts of the world. Check it out and let us know how it works in your area.
3. You [...]

Piano recording tips from Venice Italy and a villa studio tour

Episode 5 ~ May 31st, 2009 ~ 17 Comments

The Italy Episode: In this episode Ronan answers a viewer’s “Ask Ronan” question about piano recording from the Hotel Metropole in Venice Italy (Where Vivaldi composed the Four Seasons), and tours a boutique analog studio in the 17th century Villa Prosdocimi.