Welcome back to the Truth About Recording & Mixing podcast, hosted by Johnny Sangster from Crackle & Pop !.
This time we have an in-depth interview with producer engineer Phil Ek. Phil is known for his work with Built to Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, and many others. In this episode, Johnny also gives a short demo on how to properly mike a piano.
0:45 Listener comment on Timothy Herzog: Recommendations for DIY electronics books
03:15 – Listener comment from Liam and a suggestion to make an episode from daily studio operations
06:20 – Audio example of different microphone techniques for miking pianos
16:40 – Check out pictures of these microphone techniques on Instagram – @recordingpodcast – please send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
16:50 – Welcome Phil Ek! New project – like dad for the first time & a new record with SYML
8:30 p.m. – Some thoughts on indie artists and how to find your way around the current state of music
24:10 – Phil’s path, which is evident in the recordings: Go to the Art Institute, hate it and finally get an internship with Jack Endino; the importance of watching Endino at work; Running sessions at Word Of Mouth
37:20 – Phil’s relationship with Sub Pop. Besides – to work with the muffs!
41:15 – Built To Spill and the doors that open
50:20 – Echo Mountain, Sunset Sound, Magic Shop, and other great studios around the country and in Seattle. Plus some thoughts on the wonderful Seattle studio community
57:30 – Thoughts on an internship and an assistant engineer
1:04:30 – The importance of working with a producer in a professional studio
1:08:20 – Listener question about remote collaborations during the pandemic
1:15:40 – Listener question about miking acoustic guitars with a small body. Thoughts on conquering space with acoustic, electric guitars and vocals
1:21:30 – Define and record takes. How many does comping need?
01:25:20 – Recording of singers and singers with acoustic guitars! 01:32:00 – Fleet foxes!
01:38:00 – Do what you want
Our sponsor for this episode is iZotope.
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The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a biweekly produced podcast by the fretboard diary Magazine loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps podcast.