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Western Students at Starstruck Studios February 7, 2015

Posted by Damon Sink in : degrees in music, General Announcements, Mixing, Projects , add a comment

Last summer several of our Commercial and Electronic Music students interned at Starstruck in Nashville (Reba McEintire’s studio). They eventually gained the confidence of engineer Chris Ashburn and were allowed to record a few tracks with songwriter Colin Iwanski. Hunter Black on drums, Charlie Diez on guitar, Bud Davis on acoustic, Jacob Crabtree on the organ, and Chris Burke co-engineer. Heres a track from Hunter’s soundcloud:

The Return February 11, 2011

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Chit Chat, General Announcements , add a comment

Hi Everyone!

Well… it’s been quite awhile since I’ve been active on TheStudioFiles.com.  It was a busy year – full of world travels and tons of audio work.  Luckily, my schedule will now allow me to return to TheStudioFiles.com and resume articles, videos, Q&A’s, and general tech support.

In other news, Avid has gone through some major changes and upgrades while I’ve been gone.  Most notably – we have the release of Pro Tools 9 along with a new line of interfaces for all lines of Pro Tools.  As you’ll see in upcoming articles, I’ve actually just upgraded to HD Native on an Avid 16×16 analog HD I/O – and I love it.

So – sorry for the hiatus – but I’m back!  I look forward to another great year with The Studio Files.  If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about or see in upcoming articles/videos, please let me know in the comments or via email.



Book Review: Sound Reinforcement Handbook November 9, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, Project Studio, Troubleshooting , add a comment

In my opinion, this book is a must-buy for any audio engineer, whether you are in live sound, studio recording, etc.  This book is also known by names like “The Yamaha Book” (and similar names), as this was originally written for Yamaha.

What? A technical book written in 1987 (last updated in 1990) is a necessity??

Answer – yes!  This book is chock full o’ great information.  Although it is technically (more…)

Help me help you! April 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, General Announcements , 143comments

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately on computer problems/DAWs crashing/etc.  Please keep them coming, I’m glad to see systems are working the bugs out (plus it helps me document trends and figure out problems with patches/gear).

We’ve been able to solve a high percentage of problems, but often it takes 2-3 emails back and forth before we have all the information available to help.

If you are emailing us (or even posting in the comments) about a problem you are having, please include the following information, as it will make it possible to help you:

(more below the fold) (more…)

Connor = M.I.A. March 10, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements , 2comments

Sorry I’ve been absent from articles lately… grad school is getting the better of my time right now.

I’m still trying to answer comments and any email anyone sends me, so please keep them coming.  I go on break soon, and I should be able to start up some new articles and videos.  (more…)

Digidesign releases Pro Tools 8.0cs2 February 25, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, General Announcements, Pro Tools , add a comment

Click here to go to the download page.

It looks like the release is just a small “fix a few bugs” update.

iLife ’09 announced at Macworld, GarageBand ’09 coming late January! January 12, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand, General Announcements , add a comment

I had a feeling this would be announced this week and now it is confirmed for release in late January.

Apple announced Tuesday an update to the media suite iLife during their Macworld 2009 keynote presentation.  Here is an early list of some of the new features announced.


Human Hearing Physiology November 21, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Acoustics, General Announcements , 1 comment so far

Ok, I know.

This academic stuff is a tough sell.

But!  As boring as this stuff can be, its really important.  I’m going to breakdown the complicated human hearing system into three parts to give you a basic understanding of what’s going on.  I’m writing this article as sort of a preface to some upcoming posts (about things like safe listening levels and how to protect your hearing).  Honestly, if you are working in audio, you should have a basic understanding of your own hearing system. (more…)

Coming soon… June 10, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, General Announcements, Studio Setup , add a comment

Just thought I’d give a heads up of what is coming up for thestudiofiles.com


Help us help you! May 26, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Chit Chat, General Announcements, Troubleshooting , 1 comment so far

Hi all,

First off, thanks a bunch for all the great discussions and input (and the traffic) you’ve given The Studio Files.  This community doesn’t happen without everyone’s contributions.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately, and I find that often I need to send 1-2 back and forth before actually getting to the “help” part.  We like to answer everyone’s questions and fix as many problems as we possibly can to get us all making music as fast as humanly possible.  Here are some things you can include in your questions that will help for an even faster response (and hopefully a solution!). : (more…)

Logic Update 8.0.2 Now Available May 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, General Announcements, Logic Studio 8 , 4comments

Apple has released a 135MB update to Logic Pro 8 today, bumping it to version 8.0.2. Here are the details:

This Logic Pro 8.0.2 update addresses specific customer and compatibility issues of Logic Pro 8.0 and WaveBurner 1.5. This update is recommended for all Logic Studio users. For more information about this release, please go to: Late Breaking News as well as Logic 8.0.2 Details.

The second link in the quote above has a full list of fixes for this update. Just glancing over the list I’m happy to see a number of Ultrabeat bugs I’ve been running into are now fixed. Here’s to improved software!


New articles, updates, and videos coming soon! April 20, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Chit Chat, General Announcements, Project Studio , add a comment

Hi everyone

Sorry for the lack of posts recently… things have been REALLY crazy for me.  But, new videos and articles are coming very soon!  Thanks for your patience. (more…)

New Video Ideas: Let us know what you are looking for. April 2, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, Troubleshooting, Videos , 2comments

If you would like to see a video on a specific topic, please let us know!

The Studio Files is here (more…)

Studio Help Files: Email Questions April 2, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements, Project Studio, Troubleshooting , 1 comment so far

I’ve been getting a lot of questions via email. I thought I might post some of them here (with the answers) in case someone else is having the same problem. Feel free to email me questions, or for a faster response, post in the comments of an article (if that article deals with your question) or just in the comments on the “About” tab above.


I’m back tomorrow March 27, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : General Announcements , add a comment

Sorry everyone for the lack of my posts this last week or so… I’ve been on vacation.  I will be back tomorrow and I have videos and articles coming! (more…)

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