Episode #7 - Guest: Stephen Falk, Signal Flow, LDC Shootout

Stephen Falk joins us for on todays show. We head to his studio to do a large diaphragm condenser shootout across an array of price points to survey the current FET mic marketplace. 

Mics Used:

Referenced Topics:

  • So did the AKG C214 have a transformer coupled output? No it does not. Nor does my model of C414. Many of the older C414 models did, however.
  • Link to YouTube video of Doug Ford Explaining Rodes Microphone treble boost. Here's a link to the entire YouTube playlist of this video series, for anyone crazy enough!

Also in today's show was the second instalment of Recording 101. Todays topic: SIGNAL FLOW. We explore what it is and why its important.

Episode #6 - Slapper, and Pre-Production

In this episode, I review Slapper, a multi-tap delay plugin brought to us by The Cargo Cult. Because of its excellent GUI and surround sound features, it stands out in the crowded software delay market. I decided to review it now, as it has just been released in VST and Audio Unit formats, and opening it up to use with almost any DAW!

In addition, we kick off our brand new "Recording 101" feature with an overview of Pre-Production. We are starting at the top! And yes, I am assuming that the composition has already been done by the artist, or if you are recording your own music, then yourself. In this feature, I aim to shine light on the various aspects of bringing a production together, and today, we discuss how a good recording does not actually start with the recording.


In the news:

Other mentions:

Episode #5 - Mike Pedersen Interview


First off, I'd like to apologize for the lull between episodes. It has been over a month and my goal right now is to get at least some sort of episode out every other week. Due to the cat incident, a few things, such as the podcast, had to hit the back burner as my audio computer was in the shop.


Mike Pedersen, of Music City Studio in Kelowna, BC, joined us this week for a conversation revolving around his experience with studio ownership. Mike has played drums in professional bands, such as the Unknown Culprits, before returning to BC and opening up his recording operation. Out of his facilities, he runs a recording studio, rehearsal hall, and educational courses for the basic skills of recording and mixing.

As of late, he has just finished work with the band My Kind of Karma, on their latest album, Beautiful Little Fools, which was pressed onto vinyl, in addition to its release on digital mediums. He also discusses his studio construction, and his experience with the Soundproofing Company.

I found his approach to preproduction fascinating, as he uses the "Three strikes, you're out!" rule for recording takes. That is to say, he encourages the artists to take some time to rehearse their parts further if they are struggling and haven't got a good performance in the first few takes.

Upcoming Project: Tiger Moon

For bookings, Mike can be contacted at:
E: info@musiccitystudio.ca
P: (250) 801-8445



  • NEWS - Spectrasonic releases Keyscape virtual instrument
  • NEWS - Behringer releases DeepMind 12 analogue hardware synth (no official web page yet, but lot's of info on third party sites)
  • I discuss backup options after my close call

Episode #3 - Emphasis/De-emphasis EQ

ALSO: Valhalla Space Modulator, Softube Modular, AAS Chromaphone 2

Today, we look at the less-than-common EQ technique known as "Emphasis/De-emphasis". For a more in-depth video demonstration, please check out Dan Worrall's TUTORIAL VIDEO

This week's news:

  • Softube releases Modular (a modular synth plugin)
  • Applied Acoustic Systems (AAS) updates Chromaphone, their percussion modelling software instrument, to version 2
  • Valhalla DSP releases a flange plugin, Space Modulator, free to it's current customers!

Episode #2 - Carbonphone Review, Mark Pirro Interview

Today, Mark Pirro of Placid Audio joins us for a feature interview and we review one of his more recent products: the Carbonphone.

Mark discusses his music career as bassist for the Polyphonic Spree and Tripping Daisy. He also explains the conception of his first mic, the Copperphone, and how it lead to the birth of his microphone manufacturing company, Placid Audio. Placid specializes in FX or narrow-bandwidth character mics. Mark shares a few stories from his career thus far, including a security mishap at an airport involving a Copperphone.

In today's segment, we review one of Mark's mics, the Carbonphone. We try it on several sources, including bottom snare mic, and a supplementary mic on guitar and leslie cabinets. We also test the included tone box by cycling through its various settings when using it in conjunction with a condenser microphone.

Episode #1 - Vocoder Harmonies, Sonar News

Here we go! Our first official episode! Today, we discuss:

  • Vocoder Harmonies
  • Mac version of Cakewalk Sonar announced

You can find us on:


Episode #0 - Introductions, rambling, babbling, and awkward laughter

Okay, its here! Signed, sealed, delivered! First things first, this is not my finest work. You probably know that, as I have littered the ID3 tags, titles, and iTunes summaries with comments that may indicate that such a thing is the case... but... TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!?! 

Okay, back to reality... This is the first episode, and I don't really know what I'm doing. I am still going to put it out there for the digital frontier to judge me as it will ;) And I can't help but make fun of myself, because I do know how bad this one is. I just had to get something out there so that I could start building on it and improving... Just like learning audio... no?

So I just yammer on about my background and upbringing, and some of my goals and thoughts for what this podcast might be. I have a lot of ideas, and this is the first step to taking action and materializing them. I also discuss some recent projects that I have been working on, such as the SongBlog Project with my good friend, Patrice Savioe and his wife Alison (aka: Paliatsky). 

Oh yeah, and here's my social media links:

@PeanutRecordingCo (tweet tweet)