Auto-Tuned Out Jul28

Auto-Tuned Out

Producer Glenn Fricker of Spectre Media Group has posted plenty of interesting videos on metal recording, but one in particular has really caught my eye. It’s a nearly ten minute tirade on the evils of Auto-Tune, Beat Detective, time alignment, sample replacement, and many of the other modern tricks of the recording trade that he claims are destroying the metal we love. The track he uses as his prime example, Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast,” is a really great case for another reason, which I’ll explain in a minute. First, watch the video: The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or...

Interview: Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room

Unless you have been living under a rock for over the past decade, then you are probably aware that the Windy City has a thriving extreme metal scene featuring artists such as Lord Mantis, Avichi, Indian, and Nachtmystium (yes, I know) to name just a few. And engineer Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room has been right in the thick of it, mastering many of your favorite records in and out of Chicago. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Collin about the Boiler Room, mastering for vinyl, and the importance of dynamics in metal. MFi: Collin, how did you get started in the production business and why did you found The Boiler Room? Collin: I...

Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue Jul22

Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue

Though they are known mostly for their somewhat Apple-esque amplifiers, with their signature glowing blue triode buffer stages and wooden cases, Bellevue, Washington’s Peachtree Audio have dipped their toes into the world of speakers when the former ERA Acoustics speaker brand was brought under the Peachtree umbrella by parent company Signal Path International. Combine a loudspeaker with Peachtree’s general penchant for forward looking design and features that reflect modern listening habits, and you end up with deepblue, or rather its appropriately titled sequel, deepblue2, which is the company’s latest attempt to build the ultimate...

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not Jul18

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not

So what is turning into perhaps a true watershed moment, Kronos’ review of the latest Fallujah record, The Flesh Prevails, has sparked quite an impassioned conversation about the value of dynamics in metal among AMF readers, staffers, and yours truly. Why? Because in his review Kronos confesses that his enjoyment of the record had been significantly reduced due to the copious amounts of dynamic range compression and brickwall limiting applied. The net result was an overall underwhelming listening experience despite the strength of the record musically. I wholeheartedly suggest you read the entire review since it’s chock full of...

Just Cause

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. Let’s pretend for the sake of argument that you’ve read all of our articles and are now a true believer: The overzealous use of dynamic range compression coupled with brickwall limiting yields lifeless, dull sounding records. But if this is indeed all true, then why does the industry continue to approve of (and even insist on) this insanity in the first place? I think I’m asked this exact question no less than a dozen times a month in one form or another. And frankly,...

The Kids Want Streams And Wax Jul10

The Kids Want Streams And Wax

In my last Angry Metal-Fi article, I talked a little bit about how streaming music services and vinyl are winning the war for hearts and minds, and everything else is losing. Well, now we have some concrete numbers to back that up. SoundScan’s mid-year report says that over 70 billion songs were streamed in the first six months of 2014, up 42% year-over-year. Also up around 40% over last year? Vinyl. While it’s true that in terms of pure sales numbers rather than percentages vinyl still represents a tiny fraction of the overall music market, it’s still a growth sector at a time when growth sectors are hard to come by. Digital album sales...