Max McAllister
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Max is a Los Angeles-based writer, musician, and assistant engineer at the Brewery Recording Studio.

Brian May’s Legendary Red Special – Then and Now
Brian May isn't just the guitarist in one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. Beyond the inimitable music he's created with Queen, May has lived a rich life as an astrophysicist, activist, author, and Victorian stereophotography enthusiast---as…
20 of the Top Waves Plugins for Mixing

Waves plugins have been around since 1992 when the company first introduced its Q10 Paragraphic EQ. The Q10 broke new technological ground as the first audio plugin ever, with sound quality comparable to, or better than, its hardware equivalents. Over…

Top Drum Software for Realistic Sounding MIDI Drums

Using drum software is one of the quickest and easiest means to lock down your song’s backbone. As a matter of fact, drum software has gotten so good that it isn’t uncommon for solo artists to release finished albums with…

Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar: Legendary Guitarist & Producer
Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar’s résumé is outstanding! As a renowned guitarist, producer, songwriter, and session musician, Kootch has played, produced, and written for artists like James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. As a songwriter, Danny has…
Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”: Inside the Song with Bradley Cook
I've had a handful of rather wonderful chats with my good friend Bradley Cook recently! Over the past few weeks, we've talked about his time engineering Foo Fighters' "Everlong" and Counting Crows' Recovering the Satellites. This time, we dove into another single from…
Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope Show”: Inside the Song with Michael Beinhorn
The last time I sat down with Michael Beinhorn we looked at Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" which he engineered and produced! Now we're breaking down "The Dope Show," which was the lead single from Marilyn Manson's third album, Mechanical Animals. Throughout…
From Lyrics to Mixdown: How to Record a Song

As producers, engineers, and songwriters, we sometimes struggle to transpose the sounds and ideas in our heads to “tape.” We may have all the tools at our disposal to make great music—quality instruments, microphones, all the fixings of a home…

Summing Mixer: Digital or Analogue?

Which summing mixer is right for you is dependent on how you like to work. In a small project studio where you’re working in the box, an outboard summing mixer is probably an afterthought. But if you have the budget…

Inside the Song: “Never Say Never” – The Fray with Warren Huart
Following up last week's Inside the Song where Warren broke down the recording of  The Fray’s hit single “You Found Me,” we're looking at another song he recorded called "Never Say Never"! Warren has worked closely with the band over…
Recording Drums at Sunset Sound Studio 1
The legendary Sunset Sound is a world famous studio where some of the most iconic albums of all time have been recorded. These include Prince’s Purple Rain, the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St., the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Linda…