GeneralCurrently mastering the Joe Bayer Band, featuring Gary U.S. Bonds. (This version isn't mastered yet. Check back soon.)
The music on my player is not necessarily music I mastered. There's also music I like, music by Myspace friends, and artists I work with in other ways. Some are demos that haven't been mastered yet. If you've recorded your own music... The best way to judge how your mixes would sound with Sonik Mastering is to try a free test master.
OK, on to my interests...
My kids, God, family, friends, nature, wildlife, walks, hiking, camping, music, kayaking, getting away from abusive people, mountain biking, golf, fishing, water skiing, movies, book stores, coffee, micro brewed beer, Long Island wine, spirituality, reading, NY Yankees, NY Giants, concerts, tennis, ADD and ADHD, snow days, sleigh riding, gardens, my pets, thinking, sleeping late, pizza with anything on it except anchovies, ancestral homes: Ireland (I have dual citizenship), Denmark, and Scotland, birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, (yes, I'm a nerd), old buildings, playing keyboards and writing music not as often as I'd like, and art - especially Claude Monet and other impressionists, plus Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Carr, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Harold Weston, and Caroline Abbott. Visit Caroline's Myspace page by clicking on the painting below. Caroline does great poster art too.... Check the poster below...
"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." ~Hunter S. Thompson
"I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down." ~Virgil Thomson
"It's the music that kept us all intact, kept us from going crazy." ~Lou Reed
"There are only two kinds of music, the good kind and the other kind."
Here are some of my favorites from over the years...
The Beach Boys - Brian Wilson - The Beatles - John Lennon - George Harrison - Led Zeppelin - Dusty Springfield - Marie Ingerslev - Rosie Abbott - Frank Sinatra - Billie Holiday - Hilde Hefte - B.B. King - Shelby Lynne - Katie Melua - Eric Clapton - Johnny Cash - Joe Cocker - Chuck Berry - Robert Plant - The Byrds - Jimi Hendrix - The Monkees - Michael Nesmith - Nat King Cole - Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young - Black Sabbath - The Moody Blues - Pink Floyd - The Rolling Stones - early Blues music - Van Dyke Parks - Simon and Garfunkel - Diana Krall - Eva Cassidy - Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane - Hadda Brooks - Helen Merrill - Creedence Clearwater Revival - John Fogerty - Rosanne Cash - Johnny Winter - Muddy Waters - Korn - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Dave's True Story - Avenged Sevenfold - Atreyu - John Barry - The Rascals - The Association - Regina Spektor - The Hollies - Small Faces (pre 1970) - MC5 - Stevie Wonder - Bob Marley - Dick Dale - Martin Denny - Les Baxter - Arthur Lyman - Scott Joplin - The Doors - Bob Dylan - Quincy Jones - The Allman Brothers - Claude Debussy - George Martin - Nick Drake - Lisa Mychols - Monica Shannon - Andrea Perry - India.Arie - Carlos Santana - Otis Redding - Louis Armstrong - Ella Fitzgerald - Stan Getz - Tony Bennett - Buddy Rich - Bing Crosby - Chubby Checker - Charlotte Church - Grand Funk Railroad - Fleetwood Mac - Van Morrison - James Taylor - The Talking Heads - Dire Straits - The Cars - The Kinks - Keane - Rancid - June Christy - Ray Charles - The Carpenters - Elvis Costello - Phil Spector (pre killer) - Free - Carol Kaye - Hal Blaine - Nelson Riddle - Leonard Cohen - James Brown - Evanescence - Charles Chaplin (Charlie wrote the music to one of my favorite songs, "Smile") - Jan and Dean - Eminem - Gene Pitney - Tommy Boyce - Bobby Hart - Burt Bacharach - Marvin Gaye - The Kinks - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Joni Mitchell - The James Gang - Joe Walsh - Thin Lizzy - David Bowie - Cole Porter - No Doubt - Rodgers and Hart - Amy Grant - George and Ira Gershwin - Chris Isaak - Erik Satie - J.S. Bach - Chopin - Beethoven - Pachelbel - Schubert - Sarah McLachlan - Billy Joel - Mozart - Vivaldi - Vanessa Mae - High Llamas - Irving Berlin - Sammy Cahn - The Chieftains - Anita O'Day - Etta James - Kyu Sakamoto, "I Look Up When I Walk" aka "Sukiyaki" ("Ue wo muite aruko" in Japanese), and lots more.
*"There are two kinds of music..." ~attributed to numerous musicians, including Lois Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and probably numerous others.
"All music comes from God." ~Johnny Cash
"I believe you should try to make music as beautiful as you can. It should not be done with ugliness. There's so much hate in the world; you have to counteract it with loveliness." ~Stan Getz
A video from one of my favorite bands, circa 1976 (hence the weird clothes)...
Below is a spontaneous short song and video by one of my favorite artists, Rosie "Rojo" Abbott. Last summer Rosie set out to write a song a day and record all the parts in one take, like a painter making a daily sketch. This is one of those songs.
"All music is important if it comes from the heart." ~Carlos Santana
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. Musicians paint their pictures on silence." ~Leopold Stokowski
"Music is what feelings sound like." ~Author Unknown
"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain...so hit me with music..." ~Bob Marley
"It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about.” ~Stan Getz
MoviesNaked Gun, Austin Powers, Forrest Gump, Anger Management, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Matrix, animated Disney movies, Harry and Tonto, Gigot, Groundhog Day, Meet the Parents, Gran Torino, The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), The Passion of the Christ, It's a Wonderful Life, Crash, Remember the Titans, Men of Honor, Field of Dreams, The Summer of '42, Saving Private Ryan, Somewhere in Time, October Sky, Harvey, James Bond movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scary Movie, My Cousin Vinny
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." ~Ludwig van Beethoven
"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page." ~Joan Baez
"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." ~Dizzy Gillespie
Family Guy, South Park, CSI, Mad TV, Seinfeld, House, King of the Hill, Cops, Craig Ferguson.
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." ~Aldous Huxley
"My creed for art in general is that it should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise... a part of yourself you never knew existed." ~Bill Evans
BooksI'm currently reading "Game Plan for Life" by Joe Gibbs. Very inspirational so far.Recommended books for musicians:
"The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution" by David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard
"The Self-Promoting Musician" by Peter Spellman
"I Don't Need a Record Deal! Your Survival Guide to the Indie Music Revolution" by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
"Making Music Make Money: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher" by Eric Beall
"Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science" by Bob Katz
"Moneymaking Music: Your complete guide to making, keeping, protecting, and growing your music-success fortune" by Jeffrey P. Fisher
Lately I'm reading books on physics and astronomy. I'm also into reading old stuff... Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance. It feels like someone from the far distant past is here today, talking through their writing. Sophocles is great.
The Bible is a great book. (obviously)-- Stalking the Soul --Did you know that men can be victims of physical and emotional abuse by women? Men usually stay quiet about it, feeling that no one will believe them or understand. Abusive women (and men) can so skillfully conceal their abuse (physical or psychological) that they come across as charming and kind to others. The hatred that the abuser projects onto their victim calms the abuser's inner tension, allowing the abuser to act pleasantly in the outside world. In time, the identity of the victim is profoundly eroded, leading to depression, debilitating anxiety, and other symptoms of severe stress, including suicide. Victims are isolated from family and friends. They lose all self esteem in both their own eyes and their abuser's. The abuser poses as the victim, only to seduce her next victim: another giver and healer. Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves. This is the intent of many abusers: to systematically destabilize and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them, and ultimately to destroy their identity. These relentless predators are incapable of compassion or empathy, always blame the victim, and never see their actions as wrong. Here's a good book about abuse at home and in the work place:
A BLESSINGMay you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart that something good is going to happen to you.
May you find a harmony between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing which lives at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May your angel free you from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment, and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you, mind you, and embrace you in belonging.
By John O'Donohue, author of "Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong"
"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ... I get most joy in life out of music." ~Albert Einstein
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." ~Maya Angelou
"Quit playing what you think I want you to play!" ~ Gil Evans
"If it sounds good, it is good." ~ Duke Ellington
HeroesMy Mom, my kids, my grandparents, great-great-great... grandma and grandpa Ardipithecus ramidus and all my ancestors going back to the beginning of life, without whom I and a lot of us would not be here, mastering engineer Bob Katz for his work to make recorded music sound good again, Albert Einstein, soldiers fighting for freedom for all people, Jeanne d'Arc, Katie Ostrom, Mother Teresa, St. Thérèse Martin, St. Francis of Assisi, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pope John Paul II.
"The idea that beauty is revolutionary is a revelation to me... I've discovered the part of my brain that can't decode anything, can't add, can't work from verbalized concepts, but that does make melodies with pitch and rhythm... beauty is enough." ~Beth Anderson, composer
"I would advise you to keep your overhead down, avoid a major drug habit, play everyday, and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it." ~James Taylor
"I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show. My life has always been my music, it's always come first, but the music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people." ~Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything." ~Plato
"Don't ask me, I don't know." ~Ozzy Osbourne
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- Helen Merrill
- The Leeds
- Lisa Mychols
- John Oster
- Kelly Flint
- BILLY D
- Eva Cortés
- I Draw Slow
- Peter & the Penguins
- Hilde Hefte
- Monica Shannon
- Andrea Perry
- Kalles World Tour
- Dawn Linden
- Alberto G. Mas
- Arrow in the Sky (EP 2 …
- Juliet Lyons
- Armenian Jazz Band
- Gary Pig Gold
- The Beach Boys
- Vybornova Kristina's mu…
- Rosie Ellen Music
- Sound Aid!
- Tom Anderson
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About me:.... I like nice people with integrity, music, the outdoors, nature, and lots of other things listed over in the interests section.
We're living in amazing times, when everyone can record their own music and distribute it around the world. Gone are the days of big record labels putting out cloned commercial junk and ripping off artists. Gone are commercial radio playlists that control everything people hear. (Well, almost.) These are very exciting times!
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life: That word is love.” ~Sophocles
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Despite popular myth, there is no advantage to making songs extra loud for radio. The truth is that hyper-compressed music does not sound louder on the air. Radio processing brings every song up to the same loudness level. Songs that are mixed or mastered too loud will sound even more distorted and flat after radio processing. Sonik Wheel masters are specially designed to survive potentially damaging radio processing. A properly mixed and mastered song, with its greater dynamic range, may actually sound louder on the radio!
If you like loud music, turn the knob of your playback system clockwise. Songs with greater dynamic range will probably sound louder.
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Drop a .wav or .aif file in the Sendspace Drop Box at the Sonik Wheel website. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you.
FOR BEST RESULTS IN MASTERING - Remember, "Less is more"
Please do not add any processing or effects to the overall mix at mixdown. Do not compress, limit, EQ, normalize, use an exciter or finalizer, or add tube saturation or analog simulation. A little compression at mixdown is OK, but only if it is necessary for a specific effect. (Compression, EQ, etc. are OK on individual tracks.) Its often best not to compress a mix before mastering. We may want to equalize and do a few other things before adding compression.
Leave plenty of headroom for mastering. Peak levels should never exceed -3 dBFS and the average mix levels should be around -10 to -18 dBFS or lower (average sum of the left and right channels). (RNDigital Labs offers a free plug-in meter, called Inspector, that monitors headroom.)
Use the best mic and preamp you can afford, especially on lead vocals. Rent a vocal mic if you need to.
Use the highest bit resolution and sample rate possible. Record at 24-bit (or higher) rather than 16-bit of possible. This can significantly improve sound quality. If all you have available is 16-bit, we can work with that also. In addition, recording at higher sample rates, generally up to 96 kHz, can further improve the sound.
Mixdown to 32-bit float or 24-bit resolution. (16-bit is acceptable if that's all you have available, but try to avoid it.)
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"Music is a higher revelation than philosophy." ~Ludwig van Beethoven
"Women's music is underrepresented." ~Beth Anderson, composer
"The earth has music for those who listen." ~William Shakespeare
"Second Nature", by Tony Lowe and Alison Fleming, was balloted for 6 Grammy Awards in 2007. Mastering by Sonik Wheel.
If you like Brian Wilson, you should check out this masterpiece by Billy D.
Sonik Wheel donated mastering services to support Sound Aid.
Sonik Wheel donated mastering services for the Tara Vigil Camp CD to help save the Tara Valley in Ireland.
Independent artists work hard to entertain you, and often struggle financially. Please work hard to support them by buying their music. Thank you.
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- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Port Jefferson, NY
- Orientation: Straight
- Height: 5' 5"
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Religion: Catholic
- Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Music Business Owner
Suny College Of Environmental Science And Forestry
1987 to 1990
- Syracuse,New York
- Graduated: 1990
- Student status: Alumni
- Major: M.S. in Natural Resource Management
- Minor: Planning and Administration
1984 to 1986
- Oakdale, NY
- Graduated: 1986
- Student status: Alumni
- Major: B.B.A. in Business Administration
- Minor: Marketing
- Clubs: Ancient Order of Turtles
Port Jefferson Hs
1972 to 1975
- Port Jefferson,New York
- Graduated: 1975
- Student status: Alumni
Sonik Wheel Productions
- Wading River, New York US
- El Supremo, Little Caesar