I love playing and listening to music. I’m a drummer by nature, although I also can plink out a few chords on a piano and strum a little on the guitar. I’ve done some composing and arranging in my day, and I’ve written a fair number of books about these and other music-related topics. (Check them all out at my website,

I also happen to know my way around the recording studio. I’m a bit of an aficionado of the classic days of studio recording and of the recording and mixing engineers who made those golden sounds happen—with far fewer resources than we have today. There was a lot of magic in the mixing back then, whether we’re talking the “live” mixing of a Frank Sinatra recording, the groundbreaking manipulation ...

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