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"The Unsung Heroes Of The Music Business"


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The PSN Podcast is dedicated to the both the amateur and professional recording musician. It features news, talk and reviews on all topics related to the performing and recording of audio and video.

Join us every week for interesting insights, tips and tricks from inside the music business. The show is highly interactive and we encourage you to e-mail us with what you'd like to see on the show or questions you'd like us to answer.

Would you like to be a guest? Would you like us to play a cut from your latest project? Drop us a line and let us know why our listeners would like to hear what you have to say or play!

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Learn How To Get That Elusive Sound From Your Mixes!

"I Give This A Huge 5 Out Of 5 VU Meters!" - Big Al Wagner

This comprehensive DVD/Pro Tools session-based mixing course is taught by multi-platinum, Grammy-winning engineer/mixer/producer Charles Dye (Lauryn Hill, Jon Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Julio Iglesias).

He goes into the studio to teach you how to get big sounding, record-quality mixes; get amazing sounds with the latest plug-ins; breathe emotion into the music with automation; and make the artist sound like a star. It features three hours of instruction and 40 Pro Tools TDM & LE sessions (1.7GB) on the ROM layer.

Click on the links below to view a trailer about this priceless instructional DVD, and to watch two excerpts from the actual course entitled, "Saturation And The Digital Mix Buss."

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Michael "Big Honey" Bolan

Michael has an incredible background in the music business. Not only is he a regular on stage pickin' the blues in Pacific Northwest, he also spent many years touring with such bands as Iron Butterfly, Mount Rushmore, Sam The Sham Samudio, D.K. Stewart, No Mean Feet, and The Chambers Brothers. He's also recorded with CBS and Paramount Records.

Michael says, "You know, for me, the primary purpose of what I do now as a Producer is to help creative artists by providing a reasonably accessible platform for them to express themselves. My primary goal is to foster a recording atmosphere which encourages these artists to express themselves, fully.

"I feel fortunate to have experienced first-hand a period of intense artistic freedom in the 60's in San Francisco, where I learned a lot from some true masters about the open-minded, no-boundaries attitude necessary to be creatively original. I also feel fortunate to have had a career where I learned, also from true masters, about the discipline and work ethic required to stay both creative AND productive.

"There's a delicate balance between these two skills, and I believe my function is simply to nurture that balance. Let's have some fun and make some music!"

Michael's latest passion is jazz and he's ready to discuss it with anyone at the drop of a hat. Don't get him started!

"I really love doing the PSN Podcast. It's really enriching to have contact with other musicians and studio owners from around the world. It inspires new ideas and directions for me all the time. I can't wait to see who I'm going to meet next and what exciting new project I'm going to hear."

Listen for Michael and his many smart-mouth comments every week on the show!

Favorite Quote:

"If you don't have a sense of humor, it just isn't funny."

- Wavy Gravy

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Allen "Big Al" Wagner

Allen has a life-long history in the music business. His parents started him in private music lessons the same day he started grade school. He was trained on piano and organ simultaneously.

He turned professional at the age of thirteen as a solo performer for the Baldwin Piano And Organ Company in Phoenix, Arizona. Shortly thereafter he placed in the top five finalists in the state of Arizona in the Liberace International Entertainers Search.

At the age of seventeen he became a private music teacher himself as well as volunteering for the music departments in the local public school system.

For the last thirty years, Allen has worked all over the western United States and Canada with such artists as: Robert Cray, Richie Havens, Firefall, Randy Meisner (Eagles), New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Judy Collins, Sheb Wooley, Danny Gans, Del Reeves and Two Feet Left.

Allen has been fascinated with technology in music ever since being exposed to the original Moog synthesizer as a young child. This fascination led to a life-long relationship with music technology. He's now considered an expert in the field of electronic music. In 1990 he was invited to present a master class on the History And Application Of Synthesis at Eastern Washington University.

Allen says, "Like a lot of musicians, I find that the more I learn, the more I have yet to learn. That's why I've come to love the journey of learning new things, not the destination of just having the knowledge. The discovery is where it's at for me. This is especially true in the studio. There's always something new to learn and it can come from anywhere.

"Constantly cultivating my ear has been my latest obsession for the last several years. There's nothing like the thrill of discovering you can hear something new in a mix. It's like getting a new piece of gear for free!"

On being a host on the PSN Podcast Allen comments, "I'm sure I enjoy doing this for a lot of the same reasons as Michael. I love meeting musicians and studio owners from all over the world. My favorite is the interview segments. The chance to pick someone's brain about their experiences and approach to music is some of the best real-world education you can get. Just because we don't get paid doesn't mean we aren't getting rich!"

Favorite Quote:

"If you can't take a joke...make fun of others."

- Anonymous

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John Davidson

John is fantastic field correspondent and special segment producer for PSN. He's a 5-time Emmy Award-winning audio post mixer. He's currently mixing for PBS, National Geographic HD, The Discovery Channel, and many others. He recently did the 5.1 mix for the King Tut Exhibit, which is traveling the world. John is an expert in surround sound mixing, including Pro-Logic, 5.1 and Dolby E.

He also has a vast background in live mixing working with national acts like Dave Matthews, Alison Kraus, Marty Stuart and a host of others.

Over the past several years he's served as a Chief Panel Judge on Audio Mixing/Sound Design and Music Composition for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as being a Panel Judge for the ITS Monitor Awards.

John will be on assignment in the field as a correspondent for PSN. His experience and expertise will be invaluable to you as he shares news and tidbits from inside the business. He'll also be presenting Master Classes on standard and surround sound mixing.


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