ALL ATX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit benefiting HAAM, Sims Foundation, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation and for their fourth annual benefit concert/live CD they themed it "Austin Rocks The Blues." Jerry and I tag-teamed the mastering on this and it's one of the coolest projects I got to do in 2016.

No Artwork

Recently, I had a client that ran into some problems with the cover art for their project. It seems iTunes has some rather stringent (in my opinion) requirements for the cover art. Part of me understands that there needs to be some requirements or checks in place and I agree with Apple that people should not be 'misleading' in the representation of their music. But, I felt this particular case may have been a bit ridiculous. For those of you that want to know, here are the specs that I've found.

These things are required and will prevent you from releasing your music on iTunes:

People’s fascination with Jimi Hendrix is as alive today as it ever was before. That’s the mark of a true legend – an influential artist whose revolutionary music transcended time, culture, and genres.
From something as poignant as his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner to the infectious riffs of Purple Haze Hendrix turned a basic Fender Stratocaster into a cosmic shovel that laid the groundwork for future artists, according to CNET.

Sound Exchange and The Recording Academy have partnered in advocating for legislation and educating the community about performance rights.


Introduced March 19, 2015 the Allocation for Music Producers Act or AMP Act (H.R. 1457) says this:


This week, the authors of The Indie Band Survuval GuideRandy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, spoke at the Grammy Pro Business Summit in Austin. They gave an information-dense presentation of basically everything a band trying to make money needs to know.


OwnCloud is a file sharing platform like DropBox or similar services.  They have paid enterprise solutions and free open source offerings.  Go to to learn more about the open source choices.  They let you install the system on your own server giving you complete and total control over the files.  This is especially good if security is a concern or privacy is needed.  I was exploring this solution for a file sharing solution that I didn't have to upload out of the building to send large files to clients.


Martin Theophilus profiled Terra Nova mastering for the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Jerry and I were happy to talk about analog recorders.

Published on Apr 27, 2015


ID3 tags are where metadata with most MP3 files is stored.  It isn't really a standard because different people/companies made contributions, but because of its wide use almost every program that plays or creates MP3 files can read this metadata.  There is so much information you can put in these files but almost noone uses most of the fields.  You can embedd album covers, booklet pages, titles, artists, genre, ISRC, UPC, website links, and the list goes on.  Oh...  the list...


Here is the list:


I have exciting news this week!  The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is released this week.  The movie premiered last week and I saw it yesterday.  After reading mixed reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I though it was ok.  I'm very excited to have worked on this project and can't wait until I have my own copy of the soundtrack to put on the studio wall.


So, I went to Viva Big Bend music festival in West Texas last weekend.  I went out to attend a Grammy networking event we were hosting during the festiva.  This is the third year that there has been a "Meet the Grammys" networking event.  I took the opportunity to take the trip to the beautiful Big Bend area and I also took some pictures.  Here are a few of them.