in bookstores everywhere in the real and virtual universe:
I started writing the Insider Audio column for Mix magazine in September 1995, and continued it monthly from January 1996 through June 2007, and semi-monthly until June 2008, when the column was dropped, a victim of the phenomenon known as the Incredible Shrinking Magazine.
are my archives. Titles with an asterisk (*) are now available only
in The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader.
June — You Light Up My Brain (one of my favorite columns, and I had no idea it would be my last)
April — The Emperor's New Sampling Rate—Are CDs Actually Good Enough? (hands-down, the most responded-to article I ever wrote)
February — Late for the Future: Sync or Swim in HD
December — You and Me and HDTV
October — The Secrets of NIME 2007
August — Thanks for the Memoirs: Three Books from Inside the Biz
June — Designing a Concert Hall for Performing and Recording
May — The Healing Power of Music: Helping an Autistic Child Deal with His Aural Environment
April — Smart QuickTime Tricks: Neat Things to do with Apple's (Almost) Free Multimedia Technology
March — The Noise In the Box: Audio for Videogames, Part 2
February — The Joys and Woes of Audio for Videogames, Part 1
January — Virtual Instruments—Virtually There: What's Missing in Soft Synths
December — All I Really, Really Want: Dear Santa, or To Whom it May Concern
November — Double Major: Is Teaching "Multimedia" a Good Idea?
October — Surrounding the Audience: How Sports HD Audio Gets Distributed (part 2)
September — The Surround Game: Sports Mixing in the Age of HD (part 1)
August — And the SCAB Goes To…: Award Winners from the Dawn of Modern Audio
July — Two Hearts: Do Musicians and Audiences Beat as One?
May — Can You Hear Me Now? The Wireless Crunch is Coming
April — False Sense of Security: How Not to Get Caught in the Web
March — One Sine Wave at a Time: Synful Builds an Orchestra from the Ground Up
*February — Marketing to Myself: The promise of the Web…the reality of the business
January — My Back Pages: T-Plus-Ten…and Counting
December — The Masters Come Alive: Zenph Studios makes new recordings from very old musicians
November — Attack of the Pod People: Podcasting, Public Radio, and You
*October — To Preserve and Protect: The Library of Congress Gets Busy with Our Recorded Heritage
*September — Tomorrow's Musical Instruments and the NIME Conference
*August — Bikes, Harps & Yo-yos: Teaching Artists and Engineers to Talk to Each Other
July — Spring Cleaning: Odds and Sods from the Desktop
*June — Do You Hear What I Hear? Learning to Listen in a Mediated World
*May — On the Road With Kronos:Chamber Music that's Eclectic and Electric
April — How Come OSuX? An Open Letter to the Head Apple
/ March — A Talk With John Chowning
part I: Extreme Vibrato and Other Accidental Flashes of Genius
part II: Making Electronics Sing
January Just Around the Corner: My AES Highlights—and there were plenty!
December — Virtual Stuff: Storage Issues in the Post-Tape Age
November — Looking Backwards: Four More Years
*October — Back to the Future: Ancient Tomb Reveals Low-Cost Audio of Tomorrow!
*September — Out of the Garden: One Man's Trip to Woodstock
*August — A Law Unto Itself: Misusing the Legal System Hurts Us All
*July — Alone Again, Virtually: The ups and downs of all-in-one production
June — Loud and Louder in London: How to Build an Audience for New and Newer Music
May — Ghosts in the Machine: Are Singers About to be Obsolete?
April — Presenting the Grumpys: Awards You May Not Have Heard About and for Good Reason
In A Silent Way: Why
is Everything So Loud?!?
and Julian Hirsch 1922-2003
A Producer That's
All Thumbs: Meet Madplayer
and Remembering Michael Kamen
*January Bungling In the Jungle: A Third-World Memoir
December The Doctor is in the House: a New Approach to Concert Sound from Bose
November Shrinking The Classroom: Computers Invade Audio Education
*October Audio Products Go Wild! What You Won't See at AES
*September In the Shadows of Motown: You Know the Hits, Now See the Movie!
August From The Ashes: Fire Safetyand You
July The One-Eared Monster: In the World of Television, Stereo is Still a Myth
June Ah Sweet Mysteries of Life: Musical Thrillers Make Great Summer Reading
*May The Kids are Alright: Who's Going To Determine the Music Industry's Future?
*April Posting and Beaming into the Future: Grumpmeier Builds His Dream Studio
*March Hacking and Hijacking: What's He Building in There?
February The OS X Files: A Talk With Apple's Audio Guy
*January WAR STORIES: Readers' Reports from the Front Lines of the Industry
December The Video Revolution Will Not Be Taped: But Can We Get Along?
November The Right Stuff: Teaching Recording Technology at the Hartt School
October We Don't Need No Steenking Ethics or Do We?
September Studying Hard, Hoping to Pass: How to Choose an Audio Education Program
August Kill Your Radio: If You Want to Hear Everything, it Pays to Go Analog
July Dumbing Down the Dial: Why Your Radio Doesnt Work Anymore, and Why You Should Care
*June Like a Broken Record: The RIAA Tries to Outrun the Hackers plus A Tribute to Henry Kloss
*May The World Above 20kHz: What Are We Missing?
*April Insider Interview: Son of Grumpmeier
*March I Ought to Have My Head Examined: Adventures in Ontological Existentialism
February The Computer Synthesizers: Is it time to go soft?
*January Hardware, Software, Wetware: Is one of these doomed?
December Strange Times, Other Voices
November The Column That Wouldn't End about the Project That Wouldn't End (Part II)
October The Project That Wouldn't End (Part I)
*September Living on Borrowed Culture
*August SMPTE-ed Off! Why we can't drop drop-frame plus Douglas Adams: So Long, and Thanks!
July It's Still Rotten Sound to Me: The audio revolution will not be streamed
*June Morons, Oxymorons, and Technology Patents
May NAMM Bits: Cute stuff in Anaheim
*April Ask Grump: Advice from the Dean of Curmudgeons
*March Who Will Fix Our Stuff?
February Bigger Bytes, and Faster Too: MIDI in the New Millennium, Part 2
January Into the New Millennium with MIDI? Keeping an Old Friend Young, Part 1
December A Different Kind of Roots: Revisiting the Dawn of Electronic Music
November School's In! A Guide to Choosing a Recording Education
*October Caught Napstering: Why We're Missing the Real Problem with Digital Downloading
Web exclusive! Response to this column by noted songwriter Wendy Waldman and others
*August/September Doctor, It Hurts When I Do This! Why You Should Be Worried About RSI, Parts 1 & 2
*July How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Adventures in One of the World's Great Concert Spaces
June Untangling the Web: How to Avoid Embarassing Yourself in Cyberspace
May Keeping Up With Technology: A Panel Discussion, Part 2
April Keeping Up With Technology: A Panel Discussion, Part 1
*March A Couple of Audio Moments: Fidelity Isn't Always in the Specs
February Support Yourself! Making Your Calls for Help Count
January On Hold, Waiting for a Callback: Who's Afraid of Tech Support?
December I Came, I Saw, IRCAM: A Visit to France's Premier Music Technology Think Tank
*November It's a Large and Confusing World, After All: Dealing With a Global Industry
October The Play's The Thing -- If You Can Hear It: Some Thoughts on Theater Sound
September Twenty Years of Writing -- and they Put You on the Day Shift
*August Making the Most of Audio 101: An Address to the Incoming Class of 2003
*July Perils of the Free Market: Grumpmeier Goes Looking for a Bargain / Spring Cleaning
June Fuss and Bother over Internet Audio: The Day the Music Died?
*May George Martin: Doing It on the Road
*April 04/01/Y2K: What Really Happened
*March Recalling a Legendary Playpen: A Revisit with Bell Labs
*February The Last Word on Upgrades: A Personal Journey into the Heart of Darkness
January Speaking Out on Upgrades: Notes from StudioPro98
December The Ups and Downs of Upgrades: Can You Afford to Leave Well Enough Alone?
*November My Favorite Vintages: Good Old Gear Doesn't Have to Cost a Fortune
October Future Docs, Part 2: Putting It On The Line
*September In Memoriam: Three Pioneers of Electronics and Information
August Future Docs, Part 1: How Many Trees Must a Manual Cut Down?
July Do Not Collect 200...Pounds? When Monopoly Isn't a Game Any More
*June I Had Nothing to Do with Titanic: But I've Had a Sync'ing Saga All My Own
May Back to the Web: Can We Talk Again?
*April Course Catalog for the Real World: In This School, You'll Learn What Truly Matters
March In Search of a Graceful Death: Today's Gear Means All or Nothing
February Mars Needs Windscreens! Formats in Space
*January A New York Minute: Grumpmeier Goes to AES
*December Revisiting Tom Lehrer
*Full text of my interview with Tom
November Hands on the Past: Teaching Technology in a Changing World
October A Real Use for the Internet: Can We Talk?
September Audio on the Internet
August Retro this, Buddy! Part 2
July Retro this, Buddy! Part 1
June Summer Reading, Part 2
May Summer Reading, Part 1
April Next Year's Gear
*March Careers from Hell
February Shrinking the Synth
January The Synth is Dead, Long Live the Synth!
*December Short Cycles: How Fast Can We Make People Buy Into New Technology?
*November Vintage?? You Don't Know Vintage!
October Audio Education: What We're Missing
September The Rights Stuff: New Uses for Old Copyright Laws
*August A Tale of Two Countries
July The New Alchemists
June Manual Labors: 12 Steps to Better Documentation
May Sounding Off: What Happened to the FOH Mix?
April Educating Tomorrow's Talent, Part 2
March Educating Tomorrow's Talent: a Symposium, Part 1
February When a Project Studio Is No Longer for Projects
*January What We Do Makes a Difference Whether We Believe it or Not
September Fear of Frying (my studio) Let's Stop Progress Before it Stops Us
Copyright 1995-2007 Paul D. Lehrman. All rights reserved.