Paul Fig: Rock ‘n Roll, Sound City, and How to Record Huge Guitars - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 60

Published on:

16th Feb 2022

Paul Fig: Rock ‘n Roll, Sound City, and How to Record Huge Guitars

This week’s guest is Los Angeles based producer, engineer, and mixer Paul Fig. Paul is known for being a go to tracking engineer, especially in world of hard rock with credits including AFI, Jerry Cantrell, Slipknot, Rush, Alice in Chains, Bush, and Deftones. He also currently owns and operates the studio Dave’s Room in North Hollywood. We go deep on recording techniques for guitars and vocals, as well as chat about his journey from Sound City to freelancing and the importance of staying two steps ahead of everybody.

In this episode we'll dig in on...

  • Engineering records that you are producing
  • Maintaining phase coherence in multi mic guitar recordings
  • Starting as a runner at Sound City at 32
  • Working with Jerry Cantrell and Alice in Chains
  • Songwriting demos in the rock world
  • Transitioning from being in a band to working in a recording studio
  • "Riff Mining"
  • Taking over Dave's Room studio
  • SM57 secrets
  • Recording vocals with two mics at once
  • Having music in Sonic Highways
  • Desert island guitars
  • Being part of a studio family
  • Making records and making library music
  • Intonation and guitar doubling

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
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Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.