In this video interview, Grammy-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay explains his approach to recording and how he uses microphones to get great sounds right away. Besides specific recording advice, this episode features insights into Chuck’s engineering philosophies and secrets such as embracing experimentation and chance. Learn how to use different microphones to create full and well-rounded records, how to utilize leakage (or bleed), and why a cardioid microphone isn’t always the best choice.
Chuck’s acclaimed engineering career, which has spanned a twenty-eight year period, has allowed him to work with many of the world’s finest artists, musicians and producers and develop a diverse list of clients that ranges from George Strait to Dire Straits. His engineering dominance in the country field has been recognized by many, including NARAS with multiple Grammy nominations for his numerous critically and commercially successful albums. In 1999 Chuck entered into a partnership with Sound Stage Studios to create Back Stage Studio, a state of the art, surround sound studio.