In this series over the extended Christmas holiday, we are featuring 5 interviews from our growing archive of interviews, all of which you can find on our Interviews page.
Paul sat down with the legend that is Bobby Owsinski and started by asking how he started in the music industry before moving on to discuss Bobby's very popular books the Mixing Engineer's Handbook and Recording Engineer's Handbook. Bobby shares his views on Pro Tools and where the music industry is going.
Bobby speaks about his journey as a music producer and how he is largely self-taught before moving on to talk about surround mixing and the direction of surround in the domestic market.
Do check out Bobby's own podcasts where he regularly shares his take on the latest news in the music industry and Paul asks Bobby about a subject he covered recently - the resurgence of valves in audio equipment.
At the end of his podcasts, Bobby often asks the guest what is the best piece of business advice that they have learned or someone imparted to them during their career so at the end of this podcast extra interview Paul turns the table on Bobby and we hear what Bobby's answer to this question.
A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming a popular producer/engineer working with a variety of recording artists, as well as commercials, television and motion pictures as well. Living in Los Angeles and always on the cusp of the latest technology, he was one of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, co-founding the industry leader Surround Associates and eventually working on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of legendary superstar acts including The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, The Ramones, and Chicago among many others.
Along the way, he has taught various disciplines of audio recording and multimedia production at Berklee College of Music, Trebas Recording Institute, and Nova Institute, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities around the world. He has also authored several courses for Berklee as well as the Multimedia Production curriculum for Nova Institute, and a number of online video courses for Lynda.com.
Combining his music and recording experience along with an easy to understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best selling authors in the music recording industry with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best selling “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook,” “The Recording Engineer’s Handbook,” and “Music 4.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age" (all now in their 3rd edition). He has also penned hundreds of audio-related articles for a variety of popular industry trade publications such as Surround Professional, EQ, Billboard, Film & Video, Hollywood Reporter, Pro Sound News, Mix, Grammy Magazine, Electronic Musician, Recording Engineer/ Producer and Music Executive Insider, among others.