Recording Piano 101

Greetings from Blackbird Studio and The Blackbird Academy!

The acoustic piano is one of the most wonderful instruments we get the pleasure to record...


Outside the Box Inside the Room: Using Reverb in Your Live Mixes

There are many things that make it difficult to attend a concert when you are a live sound engineer. Maybe it's the lights are to bright, maybe the PA..


Essential Studio Gear


When talking about essential studio gear, most people want to talk about microphones, mic pre's, eq and compression. Each one of those could warrant..


A Day In The Studio

Ever wondered how a day runs at a major recording studio? For all the high-end clients at Blackbird Studio, it all starts before the band arrives –..


The Blackbird Academy Vs. A 4-Year University: A Frank Discussion

How I Started

John McBride here. I come from a family that feels strongly about getting a college education. Both my parents were college graduates, my..