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Mike opens the show with a fantastic resource located here: http://RecordProduction.com In this unique and comprehensive music production web site, you may watch over 100 leading record producers talking on camera about their work and take 80 exclusive behind the scenes video tours around some of the world's top recording studios.

The Stupid Knob:
Mike shares a short story demonstrating one of the most unique iPod accessories we've every heard of. Kids, don't try this at home!

Spotlight:
PSN correspondent and 5-time Emmy winner John Davidson is back for Part #2 of the series The Tech And Art Of Surround Mixing.

This week John discusses the proper method for calibrating your listening space.

Gear Review:
Big Al reviews Trilogy, a virtual bass instrument from Eric Persing at Spectrasonics.

The web site: http://Spectrasonics.net
If you're not a bass player, you always run across the need to lay down a quality bass track, often with some kind of sampler.

Trilogy is a Virtual Bass Module plug-in, 3 gigabyte core library with a powerful, yet easy to use interface and synth engine for manipulating the sounds. Windows and Mac, VST, AU and RTAS. Almost 1,000 patches in these categories: Acoustic Stand Up Bass - Mic'd and direct Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar Electric Bass - Fingered, Picked, Fretless, Slap, Muted Synth
Several audio examples are presented demonstrating the True Staccato feature that is the power behind the stunning realism of this plugin.

Big Al's Review Recommendation:
It's the best in class and is going to be hard to beat any time soon, short of hiring a real session bassist.

He gives Spectrasonics Trilogy 5 out of 5 VU meters!


Answer To Last Week's Trivia Question:
Q: In 1968, Iron Butterfly released the classic 17-minute long In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is actually a corrupted version of the song's original name. What was it?

A: In The Garden Of Eden

This week we received two correct answers from listeners! Congratulations and props to Grae Smart and Ronnie Marler, host of the Virtual Song Cast Podcast.

Extra background facts: Is considered to be the song that ushered in the era of acid rock. Takes up the entire second side of the original record. The version edited and released as a single omits (among other things) Ron Bushy's drum solo and leaves roughly three minutes of music. Peaking at #4, the song spent 140 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.

This Week's Trivia Question:
Q: Who played keyboards on Stevie Nicks' song Stand Back under the alias Alexander Nevermind?

E-mail us your answer!

See you next week!

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