In the Studio: Michael Horn

Author // Ryan Drean
Posted in // Blog, In the Studio, Submitted Content

This will hopefully be the first in a long series taking us into the world of producers around the globe.  Mike is a great talent at B96 – WBBM in Chicago and hopefully a future guest on my podcast.  He gave me a run down of what he runs, some demo audio and some great studio pics.  I can’t think of a good name for this category so I simply called it “In the Studio.”  I don’t know about you but when I emerge from the studio after hours of click, drag, slice, trim, nudge, crank, cut, copy, double, triple, cringe, ctrl Z, ctrl S – over and over – I feel like, perhaps I was away from the actual planet of Earth for a while.  My brain doesn’t process things the same way, the sun feels different, regular sounds don’t seem normal and carrying on a simple conversation isn’t as easy as it was before you “plugged-in.”  You simply say you were “In the Studio” and it explains everything very clearly.  So here is the first in what I hope to be many similar posts.  If you want to submit, email me!  You can also include pics of the building, what you see from your window or front door or the people with whom you occasionally come into contact.  From Mike:

I am the Imaging Director at B96 in Chicago and I have been here in some capacity or another for almost 18 years. In addition to my work here, I have recently partnered with Jeff Thomas from KillerHertz and we will be debuting a new barter imaging service later this month. On top of all that I also do some occasional work for our sister station 923 Now in NYC and Jelli Pop (Nationally and in Las Vegas). I attached a composite of some of the stuff i have done for B, as well as a V/O demo. My studio is based around my 2 x 2.26 Quad Core Mac Pro. I have the Digidesign 003 Rack and I use ProTools or Logic occasionally, but mostly I utilize Ableton Live. Some of my studio essentials are my Aphex Channel mic processor and Sennheiser 416 mic. I also have a Rode NTG-3, an Electrovoice RE-27, and a few RE-20’s with Symetrix 528e’s attached. I also have a basic midi keyboard that I utilize when making beds or using some midi triggered efx. If you have any questions about my studio or anything else, let me know.




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Ryan Drean

Voice dude, producer
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