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November 10, 2020

Episode #343 – Engineer John Cuniberti, Drive-In Concert Audio, And Spotify’s New Discovery Mode Tool

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  • Is Spotify’s new Discovery Mode tool pay-to-play?
  • Drive-In Concert audio is actually pretty good


Engineer John Cuniberti began his music career as the drummer in Eddie Money’s first band, transitioned to mixing monitors for Stevie Wonder, and eventually became chief engineer at San Francisco’s famed Hyde Street Studios.

It was there John engineered a long line of seminal records for Bay artists like Joe Satriani and the Dead Kennedy’s, and eventually went on to work on projects for Sammy Hagar, PJ Harvey, the Neville Brothers, and many others.

John eventually transitioned into mastering where he’s done award-winning projects for Tracy Chapman, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Thomas Dolby, Aaron Neville, Jesse Colin Young, the Grateful Dead, and many more. He’s also as the inventor of the first commercially available reamping device called Reamp, and is the creator of the OneMic minimalist recording series on YouTube.

During the interview we talked about recording during the days of San Francisco punk, making the transition into mastering, coming up with the reamp box, his OneMic series recording a band with just one microphone, and much more.

On the intro I’ll take a look at how Spotify’s controversial new Discovery Mode tool, and provide a quick overview of Drive-In Concert audio.

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