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July 13, 2021

Podcast #377 – Immersion Networks Execs, Unseen Streaming Trends, And The Return Of The Rhodes

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NEWS

  • A look at the best-selling streaming songwriters shows some interesting and unseen trends
  • The Rhodes electric piano may be back in production soon

GUESTS

  • President and founder Paul Hubert, COO Jim Rondinelli, and chief scientist JJ Johnston from the 3D mixing platform Immersion Networks

Guests this week include President and founder Paul Hubert, COO Jim Rondinelli, and chief scientist JJ Johnston from the 3D mixing platform Immersion Networks. The company’s innovative Mix3 (pronounced “mix cubed”) software allows anyone to upload a tracks and mix them in a three-dimensional environment. These mixes can be appreciated without special hardware and distributed through streaming services. 

The credentials of my guests are indeed impressive. Paul worked alongside Steve Jobs at Apple, installing the first Macs at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios and creating audio formats that liberated the potential of satellite radio. Jim has recorded and produced more than 100 album projects and received gold and platinum awards for his work with Matthew Sweet, Wilco, Weezer and Everclear, but has a long history in music tech with Warner/Chappell Music, Slacker, and Rdio, among others. JJ is an authority on human perception and audio signal processing, having worked for 25 years at Bell Labs, where he helped develop the MP3 and AAC codecs. 

During the interview, we spoke about the most important speaker in a multi-speaker setup, the limitations of modern LP-style  production, developing a streaming service way before one existed commercially, how perceptual codecs were created, and much more.

On the intro I’ll take a look at unseen trends in streaming, and the Rhodes electric piano making a comeback.



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