Epic videos from the D. W. Fearn YouTube channel

Recording Harpsichord

J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 903) performed on Gavin Black’s Keith Hill two-manual German-style harpsichord. Performed by George Hazelrigg, Produced by Geoff Hazelrigg and Gavin Black and Engineered by Doug Fearn.

Equipment used: 2 AEA R44CXE Ribbon Microphones, Merging Hapi A/D converter – captured audio In 11.2 MHz DSD and, of course, a D.W. Fearn VT-2 two-channel all tube preamplifier and VT-5 two-channel all tube equalizer.

Interview with Joe Tarsia

Legendary engineer and studio owner Joe Tarsia talks about his career as the founder of Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. Virtually all of the “Philadelphia sound” hits were recorded at Sigma.I’ve known Joe since the late 1960s when we were both studio owners in Philadelphia. This interview was recorded at Joe’s winter home in Lancaster, PA in January 2019. The recording was done with a Flea M49 in the bi-directional pattern into a Tascam DR100 recorder at 24 bits, 48kHz.

NAMM Oral History with Doug Fearn

This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with DW Fearn, which was captured on January 22, 2016.

Jon Castelli Interviewed by Doug Fearn

Mix engineer/Producer Jon Castelli talks with Doug Fearn on a wide variety of topics. Jon has worked with artists like Khalid, 6LACK, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ariana Grande, and many more. This interview was conducted over the telephone on November 2, 2018, with Jon in Los Angeles

Classic Recording Techniques for a High Resolution Future

Doug Fearn and the Hazelrigg Brothers discuss classic recording techniques using ribbon microphones and vacuum tube mic preamps using a minimal number of mics to record a jazz trio directly to DSD. Learn the history of ribbon microphones and the Blumlein configuration for stereo recording. The event was organized by the Boston AES and hosted by Futura Productions.

Tommy McIntyre DSD recording

Single-mic vs Multi-mic and DSD vs PCM recording. We record Tommy McIntyre using a single AEA R88 microphone direct to a Tascam DA-3000 DSD recorder, with a simultaneous multi-mic recording to PCM 24-bit, 92kHz.

Building a Control Room

We build a new control room at D.W. Fearn. Watch the process from the design stage through the first session.

Recording a Song from demo to final mix

The technical meets the artistic in the recording studio. This video of a recording session from May 2017 follows the recording process from beginning to end.

Recording In Improvised Spaces

This is a multipart series than is different from the other videos. The goal is to share the knowledge that Doug Fearn has acquired in 50 years of professional recording.
The “Recording In Improvised Spaces” series focuses on the home studio, particularly for the recordist who has to make-do with space at home that is needed for other purposes as well as recording. It is illustrated with actual recording sessions from the D.W. Fearn shop.
Segments will be added as they are completed.

Part 1 Overview

Part 2 Basic Acoustics
Part 3 Setting Up Your Session (added May 27, 2013)
Part 4 The Session (added July 8, 3013)