Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler is the music editor of Sound & Vision, where he also served as editor-in-chief for 7 years. His writing has appeared in Guitar Player, Palm Springs Life, Car Stereo Review, Technology Tell, and UniVibes (a Jimi Hendrix quarterly published in Italy). He also interviews artists and producers about their love of music and high-resolution audio on his own site, The SoundBard (www.soundbard.com). In his alleged spare time, he dreams of owning a fastback 1967 Mustang.

Nick Waterhouse’s retro-infused records are blazing the trail for modern mono

Put on a Nick Waterhouse record and you might be transported back to 1964. But the 28-year-old musician released his latest record, Holly, in 2014, and did it quite intentionally using a long-neglected format: mono.

Music

What it’s like to remaster The Beatles albums, and why its sound is ‘way beyond compare’

Mike Mettler interviews the engineers responsible for remastering mono albums by The Beatles in vinyl.

Music

Fetishizing cassettes, the dignity of LPs, more from the mind of Robyn Hitchcock

From his days in The Soft Boys to his latest solo work, Robyn Hitchcock has seen it all. And he has a pretty good idea what's next: bioimplants, fetishizing dying formats, and a lot more great music.

Music

Getting gory with the FX mastermind behind The Walking Dead

Greg Nicotero knows zombies. As the special effects designer for The Walking Dead, he’s the one responsible for making them look as gut-wrenchingly real as possible.

Movies

‘How the hell did we do this?’ Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward looks back

When Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward isn’t preserving the band’s sound in the highest digital quality possible, he’s forging ahead with new techniques in his own solo recordings.

Music

How Brian Setzer wrings classic rockabilly sound from modern recording

Brian Setzer’s new album, Rockabilly Riot: All Original, sounds straight out of 1957. Here’s how he does it – from inspiration to recording.

Music

Master of improv: Steely Dan’s guitarist knows when to riff, when to reel it in

As lead guitarist for Steely Dan, Jon Herington has to find the delicate balance between channeling fan favorites note for note, and interpreting them in a fresh new way for modern audiences.

Music

Why Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers won’t back down on HD audio

As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers prepare for the release of Hypnotic Eye, veteran producer and engineer Ryan Ulyate has been there every step of the way, capturing it all in high definition.

Music

In the studio, Joe Satriani’s drum wizard plays HD alchemy with layers of sound

We interview Marco Minnemann about his newest solo album EEPS, HRA formats, Joe Satriani, and what it’s like to record every instrument on your album.

Music

How Graham Nash mixed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1974 tour into HD bliss

Graham Nash has spent four years mixing and mashing supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1974 tour into an HD album. How he did it and his thoughts on Pono inside.

Music

Can’t play an instrument? You can still ‘paint’ music with HarmonyWiz

We sit down with Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater to discuss his latest music creation app, HarmonyWiz, which aims to help anyone create music.

Music

Prog-rock legends Yes talk hi-fi, remastering, and the lasting appeal of the album format

The original progressive rock band, Yes, is back with a new album called Heaven & Earth. DT's Mike Mettler sat down with the band to discuss the new album and their thoughts on high-resolution audio.

Music

THE AUDIOPHILE: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson brings back the flute for new HD audio album

Former Jethro Tull lead man Ian Anderson is not living in the past: For his new album Homo Erraticus, he’s fully embracing high-resolution digital audio.

Music