Finding real-world advice from established creative mixing engineers and record producers is not at all easy, since most tend to be highly protective about their approaches and the tricks of their craft, but this popular series written by long-time SOS author and musician Paul Tingen gets them to open up and explain the technical and artistic detail of the mixing sessions of a well-known chart hit they worked on.

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Inside Track: Jack White

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jack White, Vance Powell & Joshua V Smith

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For Jack White, analogue recording is not about looking back to the past, but choosing the ideal medium for his art.

Inside Track: Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dani Castelar

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Engineer and producer Dani Castelar accompanied Paolo Nutini through three years and 11 studios to make his acclaimed new album Caustic Love.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Wallace

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As producer, engineer and mixer, Andy Wallace has done more than anyone to define the sound of modern rock and metal.

Inside Track: Happy

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Leslie Brathwaite

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The biggest hit of 2014 is a triumph of minimalism — and a triumph for mix engineer Leslie Brathwaite.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mikey Donaldson

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Love And War was not only a remarkable comeback for singer Tamar Braxton, but a breakthrough opportunity for engineer and mixer Mikey Donaldson.

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Inside Track: Jamie Cullum's Momentum album

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Duncan Mills

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Jamie Cullum's sixth studio album, Momentum, sees the British pianist and singer further expanding his stylistic palette.

Inside Track: Ken Andrews and Paramore

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Ken Andrews won a blind shoot-out against some of the biggest names in the mixing world. His prize: the plum job of mixing Paramore’s acclaimed comeback album.

Inside Track: Bon Jovi

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Shanks & Jeff Rothschild

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Nearly 30 years after they burst onto the scene, Bon Jovi continue to top charts worldwide.

The Les Misérables Sound Team, Part 2

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Not only did the Les Misérables crew have to capture live singing on a film set: they then had to figure out how to overdub orchestral arrangements to it!

The Les Misérables Sound Team: Part 1

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In his quest for authenticity, director Tom Hooper drove his Les Misérables technical crew to completely reinvent film soundtrack recording.

Inside Track: The Lumineers

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Augunas

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Would you hire a mixer who doesn’t believe in panning? The Lumineers did — and were rewarded with a hit album.

Inside Track: Mixing the Led Zeppelin Reunion

Alan Moulder | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

The film of Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert was five years in the making — yet Alan Moulder had only three weeks to mix the entire soundtrack!

Peter Cobbin & Kirsty Whalley

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Underpinning the biggest spectacle of 2012 London Olympic Games was probably the largest multitrack recording ever made. Just how do you mix a thousand-track project?

Steve Greenwell discusses Joss Stone

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Steve Greenwell knew he wanted a live feel for Joss Stone’s second album of soul covers, but finding the right mix was more of a challenge.

Jeff Bhasker on mixing ‘We Are Young’

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Jeff Bhasker doesn’t usually mix his own productions or work with indie-rock bands. With Fun, he did both — and created a worldwide hit.

Dave Ogilvie mixing ‘Call Me Maybe’

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All it took to make a star of Carly Rae Jepsen was one memorable song — and, in Dave Ogilvie, a mix engineer who understood how to make it stand out.

Trevor Muzzy: Recording Nicki Minaj's 'Starships'

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Top producer RedOne has had hits with dozens of artists, but relies on one man to “finish” tracks like Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’: engineer Trevor Muzzy.

Mixing Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' - François Tétaz

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'Somebody That I Used To Know' is a worldwide hit that breaks every rule in the book. Artist Gotye and mix engineer François Tétaz reveal how they made it.

Jan 'Stan' Kybert: Producing Paul Weller's Sonik Kicks

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Paul Weller's latest album was brimming over with musical creativity. The challenge for mixer Jan Kybert was to forge a coherent album from a mass of ideas.

Ross Hogarth: Van Halen 'Tattoo'

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Expectations were high for the first Van Halen album in 14 years — and with eight mics on the bass alone, engineer Ross Hogarth was taking no chances!

Noah '40' Shebib: Recording Drake's 'Headlines'

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Drake’s atmospheric, brooding sound has revitalised hip-hop, selling millions in the process. The man behind that sound is Noah '40' Shebib.

Dae Bennett: Recording Tony Bennett's 'One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)'

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Tony Bennett’s continuing success showcases the value of old-school recording techniques — and the talents of his engineer son Dae.

Fabian Marasciullo: Recording Lil Wayne's 'How To Love'

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Fabian Marasciullo’s mixes for the latest Lil Wayne album were so valuable he had to guard them at gunpoint.

Phil Ramone & Andy Smith: So Beautiful So What

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Paul Simon’s album So Beautiful Or So What is a dazzling return to form — and a return to working with production legend Phil Ramone.

Tom Elmhirst: Recording Adele 'Rolling In The Deep'

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Adele’s second album, 21, has broken sales records all around the globe. Mixer Tom Elmhirst and producer Paul Epworth explain how they created its multi‑platinum lead single, ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

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Mumford & Sons 'Little Lion Man'

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Mumford & Sons have dragged acoustic music out of the folk clubs and straight to the top of the charts, with a sound sculpted by producer Markus Dravs and mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan.

Taylor Swift Speak Now

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Taylor Swift has become country music's biggest mainstream star, thanks in part to a stellar production team. Producer Nathan Chapman and mixer Justin Niebank lift the lid on Swift's latest hit album, Speak Now.

Phil Collins | 'Going Back'

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Phil Collins began recreating the classic Motown sound as a form of therapy. With the help of engineer Yvan Bing, the results gave Collins his first number one album in 17 years.

Robert Plant 'Angel Dance'

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Thirty years after Led Zeppelin ended, Robert Plant has reached a second career high. His latest hit album was tracked and mixed by Mike Poole, using a mouth-watering selection of vintage equipment.

Craig Silvey: Mixing Arcade Fire 'The Suburbs'

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Despite self-imposed limitations, the multitrack sessions for Arcade Fire's latest album grew to epic proportions. Craig Silvey nevertheless mixed it on a vintage desk with no automation.

Mike Strange Jr: Eminem Recovery

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Eminem's Recovery has been one of the biggest hit albums of the year, spawning two number one singles — all recorded and mixed by Eminem's long-term engineer, Mike Strange.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Churko

Inside Track | Ozzy Osbourne: Scream

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Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is still rocking in his sixties. The musical powerhouse behind his latest hit album Scream is producer, engineer, songwriter and instrumentalist Kevin Churko.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jaycen Joshua

Inside Track: Justin Bieber (feat. Ludacris) 'Baby'

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In his second career in the music business, Jaycen Joshua has become one of the USAs top mix engineers. With child star Justin Bieber, the brief was to bring urban grit to pop production.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Eric Valentine

Recording Slash

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Whats the best way to make a classic rock album? For producer Eric Valentine and guitarist Slash, there was only one answer — use classic recording techniques and vintage gear.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David R Ferguson

Inside Track: Johnny Cash | American VI: Ain’t No Grave

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Sometimes the simplest-sounding music takes the most work to get right, and so it was with Johnny Cashs posthumous hit album American VI: Aint No Grave. Engineer and mixer David R Ferguson was on hand at every stage of Rick Rubins production.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Gerrish & Rostam Batmanglij

Inside Track: Contra by Vampire Weekend

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In Contra, Vampire Weekend have made one of the more unlikely US hit albums of recent years. Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij and engineer Justin Gerrish explain how they wowed American audiences with African influences.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Humberto Gatica

Inside Track: Michael Bublé ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’

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In a rare interview, legendary engineer and producer Humberto Gatica explains how he and singer Michael Bublé breathed new life into big-band swing music — with stunning results.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Cenzo Townshend

Inside Track | Florence and the Machine: ‘You’ve Got The Love’

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Flying the flag for a distinctively British sound, and scoring some huge hits in the process, Cenzo Townshend is one of the UKs hottest mixers. He gives us the inside track on Florence and the Machines hit Youve Got The Love.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Inside Track: Muse 'The Resistance'

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Britains biggest name in mixing, Mark Spike Stent has achieved international success in almost every genre. With Muses latest album, The Resistance, he was dealing with rock at its most epic.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Veronica Ferraro

Inside Track: ‘When Love Takes Over’

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When French DJ David Guetta and American singer Kelly Rowland combined to produce one of the biggest crossover hits of 2009, the hands on the faders belonged to Veronica Ferraro.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Young Guru

Inside Track: Jay Z's The Blueprint 3

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Behind every rap megastar, theres a very talented engineer. Young Guru was at the desk throughout the recording and mixing of Jay-Zs latest smash-hit album, The Blueprint 3.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith

Inside Track: Tinchy Stryder

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Producer and songwriter Fraser T Smith has made the unlikely journey from prog rock to grime. With Tinchy Stryder, his broad experience has paid off in the shape of three massive hit singles.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da Genius

Kid Cudi: ‘Day ’n Nite’

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Recorded and mixed in a modest home studio, Day n Nite has made stars of singer/rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David Hager

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John Fields and Paul David Hager have a very modern working relationship — and with the Jonas Brothers, theyve delivered a string of old-fashioned hits.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Mokran

Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

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Take one Bollywood soundtrack, add a Pussycat Doll and a heap of new instruments, and you have a recipe for a big mix. Peter Mokran was the engineer who cooked up an international hit with Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny).

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dylan ‘3D’ Dresdow

Black Eyed Peas

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For their fifth album, The END, Black Eyed Peas main man will.i.am took the band — and their long-serving mixer Dylan Dresdow — in a new direction, with stunning success.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Declan Gaffney

U2 : 'No Line On The Horizon'

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The sessions for U2s No Line On The Horizon took the idea of spontanaeity in the studio to new levels. Engineer Declan Gaffney was the man charged with creating order from apparent chaos...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Kurstin

Lily Allen: 'The Fear' — It’s Not Me, It’s You

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Looking for a follow-up to her smash-hit debut album, Lily Allen ditched her many other collaborators to work mostly with LA-based producer and musician Greg Kurstin on Its Not Me, Its You.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jochem van der Saag

Seal: Soul 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

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When Seal decided to pay tribute to classic soul records on his album Soul, he turned to legendary producer David Foster — and his right-hand man, Jochem van der Saag, who was responsible for mixing and much more.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Orton

Lady Gaga 'Just Dance'

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Transatlantic number one Just Dance was not only a breakthrough for Lady Gaga, but also for her producer RedOne and mix engineer Robert Orton.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Bob Clearmountain

Rolling Stones 'Shine A Light' DVD

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Bob Clearmountain has been the worlds premier mix engineer for three decades — but Martin Scorsese still managed to challenge him with his ideas about how the Rolling Stones in concert should be presented.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Fraser

AC/DC Black Ice

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How do you capture the essence of pure rock & roll? For Mike Fraser and AC/DC, the answer was simple: get the sound right at source, track to analogue tape, and don't mess about with the results!

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jacquire King

Kings Of Leon: Sex On Fire

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jacquire KingFor the recording of their fourth album Only By The Night, Kings Of Leon and co-producer Jacquire King decided to aim high. The result: a worldwide smash and a long-awaited breakthrough in the band's native US.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Michael Brauer

Coldplay Viva La Vida

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Michael BrauerColdplay's recent album Viva La Vida was one of the most high-profile releases of the year, and an impressive showcase for Michael Brauer's unique approach to mixing.

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