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Gareth Owen: Theatre Sound Designer

Sound Stages

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The sound designer’s role in a big-budget musical is to create an immersive experience for the audience — and keep the cast and director happy too!

Inside Track: Lukas Graham ‘7 Years’

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Morten Pilegaard Jespersen & Delbert Bowers

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Truly an international effort, Lukas Graham’s breakthrough hit ‘7 Years’ was masterminded by a Danish film-sound designer and a Californian mix engineer.

Ernst Zacharias & The Hohner Clavinet

Key Man

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Ernst Zacharias invented the Clavinet and has spent a lifetime perfecting electro-mechanical instruments. We talk to him about his life and explore his classic designs.

Astronautica: Beat Deconstruction

Video Feature

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Fusing experimental electronic styles with hip-hop elements, the beat scene is where we find the subject of this month’s video feature...

Peaceful Protest: The PAIX Project

Recording The Same Song 31 Times

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A project that was started to help unsigned bands show solidarity with victims of the Paris attacks has grown to unite musicians, artists and film-makers from around the world. And it’s not finished yet...

Inside Track: Justin Bieber, Purpose

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Josh Gudwin & Andrew Wuepper

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In a transition overseen by long-term collaborator Josh Gudwin, teenage prodigy Justin Bieber has become a grown-up pop star.

Peaceful Protest: The PAIX Project | Media

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A project that was started to help unsigned bands show solidarity with victims of the Paris attacks has grown to unite musicians, artists and film-makers from around the world. And it’s not finished yet...

Hansa Tonstudio Tour

Video Feature

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A tour of the legendary Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, including the room where producer Tony Visconti devised and captured the now-mythic three-gated-mic technique for David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’.

Fat White Family

Liam May & Kevin McMahon: Recording Songs For Our Mothers

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How do you extract a complete album from a dysfunctional band with no finished songs? Drag them to a remote residential studio — in winter...

Inside Track: Panic! At The Disco

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jake Sinclair & Claudius Mittendorfer

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What do you get if you cross Frank Sinatra and Queen? Producer Jake Sinclair and mixer Claudius Mittendorfer helped Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie find out...

Guy Chambers & Richard Flack

Video Feature

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We sit down with Chambers and producer/engineer Richard Flack (Joe Strummer, Rudimental, Paloma Faith) in Guy’s beautifully equipped Sleeper Sounds studio in West London.

Inside Track: Coldplay ‘Hymn For The Weekend’

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rik Simpson

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Coldplay’s unlikely alliance with R&B hitmakers Stargate resulted in a truly trans–Atlantic production, which saw co–producer Rik Simpson clocking up plenty of air miles!

Mandy Parnell: Mastering Audio

Video Feature

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We talk studio secret weapons and walk through a session with Björk and Tom Jones’ Grammy-winning mastering engineer.

Cymande Performance

John Schroeder, Alan Florence & Isi Clarke: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith

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When cult funk band Cymande returned to the studio, they insisted on hiring the same production team — 41 years after their previous album...

Inside Track: Rod Stewart - Another Country

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Savigar

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Musically, Rod Stewart’s latest album harks back to ’70s folk-rock, but its writing and production were totally 21st Century.

Nicolas Vernhes: Studio Interview

Video Feature

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This month, producer and engineer Nicolas Vernhes welcomes us into his Brooklyn studio, Rare Book Room.

Inside Track: Pentatonix

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ed Boyer

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In their conquest of the pop charts, Pentatonix’s only weapons were the human voice — and the skills of mix engineer Ed Boyer.

Rush: Recording & Mixing R40 Live

R Is For Rush

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The best engineers thrive on pressure. Which is handy when they’re recording the farewell tour of one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and timecode trouble is brewing...

Scott Jacoby: Producing Ronnie Spector

Video Feature

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This month's in-depth video interview features Grammy-winning producer Scott Jacoby. He welcomes us into his own Eusonia studios in New York to show how he created a ‘60s-inspired track for the former Ronnettes lead singer.

 

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