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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Snarky Puppy • Zedd & Alessia Cara • Royal Blood • Kendrick Lamar • Kyle • Classic Mix: Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’ (1977).

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    OK Computer

    Leader

    We are very used to computers running fixed programs such as DAWs and plug-ins to accomplish specific recording and processing...

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    Sounding Off: Shadow Work

    Stephen Bennett

    It is time that we developed a new series of universally recognised credits that better reflect the skill and effort required to create a modern album.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Julia Michaels • Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber • DJ Khaled • Future • Classic Mix: The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer' (1967).

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    The Balance Of Power

    Leader

    Our Editor In Chief vents his wrath on those pesky wall-wart PSUs...

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    Sounding Off: Artificial Intelligence

    Alex Marten

    Stay one step ahead of the robots...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Louis Tomlinson & Steve Aoki, Stormzy, Sturgill Simpson, Sarah Jarosz and our Classic Mix is Toni Braxton ‘Un-break My Heart’ (1996).

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    Career Opportunities

    Leader

    Our esteemed Editor In Chief offers some sage advice to budding audio students...

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    Sounding Off: Stable Software

    Simon Grey

    Could it be the idea of using software live is ‘sexy’ and sells units, but the back-end task of making it function solidly is not?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Zara Larsson, Kelsea Ballerini and our Classic Mix is Gloria Gaynor ‘I Will Survive’ (1978).

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    Rent Or Buy?

    Leader

    Opinion seems divided as to whether rented software is a good idea, but what about renting hardware?

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    Sounding Off: A Media Composer's Lot

    Michael Begg

    Valuable lessons from a media composer...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Starley • Flume • Gnash • La La Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) • Classic Mix: Domenico Modugno ‘Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)’

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    In With The New

    Leader

    As I suspected might be the case, this year’s NAMM show turned out to be mainly evolutionary rather than revolutionary...

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    Sounding Off: Sound Bright

    David Ricard

    Speak like an idiot or sound intelligent: take your pick. You can’t do both...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) • Ed Sheeran • Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa • Jax Jones featuring Raye • Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie • Classic Mix: Mungo Jerry ‘In The Summertime’ (1970)

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    Brave New World

    Leader

    Our Editor-in-Chief is worried that we are becoming ever more dependent on a computer industry that sees audio as a very small part of its business...

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    Sounding Off: Focus On Listening

    Michael Westbrook

    It should go without saying that the most important task recording and mix engineers need to focus on is listening, but we are being distracted from that task.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills: Neiked featuring Dyo • Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane • Michael Ball & Alfie Boe • The Rolling Stones • Robbie Williams • Classic Mix: George Michael ‘Careless Whisper’ (1984 Single Version).

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    Keep It Simple

    Leader

    Our esteemed Editor-in-Chief sneaks off into his studio to battle against the encroaching wave of untidiness caused by plugging and unplugging all that review gear...

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    Sounding Off: Invisible Production

    Dr Jason Woolley

    If good production and the means of good production often go unnoticed, then that creates a number of ‘invisibles’ that have contributed to the process and production of the music...

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