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Mix Secrets

Our longstanding series called INSIDE TRACK: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers kicked off with Dave Pensado in our January 2007 edition. It's been a stalwart element of Sound On Sound magazine ever since. Full of nuggets of pro insider advice and tool tips, Inside Track focuses each month on a hit record and lays bare its mixing and production techniques, along with recording explanations from the artists and engineers who were involved in its creation.

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    Inside Track: Lewis Capaldi's 'Someone You Loved'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: TMS LDN

    Production crew TMS LDN built their career the hard way — and wrote Lewis Capaldi's smash hit 'Someone You Loved' in an afternoon.

    Techniques May 2019
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    Inside Track: Queen 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Soundtrack

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Shirley-Smith, Joshua J Macrae & Kris Fredriksson

    The highlight of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is a meticulous recreation of their most famous live show — using a fresh mix of the original audio recordings.

    Techniques Apr 2019
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    Inside Track: 21 Savage 'A Lot'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Maddmix

    Urban music is often a springboard for new producers and engineers, and 21 Savage's chart-topping album was no exception.

    Techniques Mar 2019
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    Inside Track: Andrea Bocelli 'Fall On You'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Cortelyou & Bob Ezrin

    Searching for a crossover hit, the team behind classical tenor Andrea Bocelli turned to one of the all-time great rock producers.

    Techniques Feb 2019
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    Inside Track: Greta Van Fleet 'When The Curtain Falls'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Al Sutton

    The success of Greta Van Fleet reflects not only the enduring appeal of heavy rock but the timeless virtues of classic recording techniques!

    Techniques Jan 2019
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    Inside Track: Brockhampton 'Weight'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Joba • Romil Hemnani • Matt Mysko • Andy Maxwell

    Hip-hop collective Brockhampton abandoned their home studios for Abbey Road — and left with a number one album.

    Techniques Dec 2018
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    Inside Track: Clean Bandit 'Solo'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Ralph

    In a world where almost everyone is mixing ‘in the box’, Mark Ralph and Clean Bandit have gone the other way.

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Inside Track: ABBA 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Bernard Löhr

    The songs of ABBA are reaching new generations of fans, thanks to a second hit musical movie. Bernard Löhr was the engineer who recaptured them!

    Techniques Oct 2018
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    Inside Track: Beyoncé and Jay-Z 'Apeshit'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Stu White

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z topped charts worldwide with their album Everything Is Love. Stu White was the engineer who made it possible.

    Techniques Sep 2018
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    Inside Track: BTS 'Fake Love'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: James F Reynolds

    K‑pop is a truly global music style, and BTS’s successful assault on the US charts was led by a British mix engineer.

    Techniques Aug 2018
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    Inside Track: Kylie Minogue 'Dancing'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Sky Adams

    Successfully integrating dance and country music on Kylie Minogue’s latest album posed a new challenge to producer, songwriter and mix engineer Sky Adams.

    Techniques Jul 2018
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    Inside Track: George Ezra 'Paradise'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Cam Blackwood & Dan Grech-Marguerat

    The principles behind George Ezra’s second album sound simple: great songs, great vibe, and plenty of crunch. In practice, things got a bit more complicated...

    Techniques Jun 2018
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    Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar | Black Panther 'All The Stars'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Matt Schaeffer

    In the hands of Kendrick Lamar, blockbuster movie Black Panther spawned a new type of ‘soundtrack’ album. Engineer Matt Schaeffer was at the controls.

    Techniques May 2018
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    Inside Track: Justin Timberlake’s ‘Say Something’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Henri d’Armancourt & Guillaume de la Villéon

    Performed live and filmed in a single take, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Say Something’ is one of the most ambitious music videos ever made.

    Techniques Apr 2018
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    Inside Track: The Greatest Showman ‘Rewrite The Stars’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Wells

    Greg Wells has worked with everyone who’s anyone in the world of music — but nothing could prepare him for mixing a film soundtrack!

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    Inside Track: Cardi B 'Bodak Yellow'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Evan LaRay

    When a track contains nothing but beats and vocals, the vocal mix has to be perfect. Mix engineer Evan LaRay explains his role in taking Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ to number one.

    Techniques Feb 2018
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    Inside Track: Chris Young 'Losing Sleep'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Billy Decker

    Keeping up with the Nashville music world means working fast — and few mix engineers work as fast as Billy Decker!

    Techniques Jan 2018
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    Inside Track: Lil Uzi Vert 'How To Talk'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kesha Lee

    Not only is Atlanta’s rap scene producing stars like Lil Uzi Vert, but it’s also providing opportunities for a new wave of engineering talent.

    Techniques Dec 2017
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    Inside Track: Kesha ‘Praying’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jon Castelli

    The success of Kesha’s ‘Praying’ justified the lengths that Jon Castelli went to to get the perfect mix — eventually!

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    Inside Track: Lana Del Rey 'Lust For Life'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kieron Menzies & Dean Reid

    With a stellar line-up of producers, engineers and co-writers behind her, Lana Del Rey appears to be unstoppable...

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    Inside Track: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie 'Feel About You'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Needham

    Fleetwood Mac stalwarts Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have enjoyed long musical careers — as has their engineer, mixer and co-producer Mark Needham.

    Techniques Sep 2017


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