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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: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Giles Martin & Sam Okell

    The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s album was mixed twice on its original release. So why mix it again, 50 years on?

    Techniques Aug 2017
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    Inside Track: Gorillaz 'Charger'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Stephen Sedgwick

    Behind every virtual band, there are real producers and engineers. In the case of Gorillaz, they were Anthony Khan and Stephen Sedgwick.

    Techniques Jul 2017
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    Inside Track: Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Frank Wolf

    The resurgence of film musicals continues, with Disney’s Beauty And The Beast the most successful yet. Hollywood veteran Frank Wolf oversaw the complex recording and mixing process.

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    Inside Track: Future 'Draco'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Seth Firkins

    The unique sound world created by Future and engineer Seth Firkins has brought the Atlanta rapper record-breaking success.

    Techniques May 2017
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    Inside Track: La La Land

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Marius de Vries & Nicholai Baxter

    Achieving a naturalistic sound on a Hollywood film set isn’t easy — but was central to director Damien Chazelle’s vision for La La Land.

    Techniques Apr 2017
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    Inside Track: Metallica ‘Moth Into Flame’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Fidelman

    Recorded, mixed and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, Metallica’s Hardwired... To Self-Destruct has proved an unexpected career high point.

    Techniques Mar 2017
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    Inside Track: The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: DJ Swivel

    Beyoncé’s right-hand man DJ Swivel has reinvented himself as a mix engineer — and his work with the Chainsmokers produced 2016’s biggest track.

    Techniques Feb 2017
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    Inside Track: Bon Iver '22, A Million'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Chris Messina & Zach Hanson

    Electronic, heavily processed and sample-based, 22, A Million was a radical departure for Bon Iver — and from normal recording and mixing practice...

    Techniques Jan 2017
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    Inside Track: Shawn Mendes 'Treat You Better'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: George Seara

    Is mixing on a large analogue desk still worth the trouble? For George Seara and Shawn Mendes, it seems to be working out quite well...

    Techniques Dec 2016
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    Inside Track: Barbra Streisand 'At The Ballet'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Reitzas

    The making of Barbra Streisand’s latest hit album, Encore, offers a window into the unique philosophy of hit-making producer and engineer David Reitzas.

    Techniques Nov 2016
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    Inside Track: Blink 182 - California

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Feldmann & Zakk Cervini

    Blink 182’s chart-topping California brought Zakk Cervini his first mix credit on a hit album — but he had to work hard to get it.

    Techniques Oct 2016
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    Inside Track - Hamilton: An American Musical

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tim Latham & Derik Lee

    The hottest Broadway show for decades has spawned a smash hit album. But, as engineers Derik Lee and Tim Lathan explain, Hamilton is not your average ‘original cast recording’.

    Techniques Sep 2016
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    Inside Track: Mike Posner ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Seeb

    Reinvented by a little-known Norwegian production team, a song about not being famous any more made Mike Posner more famous than ever...

    Techniques Aug 2016
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    Inside Track: Deftones 'Prayers/Triangles'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Matt Hyde

    The success of Deftones’ Gore album is reward for the band’s restless experimentation — and for the work of engineer, producer and mixer Matt Hyde.

    Techniques Jul 2016
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    Inside Track: Lukas Graham ‘7 Years’

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

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

    Techniques Jun 2016
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    Inside Track: Justin Bieber 'Purpose'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Josh Gudwin & Andrew Wuepper

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

    Techniques May 2016
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    Inside Track: Panic! At The Disco

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jake Sinclair & Claudius Mittendorfer

    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...

    Techniques Apr 2016
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    Inside Track: Coldplay ‘Hymn For The Weekend’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rik Simpson

    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!

    Techniques Mar 2016
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    Inside Track: Rod Stewart - Another Country

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Savigar

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

    Techniques Feb 2016
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    Inside Track: Pentatonix

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ed Boyer

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

    Techniques Jan 2016
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    Inside Track: The Weeknd

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Carlo ‘Illangelo’ Montagnese

    Engineer, mixer and producer Carlo Montagnese likens his work with the Weeknd to painting — and he’s not afraid to use plenty of colour!

    Techniques Dec 2015


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