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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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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jaycen Joshua

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

    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.

    Techniques Aug 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Eric Valentine

    Recording Slash

    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.

    Techniques Jul 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David R Ferguson

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

    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.

    Techniques Jun 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Gerrish & Rostam Batmanglij

    Inside Track: Contra by Vampire Weekend

    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.

    Techniques May 2010
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    Inside Track: Michael Bublé ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Humberto Gatica

    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.

    Techniques Apr 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Cenzo Townshend

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

    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.

    Techniques Mar 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

    Inside Track: Muse 'The Resistance'

    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.

    Techniques Feb 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Veronica Ferraro

    Inside Track: David Guetta ‘When Love Takes Over’

    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.

    Techniques Jan 2010
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Young Guru

    Inside Track: Jay Z's The Blueprint 3

    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.

    Techniques Dec 2009
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    Inside Track: Tinchy Stryder 'Number One'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith

    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.

    Techniques Nov 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da Genius

    Kid Cudi: ‘Day ’n Nite’

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

    Techniques Oct 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David Hager

    Jonas Brothers

    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.

    Techniques Sep 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Mokran

    Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

    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).

    Techniques Aug 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dylan ‘3D’ Dresdow

    Black Eyed Peas

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

    Techniques Jul 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Declan Gaffney

    U2 : 'No Line On The Horizon'

    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...

    Techniques Jun 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Kurstin

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

    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.

    Techniques May 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jochem van der Saag

    Seal: Soul 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

    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.

    Techniques Apr 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Orton

    Lady Gaga 'Just Dance'

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

    Techniques Mar 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Bob Clearmountain

    Rolling Stones 'Shine A Light' DVD

    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.

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Inside Track: AC/DC 'Black Ice'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Fraser

    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!

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Inside Track: Kings Of Leon 'Sex On Fire'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jacquire King

    For 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.

    Techniques Dec 2008


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