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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: Michael Brauer

    Coldplay Viva La Vida

    Coldplay's recent album Viva La Vida was one of the most high-profile releases of the year, and an impressive showcase for Michael Brauer's unique approach to mixing.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Davis

    Ne-Yo: 'Closer'

    Some mix engineers work entirely 'in the box', while others treat Pro Tools as little more than a tape recorder. Kevin 'KD' Davis employs the best of both worlds, as his work on Ne-Yo's recent hit 'Closer' shows.

    Techniques Oct 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Eric Rosse

    Sara Bareilles 'Love Song'

    With Sara Bareilles' massive worldwide hit 'Love Song', producer Eric Rosse had to strike a delicate balance between preserving the artist's integrity and achieving mass appeal.

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fabian Marasciullo

    Flo Rida and T-Pain: 'Low'

    Flo Rida and T-Pain scored a massive worldwide hit with 'Low' — but only after it received the attention of Miami's star mixer, Fabian Marasciullo.

    Techniques Aug 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Demacio 'Demo' Castellon

    '4 Minutes' by Madonna, Timbaland, Marcella Araica

    Madonna's popularity shows no sign of flagging, thanks in part to her ability to seek out cutting-edge production talent. Producer and mixer Demo Castellon explains how he shaped her latest chart-topper.

    Techniques Jul 2008
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    Inside Track: OneRepublic 'Stop & Stare'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Joe Zook

    OneRepublic's route to the top has been tortuous, and their massive hit 'Stop & Stare' was actually recorded more than three years ago. Engineer and mixer Joe Zook recalls the sessions.

    Techniques Jun 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Carranza

    Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson is living proof that you don't need Auto-Tune, Beat Detective or a million overdubs to record a hit album. In fact, as engineer Robert Carranza explains, he didn't even need mains electricity...

    Techniques May 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Renaud Letang

    Feist: '1234'

    Aided by its memorable video and starring role in an iPod ad, Feist's '1234' has been a refreshingly different worldwide hit. Renaud Letang was behind the (vintage) desk during the recording and mixing sessions.

    Techniques Apr 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rich Costey

    The Foo Fighters: 'The Pretender'

    Iconic rockers The Foo Fighters had a worldwide smash with their record-breaking track 'The Pretender'. Rich Costey was the man behind the mix faders.

    Techniques Mar 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Marcella Araica

    Inside Track: ‘The Way I Are’

    The unrivalled status of producer Timbaland is built on a hand-picked team of engineers, mixers and producers. For the mix of his hit single 'The Way I Are', he turned to Marcella Araica.

    Techniques Feb 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Neal Avron

    Inside Track: Fall Out Boy 'This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race'

    The unsung production hero behind Fall Out Boy, described as “emos first superstars”, tells us how he shaped the lead single from 2007s smash hit album, Infinity On High.

    Techniques Jan 2008
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Manny Marroquin

    Inside Track: Kanye West 'Stronger'

    Eleven mix engineers tried their hand at Kanye West's 'Stronger' before Manny Marroquin finally turned it into a record. He was rewarded with one of the biggest hits of 2007.

    Techniques Dec 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: JJ Puig

    Inside Track: Fergie's ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’

    The role of the mix engineer is becoming ever more creative. Jack Joseph Puig explains how his imaginative approach helped shape Fergies smash hit Big Girls Dont Cry.

    Techniques Nov 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Joe Chiccarelli

    The White Stripes

    When they hired Joe Chiccarelli to record their latest album, the White Stripes set him a stiff challenge: to create a modern, punchy, heavily edited sound, without leaning on modern digital tools.

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Endert


    Producer and engineer Mark Endert not only mixed the lead single from Maroon 5s second album: he also co-produced it and programmed many of the parts.

    Techniques Sep 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tom Elmhirst

    Amy Winehouse: 'Rehab'

    For her second album, Back To Black, Amy Winehouse and producer Mark Ronson crafted a heavily retro sound. Mix engineer Tom Elmhirst describes how he massaged their '60s soul vibe to create a radio-friendly hit in 'Rehab'.

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jimmy Douglass

    Inside Track: Justin Timberlake's Sexyback

    Megastar Justin Timberlake shot back into the charts last year with 'Sexyback', a hugely successful — and highly unusual — collaboration with hot-shot producer Timbaland. Jimmy Douglass was behind the desk.

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Serge Tsai

    Inside Track - Shakira and Wyclef Jean: 'Hips Don't Lie'

    'Hips Don't Lie', by Shakira and Wyclef Jean, is indisputably the biggest single of the 21st Century so far. Engineer Serge Tsai was the man who brought together many diverse elements to create a colossal hit.

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Chris Lord-Alge

    My Chemical Romance 'Welcome To The Black Parade'

    With its 150-plus tracks encompassing everything from a marching band to a children's choir, it took a special talent to craft a hard-hitting, radio-friendly mix from My Chemical Romance's 'Welcome To The Black Parade'. Enter Chris Lord-Alge...

    Techniques May 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jason Goldstein

    Inside Track: Beyoncé 'Déjà Vu' and 'Irreplaceable'

    Beyoncé's second solo album, B'Day, has yielded two of the biggest singles of the year. Jason Goldstein tells us how he put together hit mixes for 'Déjà Vu' and 'Irreplaceable'.

    Techniques Apr 2007
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tony Maserati

    Inside Track: John Legend's 'Save Room'

    John Legend's silky, R&B-tinged sound has revitalised soul music. Mix engineer Tony Maserati explains how he crafted that sound for Legend's hit 'Save Room'.

    Techniques Mar 2007


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