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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: Bring Me The Horizon

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dan Lancaster

    Where does a young mix engineer learn the techniques to deliver hit rock mixes? In Dan Lancaster’s case, right here!

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Inside Track: Muse's Drones

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tommaso Colliva & Rich Costey

    Working on Muse’s hit album Drones gave Tommaso Colliva and Rich Costey unique insight into the extraordinary methods of hitmaking producer ‘Mutt’ Lange.

    Techniques Oct 2015
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    Inside Track: James Taylor's Before This World

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dave O’Donnell

    The art of music production lies in serving the song — and working with James Taylor, Dave O’Donnell felt that modern production trends would hinder his aim of capturing emotive performances.

    Techniques Sep 2015
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    Inside Track: Josh Groban’s album Stages

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Selby & Bernie Herms

    A combination of technical wizardry and old-school craft helped Bernie Herms and Andy Selby bring Josh Groban’s Broadway album to life.

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Inside Track: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Shawn Everett

    In the making of Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, producer Blake Mills and engineer Shawn Everett had almost unheard–of licence to experiment — and took full advantage.

    Techniques Jul 2015
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    Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Derek Ali

    Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most ambitious hip-hop albums of recent years. Derek Ali was Lamar’s right-hand man during its making.

    Techniques Jun 2015
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    Inside Track: Björk’s Vulnicura

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Björk, Chris Elms, Arca & The Haxan Cloak

    A unique and inspired choice of collaborators helped Björk blend powerful emotion with restless experimentation.

    Techniques Apr 2015
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    Inside Track: Hozier ‘Take Me To Church’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Kirwan

    Producer and engineer Rob Kirwan oversaw Hozier’s commercial breakthrough — by concentrating on the least commercial aspects of his music.

    Techniques Mar 2015
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    Inside Track: All About That Bass

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Kadish

    Channelling their shared love of ’50s kitsch, Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor created 2014’s most talked-about hit single — and turned Trainor into a superstar overnight.

    Techniques Feb 2015
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    Inside Track: Tom Lord-Alge

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    For Rivers Cuomo and Weezer, going back to basics meant a reunion with one of the biggest names in rock mixing: Tom Lord-Alge.

    Techniques Jan 2015
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    Inside Track: Leonard Cohen 'Slow'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Patrick Leonard & Jesse E String

    In search of reality, Leonard Cohen convinced his producer Patrick Leonard to abandon his hang-ups about using sampled instruments.

    Techniques Dec 2014
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    Inside Track: Tom Petty's Hypnotic Eye

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ryan Ulyate

    Tom Petty’s first US number one album was mixed almost entirely without hardware — and with only two plug-ins!

    Techniques Nov 2014
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    Inside Track: Jack White

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jack White, Vance Powell & Joshua V Smith

    For Jack White, analogue recording is not about looking back to the past, but choosing the ideal medium for his art.

    Techniques Oct 2014
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    Inside Track: Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Steve Fitzmaurice

    When an unknown act such as Sam Smith hits the big time, there's often an experienced producer behind the scenes — like Steve Fitzmaurice...

    Techniques Sep 2014
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    Inside Track: Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dani Castelar

    Engineer and producer Dani Castelar accompanied Paolo Nutini through three years and 11 studios to make his acclaimed new album Caustic Love.

    Techniques Aug 2014
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    Inside Track: Linkin Park's The Hunting Party

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Wallace

    As producer, engineer and mixer, Andy Wallace has done more than anyone to define the sound of modern rock and metal.

    Techniques Jul 2014
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    Inside Track: sci‑fi movie Divergent

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Junkie XL & Alan Meyerson

    With thumbprint data security and track counts in the thousands, the scoring process for sci‑fi movie Divergent was close to science fiction itself!

    Techniques Jun 2014
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    Inside Track: Pharrell Williams "Happy"

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Leslie Brathwaite

    The biggest hit of 2014 is a triumph of minimalism — and a triumph for mix engineer Leslie Brathwaite.

    Techniques May 2014
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    Inside Track: Disney's Frozen

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Boucher & Casey Stone

    The success of Disney's Frozen underlines the importance of music in film, whether it be as songs or soundtracks.

    Techniques Apr 2014
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    Inside Track: Arcade Fire's Reflektor

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Korey Richey & Mark Lawson

    Despite recording mainly live, Arcade Fire spent more than a year recording Reflektor. It was up to Korey Richey and Mark Lawson to get the results to tape.

    Techniques Mar 2014
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    Billy Bush - Mixing Jake Bugg

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    When I first looked at the Jake Bugg sessions, I was like, 'Wow, this is really stripped-back.'

    Techniques Feb 2014


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