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    Q. How should I connect a CD player's unbalanced phono outputs to my mixer's balanced line inputs?

    I have a very nice domestic CD player with line outs on unbalanced phono connectors, and I want to connect it to the balanced line input of a mixer...

    Sound Advice Dec 2019
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    Q. Why are my mixer's aux outs polarity inverted?

    I've been wondering whether my Soundcraft Signature MTK 12 was a defective unit, because it has the aux outputs polarity inverted with respect to the main output section. What is the purpose of such a design choice?

    Sound Advice Dec 2019
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    Creative M‑S Techniques

    Add Space, Colour & Interest To Your Tracks

    Splitting out your stereo signals into separate Mid and Sides tracks can open up a world of creative options in your mix.

    Techniques Nov 2019
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    How Not To Mess Up Your Mix

    Pure & Simple

    However much studio trickery is considered 'normal' in a genre, the unwanted side-effects of processing can rob your mixes of impact. But it doesn't have to be that way

    Techniques Oct 2019
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    How Engineers Get Vocals To 'Sit Right' In A Mix

    Vocal Levels At Mixdown

    Getting vocals to 'sit right' can require a lot more than setting the fader and applying EQ. We asked a number of engineers how they do it.

    Techniques Sep 2019
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    Q. How should drums be panned?

    How should I pan my drum recordings in the mix? For instance, should the hi-hat be on the left or on the right?

    Sound Advice May 2019
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    Media Content - April 2019

    Hear For Yourself

    Listing of all SOS April 2019 articles with accompanying media files.

    Techniques Apr 2019
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    Recording Piano: Part 2

    Piano Recording & Mixing Techniques At GSI Studios [Video Feature]

    In Part 2 of our Video Feature, Josh Giunta from GSI Studios moves on to the recording and mixing processes, exploring the fine art of microphone positioning, dealing with phase, and mixing techniques.

    Techniques Feb 2019
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    Q. What's the best 'console tape'?

    What is the best tape to use for sticking to mixers and writing down what each channel is being used for?

    Sound Advice Jan 2019
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    Session Notes: Magician's Nephew | Media

    Audio & Video Files

    Audio & Video Files to accompany this month's Session Notes article.

    Techniques Jan 2019
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Cypress Hill ‘Insane In The Brain’

    Released: 1993 • Producer: Cypress Hill • Engineer: Joe Nicolo

    Cypress Hill’s crossover classic launched the group into the mainstream — and without sampling a single horse...

    Techniques Dec 2018
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    How To Make Your Vocals Twice As Good! Part 2

    Fitting Vocals In The Mix

    Having created the conditions for a successful mix last month, what can you do to fit your vocal in the mix?

    Techniques Aug 2018
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    Restoring & Mixing Chicago At The Isle Of Wight

    Tim Jessup

    A combination of modern technology and skilled engineering has allowed Chicago’s landmark festival performance to be released, almost 50 years after it was taped.

    Techniques Jul 2018
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’

    Released: 1983 • Producer: Dave Stewart

    Begun as an experiment, ‘Sweet Dreams’ launched Eurythmics to international stardom and is still filling dancefloors to this day.

    Techniques Jul 2018
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    How To Make Your Vocals Twice As Good! Part 1

    Practical Tips, Techniques & Sound Advice

    Once you’ve recorded, edited and comped your vocals, a little careful prep work could pay real dividends when it comes to the mix.

    Techniques Jul 2018
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    Session Notes: An Album In 5 Days

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Working with a producer and an ambitious timescale, our engineer planned ahead for the best chances of a good result.

    Techniques May 2018
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    Mixing Albums

    How To Stay Efficient, Focused And Effective

    Mixing an album can be more challenging than working on songs individually — but it can also be the most satisfying achievement for an engineer.

    Techniques Apr 2018
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    Q. Why don’t my mixer inserts work when using the mic input?

    My Soundcraft EFX12 mixer is pretty new, but when I try and use a channel with a microphone, and an insert cable running to an effects loop with various Moog pedals, I get almost no level from the mic. Can you help?

    Sound Advice Apr 2018
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    Mixing Live Sound On The High Seas

    Inside The Cruise-Ship Industry

    The cruise-ship industry is booming, and with it a number of career opportunities — for those who can meet the unique challenges of mixing live sound at sea.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    Making Modern Metal: Part 3

    Mixing & Mastering

    Drawing our mini-series to a close, we take you on a detailed tour of the mix and mastering stages of the Damnation’s Hammer album Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    Q. How can I match my mixer’s insert send levels to a high-end compressor?

    I have a slight level mismatch that I don’t know how best to resolve. I want to patch the Dangerous Music Compressor through the inserts on two of an Allen & Heath GL2400 mixer’s input channels. The problem is that the send signal from the mixer is a tad weak for hitting the compressor where it works best...

    Sound Advice Feb 2018

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