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    Compression: Fashion The Drum Sound You Want

    Guidelines & Creative Solutions

    When it comes to mixing drums, few things have studio newcomers tearing their hair out more often than compression. We clarify matters by identifying a series of distinct drum-mixing tasks for which engineers commonly use compressors.

    Techniques Feb 2017
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    Recreating The BBC Echo Mixture Control

    Send & Blend

    Turn your DAW’s aux sends into wet/dry blend controls that won’t raise the overall level of your signal.

    Techniques Jan 2017
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    In The Mix: David Crosby

    Before And After: ‘The Things We Do For Love’

    David Crosby’s latest album has gained much praise for its sonics. The man who tracked and mixed it offers SOS readers the inside story — with audio examples.

    Techniques Dec 2016
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    Rush: Recording & Mixing R40 Live

    R Is For Rush

    The best engineers thrive on pressure. Which is handy when they’re recording the farewell tour of one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and timecode trouble is brewing...

    Techniques Jan 2016
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    Michael Ilbert: Mixing At Hansa

    Video Feature

    We talk guitar recording and more with Grammy-nominated engineer Michael Ilbert, based in Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios.

    Techniques Dec 2015
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    Greg Price: Mixing Black Sabbath Live

    None More Black

    Greg Price has spent nearly 20 years at front of house for some of the biggest names in rock, and now his company believe they’ve perfected the art of live recordings.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Cenzo Townshend: Decoy Studios & The Maccabees

    Video Feature

    In this video, mix engineer Cenzo Townshend gives us a tour of his new studio and shows us the techniques behind his mix of ‘Marks To Prove It’.

    Techniques Jun 2015
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    The Remix Business: Part 3

    Getting Technical

    As well as having all-round audio engineering ability, a remixer needs to be proficient in remix-specific processes. We explore the essential software and skills.

    Techniques Aug 2009
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    The Remix Business: Part 2

    Getting Creative

    We continue our insiders guide to remixing with some practical tips on the creative decisions that will underpin your remix.

    Techniques Jul 2009
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    The Remix Business: Part 1

    The World Of The Remixer

    Remixing is a modern phenomenon that has turned into a viable way for hi-tech musicians to make money from their skills. But how do you get heard, how do you land a job, and how much should you charge to do it? We get you started with the insiders guide.

    Techniques Jun 2009
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    Making The Most Of The Stereo Panorama

    Mix Processing Techniques

    Last month we explained how to get a sense of front-to-back depth in your mix. Now we examine the left-right axis, as we suggest ways to get the best from stereo mixing.

    Techniques Mar 2009
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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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    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: 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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