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    Q. Why does my mixer channel clip except when solo'd?

    One input on my Peavey PV10BT mixer is running hot and clipping. Yet, when I hit the Solo button it sounds perfect on the headphones. What is going on?

    Sound Advice Oct 2020
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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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    Matt Wiggins: Recording & Mixing Engineer

    MPG Recording Engineer Of The Year

    Engineer Matt Wiggins has worked with everyone who's anyone — and knows that he needs to be prepared for anything!

    People Jun 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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    Dave Cobb

    Producer & Engineer

    Dave Cobb's approach to recording is simple — but as artists like Chris Stapleton, Rival Sons and Jason Isbell have found, it's very effective.

    People Feb 2019
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    Catherine Marks

    Producer & Engineer

    Catherine Marks trained in one of the world's most demanding professions — then gave it all up to make tea in a studio...

    People Jan 2019
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    Steven Wilson: Remixing Classic Albums

    Improving On Perfection

    Prog-rock wunderkind Steven Wilson is using his studio skills to give legendary rock albums a new lease of life.

    People Jan 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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    Marta Salogni

    Engineer & Producer

    Talent and hard work have taken Marta Salogni from dive bars in Italy to working with A-list mixing and production clients in the UK in less than a decade.

    People Aug 2018
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    Bryony October

    Touring Engineer

    There are many jobs involved in large-scale touring — and established front-of-house mixer Bryony October has pretty much done them all.

    People May 2018
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    Soundcraft EFX12 mixer.

    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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    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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    Jack Antonoff

    Songwriter & Producer

    Go-to producer for Taylor Swift, Lorde and St. Vincent, Jack Antonoff has the rare ability to translate wild experimentation into record sales.

    People Jan 2018
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    Producing EDM

    The Zedd Interview

    German producer Zedd has become a star by bringing musicality to electronic dance music.

    People Nov 2017
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    Q. Which of these A&H mixers is best for recording phone calls?

    Will the audio quality from an Allen & Heath XB-10 paired with a JK Audio Innkeeper telephone hybrid be better than the Allen & Heath ZED-10, also paired with an Innkeeper?

    Sound Advice Oct 2017
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    Ariel Rechtshaid

    Producer & Songwriter

    Star producer Ariel Rechtshaid inhabits many different musical worlds at once. No wonder he’s busy...

    People Aug 2017
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    Typical Mixer Aux and Bus diagram.

    Q. Is an Aux and a Bus the same thing?

    Please help me to understand the terms ‘aux’ and ‘bus’ in the context of a mixer. Is there any difference between them? Do they perform the same function?

    Sound Advice Mar 2017
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    Avalanches

    Robbie Chater & Tony Espie: Recording & Mixing Wildflower

    The Avalanches’ debut album Since I Left You took the art of sampling to new heights — but it has taken them 16 years to finish the follow-up!

    People Oct 2016
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    Q. Can you solve my foldback problems?

    I’m using a Yamaha EMX 5000-20 for live sound and I seem to be unable to get the foldback working for some sources, even though it works for others. Am I missing something obvious? 

    Sound Advice Dec 2015
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    Q. Should mixer insert connections be balanced or unbalanced?

    I’ve read that pro gear should use balanced connections, but I’ve been looking for a mixer recently and find that most have unbalanced insert points. My interface uses balanced I/O, as does most of my outboard gear. What gives?

    Sound Advice Dec 2015

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