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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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    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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    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. Should I use balanced or unbalanced connections with my live console?

    As I use several sound sources at club gigs and festivals, I usually prefer, to sub-mix myself.

    Sound Advice Dec 2013
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    Q. What are auxes, sends and returns?

    Excuse the simplicity of the question, but I'm always coming across these terms in the magazine, and I don't know what they ...

    Sound Advice Sep 2011
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    Q. How can I achieve phase inversion?

    I've read about a technique that increases the perceived width of the stereo mix using phase inversion. Can I use this method even though my mixer doesn't have phase-invert buttons?

    Sound Advice Jan 2006
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    Greg Ladanyi

    Jackson Browne, Don Henley & The SoCal Sound

    Greg Ladanyi showed up at the right time in rock history to chair sessions for Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Toto, Fleetwood Mac and the Jacksons — but while 50 percent of life may be simply showing up, the other half requires a lot of hard work.

    People May 2005
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    Q. Do I need to address the gain structure differently in digital and analogue consoles?

    I was told by a sound engineer that, when mixing, it is not a good practice to have all the channel volume faders way up and to have the master fader down, and that this applies both to analogue and digital consoles. Is this true?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley

    Mixing Led Zeppelin's Live DVD & Recording Iron Maiden

    When Jimmy Page decided to mine a massive archive of decaying Led Zeppelin live footage for a DVD and double CD, the epic task of restoring, editing and mixing the audio went to rock specialist Kevin Shirley — who has gone on to help veteran metallers Iron Maiden return to the upper reaches of the charts.

    People Nov 2003
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    Q & A January 2003

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? • Are red indicators in audio software significant? • What is 'zero level'? • Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? • Why have my faders stopped working? • Does normalising have any adverse effect on audio? • Can I obtain better orchestral sounds on a budget?

    Sound Advice Jan 2003
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