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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David Hager

    Jonas Brothers

    John Fields and Paul David Hager have a very modern working relationship — and with the Jonas Brothers, theyve delivered a string of old-fashioned hits.

    People Sep 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Mokran

    Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

    Take one Bollywood soundtrack, add a Pussycat Doll and a heap of new instruments, and you have a recipe for a big mix. Peter Mokran was the engineer who cooked up an international hit with Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny).

    People Aug 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dylan ‘3D’ Dresdow

    Black Eyed Peas

    For their fifth album, The END, Black Eyed Peas main man will.i.am took the band — and their long-serving mixer Dylan Dresdow — in a new direction, with stunning success.

    People Jul 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Declan Gaffney

    U2 : 'No Line On The Horizon'

    The sessions for U2s No Line On The Horizon took the idea of spontanaeity in the studio to new levels. Engineer Declan Gaffney was the man charged with creating order from apparent chaos...

    People Jun 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Kurstin

    Lily Allen: 'The Fear' — It’s Not Me, It’s You

    Looking for a follow-up to her smash-hit debut album, Lily Allen ditched her many other collaborators to work mostly with LA-based producer and musician Greg Kurstin on Its Not Me, Its You.

    People May 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jochem van der Saag

    Seal: Soul 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

    When Seal decided to pay tribute to classic soul records on his album Soul, he turned to legendary producer David Foster — and his right-hand man, Jochem van der Saag, who was responsible for mixing and much more.

    People Apr 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Orton

    Lady Gaga 'Just Dance'

    Transatlantic number one Just Dance was not only a breakthrough for Lady Gaga, but also for her producer RedOne and mix engineer Robert Orton.

    People Mar 2009
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Bob Clearmountain

    Rolling Stones 'Shine A Light' DVD

    Bob Clearmountain has been the worlds premier mix engineer for three decades — but Martin Scorsese still managed to challenge him with his ideas about how the Rolling Stones in concert should be presented.

    People Feb 2009
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    Q. Which small mixers have high impedance inputs?

    I recently read Mike Senior's review of the Alesis Multimix 16, and he listed as one of the cons the lack of a high‑impedance instrument input. I agree with him, but have been searching for ages for a small mixer with this kind of input and can't find one anywhere. Is there one? The mixer isn't actually for me, but for a musician friend who still records to eight‑track cassette via an old PA and various pedals and outboard. He plays bass pedals and has an ancient drum machines, plus he sings and plays guitar and banjo. The outboard and the PA mixer are noisy, and as I transfer his tapes and mix them I spend far too much time on noise reduction and not enough on mixing and production. He is not technically savvy, and getting him to use several of the eight‑track inputs is not a option, so I am looking for a mixer he can plug his instruments into and get a clean relatively noise‑free signal from, to feed the eight‑track.

    Sound Advice Feb 2009
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    Inside Track: AC/DC 'Black Ice'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Fraser

    How do you capture the essence of pure rock & roll? For Mike Fraser and AC/DC, the answer was simple: get the sound right at source, track to analogue tape, and don't mess about with the results!

    People Jan 2009
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    Q. Why does my USB mixer make a whining sound?

    I have a Core 2 Duo PC, Yamaha MW10 USB mixer, Alesis RA150 power amp and JBL speakers. I use high-quality cable from amp to speakers, a TRS-wired jack lead between the mixer output and amp, and a good-quality USB cable between my mixer and computer.

    Sound Advice Dec 2008
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    Q. Which mixer should I choose for drum recordings?

    I'm looking for something to record my latest project with. I currently own an Apple iMac running OS X Tiger, and the main program I use for recording is Apple's own Soundtrack. I'm thinking of upgrading at some point to Logic Pro 8, but for the moment I'm with Soundtrack. I have eight Audio Technica mics for the drum kit and I'm really looking to record through a mixer into Soundtrack (Logic in the future). However, I still want to be in control of individual mic levels after I've recorded within Soundtrack or Logic, even having those individual mics on different tracks.

    Sound Advice Dec 2008
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    Q. Can I add facilities to my Mixing Desk?

    Since experimenting with drum-kit miking (thanks for the useful articles in SOS), I have been aware of the limitations of...

    Sound Advice Oct 2008
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    Q. Are balanced connections essential?

    I recently bought an old Trident VFM mixing desk, but I was disappointed to discover that it only offers unbalanced line...

    Sound Advice Mar 2007
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    Q. Should I use my mixer's group outputs or its direct outs for recording?

    I recently started teaching music technology in a college and was asked to rebuild one of the studios. It uses a 32-channel...

    Sound Advice Jan 2006
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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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    Manny Marroquin

    Mixing For Kanye West & Alicia Keys

    You might not know his name, but you've definitely heard his work: Manny Marroquin is the mix engineer of choice for leading artists in both urban and rock music.

    People May 2005
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    Phil Ramone: Producer

    Managing People & Technology

    Over a 40-year career, Phil Ramone has built up perhaps the most impressive discography of any producer working today — and although he emphasises the importance of traditional engineering and people-management skills, his work is also at the limits of what cutting-edge technology makes possible.

    People Apr 2005
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    Q. Can I modify my mixing console?

    Is it possible to modify a console's channels so that the meters on the meterbridge show the signal level post-fader rather than just after the insert point?

    Sound Advice Jan 2005
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    Bootleg Mixing: Richard X & Mark Vidler

    Mash-ups: From Underground To Mainstream

    The craze for mashing up wildly different records to create illicit bootleg mixes has moved into the mainstream, and underground producers such as Richard X and Mark Vidler now find their services in hot demand from artists and record labels.

    People Dec 2004

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