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    Q. Do I really need touch-sensitive moving faders?

    I'm looking to buy a moving-fader control surface for my DAW and I'm wondering if it's worth paying a bit extra for one with touch-sensitive faders. How important a feature is this?

    Sound Advice Nov 2004
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    Wyclef Jean

    Producer

    In 1996, the Fugees came like a breath of fresh air into a world of hip-hop that was becoming stale around the edges. Now Wyclef Jean is a star in his own right, and has deployed his production talents for artists ranging from urban legends like Funkmaster Flex and Cypress Hill to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and even Tom Jones.

    People Jul 2004
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    Mixing Engineers

    The Next Generation

    Although many of the most famous music mixing engineers have been in the business for decades, we find out how a new generation of up-and-coming stars are combining traditional and cutting-edge recording techniques to make their mark on modern production.

    People Feb 2004
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    Tony Maserati: Mixing Love & Life

    Mary J Blige & Puff Daddy

    Last year's Love & Life album saw R&B superstar Mary J Blige reunited with Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P Diddy) and his Bad Boy production stable. Mix specialist Tony Maserati spent two months at Miami's Circle House Studios working on the project, and recorded his experiences in this unique diary.

    People Jan 2004
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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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    Q. Are all faders created equal?

    Different mixing consoles and multitrackers have different kinds of faders — long- and short-throw, motorised, touch-sensitive, conductive plastic, and so on. Clearly, not all faders are created equal, but what are the essential differences?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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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. What do Solo, PFL and AFL do?

    Please can you explain the difference between 'soloing' a channel and using the other buttons marked 'PFL' and 'AFL' to listen...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Ben Hillier

    Recording Blur, Tom McRae & Elbow

    Blur's latest album has taken the band 18 months to make, commuting between London, Devon and Morocco. Somehow, producer Ben Hillier also found the time to produce new records by Elbow and Tom McRae...

    People Jul 2003
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    Amon Tobin

    Out From Out Where

    If you don't think the sampler can be a musical instrument, then you haven't been listening to the music of Amon Tobin!

    People Apr 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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    Queen: A Night At The Opera

    The Surround Mix

    Queen's seminal 1975 album and the worldwide hit from it, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', might almost have been tailor-made for surround sound. Now guitarist Brian May and engineer/surround specialist Elliot Scheiner have remixed this masterpiece for what promises to be a genre-defining DVD-Audio release.

    People Jun 2002
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    Tom Lord-Alge: From Manson To Hanson

    Mix Engineer

    Although he started his working life as a producer, Tom Lord-Alge chose to narrow his field of work, and now ranks alongside Bob Clearmountain and his brother Chris Lord-Alge as one of the best mix engineers in the world. We discover what makes a TLA mix tick...

    People Apr 2000
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    Spike Stent

    The Work Of A Top-flight Mixer

    Since coming to prominence through his work with the KLF, Spike Stent has become one of the most sought-after mixers in the world. Paul Tingen visits him in his new purpose-built London studio to talk about the role of the specialist mixer.

    People Jan 1999

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