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    Mix Rescue: Strong Arrangements

    Trevor Piggott

    The foundation of a good, engaging mix is a strong arrangement. But how far can you go to improve things at the mixing stage?

    Techniques May 2024
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    How I Got That Sound: John Leckie

    Dukes Of Stratosphear ‘The Mole From The Ministry’

    Famed English producer and engineer John Leckie gives details about one of his most influential works, the mini‑album 25 O’Clock, a pastiche of ’60s psychedelia.

    Techniques May 2024
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    Inside Track: FNZ

    Finatik & Zac De Boni

    Hard work and a love of sampling have made FNZ the hottest production duo around.

    Techniques May 2024
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    Mix Rescue: Strong Arrangements | Audio Examples

    These audio files available accompany the Mix Rescue article in SOS May 2024 featuring the song ‘The Winds Of Gypsy Moor’ by the Ferryboat Men.

    Techniques May 2024
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    Inside Track: Olivia Rodrigo 'Vampire'

    Songwriter & Producer Daniel Nigro

    Guts has cemented Olivia Rodrigo’s status as a major star. Her chief songwriting and production partner is Daniel Nigro.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Dune: Hans Zimmer & Friends

    "Unleash The Synthesizers!" Creating A Movie Sound World

    For the Dune movies, Hans Zimmer and his team of extraordinary musicians didn’t just create a score. They created an entire world.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    How I Got That Sound: David Bottrill

    Peter Gabriel ‘Passion’

    David Bottrill’s vast credit list includes Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins and Tool to Muse, Silverchair, Rush and many others. When asked to pick a favourite sound from that catalogue, he chose the drone that underpins ‘Passion’ by Peter Gabriel.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Producing Norwegian Black Metal: Part 2

    Black Arts | Kark & Necromorbus

    Eirik ‘Pytten’ Hundvin’s work with Mayhem continues to inspire producers, 30 years on. Two of the genre’s leading lights explain how they are taking black metal forwards.

    Techniques Mar 2024
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    How I Got That Sound: Doug Showalter

    Harry Styles ‘As It Was’

    American music producer, songwriter and multi‑instrumentalist Doug Showalter breaks down how he crafted the guitar sound on Harry Styles’ mega‑hit ‘As It Was’ in his Nashville studio.

    Techniques Mar 2024
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    Inside Track: Jack Harlow ‘Lovin On Me’

    Sean Momberger & Nickie Jon Pabón

    Jack Harlow’s smash hit ‘Lovin On Me’ is the perfect marriage of old‑school sample manipulation and 21st Century laptop production.

    Techniques Mar 2024
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    Mix Rescue: Adding Presence

    Robin Phillips

    We help transport listeners from a small studio to the Big Easy!

    Techniques Mar 2024
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    Producing Norwegian Black Metal: Part 1

    Black Arts | Eirik ‘Pytten’ Hundvin & Mayhem

    Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album is the cornerstone of Norwegian black metal. We talk to producer Eirik ‘Pytten’ Hundvin about his unique philosophy and the making of this genre‑defining album.

    Techniques Feb 2024
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    How I Got That Sound: Colin Elliot

    Izo FitzRoy ‘When The Wires Are Down’

    From his Sheffield recording studio Yellow Arch, producer, musician, arranger and programmer Colin Elliot has worked with an illustrious list of musical artists.

    Techniques Feb 2024
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    A Guide To Multi‑miking

    Microphone Recording & Production Techniques

    Using more than one mic on a source can expand your sonic horizons — but it can also lead to problems. We explain when multi‑miking is and isn’t a good idea.

    Techniques Feb 2024
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    Inside Track: Barbie

    Andrew Wyatt

    The amazing success of the Barbie movie was powered by its music. Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt were the producers, songwriters and composers who helped to turn the world pink.

    Techniques Feb 2024
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    How I Got That Sound: Howard Jones

    Howard Jones ‘What Is Love?’

    Howard Jones burst onto the scene in the early 1980s with a collection of era‑defining synth‑pop hits such as ‘What Is Love’, ‘No One Is To Blame’ and ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Asked to select a favourite sound, he circles back to the first of these.

    Techniques Jan 2024
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    Fraser T Smith | Producing ‘SET FIRE TO THE RAIN’ by Adele

    SOS VIDEO FEATURE

    ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ was Adele’s third consecutive US number one, confirming her status as a superstar. In our exclusive...

    Techniques Dec 2023
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    How I Got That Sound: Davey Badiuk

    Harrison Brome ‘In The Dark’

    Canadian Davey Badiuk is a composer, producer, mixing engineer and remixer, known for his unique ability to modernise organic music.

    Techniques Dec 2023
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    Inside Track: Jorja Smith 'Try Me'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Riccardo Damian

    Ricky Damian is that rarest of things: a young engineer trained in all‑analogue recording. His experience stood him in good stead with Jorja Smith.

    Techniques Dec 2023
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    Calibrating Your Mixing Setup

    On The Level

    Mixing gets so much easier when your processing chains are configured to deliver the same results in response to the same levels!

    Techniques Nov 2023
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    How I Got That Sound: Luke Smith

    Foals ‘Spanish Sahara’

    Record producer/mix engineer Luke Smith details how he got his favourite sound on ‘Spanish Sahara’ from Foals...

    Techniques Nov 2023

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