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    How To Create Your Own Podcasts

    Sound Workshop

    Podcasting is a powerful new communications medium that could help you get your music out to the masses — and it's accessible to pretty much anyone with a home studio and a broadband Internet connection.

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    Mixing Essentials

    The Fundamentals Of Mixing

    For the newcomer, mixing a multitrack recording can seem overwhelmingly complicated. The key is never to lose sight of the basic principles...

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Remixing A Jazz Session

    Volcano

    A top-notch jazz session is given a touch of class at mixdown.

    Techniques Sep 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Dance Track

    Dave Rogers

    This month, Dave Rogers' dance track gets a dose of production 'fairy dust'. Use the SOS Music Player to audition the changes.

    Techniques Aug 2006
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    Producing Eminem & Fiona Apple

    Mike Elizondo

    Mike Elizondo has gone from being Dr Dre's right-hand man, co-writing some of the biggest hip-hop hits of recent years, to being an innovative producer in his own right.

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 8

    Being Creative Under Pressure

    In music-for-picture work, there's never enough time to do what you'd ideally like to. We look at what it's like producing music under pressure.

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Challenging Drums

    Steve Morano Band: 'Believe'

    Ian McMillan's band recording presents some challenging drum parts this month, and there are also tips for better mixing of bass, guitars, and backing vocals.

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Ambient Dance Track

    Mark Edwards

    An ambient dance track gets the Mix Rescue treatment this time, as SOS reader Mark Edwards finds out that less is definitely more.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 7

    How To Cope With Revisions

    What happens when the Director whose work you're scoring isn't satisfied, or demands changes due to events beyond your control? We find out, and also look at writing music for film trailers.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Vocal Recording & Production Masterclass

    Techniques & Tips

    Everyone knows how much a classy vocal sound can add to any recording, but achieving this in the studio can seem something of a black art, so this month we demystify the recording, processing, and mixing techniques required to produce professional results.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Mix Rescue: James Michael

    'Do Ya Luv Me'

    Despite having a generally well-balanced mix, James Michael felt that his track wasn't sounding quite right, so he contacted Mix Rescue for some mastering pointers. Check out the 'before' and 'after' mixes while you pick up some useful tips.

    Techniques May 2006
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    Recording 24: The Game

    Richard Aitken: Nimrod Productions

    In the past, tie-in video games have had to use samples to recreate real orchestral soundtracks from the original TV series or film. With 24: The Game, however, it was the other way around.

    Techniques May 2006
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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 6

    Completed Orchestrations

    We look at the completed orchestrations for the film project introduced last month, and begin to consider the problem of what to do when a director demands revisions to your work...

    Techniques May 2006
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    On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 2

    The Follow-Up

    A new business model for mastering houses allows you to submit tracks via the Web and pay on-line. Last month, we embarked on a unique test of these services. This month: the results are in...

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Punchier Drums/Meatier Guitars

    Taxi

    We overhaul Bristol band Taxi's mix sound in search of punchier drums, meatier guitars, and a more polished lead vocal.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 5

    You Got The Commission — Now What?

    So, you've been commissioned to write the score for something. What should you do next? We provide some suggestions, with real-world scoring examples for you to download and try.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 4

    How To Make A Pitch

    Success! You've been invited to pitch for a job. Surely that Hollywood career now beckons? Well, no... This is just a pitch — there are others competing for the job. We look at how to maximise your chances of winning the commission...

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Kick Drum & Lead Vocal

    'Time' by Panic Number

    Kick drum and lead vocal present tough processing challenges in this installment's remix.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 1

    Web Masters

    A new business model based around the Internet promises to make professional mastering more convenient — and much more affordable. But is on-line mastering a real alternative or a false economy? We put the UK's leading services to the test.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Choosing The Right Reverb

    How Best To Use Different Reverbs

    Recording engineers have been adding artificial reverberation to recordings for many years, and have developed a variety of different ways of doing this. Home recordists now have access to modern versions of all these tools, so let's look at how they compare to each other, and how best to use each.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Producing The Darkness's One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back

    Roy Thomas Baker

    Recording the One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back album, Roy Thomas Baker and the Darkness used 400 reels of tape, up to 1,000 tracks per song and a year in the studio — not to mention custom-made panpipes. Find out more...

    Techniques Feb 2006

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