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    Using Plug-ins

    Routing & Ordering Of Plug-ins For Recording/Mixing Tasks

    The flexibility of the effects assignment in modern MIDI + Audio sequencers (DAWs) can be daunting, so here's some advice on how to sort out the routing and order of your plug-ins for common recording and mixing tasks.

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    Adding Feel To Your Rhythm Parts

    Tips & Techniques

    Try these tips and techniques for creating more convincing programmed rhythm parts in your sequencer.

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    Rik Ede's 5.1 surround-capable project studio.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 6

    Setting Up A Surround Recording System

    Our series turns to the practicalities of setting up your own surround-capable recording system, and we talk to two radically different surround studios to see how they've coped — one at project- and one at pro-studio level.

    Techniques Jan 2002
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    Jon Astley

    The Master's Voice

    Among his many credits as an engineer, producer, programmer and artist, Jon Astley is perhaps best known for his award-winning work remastering classic albums from the likes of The Who, Abba and George Harrison.

    People Jan 2002
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    Super Furry Animals

    Cian Ciárán: Recording & Mixing In 5.1

    Super Furry Animals' recent album Rings Around The World is one of the first to be released in a custom-mixed 5.1 surround version for DVD as well as on stereo CD. Keyboard player Cian Ciárán explains how and why they embarked on this groundbreaking project.

    People Jan 2002
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    Brian 'BT' Transeau at home 2001 in his 4 Box Studio.

    Brian 'BT' Transeau

    Emotional Impact

    BT revitalised the sound of boy band N'Sync, composed some of the most radical soundtracks to appear in mainstream films, and has a good claim to have invented trance. And he still finds time to talk to SOS...

    People Dec 2001
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    David Axelrod, producer.

    David Axelrod


    For a man who likes to work quickly in the studio, David Axelrod's new album has taken an awfully long time to make — 33 years, to be precise. Meanwhile, his groundbreaking '60s and '70s productions have become a crucial resource for the biggest names in hip-hop.

    People Aug 2001
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    Paul Farrer, TV composer, in his studio c.2001.

    Paul Farrer

    Composing For Film & TV

    Paul Farrer's name has been a fixture in SOS for several years, but these days he's best-known as the theme tune composer for top BBC TV quiz show The Weakest Link. Paul White asks the questions...

    People Aug 2001
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    The DS201 exemplifies the typical controls found on a good gate.

    Advanced Gating Techniques: Part 2

    Practical Tips & Tricks

    Gates are far more than just problem-solvers for reducing spill and noise. They can be used to add punch to drum sounds, put rhythmic interest into sustained parts or even as mixing automation.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Drawmer's ever-popular DS201 dual noise gate.

    Advanced Gating Techniques: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White reveals that there's much more to gating than you might think.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    The single's three million sales have shot Christina Aguilera to worldwide fame.

    Recording Christina Aguilera's 'Genie In A Bottle'

    David Frank: Producer/Co-writer

    Christina Aguilera's debut single was a worldwide smash hit last year, thanks in no small measure to the distinctive work of producer and co‑writer David Frank. Mike Senior finds out how he did it.

    Techniques Apr 2000
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    Martyn Ware.

    Martyn Ware: The Clarke & Ware Experiment


    From his early days as a pioneer of British synth-pop, Martyn Ware has forged a career on the cutting edge of electronic music. And he is still innovating today — in 3D.

    People Apr 2000
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    Dave Eringa, producer of The Manic Street Preachers.

    Dave Eringa: Recording Manic Street Preachers

    Track: 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next'

    The first single from the Manic Street Preachers' This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours album entered the UK charts at no.1 — even though the band had adandoned their traditional power‑chord approach in favour of acoustic guitars, string machines and unusual synth effects. We talk to Dave Eringa, the producer who oversaw this successful change of direction.

    People Apr 1999
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    Bill Nelson at home 1999 (age 50).

    Bill Nelson

    Be-Bop Deluxe & Being 50

    Paul Tingen catches up with the musical innovator and legendary force behind BeBop Deluxe at his minimalist home studio, and finds him producing more music than ever before.

    People Feb 1999
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    Cher on a couch.

    Recording Cher's 'Believe'

    Mark Taylor & Brian Rawling

    It was the best-selling single of last year, and signalled a radical change of musical direction for Cher — complete with bizarre vocal processing. Yet, surprisingly, it was produced in a small studio in West London. Sue Sillitoe relates the astonishing tale of 'Believe'.

    Techniques Feb 1999


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