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    Andy Barlow: Recording Between Darkness & Wonder

    Lamb

    Since Lamb first came to prominence at the height of the mid-'90s trip-hop movement, Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes' distinctive blend of electronica and organic songwriting has gone from strength to strength.

    People Dec 2003
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    Rich Costey: Producer

    Recording Muse's Absolution

    With their number one album Absolution, British three-piece Muse have established themselves as one of the most ambitious and innovative rock bands in the world — and in Rich Costey, they've found an engineer and producer who understands their aims and encourages them to experiment.

    People Dec 2003
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    Q. What's the best way to produce a double-tracked rap vocal?

    How do you get that double-tracked vocal sound you hear on rap records? Are there any plug-ins I could use?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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    Mouse On Mars

    Jan St Werner • Organic Electronica

    Over the last decade, Mouse On Mars have become one of the leading names in European electronic music. Their experimental approach brings together analogue and digital, lo-fi and hi-fi, real instruments and samples to create an organic-sounding whole.

    People Nov 2003
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    David Bowie & Tony Visconti

    Recording Reality

    For the 2002 album Heathen, David Bowie and Tony Visconti revived one of the greatest artist/producer partnerships in pop history. Following the success of that project, the duo have again worked closely together on Bowie's new album, Reality.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Liam Watson & Toe Rag Studios

    The White Stripes

    Liam Watson went against the grain to build a studio with the retro sound he loved. And now that sound is back in fashion, he's had a number one album with the White Stripes.

    People Oct 2003
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    Sam Phillips: Sun Records

    The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll

    With the death of producer Sam Phillips, the music industry has lost one of its greatest pioneers. In an interview given towards the end of his life, he looked back on his work with greats like Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, most of whom were unknowns before they signed to his Sun Records label.

    People Oct 2003
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    Q. How do I compress my orchestral recordings?

    I regularly make stereo location recordings of orchestras, using Cool Edit Pro for editing and mastering. If I simply...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Four Tet

    Kieran Hebden: Recording Rounds

    Kieran Hebden of Four Tet is a producer who puts the intelligence into Intelligent Dance Music.

    People Jul 2003
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    Will Gregory: Recording Black Cherry

    Goldfrapp

    It seems that almost everyone who's heard Goldfrapp's debut album Felt Mountain has fallen under their spell. Now the duo have returned with a second, Black Cherry, and a harder, synth-based sound.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Recording Solomon Burke's Don't Give Up On Me

    S Husky Hoskulds

    The success of soul legend Solomon Burke's comeback album is a testament to the virtues of keeping things simple in the studio.

    People Jul 2003
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    MuskaBeatz: Chad Muska & Dave Roen

    Recording Rappers In The SoHo Grand Hotel

    A gaggle of famous MCs, a star of the extreme sports world, and a laptop recording setup in a hotel bedroom: could the MuskaBeatz project show the way ahead for rap music?

    People Jul 2003
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    Q & A

    Dozens of your recording questions receive poignant answers from SOS's editorial experts.

    Sound Advice Jul 2003
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    Joe Zawinul

    Jazz Keyboardist

    Joe Zawinul is perhaps the best-known and most influential keyboardist in jazz. He pioneered the use of electric keyboards and synths with Weather Report, and at 70 he's still at the peak of his powers.

    People Jun 2003
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    Q & A

    Your Questions Answered

    What advantages are there to variable input impedance? • How can I extract loops from audio sample CDs? • Can I use the True Tape option in Cubase to prevent clipping? • Should I use S/PDIF or AES for long cable runs? • Can you have too much low-frequency absorption? • What's the best way to use the multiple filters on my soft synth?

    Sound Advice Jun 2003
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    Chad Kroeger & Nickelback

    Pieces Of Silver

    Heavy rockers Nickelback have enjoyed amazing success with their multi-platinum album Silver Side Up. Frontman Chad Kroeger is not only their main songwriter, but also plays an active role in production and looks after an expanding business empire.

    People May 2003
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    Richard Chappell: Recording Peter Gabriel's Up

    Catching Up

    Engineer Richard Chappell has been at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios for over 15 years — and he's spent seven of them working on Gabriel's latest solo album.

    People May 2003
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    Neil Davidge: Recording 100th Window

    Massive Attack

    A new Massive Attack album is always an event, and this year's 100th Window was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated yet. Like its predecessor Mezzanine, it was co-produced and co-written by Neil Davidge.

    People Apr 2003
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    Q & A April 2003

    Definitive Answers To Readers' Questions

    What exactly is a modular synth? How slow is a slow release? How can I wire my 32:8:2 analogue desk to a 16-track recorder? How can I compensate for a lack of phase-reversal and EQ bypass controls on my mixer? Why do some bass notes have more 'punch' than others? Is there a problem with inputs on the Roland VS2480? Should I buy a DI box or a channel strip? Should EQ or compression be applied first? What is the advantage of recording with a higher resolution, as opposed to a higher sampling rate? Can I run V-Producer via OMS?

    Sound Advice Apr 2003
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    Sheryl Crow & Her Producers

    The Crow Road

    Sheryl Crow's rise to the top has seen her use — and lose — the talents of a lot of people behind the glass, from world-famous producers to unknown songwriters.

    People Apr 2003
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    Q & A March 2003

    Sound Advice

    How can I create the fat bass sound I hear on commercial productions? What are the differences between S/PDIF and AES-EBU? Are there any problems powering UK electrical equipment with Vancouver voltages? Can you recommend some omni mics for chamber recording? How can I build a suitable enclosure to reduce the noise of my computer? Is it possible to create a fake stereo track from a mono source? How can I make my MIDI controller's knobs work? How can I mix a track on a multitimbral synth?

    Sound Advice Mar 2003

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