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    Ian Broudie

    The Art Of Production

    Since emerging from the Liverpool music scene at the turn of the '80s, Ian Broudie has juggled parallel careers as an artist and a producer. He has a new solo disc in the shops, and with albums by the Coral and the Zutons riding high in the charts, his production services are in greater demand than ever.

    People Dec 2004
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    Mark Nevers

    Producing Lambchop

    Fed up with being treated badly by spoilt divas, engineer Mark Nevers abandoned the country music establishment to start his own studio, and has made a name for himself on the 'other side' of Nashville.

    People Nov 2004
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    Bilocation: Binaural Recording & 5.1 Surround

    New Surroundings

    Binaural recordings can sound amazing on headphones, but do not work very well on conventional stereo speakers. Can they be adapted more successfully for surround systems?

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: David Bowie 'Heroes'

    Producers: David Bowie, Tony Visconti • Engineer: Tony Visconti

    With 'Heroes', David Bowie pulled off the rare feat of having a major hit with a highly experimental piece of art-rock, which featured among other highlights live synth treatments from Brian Eno, pitched feedback from guitarist Robert Fripp, and a lead vocal with level-triggered ambience.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    The Resurrection Of Brian Wilson's SMiLE

    Mark Linett & Darian Sahanaja

    The Beach Boys' SMiLE album was to have been the pinnacle of Brian Wilson's groundbreaking recording and production achievements — but it was never completed. This year, in an extraordinary tale of emotional drama, tape-vault archaeology and recording technology, Brian finished it, debuted it live, and then re-recorded it in the studio. SOS brings you the full story...

    People Oct 2004
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    The Prodigy

    Liam Howlett: Recording Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

    Nowadays, plenty of hit albums are recorded in bedroom studios — but Liam Howlett of the Prodigy has gone one better, by recording his latest in bed.

    People Oct 2004
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    Jim Sutherland: Producing Aberfeldy

    Mono Forever

    Recent years have seen a revival in back-to-basics recording techniques, but few engineers or producers have taken things as far as Jim Sutherland did with Edinburgh folk-pop band Aberfeldy...

    People Sep 2004
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    Recording Shania Twain's Up!

    Bob Bullock: Engineer

    For his third album with Shania Twain, reclusive production legend Mutt Lange introduced an ambitious concept: different mixes and instrumentation for different markets. And as engineer Bob Bullock found, even the 'country' version left Nashville and its conventions pretty far behind...

    People Aug 2004
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    Q. What is the Acusonic Recording Process?

    At the base of the inlay card to Michael Jackson's album Thriller, it claims that the album was recorded using the 'Acusonic Recording Process'. What is this?

    Sound Advice Aug 2004
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    Unkle: Recording Never, Never, Land

    James Lavelle & Richard File

    With help from their galaxy of high-profile collaborators, Unkle have embarked on an ambitious attempt to reinvent dance music.

    People Aug 2004
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    Recording Franz Ferdinand

    Tore Johansson

    Cardigans producer Tore Johansson was thrown into unfamiliar musical territory when asked to produce the debut album by Scottish guitar band Franz Ferdinand, but the result was a commercial and artistic triumph.

    People Jun 2004
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    Q. Can I 're-amp' a line-level signal?

    If I record the DI'd signal from a guitar so I can put it through a guitar amp later, what are the concerns, if any? Will the line-level signal coming out of my mixer be too high or otherwise inappropriate for the amp?

    Sound Advice Jun 2004
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    John Frye: Recording Outkast

    Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

    Groundbreaking Southern rap duo Outkast head into 2004 with a fistful of Grammy nominations and a chart-topping double LP to their name. Their principal engineer and studio manager John Frye pulls back the curtain on one of the year's best records.

    People Mar 2004
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    Nitin Sawhney: Cultural Expansion

    Composer/Producer/Remixer

    From hit solo albums to film soundtracks and remixes, Nitin Sawhney has turned his hand to almost every aspect of music production -- and his music is equally diverse, blending Indian and Western classical styles with rock, hip-hop and dance.

    People Mar 2004
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    Afro Celts

    Recording Seed

    A heady blend of world music, dance and Irish folk, Afro Celts' music has been heard on film soundtracks and festival stages across the globe. Their latest album Seed was the first to be produced in their own studio, built in the Britannia Row premises that were once the home of Pink Floyd.

    People Feb 2004
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    'Bones' Howe & Tom Waits

    The Odd Couple?

    When label boss David Geffen teamed respected engineer 'Bones' Howe with an unknown and very strange songwriter called Tom Waits, he set in motion one of the great artist-producer partnerships.

    People Feb 2004
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Natalie Cole & Nat 'King' Cole 'Unforgettable'

    Producer: David Foster • Engineer: Al Schmitt

    Half a century in the business has seen recording engineer Al Schmitt reach the very top of his profession, but even a man of his experience can find himself faced with new challenges. So it was in 1991, when he was called upon to turn a classic Nat 'King' Cole recording into a duet with Cole's daughter Natalie...

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Dizzee Rascal & Cage

    Recording Boy In Da Corner

    Teenager Dylan Mills (aka Dizzee Rascal) captured the headlines in 2003 by winning the UK's Mercury Music Prize with one of the most uncompromising albums of recent times. Dizzee and engineer/manager Cage describe how they made Boy In Da Corner.

    People Jan 2004
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