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    Gnarls Barkley & The Atlanta Sound

    Ben Allen

    Their combination of Southern soul and hip-hop gave Gnarls Barkley one of the biggest hits of the year, thanks in part to the mixing wizardry of Ben Allen.

    People Dec 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Orbital 'Chime'

    Producers: Paul & Phil Hartnoll • Engineers: Tim Hunt, Orbital

    Orbital were renowned for their amazing live shows, and the story of 'Chime', the track that launched their career, shows how they brought their 'live' approach to electronic music to the studio and into the charts.

    People Dec 2006
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    Vocal FX

    Creative Vocal Processing

    Tired of the same old vocal sound? Time to get creative with your plug-ins, FX pedals and anything else you have!

    Techniques Dec 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Future Sound Of London 'Papua New Guinea'

    Producers: Garry Cobain, Brian Dougans • Engineers: Yage

    In 1991 The Future Sound of London brought their unique brand of experimentalism to the dancefloor with the seminal track, 'Papua New Guinea' — and launched their career in the process.

    People Nov 2006
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    Scissor Sisters: Recording Ta-Dah

    Babydaddy • Dan Grech-Marguerat

    The Scissor Sisters' first album, recorded in a Manhattan apartment, sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up, Ta-Dah, sees them expanding their horizons, while keeping their DIY ethos very much intact.

    People Nov 2006
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    Side-chaining In Your Software Studio

    What It Is & When To Use It

    With the powerful automation available in modern DAWs, it is easy to overlook their side-chaining features. But what value does this technique have in the modern project studio?

    Techniques Nov 2006
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    Steve Hodge

    Mixing R&B

    After 17 years mixing almost everything that came out of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios, there's very little Steve Hodge doesn't know about making R&B records work.

    People Nov 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Band 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

    Producers: The Band, John Simon • Engineers: John Simon, Robbie Robertson, Tony May

    The origins of The Band as Bob Dylan's backing group are well known, but with songs like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' they forged their own unique American sound.

    People Oct 2006
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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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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Derek & The Dominos 'Layla'

    Producers: Tom Dowd • Derek & The Dominos

    Inspired by a Persian classical poet and a certain Mrs Harrison, 'Layla' went on to become Eric Clapton's most enduring hit.

    People Sep 2006
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    Jim Abbiss

    Producing Kasabian & Arctic Monkeys

    Jim Abbiss decided to go back to basics and make records the way he wanted to make them. The result? The fastest-selling debut album in history...

    People Sep 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Knack 'My Sharona'

    Producer: Mike Chapman • Engineers: David Tickle, Pete Coleman

    In 1979, at the end of a 13-way bidding war, The Knack went into the studio to record their debut single — a debut single that would go gold in seven days and sell six million copies worldwide. This is the story of how it came to be...

    People Aug 2006
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    Donald Fagen

    Recording Morph The Cat

    Morph The Cat, Donald Fagen's third solo album in 24 years, sees Fagen and engineer Elliott Scheiner continue their quest for the best possible sound quality — which, it seems, comes only from analogue recording.

    People Aug 2006
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    Jim Moray

    Folk Music For The 21st Century

    The idea of bringing folk music up to date is not a new one, but few people have taken it quite as far as Jim Moray. His material may be traditional, but his approach to music technology is as modern as it gets.

    People Aug 2006
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    Recording David Gilmour's 'On An Island'

    Andy Jackson

    David Gilmour's chart-topping solo album was recorded on his own Astoria houseboat, a floating slice of studio heaven. Engineer Andy Jackson describes the making of the album.

    People Jul 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Bryan Adams 'Run To You'

    Producers: Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain • Engineer: Bob Clearmountain

    The Reckless album was a huge success for Bryan Adams, giving rise to six hit singles — but the first one, 'Run To You', was almost never even recorded.

    Techniques Jul 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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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Madness 'Our House'

    Producers: Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley

    Producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley helped to make Madness one of the most successful British bands of the '80s. Find out how they worked their magic on this 1982 classic pop track...

    People Jun 2006
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    Joe Boyd

    Record Producer

    When British traditional music got a dose of rock & roll excitement, it was an American who sat in the producer's chair. Oh, and Joe Boyd also discovered a little-known band called the Pink Floyd...

    People 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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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Dire Straits 'Money For Nothing'

    Producers: Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman • Engineer: Neil Dorfsman

    The Brothers In Arms album turned Dire Straits into one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, thanks to some technical innovation, tough decision-making, and that guitar sound — which was created by accident. Find out how they did it...

    People May 2006

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