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    Q. What techniques will give me an authentic ’80s sound?

    I’ve got to the point at mixdown where I’d usually be thinking about sending everything through a couple of global reverbs/delays with a view to simulating a soundstage. Would this have actually been possible for a mix engineer in that decade?

    Sound Advice Apr 2016
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    Understanding Speaker Stands & Platforms

    Stand Up!

    The humble speaker stand or desktop speaker platform can make a huge difference to the sound in your room.

    Sound Advice Apr 2016
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    Guy Chambers & Richard Flack

    Video Feature

    We sit down with Chambers and producer/engineer Richard Flack (Joe Strummer, Rudimental, Paloma Faith) in Guy’s beautifully equipped Sleeper Sounds studio in West London.

    People Apr 2016
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    Vocal Production Techniques For Deep House

    Deep Impact: Hal Ritson

    Hal Ritson is one of the most in-demand producers on the deep-house scene. Here, he reveals the secrets behind the genre’s distinctive vocal sounds.

    Techniques Mar 2016
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    Mixing Ornette Coleman’s Last Album

    All That Jazz

    When Ornette Coleman died last year, a planned celebration of his 85th birthday turned into an epic tribute album. Either way, no-one wanted a “jazz guy” to mix it...

    Techniques Mar 2016
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Zombies ‘Time Of The Season’

    Producer: The Zombies • Engineers: Peter Vince, Geoff Emerick

    Now considered one of the classic tracks of the 1960s, the Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ almost disappeared without trace...

    People Feb 2016
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    Cymande Performance

    John Schroeder, Alan Florence & Isi Clarke: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith

    When cult funk band Cymande returned to the studio, they insisted on hiring the same production team — 41 years after their previous album...

    People Feb 2016
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    Mix Rescue: Thunderbird | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques Feb 2016
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    Nicolas Vernhes

    Nicolas Vernhes: Studio Interview

    Video Feature

    This month, producer and engineer Nicolas Vernhes welcomes us into his Brooklyn studio, Rare Book Room.

    People Feb 2016
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    Mix Rescue: Please Keep Going | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques Jan 2016
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    Mix Rescue: Please Keep Going

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    We pull a problematic live recording back from the brink.

    Techniques Jan 2016
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    Mix Rescue: Fred’s House | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    These files accompany the Mix Rescue article in the December 2015 issue of SOS.

    Techniques Dec 2015
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    Mix Rescue: Fred’s House

    ‘Ghost Town’

    Fred’s House: Our engineer overcomes lashings of speaker bleed as he massages a vocal–heavy mix into shape.

    Techniques Dec 2015
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    Recreating The ’80s Home Studio | Audio

    Time Trial

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Recreating The ’80s Home Studio Experience

    Time Trial

    To celebrate the magazine’s 30th birthday, the SOS team take a trip back in time, finding out what it was really like to work in a mid-’80s home studio.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    The Elephant In The Control Room

    Why Only Subwoofers Can Produce Accurate Low End

    One of the most misunderstood subjects in pro audio is control–room nearfield monitoring: the dos and don’ts, the problems and suggested remedies.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Greg Price: Mixing Black Sabbath Live

    None More Black

    Greg Price has spent nearly 20 years at front of house for some of the biggest names in rock, and now his company believe they’ve perfected the art of live recordings.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Cowboy Junkies ‘Sweet Jane’

    Classic Tracks

    In 1987, swimming against the tide of MIDI–powered pop records, Cowboy Junkies went into a church to record an album into a single microphone in a single day.

    People Oct 2015
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    Session Notes: Elephant Tree

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    We make a rare visit to a world-class recording studio, as one of The Church’s engineers takes us through a recent session.

    Techniques Oct 2015
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    Session Notes: Elephant Tree | Media

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques Oct 2015
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    Q. Why would I want to bounce out mixes for referencing?

    In the May 2015 Mix Rescue article, Mike Senior talks about how he bounced out a mix any number of times to compare it to his references. I understand the purpose of referencing, but what I don’t understand is why he bounced out the mix.

    Sound Advice Sep 2015

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