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    Q. What’s the best way to ‘warm up’ a mandolin recording?

    I’ve put a lot of effort into creating and editing a recording of a solo mandolin. Although I like the final result a lot, on reflection the tone seems too trebly and cold.

    Sound Advice Sep 2015
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    Richard King: How To Record Acoustic Ensembles

    Recording Yo-Yo Ma

    Engineer Richard King has brought the art of ensemble recording to new heights in both classical and folk/pop spheres.

    People Sep 2015
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    Jacquire King: Producing James Bay

    Video Feature

    We visit the world-famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville to meet Jacquire King, the Grammy-winning producer of James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm.

    People Sep 2015
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    Throbbing Gristle ‘Hamburger Lady’

    Classic Tracks

    Throbbing Gristle’s highly individualist approach to music extended as far as making their own instruments and, ultimately, their own genre.

    People Aug 2015
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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius

    The mastering stage

    Spektakulatius: With last month’s mixes in the bag, our engineer was tasked with finding and working with a mastering engineer to put the finishing touches to both albums.

    Techniques Aug 2015
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    Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

    Jolyon Thomas: Producing Are You Satisfied?

    The success of Slaves’ debut album depended on producer Jolyon Thomas finding a way to bottle their raw live energy.

    People Aug 2015
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    Faith No More

    Bill Gould: Recording Sol Invictus

    Recording and producing your own music is always a challenge — especially if, like Faith No More, your previous albums have been done by the best in the business!

    People Jul 2015
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    Q. How can I export a Pro Tools project for mixing in Reaper?

    My band tracked some songs at a local studio using their Pro Tools rig and I want to mix the tracks at home in Reaper.

    Sound Advice Jul 2015
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    Scoring I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

    Andrew Barnabas & Paul Arnold

    How do you write music for a TV show you haven’t seen yet? It helps if you can draw on years of experience composing for video games...

    People Jul 2015
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    Hot Chip

    Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard & Mark Ralph: Recording Why Make Sense?

    Down in Hot Chip’s bunker-like basement studio HQ in Hoxton, the five members of the London band are coaxing strange sounds from an array of analogue synths.

    People Jun 2015
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    Session Notes: Spektakulatius

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording 28 songs in five days is no mean feat. So what sort of results can you get, and what compromises are involved?

    Techniques Jun 2015
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    Spacebomb

    Matthew E White, Trey Pollard & Natalie Prass: Spacebomb Studios

    Spacebomb Studios’ old-school production values and teamwork have made Richmond, Virginia one of the hottest recording locations in the USA.

    People Jun 2015
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    Mix Rescue: Cats On The Beach | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    The audio files to accompany the Mix Rescue artilce.

    Techniques Jun 2015
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    Session Notes: Spektakulatius | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Techniques Jun 2015
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    Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Daniel Boyle: Recording Back On The Controls

    Back To The Ark

    Reggae fan Daniel Boyle painstakingly researched the equipment Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry used in his groundbreaking Black Ark studio — then made an album with the dub legend himself.

    People May 2015
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    Joey Sturgis

    Metalcore Producer & Engineer

    From humble beginnings, Joey Sturgis has become a leading producer in the highly technical metalcore scene.

    People Sep 2014
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    Session Notes: Duo Melodika

    Baroque Music

    This month one of our engineers aims to augment the natural beauty of a baroque‑music duo playing in a church.

    Techniques Aug 2014
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    Mixing FOH With A UAD Apollo Interface

    David Williams

    Front-of-house engineer David Williams talks to SOS about why mixing with a DSP audio interface is worthwhile, despite the dangers of using a laptop on stage.

    People Jul 2014
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    Classic Tracks: James Brown 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'

    Producer: James Brown • Engineer: Ron Lenhoff

    'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' was James Brown's statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

    Techniques Jun 2014
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    Prefab Sprout

    Paddy McAloon: From Langley Park To Memphis (And Back)

    Prefab Sprout rose to fame in an era of indulgence and eye‑watering studio budgets. These days, things are a little different...

    People Mar 2014
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    Q. How do I recreate the vocal sound of Haim?

    I'm really interested in the vocal sound on Haim's debut album, Days Are Gone — could you tell me what sort of processing might be involved in this album?

    Sound Advice Mar 2014

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