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    Classic Tracks: Tomorrow 'My White Bicycle'

    Producer: Mark Wirtz • Engineer: Geoff Emerick

    Tomorrow's pioneering paean to the joys of communal public transport has proved to be a classic of the British psychedelic underground.

    People Mar 2014
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    Classic Tracks: Tom Petty 'Learning To Fly'

    Producers: Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne • Engineer: Richard Dodd

    While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s writing partnership was certainly successful, it was the partnership between Jeff Lynne and engineer Richard Dodd that gave the records their distinctive sparkle.

    People Feb 2014
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    John Newman & Ant Whiting: 'Love Me Again'

    Producing Tribute

    Proving that not every pop star is a manufactured creation, John Newman is as at home in the studio as he is on TV.

    People Feb 2014
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    Classic Tracks: Shirley Bassey 'Goldfinger'

    Producers: John Barry, George Martin. Engineer: Eric Tomlinson.

    Engineer Eric Tomlinson recorded a host of classic soundtracks during his 40-year career, not to mention what's...

    People Jan 2014
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    Q. Why won't my mixes translate better?

    Tracks that I mix in my home studio tend to sound really bad in my car, but when I correct the mixes so they sound good in the car, they sound awful over my monitors — so what's going wrong?

    Sound Advice Jan 2014
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    Phil Ramone & The Secrets Of Vocal Production

    The Producer & Artist Relationship

    Producer Phil Ramone was legendary for getting great vocal sounds. Here's how he did it — and how you can do the same.

    People Jan 2014
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    Classic Tracks : Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'

    Producers: Beastie Boys & Mario Caldato Jr (Mario C) • Engineer: Mario Caldato Jr

    The standout track from the Beastie Boys' smash hit Ill Communication album nearly didn't make it onto the record at all — and when it did, it was the eight-track ADAT mix that made the final cut.

    People Aug 2013
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    The first 41 series of Later were filmed in Studio 1 at London's Television Centre, where this panoramic photo was taken.

    The Making Of Later... With Jools Holland

    Live Sound Music Production For TV

    The BBC's flagship music programme is broadcast around the world. We go behind the scenes to discover the secrets of its complex sound production.

    Techniques Aug 2013
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    Daft Punk.

    Recording Random Access Memories | Daft Punk

    Peter Franco & Mick Guzauski

    Daft Punk spent four years and over a million dollars on their quest to revisit the golden age of record production. Mick Guzauski and Peter Franco were with them all the way.

    People Jul 2013
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    Stornoway in their Oxford shed-cum-studio. From left: Oli Steadman, Brian Briggs, Rob Steadman and Jon Ouin.

    Stornoway: Recording Tales From Terra Firma

    Jonathan Ouin, Oli Steadman & George Shilling

    Many bands record their own albums these days, but few achieve as much with as little gear as Stornoway.

    People May 2013
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    Q. How can I easily match levels on MP3s?

    When I listen to MP3s on a PC or Apple Mac, they are all at different levels, with the louder ones seeming twice as loud as the quietest ones.

    Sound Advice Mar 2013
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    The Price Of Kings documentary.

    Recording & Mixing The Price Of Kings

    Richard Symons, Simon Bishop & Bob Clearmountain

    Documentary films stand or fall on the strength of their soundtracks — and when you are recording the emotional outpourings of a world leader, there are no second takes.

    Techniques Feb 2013
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    Classic Tracks: Adam & The Ants ‘Stand & Deliver’

    Producer: Chris Hughes • Engineer: Alan Douglas

    To say that producer Chris Hughes was closely involved with Recording Adam & The Ants’ biggest records would be a bit of an understatement — he got so involved he joined the band...

    People Jan 2013
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    Peter Walsh & Scott Walker

    Producing Bish Bosch

    Scott Walker’s career has taken him from pop stardom to high art. In a rare interview, he and producer Peter Walsh lay bare their unique approach to recording.

    People Jan 2013
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    Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan

    Producing Emeli Sandé

    Shahid Khan has gone from pizza delivery man to in-demand producer — with a little help from Noel Edmonds.

    People Jan 2013
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    Crafting Perfect Pop Backing Vocals

    Vox Pop

    Great backing vocals can be essential if you want to turn a promising track into a superb one — so find out how to get them right every time.

    Techniques Jan 2013
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Nine Inch Nails ‘Closer’

    Producers: Trent Reznor, Mark 'Flood' Ellis • Engineer: Sean Beavan

    Although the shock value of its lyrics and ensuing censorship earned it notoriety, ‘Closer’ perfectly exemplifies Trent Reznor’s radical use of sampling and singularly focused musical vision.

    People Sep 2012
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Don McLean 'American Pie'

    Producer: Ed Freeman • Engineer: Tom Flye

    The story of Don McLean's 'American Pie' goes from cryptic beginnings to massive chart success, and an eventual position as a perennial US radio favourite.

    Techniques Mar 2012
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: John Cougar 'Jack & Diane'

    Producers: Ron Albert & Howard Albert • Engineer: Donald Gehman

    But for the timely intervention of Mick Ronson, John Cougar’s celebrated portrait of small-town American life might never have existed at all, let alone topped the Billboard Hot 100.

    People Sep 2011
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    Edwyn Collins: Recording Losing Sleep

    Interview | Artist

    In 2005, a stroke left Edwyn Collins paralysed and unable to remember how to use any of his amazing collection of vintage gear. Together, he and his recording partner Seb Lewsley relearned the studio from scratch.

    People Jan 2011
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    Crosby, Stills & Nash ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash • Engineer: Bill Halverson

    As the '60s drew to a close, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash came together to form a new group, the unique sound of which was perfectly demonstrated by their first recording, 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'.

    People Aug 2010

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