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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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    Bob Dylan ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’ | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Bob Johnston

    It took a while for Bob Dylan to hit his stride on his seventh studio album, but once he did there was no stopping him. Producer Bob Johnston recalls the difficult birth of Blonde On Blonde.

    People May 2010
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    Midlake: Recording The Courage Of Others

    Tim Smith & Paul Alexander

    What do you get when five American jazz musicians lock themselves in the studio with a collection of Steeleye Span albums? Through a series of reinventions, Midlake have won critical applause for their music and plaudits for their self-production skills.

    People Apr 2010
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    Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte • Engineer: Juergen Koppers

    The pioneering electronica of I Feel Love didnt just revolutionise disco, it changed dance music forever. This is the story of how it was made...

    People Oct 2009
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    Compression Made Easy | Audio Files

    Audio Examples From Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

    It can be difficult reading about compression without hearing what it does. Here are a number of audio files to accompany this article, with a detailed explanation of what they demonstrate.

    Techniques Sep 2009
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    Compression Made Easy

    Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

    Getting precisely the results you want from compressors can often be the key to a tight, modern-sounding mix. We explain what the controls are designed to achieve and how they relate to what you hear.

    Techniques Sep 2009
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Paul Simon 'You Can Call Me Al'

    Producer: Paul Simon • Engineer: Roy Halee

    Paul Simon's Graceland album combined a huge mixture of musical styles and was recorded in studios all over the world. The man responsible for putting it all together, both sonically and physically, was Simon's long-time engineer Roy Halee. This is how he did it...

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    DEVO 'Whip It' | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Devo, Robert Margouleff • Engineers: Robert Margouleff, Howard Siegel

    Armed with a subversive view of society and a command of catchy synth-pop, Devo burst into the charts in 1980 with weird classic 'Whip It'. Producer Robert Margouleff talks de-evolution...

    People Jul 2008
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    Pendulum

    Rob Swire: Recording In Silico

    From their roots as a drum & bass act, Pendulum have transformed themselves into a dance-rock powerhouse.

    People Jun 2008
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    Younger Brother

    Simon Posford & Benji Vaughan

    Younger Brother brings together two of the Twisted labels biggest names. We visited Simon Posfords studio in a bid to uncover the secrets of psytrance...

    People Jan 2008
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Ian Dury & The Blockheads 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'

    Producers: Chaz Jankel, Laurie Latham • Engineers: Laurie Latham, Chaz Jankel

    The story of how a characteristically chaotic and unorthodox 1978 recording session took Ian Dury & The Blockheads to the top of the UK charts.

    People Oct 2007
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    Dub Mixing

    What Dub Mixing Is & How To Do It

    There are lots of reasons to teach yourself the art of dub mixing. It's fun, it's creative, it puts your engineering skills centre stage — and it might even make you some money!

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Mix Rescue: Jon Marsh | Audio Files

    Hear the difference yourself

    To avoid newsstand buyers of the magazine from having to key in long URLs by hand, here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the JULY 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Classic Tracks: Tricky 'Black Steel'

    Producers: Tricky • Mark Saunders

    Tricky's highly unorthodox approach to recording and making music led to the creation of one of the most unique and critically lauded records of the '90s.

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Mix Rescue: J.P Fitting

    Sound Workshop

    This month, we invited guest mix-rescuer Luke Fletcher to create an authentic '60s feel.

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Mix Rescue: J.P Fitting | Audio Files

    Hear The Before & After

    To avoid newsstand buyers of the magazine from having to key in long URLs by hand, here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the JUNE 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

    Techniques Jun 2007

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