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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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    Recording 24: The Game

    Richard Aitken: Nimrod Productions

    In the past, tie-in video games have had to use samples to recreate real orchestral soundtracks from the original TV series or film. With 24: The Game, however, it was the other way around.

    Techniques May 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Big Star 'September Gurls'

    Producer: Big Star • Engineer: John Fry

    Three decades after they disappeared into obscurity, the cult of Big Star continues to grow. John Fry was the engineer and studio owner at Ardent, who oversaw the recording of their now-classic albums #1 Record and Radio City.

    People Apr 2006
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    Mix Rescue: Kick Drum & Lead Vocal

    'Time' by Panic Number

    Kick drum and lead vocal present tough processing challenges in this installment's remix.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Producing The Darkness's One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back

    Roy Thomas Baker

    Recording the One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back album, Roy Thomas Baker and the Darkness used 400 reels of tape, up to 1,000 tracks per song and a year in the studio — not to mention custom-made panpipes. Find out more...

    Techniques Feb 2006
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    Recording & Mixing Kanye West

    Craig Bauer

    Craig Bauer has been part of Kanye West's career from the beginning, and as a mix engineer on the smash hit Late Registration album, he had to marry West's artistic perfectionism with his own technical standards.

    Techniques Feb 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Fifth Dimension 'Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In'

    Producer/Engineer: Bones Howe

    The art of the record producer blossomed in the 1960s, with the likes of Phil Spector crafting miniature symphonies in the studio. As that decade drew to a close, Bones Howe masterminded one of its biggest and most innovative hits. Find out how...

    People Feb 2006
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    From 4AD To Nine Inch Nails

    Engineer/Producer: John Fryer

    The likes of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails all owe a sonic debt to engineer/producer John Fryer, who explains his approach to production.

    People Jan 2006
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    Toby Wright: Recording Hard Rock


    He took an unusual and unhurried career path, but Toby Wright has helped to create some of the most influential hard rock records of the last 20 years, including Metallica's definitive ...And Justice For All, and is now one of America's most sought-after engineers and producers.

    People Dec 2005
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Jimi Hendrix Experience 'All Along The Watchtower'

    Producers: Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix • Engineer: Eddie Kramer

    With his searing version of 'All Along The Watchtower', Jimi Hendrix set a standard for Dylan covers that has rarely been equalled. Eddie Kramer was behind the glass as the sessions moved from London to New York.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    The Go! Team: Recording Thunder, Lightning, Strike

    Gareth Parton

    The Go! Team's debut album, a glorious pile-up of mangled samples and lo-fi home recordings, is now attracting widespread acclaim — but its path to Mercury nomination and commercial success has been anything but smooth.

    People Nov 2005
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    Manu Katché

    Session Drumming & Music Technology

    He is one of the most famous drummers in the world, having played on more than 200 records. His CV reads like a Who's Who of English, American and French popular music, and even if he prefers not to lose himself in computers, he always takes a PowerBook with him, to write songs, at home or on tour. Meet Manu Katché, drummer extraordinaire.

    People Nov 2005


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