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    Behind The Scenes At BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

    Finely Tuned

    Keeping the BBC’s flagship classical music show at the top of its game requires serious engineering skill — and the ability to cope with the unexpected!

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    Classic Tracks: DJ Shadow ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’

    Produced, Engineered, Mixed By DJ Shadow

    DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing wasn’t just a staggering technical achievement. It also reimagined a whole musical genre.

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    Q. Why should a snare bottom mic be polarity inverted?

    Why does everyone, pros and all, say that the snare bottom mic is ‘out of phase’, and that its polarity must be reversed? Isn’t it the top mic that should be reversed?

    Sound Advice Oct 2017
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    Q. Which of these A&H mixers is best for recording phone calls?

    Will the audio quality from an Allen & Heath XB-10 paired with a JK Audio Innkeeper telephone hybrid be better than the Allen & Heath ZED-10, also paired with an Innkeeper?

    Sound Advice Oct 2017
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    Session Notes: Spooky Men’s Chorale

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    We find out whether a unique choir and a unique church will prove a match made in heaven.

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    The National

    Aaron Dessner & Jonathan Low: Recording Sleep Well Beast

    A move to the country led the National to rethink their recording process and embrace studio experimentation as never before.

    People Oct 2017
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    Neal Cappellino: Vocal Pre-Production

    Neal Cappellino: Vocal Pre-Production

    Video Feature

    We drop in on Neal ahead of a vocal recording session with singer Heather Bond to find out about his preparation process...

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    Audient present Recording Foley for The Night Manager

    New video sees Foley track recreated for hit TV show

    Critically-acclaimed mini-series The Night Manager, produced by the BBC, AMC and The Ink Factory, was a...

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    Q. Can too hot a signal damage a mic?

    I’m soon going to be doing my first recording of live drums and it occurred to me that I don’t know the answer to this question...

    Sound Advice Sep 2017
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    Session Notes: Classical Vocal & Piano Ensemble

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording a mezzo-soprano with piano accompaniment presents a unique set of challenges for our in-house engineer.

    Techniques Aug 2017
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    How To Record Drums In A Small Room & Achieve Great Results!

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    Drum recording can be challenging, even if you’re working in a professional tracking studio. Record drums at home or in a...

    Techniques Aug 2017
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    CBC producer shares favourite mic & short tutorial videos

    Short recording tutorials and gear overview from Canadian engineer/producer

    Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC, has released three new brief recording tutorials for those wanting to get quick...

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    Scoring Horizon Zero Dawn

    Joris de Man • Joe Henson • Lucas Van Tol

    Blockbuster video game Horizon Zero Dawn took six years to make, and required its three composers to invent an entirely new sound world.

    Techniques Jul 2017
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    SOHN: Sonic Signatures

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    Soulful electronic artist/producer SOHN shows us how he layers up, edits and processes his own vocals, and uses Auto-Tune in an unconventional way to create ear-catching textural and percussive elements.

    People Jul 2017
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    Classic Tracks: Primal Scream ‘Come Together’

    Producers: Andrew Weatherall, Hugo Nicolson

    With the Screamadelica album Primal Scream didn’t just reinvent themselves as a band, they reinvented what it meant to be a band.

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    The Double Mid-Sides Array

    On The Double

    M-S miking is already a versatile technique, but it can be built upon to provide surround-sound recording and a whole lot more besides!

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    Session Notes: Recording Steel Drums

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording Steel Drums: Our engineer rises to the unfamiliar challenge of capturing a loud steel band in their octagonal rehearsal building.

    Techniques Jun 2017
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    Recording Ed Sheeran's Divide

    Joe Rubel

    The sessions for Divide saw singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran exploring the possibilities of home recording for the first time, courtesy of engineer Joe Rubel.

    Techniques May 2017
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    Pre-production

    Producers Share Their Wisdom

    How much preparation is required before a recording session, and when should it all begin? We asked some top producers to share their wisdom.

    Techniques May 2017
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    A transformer-based splitter only allows one preamp to supply phantom power to the microphone.

    Q. How best can I split a mic signal?

    I’m currently setting up a small home studio for songwriting and demos and I’d like to use split-input monitoring, so I don’t have to worry about latency...

    Sound Advice May 2017
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    Recording '50s Style

    Video Feature

    Inspired by Norman Petty and Sam Phillips, studio owner Dean Amos has lovingly built a perfect recreation of a 1950s recording environment — right down to the dimensions of the pegboard!

    Techniques May 2017

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