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    GREGG JACKMAN: Mics For Live String Recording

    Interview | Engineer

    Necessity is the mother of invention, they say, and that was certainly the case when Gregg Jackman decided to find a better way of recording string sections playing loud rock concerts. Hugh Robjohns talks to this inventive recording engineer.

    People Mar 2001
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    Basic Overdubbing

    Tips & Tricks

    Hugh Robjohns and Mike Senior explains how to get great results when creating arrangements one track at a time.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Getting Started In Music

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers to some of the more basic questions we receive at SOS might seem obvious, but they are, in fact, more complex that they appear. Mike Senior sets about answering the unanswerable...

    Sound Advice Mar 2001
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    Mixing Multitracked Drums

    Tips & Tricks

    With drum machines and samplers becoming increasingly prominent in music production, mixing real drums is becoming something of a lost art. Paul White explains the basics of this important mixing skill, and shares some secrets on how to get the best drum sound.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    STEVE LEVINE: Recording 'So Far Away'

    Interview | Producer

    Sound On Sound's May 2000 SAE/MPG competition offered readers the chance to win a recording session in a London studio with a top producer. Tom Flint talked to the lucky winners about the recording of their demo — and to producer Steve Levine, who took on the job of transforming it into a potential chart-topper.

    People Dec 2000
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    UNDERWORLD: The Making Of Everything, Everything

    Interview | Band

    How can an electronic band produce exciting, spontaneous, unpredictable and visually engaging perfomances? And if they do, is it really possible to capture the experience of being there in a recording? Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of Underworld believe they have the answers, as Paul Tingen discovered.

    People Dec 2000
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    Submitting Demo Recordings

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Mike Senior answers some of the most common questions we receive about sending out demos, and helps you to make the kind of impression that will get your music heard.

    Sound Advice Nov 2000
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    KEN NELSON: Recording Coldplay's Parachutes

    Interview | Producer

    Ken Nelson favours the old school of recording, based around clean signal paths, live playing and analogue tape — but that hasn't stopped him working with some of the hottest new bands in Britain. Among them are Coldplay, whose debut Parachutes album crashed straight into the charts at number 1. Sam Inglis finds out how it was recorded.

    People Oct 2000
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    Gain Structure For Soundcard Recording

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White offers a few levels for soundcard-based music systems.

    Techniques Oct 2000
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    DAVE FRIDMANN: Producing Flaming Lips & Mercury Rev

    Interview | Producer

    Those who bemoan the lack of invention and experimentation in today's rock music must make an exception for Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips, two of America's finest and most successful 'alternative' outfits. Their shared producer and engineer Dave Fridmann tells Sam Inglis about their unique approaches to recording.

    People Sep 2000
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    Q. Will copying digitally between Minidiscs reduce the sound quality?

    If I make a digital copy of one Minidisc recording onto another Minidisc, will the data compression reduce the quality of...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Recording In One Room

    Tips & Tricks

    Some of the most common problems encountered when working in a home studio arise from having to record in the same room as your recording equipment. However, good-quality recordings are still perfectly possible in such conditions. Hugh Robjohns advises on how to obtain the best results.

    Techniques Sep 2000
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    COLIN EMMANUEL: Recording Jamelia 'Money', Ft Beenie Man

    British R&B

    Although 'Money' took new British R&B star Jamelia into the top 5 at the age of 17, her apparent overnight success was built on more than a year of hard work by producer Colin Emmanuel. Sam Inglis uncovers the story behind the single.

    Techniques Jun 2000
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    ALAN MOULDER: Recording Nine Inch Nails & Smashing Pumpkins

    Interview | Producer/Engineer

    As a producer and engineer, Alan Moulder has been responsible for some of the most sonically innovative rock music of recent years. In a rare interview he talks to Richard Buskin about his approach to recording and working with Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins.

    People May 2000
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    Interfacing Analogue & Digital Equipment

    Tips & Tricks

    When is the professional signal level no longer standard? When you want to connect to digital equipment! Hugh Robjohns explains the mysteries of exchanging signals between analogue and digital domains.

    Techniques May 2000
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    Perceptual Coding: How MP3 Compression Works

    Exploration

    Most of us are aware that MP3 encoding offers a way of drastically reducing the size of digital audio files while preserving reasonable sound quality. But how many of us know how it works? Paul Sellars explains the theory behind MP3, and offers some tips on making your own coded files sound better.

    Techniques May 2000
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    The single's three million sales have shot Christina Aguilera to worldwide fame.

    Recording Christina Aguilera's 'Genie In A Bottle'

    David Frank: Producer/Co-writer

    Christina Aguilera's debut single was a worldwide smash hit last year, thanks in no small measure to the distinctive work of producer and co‑writer David Frank. Mike Senior finds out how he did it.

    Techniques Apr 2000
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    Martyn Ware.

    Martyn Ware: The Clarke & Ware Experiment

    Pretentious

    From his early days as a pioneer of British synth-pop, Martyn Ware has forged a career on the cutting edge of electronic music. And he is still innovating today — in 3D.

    People Apr 2000
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    NICKY GRAHAM: Recording 'Once In A Lifetime'

    Interview | Producer

    Sound On Sound's September 1999 SAE/Quantegy competition offered the fantastic prize of an all-expenses-paid recording session in a New York studio with a top producer. Tom Flint talked to the lucky winners to find out how they put their winning demo together — and found out how producer Nicky Graham transformed it into a potential chart smash.

    Techniques Mar 2000
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    Q. What do I need to get started in recording on my PC?

    I've been playing in bands ever since I saw George Harrison and the boys in 1963 (I'm still a Beatle‑freak!) Now,...

    Sound Advice Mar 2000
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    Stereo Editing: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    In the first part of a new series, Paul White looks at the practicalities of stereo editing. So, if you plan on compiling your stereo mixes into an album master, you'd better read on.

    Techniques Jan 2000

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