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    Ins & Outs Of Gain Structure

    PC Musician

    Setting up your gear for low noise and minimum distortion needn't be a nightmare. Martin Walker gudes you through the process, and shows you how to stand tall, even without headroom.

    Techniques Apr 1998
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    Equipping A Home Studio: Part 2

    Where Does A Computer Fit In?

    David Mellor looks at the roles of computers in the modern studio.

    Sound Advice Feb 1998
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    Practical Drum Kit Miking: Part 2

    Recording Tips & Techniques

    Last time, Benedict Grant explained how to properly mike an acoustic drum kit. In this concluding part of our short series, he turns his attention to committing kit sounds to multitrack.

    Techniques Jan 1998
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    Ola Onabule

    Recording Soul At Home

    Sometimes it's easy to forget that home studios packed with synths and samplers aren't solely the preserve of the dance fraternity. British soul artist Ola Onabule does all his recording and the managing of his own label from his Brixton home.

    People Jan 1998
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    Recording Christmas Music

    Paul Ward & Richard Taylor

    A job helping to provide the sounds and recording the music for an animated Christmas special has SOS contributor Paul Ward hastily upgrading his studio and exploring the deepest recesses of his synth collection, in search of sleigh bells and singing reindeer patches...

    Techniques Jan 1998
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    Recreating Your Mixes

    Tips & Tricks

    Have you ever been faced with recreating a mix that you haven't worked on for weeks? Martin Walker explains how he manages to do just that, without the benefit of expensive automated mixers or a tape-op with a notebook!

    Techniques Jan 1998
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    Morcheeba

    From Clapham To The Orb

    Morcheeba make their weird and wonderful music in a studio in Clapham that used to belong to The Orb. To find out more about the band and their gear, Sue Sillitoe ventured south of the river to meet Paul Godfrey and the band's programmer and producer Pete Norris.

    People Dec 1997
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    Tchad Blake: Binaural Excitement

    Engineer / Producer

    This inventive American has graduated from aiding and abetting producer Mitchell Froom in his sonic escapades to full production duties on a variety of live and studio albums. Paul Tingen talks to a devotee of binaural recording who's more than just a dummy head.

    People Dec 1997
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    Equipping A Home Studio, Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    In the first part of this new series, David Mellor gives his personal slant on creating a studio that will stay with you as your recording skills and budget improve.

    Techniques Dec 1997
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    Portable DAT Recording On A Budget

    Tips & Tricks

    Taking a compact DAT machine out and about can gain you some unique recordings, but can also present you with some unique problems.

    Techniques Dec 1997
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    DON WAS: Producing For The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan

    Interview | Producer

    The skills of world-class producer Don Was are constantly in demand. But, as he explains, years of taking care of someone else's work can have a disastrous effect on your own. Here, he reveals to Paul Tingen why (and how) he released a recording of his own for the first time in seven years.

    People Nov 1997
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    VANGELIS: Recording At Nemo Studios

    Interview | Artist

    A tremendously gifted yet private man, Greek composer Vangelis has contributed greatly to the acceptance of electronic music as an art form of its own with soundtrack work like Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner. From 1975 to 1987, Vangelis did nearly all his recordings at his own Nemo Studios in London, a place hitherto as shrouded in mystery as the man himself. Richard Clewes dons his investigator's mac and turns his attention to Vangelis's Nemo years...

    People Nov 1997
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    Obtaining Maximum Level On Digital Recordings

    Tips & Tricks

    If you're burning CDs at home, you'll obtain the best quality if your audio data is at its highest possible average signal level. Most people yawn at this and reach for the normalisation button on their audio editor, but, as Craig Anderton explains, unless you're careful, you could be doing your material a disservice...

    Techniques Nov 1997
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    MIKE HIGHAM: Digital Doctor

    Interview | Engineer

    An expert at hard disk recording and editing, Mike Higham has developed his career alongside Digidesign's Pro Tools. Sam Molineaux talks to an engineer who's on the fast track...

    People Sep 1997
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    JAMES: Recording From Home?

    Interview | Band

    For their latest album, style chameleons James retreated from commercial recording studios and found a new creativity working in the comfort of their own houses. Paul Tingen hears why they've decided there's no place like home...

    People Aug 1997
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    Technological Tribute to Frank Zappa

    Exploration

    Paul D. Lehrman took six players, four samplers and a computer, and created a live-performance piece based on the music and words of Frank Zappa. It left the audience delighted — and utterly confused.

    Techniques Aug 1997
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    FLOOD & HOWIE B: Producing U2's Pop

    Interview | Producer

    U2 have always striven for a new sound on each of the records they make, and during the sessions for their latest album, their aim was once again 'to construct a new sound for U2 whilst still making them sound like U2'. To this end, they brought in production wizard Flood and Scottish dance artist Howie B and set about new methods of recording. Paul Tingen investigates the art of Pop...

    People Jul 1997
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    Snapshot Mixing On A Budget

    Tips & Tricks

    Fully automated mixing could make your life a whole lot easier, but if you can't get your hands on a suitcase full of banknotes, Craig Anderton has some ideas for achieving similar results at a minimum cost.

    Techniques Jul 1997
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    Reconstructing A Live Recording In The Studio

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    Imagine you've spent a lot of time and money setting up a one-off gig in a historic castle, for a select audience, with the aim of recording and videoing the performance for future release. Then disaster strikes: catastrophic equipment failure leaves you with half a gig on multitrack tape, and major rebuilding work is needed later in the studio. Phil Bates mixes some cement, rolls up his shirt sleeves and tucks his pencil behind his ear...

    People Jun 1997
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    Integrating Mixing & Signal Processing

    Tips & Tricks

    Do you fully appreciate your mixer's capabilities when it comes to using effects and signal processors? Craig Anderton reminds you of a few tricks your desk might have up its sleeve.

    Techniques Jun 1997
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    BRUCE FAIRBAIRN: Recording INXS's Elegantly Wasted

    Interview | Producer

    Musician and producer Bruce Fairbairn is best known for his US rock smash success with Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, but blended live band recording and a willingness to use studio technology to record the latest INXS album, Elegantly Wasted. Richard Buskin finds out how he did it.

    People Apr 1997

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