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    CHRISTOPHER FOGEL: Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill

    Interview | Engineer

    Christopher Fogel accepted an offer to mix an album by an unknown Canadian, and found himself caught up in the phenomenon that was Alanis Morissette. He tells Nigel Humberstone how he went about recording her without loosing the vibe and spontaneity.

    People Mar 1997
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    GEORGE MASSENBURG: The Equalizer

    Interview | Music Production

    Internationally renowned as a producer, recording engineer, and designer of audio equipment, George Massenburg is nonetheless is still in love with the art of music production. Dave Lockwood met up with him in Los Angeles.

    People Mar 1997
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    Capturing A Good Vocal Performance

    Tips & Tricks

    Ask a dozen engineers how to make great vocal recordings and you'll get a dozen different answers — but there are some ground rules, as Hugh Robjohns explains.

    Techniques Mar 1997
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    Harold Budd: American Vision

    Recording The Luxa Album

    Despite having waited eight years to create the follow-up to his 1988 solo album, experimental composer Harold Budd composed and recorded the new album, Luxa, in just 11 days.

    People Jan 1997
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    Emulating Dolby Surround Encoding With A Stereo Mixer

    Tips & Tricks

    If you have a cheap Dolby Surround decoder in your home — say as part of a 'home cinema' entertainment system — and a stereo mixer as part of your recording setup, you have everything you need to start mixing in Surround sound. Hugh Robjohns explains how to enter another dimension...

    Techniques Jan 1997
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    Recording The Spoken Voice

    Tips & Tricks

    Experienced engineers know that recording the spoken voice properly is actually more difficult than recording a singer. Hugh Robjohns explains why this is so, and passes on some hints and tips for developing a good technique.

    Techniques Jan 1997
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    PETE GLEADALL: Programming & Recording Pet Shop Boys' Bilingual

    Interview | Engineer

    High-profile synth programmer, remixer and recording artist Pete Gleadall is a man of many talents. Matt Bell talks to him about his part in the new Pet Shop Boys album, his work for George Michael, and the role of the modern programmer.

    People Dec 1996
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    STEVE LEVINE: Digital Domain

    Interview | Producer

    Producer Steve Levine has taken advantage of the tumbling price of quality recording equipment to assemble a complete digital studio in a tiny room at his home. Paul Tingen enters the digital domain...

    People Dec 1996
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    How To Record Singing Guitarists

    Tips & Tricks

    Most budding engineers will, at some time, have to tackle a performer who wants to sing and play the guitar at the same time. Mic type and placement can make a big difference to the quality of the result obtained, as Hugh Robjohns explains..

    Techniques Dec 1996
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    Producing & Recording Electric Guitar Styles

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White gives some foolproof step-by-step ideas for creating contemporary and vintage guitar sounds in the studio.

    Techniques Nov 1996
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    Using The Opcode Studio 5LX Multi-port MIDI Interface/Patchbay, Part 2

    Exploration

    Multi-port MIDI interface and patchbays can seem an expensive indulgence for the average studio. But, as Martin Russ explains in the concluding part of this two-part feature, they can really help you to get the best use from the MIDI gear you already own.

    Techniques Nov 1996
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    Analogue Tape Compression For Digital Recording

    Exploration

    The flexibility of digital multitrack and hard disk recording is undeniable. But what if you yearn for the sound of your old analogue machine? Craig Anderton explains a trick which uses the playback head of a three-head analogue deck to give you the best of both worlds.

    Techniques Oct 1996
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    Using The Opcode Studio 5LX Multi-port MIDI Interface/Patchbay, Part 1

    Exploration

    Martin Russ's Studio 5LX has changed the way he runs his studio. In the first of this two-part series, he explains how to set up a multi-port MIDI interface, and reveals some of the ways in which these useful devices can simplify your life.

    Techniques Oct 1996
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    Making The Most Of Your Mixer

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White reveals a few of the less well-trodden paths hidden within your mixer's routing system.

    Techniques Sep 1996
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    Fixing The Mix, Part 2: Advanced Improvements

    Tips & Techniques

    Last month, Paul White looked at ways to tackle the noise and distortion that can spoil a mix. However, even a perfectly recorded mix can still sound terrible, and this calls for different tactics...

    Techniques Aug 1996
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    Fixing The Mix, Part 1: Salvage Techniques

    Tips & Techniques

    Conventional wisdom states that you can't 'fix it in the mix', but that doesn't mean you cant' try! Paul White discusses a few practical salvage techniques in the first part of this short series.

    Techniques Jul 1996
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    Minimising Mixer & Effects Noise

    Tips & Tricks

    When using effects, it's all too easy to add noise to your mix — and it's not always the fault of your effects unit. Paul White offers a few practical tips for achieving quieter mixes.

    Techniques Jul 1996
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    THE CURE: Recording Wild Mood Swings

    Interview | Band

    Bored with ordinary commercial studios, The Cure decided to cut loose for their latest album, and set up their latest recording facility in a Tudor house in the country. Nigel Humberstone visited the band on location to discuss the technology that made the move into the country possible, and the group's working methods.

    People Jun 1996
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    Match Before You Mix, Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Last month, we looked at which elements are most likely to go wrong in the mix. This month, Paul White takes a more positive line, and looks at how to record the right instrumental sound to tape in the first place.

    Techniques Jun 1996
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    Faderless Mixing

    Tips & Tricks

    Craig Anderton offers a few tips to help you balance your mix without relying solely on changes to relative volume levels — and gets in touch with his Neanderthal past. Additional material by Paul White.

    Techniques May 1996
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    Match Before You Mix, Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    It can all go without a hitch; recording, overdubbing, even the mixing — but the finest ingredients do not always guarantee a feast. Paul White explains how a little forethought and planning can make all the difference to your final mixes...

    Techniques May 1996

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