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    Studio SOS: Live Drums

    The Loose Cannons

    The SOS crew head to the 14th floor of a London tower block to help a pair of readers improve their drum sound.

    Techniques Jan 2005
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    Studio SOS: Rob O'Neil

    Practical Solutions

    A dodgy snare recording was just one of the problems facing Rob O'Neil at the mixdown stage, so the SOS dynamic duo (Paul and Hugh) visited his home studio to help him sort things out.

    Techniques Dec 2004
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    Choosing A Studio Room

    Typical Home Studio Locations

    Buying a house is a big investment, so it's important to pick the right property, and if you are a recording musician you will probably want it to include a suitable space for a studio. We weigh up the pros and cons of different studio locations within a typical small home, and also look at the kind of work that each space might require to make it usable.

    Techniques Dec 2004
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    Studio SOS: Fixing Monitor Phase Problems

    Tony Global

    Tony Global's background is in the dance music/DJ scene. The SOS team help him to polish his vocal sounds and improve his mixes.

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Studio SOS: Incorrect Monitor Placement

    Dorian Kelly

    The SOS team ride to the rescue of a budding media composer who is having trouble with his mixes.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    Studio SOS

    TV Composer David Lowe

    We help television composer Dave Lowe transform a cavernous-sounding spare bedroom into a usable home studio.

    Techniques Sep 2004
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    Studio SOS: Cube-shaped Room

    Pete Keen & Nick Smith

    Setting up your studio in a cube-shaped room isn't a very good idea, as Pete Keen and Nick Smith found out to their cost. So the Studio SOS team set off to Kidderminster to help find some solutions to the inevitable acoustic problems.

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Readerzone: Chunc Productions

    Shaun Hayward & Joe Kenny

    Shaun Hayward & Joe Kenny of Chunc Productions reveal their gear setup and musical motivations.

    People Jul 2004
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    Studio SOS: Drum Sounds

    Peter May

    The SOS team help Peter May to brush up his drum sounds and put more life into his mixes.

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    Studio SOS: The Arcades

    Getting A Classic Rock Sound

    This month, the SOS team help The Arcades to rock even harder than before!

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Studio SOS: Jiang Li

    East Meets West

    The SOS team apply themselves to the task of mixing Chinese traditional instruments with mainstream Western sounds at reader Jiang Li's home studio.

    Techniques May 2004
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    Studio SOS: Attic Studio Problems

    Chris Brockis

    Chris Brockis had been having trouble mixing in his attic home studio, so he enlisted the help of the trusty SOS team.

    Techniques Apr 2004
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    Studio SOS: Reducing Spill

    Nigel Helm-Nurney & Pombokiwi

    The intrepid SOS team travel to Nigel Helm-Nurney's London studio to help his band Pombokiwi do battle with unwanted spill, uninspiring guitar sounds, and masses of egg boxes!

    Techniques Mar 2004
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    Studio SOS: Monitoring Woes

    David Ashman

    David Ashman felt that his mixes lacked energy and were sounding 'too digital', so the SOS team set off to his home in Bristol to sort out his monitoring system and mix processing.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Readerzone

    John Hackett & Andy Wood

    We visit two readers who have set up a studio in a small corner of a small room in the West Midlands...

    People Jan 2004
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    Studio SOS: NY Basement Blues

    Glenn Bucci

    During the October 2003 AES Convention in New York, the SOS team managed to make it to Amityville to help reader (and SOS Forum regular) Glenn Bucci with his recorded guitar and bass sounds.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Studio SOS: Recording Grand Piano

    Clive John

    Recording piano was turning out to be a grand challenge in Clive John's home studio, so the SOS team headed over to sort things out.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Studio SOS: RFI & Hum Problems

    Gordon Giltrap

    The SOS team visit the West Midlands, where Gordon Giltrap's home studio needs help, nestling as it does in the shadow of one of the UK's most powerful TV and radio transmitters.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Liam Watson & Toe Rag Studios

    The White Stripes

    Liam Watson went against the grain to build a studio with the retro sound he loved. And now that sound is back in fashion, he's had a number one album with the White Stripes.

    People Oct 2003
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    Studio SOS: Mixes That Translate

    Allan Murrell

    This month the intrepid SOS team travel to Wigan to address Allan Murrell's recording, monitoring and mixing problems.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Studio SOS: Vocal Sounds

    Nick Redman

    The SOS team battles through snowdrifts to help Nick Redman and Mike Sinnott with two different vocal sounds.

    Techniques Jun 2003

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