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    Studio SOS: Drum Recording

    Simon Kusnierek • Jon Kent • Nate Lewis • Dan Edney

    Drum recording problems face the Studio SOS team this month, as they sort out two Bristol-based studios at once.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Studio SOS: Building A DIY Vocal Booth

    Paul Joyner

    This time, the team convert a small empty room into a professional vocal booth within the space of a single afternoon!

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Studio SOS: Troublesome Monitoring


    The SOS team get busy at the London studio of a band called South, by transforming the sound of their troublesome monitoring room.

    Techniques Jan 2006
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    Studio SOS: Monitoring

    Dave Rogers

    This SOS reader was having trouble with his monitoring, so the SOS team sped over to his home studio in Bristol, England to sort things out.

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    Q. How can I make the most of a small studio space?

    I'm just about to set up a studio in a room of my house and I was wondering if you have any tips on where to put everything...

    Sound Advice Nov 2005
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    Studio SOS: Improving Your Workspace

    Bella Saer

    In another exciting installment of our studio 'makeover' series, the team rotate Bella Saer's entire setup through 90 degrees in search of a more effective working environment.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    Massive Attack's New Studio

    Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge

    Production pioneers Massive Attack are going through exciting times — they've built an awesome recording studio, moved into surround soundtrack work, and they have a new album on the way. We take a spin around their new workspace.

    People Oct 2005
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    Andrea Terrano: Iguana Studio


    SOS visits reader Andrea Terrano, who has turned the empty shell of a South London industrial unit into an impressive studio complex.

    People Oct 2005
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    Steve Albini

    Sound Engineer Extraordinaire

    Steve Albini has become a legend in the world of alternative music by championing traditional engineering skills, respecting the opinions of the artists he records, and doing business ethically.

    People Sep 2005
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    FX Copyroom: Tape Salvage & Transfer

    Kevin Vanbergen

    We've seen some curious studios in SOS over the years, but not many have included a warehouse full of vintage hardware, Pro Tools HD rigs, and thermostatic ovens. But it's all part of the daily routine at FX Copyroom...

    Music Business Sep 2005
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    Studio SOS: Banishing Hums & Buzzes

    Jim Fish

    The SOS team purge the unwanted buzzes and hums from reader Jim Fish's new studio.

    Techniques Sep 2005
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    Studio SOS: Carpeted Walls!

    Brett Taylor-Holmes

    The intrepid SOS crew answer a call for help from a drummer whose studio requires a monitoring and acoustics makeover...

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    Recording The Neptunes

    Andrew Coleman & Hovercraft Studios

    It's not a bad gig being chief engineer to the world's hottest production duo, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. But it takes a lot of hard work to keep up with The Neptunes...

    People Jul 2005
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    Studio SOS: Room Reorganisation

    Jazz and Alessia

    The SOS team return to Cambridge, turning another home studio upside down in search of improved vocal and guitar sounds.

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    Studio SOS: Help With Guitars

    Rod Brakes

    The owner of an unusually bijou studio setup provides the chocolate biscuits this month, as the SOS team get busy helping to improve the performance of his gear and the sound of his recordings.

    Techniques Jun 2005
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    Studio SOS: Anjunbeats

    Above & Beyond

    The SOS team are back in London this month to help some high-profile remixers sort out the monitoring problems in their new studio.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    Studio SOS: Improving Confined Space Drum Recordings

    Tom Lindsey

    The SOS crew travel to an attic in Birmingham (UK) to help a drummer improve his recordings.

    Techniques Mar 2005
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    Studio SOS: Mains Hum

    Aniff Akinola

    Acoustic problems and mains hum were making Aniff's studio difficult to use, so the SOS team stepped in to help.

    Techniques Feb 2005
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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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