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Metadata is like a banana peel. It looks great on the banana, but once it’s separated, no one wants to own it. Who will create it? Who pays for it? How do we manage it? Who collects it? Why should I care? What’s that smell?

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The N-Word
We got into the audio biz because we enjoy certain aspects of the job. It might have been the creative parts, the joys of problem solving or perhaps the glamor of working with famous and talented people and the opportunity to travel. Whatever it was that led us to this career, at times it feels more like fun than work.

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Broadcasting Audio Science
Everyone is talking about the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act and the ATSC A/85 specification. The goal is to resolve the audio level discrepancy between video programming (TV shows, films, etc.) and commercials (aka “interstitials”). There is some humor in this—on multiple levels.


November 22
Always a somber date for those old enough to remember its significance, this anniversary of JFK’ assassination marks a special cause for pause-he was killed 50 years ago today. The cliche is that if you were sentient on November 22,1963 you remember where you were when you heard the news. I was in a junior high school classroom.

Audio Education Directory

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The editors at Mix present our long-standing “Audio Education Directory.” Whether looking to start a career in the recording/post/live sound industry or researching for a certificate course to boost your knowledge, this must-read directory is geared for you. Listed alphabetically by state, you’ll find the school closest to you to get you on your way.

Featured CD Review

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Review: Vienna Teng Aims (DRG)
For her fifth studio album, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Vienna Teng has paired with producer/musician Cason Cooley to create a texturally rich and stylistically diverse album that’s heavier on electronics and sampling than her previous efforts, but is still carried by her pleasingly elastic vocals and compelling songwriting.
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Mix Regional

The Mix Regional section for Mix's May 2014 issue focuses on Nashville. Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to

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