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Wes Maebe

Wes “Wesonator” Maebe is a recording/mix/mastering/live sound engineer and producer. When he's not cooking up mixes in his London-based mix room, The Sonic Cuisine, Wes can be found working in studios across the globe or behind a Front-of-House console somewhere.

$100,000 Ante in the Analog Game

There seems to be a trend for creating music that is akin to building with Legos. Sounds are chosen from vast libraries, divided in bar segments and then copied along to make up a full song. On most mix sessions that come across my desk, dynamics, EQ and effects plug-ins are on everything, and most settings are picked from preset folders. But rather than rant about the glory of analog, I’m......

Analogue Tube AT-1 Compressor: New/Old School Fairchild-Style Limiter

I first bumped into Simon Saywood at an AES in San Francisco when he was showing off his then-brand-new Fairchild 670 copy, the AT-101. It became instantly clear that Simon was not into this just to make yet another copy of a classic. Being one of London’s top maintenance engineers, Saywood takes great care and pride in researching how the original units behaved and which components were......

Build Your Own Studio: This $50,000 old-school studio boasts brave analog in a new digital world

It’s like a breath of fresh air to be asked to put together a setup that is, for the most part, all analog. This is going to be a powerful rig, providing a wide choice of sonic character. Whether you’re tracking and overdubbing or mixing, this tool set will give you access to a nice palette of warm and thick tonal choices. ......

API THE BOX: New Small-Format Console, Same Legendary Sound

We all know the API brand from the 1970s classic consoles, Lunchbox series processors, Legacy, Vision and 1608 desks. It’s safe to say that API has a reputation for building recording consoles and outboard equipment that deliver a recognizable thick, warm analog sound. It is an “expensive” sound that, for a long time, was financially out of reach for most. While the Lunchbox made it possible to......