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August 1, 2006

August 1, 2006


The Pre-Production Payoff

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

In the way olden days pre-Pet Sounds and Revolver pre-production was a fairly well-defined process. It involved choosing material for a group or artist,…

Hard Disk Drives

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

When media theorist Marshall McLuhan published his landmark The Medium is the Message in 1967, he wasn’t talking about recording media, but perhaps he…

Sylvia Massy Shivy’s RadioStar Studios

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Jeff Forlenza

Snow is falling on Weed, the tiny logging town at the foot of Mount Shasta in Northern California. Inside a 90-year-old structure formerly known as the…


Tools of the Trade

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

EDIROL R-4 PRO RECORDER The highly skilled big brother to the portable R-4 handheld recorder, Edirol’s R-4 Pro (, $1,595) provides the ability…

Field Test: Sony Media Software ACID Pro 6

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Sony has never been shy about updating ACID, the company’s workhorse program for PC. The recent release of ACID 6 hot on the heels of last year’s 5 update…

Field Test: Yamaha AW2400 24-Track Hard Disc Recorder

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Jason Scott Alexander

Yamaha knows a thing or two about building personal digital audio workstations. In 2001, the company launched its AW Series, which was largely based on…

Field Test: Steinberg WaveLab 6 Audio Editing Suite

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Jim Aikin

Calling Steinberg’s WaveLab an audio editor would be an oversimplification because it’s a high-end suite of tools for massaging, compositing and archiving…


Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

This review actually began late last year, when Mix evaluated the Rimage 360i DVD/CD duplicator, which yielded inconsistent performance. (See sidebar.)…

Field Test: Anthony Gallo A’Diva Ti Speakers, TR-2 Sub

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Joe Hannigan

New from Anthony Gallo Acoustics, the A’Diva Ti loudspeaker (with companion TR-2 subwoofer) is the newest product in an acclaimed line of audiophile speakers….

Field Test: Universal Audio Solo 610/110 Mic Pre/DI

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Kevin Becka

Since 1999, Universal Audio has been steadily building up a stable of quality hardware products, first starting with the LA-2A and 1176 legacy compressors…

Snapshot Product Reviews

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

ABBEY ROAD/CHANDLER LIMITED TG12413 Limiter Plug-In The TG12413 Limiter plug-in is based on the ’60s transistorized EMI Abbey Road TG12413 Limiter module…

SPL Transient Designer

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Michael Cooper

I wouldn’t dream of recording drums in my studio without my SPL Transient Designer 4 (TD4). Boosting its attack controls on drum tracks can give kick,…

Sound for Picture

Trailer Mixing and Music

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

At its best, a movie trailer gets the heart racing, the mind reeling and prompts a little voice in your head that says, I’ve gotta see this film! Creating…

Live Mix

Martina McBride

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Steve Jennings

Mix caught up with Martina McBride when she passed through the Oakland Arena (Oakland, Calif.), in late June. Mixing Martina at front of house is her…

FixIt: David Morgan

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

A veteran of many Paul Simon tours, David Morgan (Steely Dan, James Taylor, Bette Midler and countless others) is currently mixing FOH for Simon’s new…


Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

NSCA’s ( proprietary insurance program provides its member companies with customized solutions, including the new NSCA SystemsPlus that launches…

On the Road: John Ward

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

John Ward One of the year’s most successful tours, country superstar couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have wowed audiences with Soul 2 Soul II 2006, which…

Now Playing: AFI, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Futureheads

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

AFI Sound Company: Rat Sound (Oxnard, Calif.) FOH Engineer/Console: Ron Ronnie Rat Kimball (also system engineer) and Mikey Bakowski/Yamaha PM5D Monitor…

All Access: Pink

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Steve Jennings

Hot off a stellar new album, I’m Not Dead, and a new marriage, Pink is currently taking her punk rock tinged styling out to clubs across the U.S., with…

Local Crew: Bayou City Sound

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Our industry is chock-full of professionals who stumbled into the sound reinforcement business from a pure love of music and took that interest and molded…

Nady Systems Celebrates 30 Years

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

It’s been 30 years since Nady Systems’ ( CEO/founder John Nady put the music industry on its ear. Nady introduced the wireless concept…

Tour Profile: Melissa Etheridge

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By David John Farinella

Melissa Etheridge is standing center stage at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif., in late June (the third show of her 20-plus-date tour), belting…

New Sound Reinforcement Products

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

AUDIO-TECHNICA HYBRID EARPHONES Now available in the U.S., the ATH-EC7 GM ear bud/clip-on hybrid headphones from Audio-Technica’s (…

Recording Notes


Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Chris J. Walker

Three years ago, the paths of jazz/blues vocalist Cassandra Wilson and producer/musician/soundtrack composer T Bone Burnett intersected for a single song…

Jessi Colter

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By David John Farinella

It’s one thing to follow in the footsteps of a loved one, but it’s quite another when that loved one is Waylon Jennings, a legend who has passed on after…

Classic Tracks: The Cyrkle’s “Red Rubber Ball”

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

Folk singers wouldn’t throw in the towel. The Brits were here. Blues masters tossed jagged contrapuntal lines into a densely textured pop symphony. Back…

Cool Spins

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Solas Reunion: A Decade of Solas (Compass) The name sounds vaguely Hispanic, but folks in the know will tell you that Solas is among the most original…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

Welcome to L.A.: This month’s column features two out-of-towners visitors from Boulder, Colo., who began their project in their home state and then brought…

Nashville Skyline

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Rick Clark

My neighborhood was nearly destroyed by a major tornado eight years ago, but it’s hard for me to imagine the unfathomable devastation the equivalent of…

New York Metro

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Thrillseekers craving adventure in professional audio can find everything they’re looking for in the mobile devices department. As PDAs, pocket PC phones…

Country Meets Soul

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Soul legend Solomon Burke recorded his first country album with artist/songwriter/producer Buddy Miller in Miller’s home studio. Burke met Miller when…

Carrying the “Torch”

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Devon Allman (son of Allman Brother Gregg Allman) recorded and mixed his band Honeytribe’s first album at Ardent Studios (Memphis). The debut was engineered…

All About Adam

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

At Gateway Mastering (Portland, Maine), busy engineer Adam Ayan has mastered releases in a variety of genres in his Pro Tools HD/Sonoma-equipped Studio…

Retro Upgrade

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

The venerable Annex (Menlo Park, Calif.) is celebrating 30 years of music recording with the installation of a Neve VIII/60 Series console in its Studio…

Metheny Guest Stars

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

The virtuosic Pat Metheny added his talents to bassist/composer Me’shell NdegOcello’s new album, which is being recorded at Eastside Sound in New York…

Track Sheet

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

SOUTHEAST Donna the Buffalo laid down tracks at Blackbird Studios (Nashville) and Echo Mountain (Asheville, NC) with producer/engineer Joe BlaneyProducer/engineer…

Insider Audio

And the SCAB Goes To…

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Paul D. Lehrman

This is the month when Mix readers get the chance to vote for their favorite candidates for the venerable TEC Awards, a tradition that has been going…

Mix Interview

Geoff Emerick

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Matt Hurwitz

A lot of us can relate to Geoff Emerick: a young teenager who used his tape recorder to capture everything he could and wondered how one of those things…

Project Studio

The Dave Smith Room at Sony Music

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Gary Eskow

[Room 309 at Sony Music Studios, one of the best-kept secrets in Manhattan, will soon be renamed to honor Dave Smith, the man who was instrumental in…

Tech’s Files

Guerrilla Remote

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Eddie Ciletti

Remote audio comes in many flavors, and aptly describes this sonic challenge. Getting to the next level is like playing a videogame where experience counts:…

From the Editor

It’s Your Vote Use It!

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, George Petersen Editorial Director

A long time ago a very long time ago I was a poor college student. I scraped by doing technical jobs, like repairing electronics, running films (my low-union-seniority…


Letters to Mix

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

RING, RING MONEY’S CALLING The money is out there, and as always, it gravitates to skill and assets. If you want to succeed, then think of yourself as…

Current/Industry News

In Loving Memory

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

ARIF MARDIN, 1932-2006 Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah…

Company Watch

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

SSL PURCHASES SYDEC Advancing its commitment to its workstation users, Solid State Logic purchased Sydec Audio Engineering, developers of the Soundscape…

Steve Miller to Receive Les Paul Award

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Miller will be honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 22nd annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards,…

Awards for Hartt Students

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Two students from The Hartt School’s Music Production and Technology (MPT) program at the University of Hartford have been named winners of a prestigious…

Sounds Good When I Go Vroom

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

More than 10 years ago, Acura teamed up with Grammy Award winning engineer Elliot Scheiner and Panasonic to create the first ELS DVD-A surround sound…

Sound Lounge Grows

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Sound Lounge’s second location, Sound Lounge Hudson (SoHo,, features two 5.1 mixing suites and will serve as home base for the New…

Industry News

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Mojave Audio (Burbank, CA) promoted Dusty Wakeman to president; Wakeman recently spent his pro audio days with Mad Dog StudiosFilling the newly created…


Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Jeff Touzeau’s Making Tracks: Unique Recording Studio Environments includes hundreds of photos and interviews from a wide range of international recording…

Peacock Finds Self at Capitol

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Alice Peacock, singer/songwriter and recently named president of NARAS’ Midwest chapter, completed her latest release, Who I Am, at Capitol Studios in…

Notes From the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Maureen Droney

This month, Mix subscribers vote for the 2006 recipients of the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards no easy task. But one great thing about the audio…


Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

In the June 2006 issue, the photographer for the cover shot is Peter Figen, not Amanda Strong. Mix regrets the error….

On the Cover

R!OT Atlanta

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

In June, Mix’s Class of 2006 design feature announced the expansion of this month’s cover studio, R!OT Atlanta. Serving the booming Atlanta TV advertising…