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August 1, 2007

August 1, 2007


Production Construction

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Jason Scott Alexander

Those of us who grew up playing in bands and working with pop, rock or country songwriters are most familiar with the traditional process of producing…

Virtual Reality

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

There’s no denying gear lust. Audio engineers can be fanatical in their obsession with quality-built hardware. Cults have formed around vintage gear those…

New Developments in Digital Snakes

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

Cable snakes and system interfacing are hardly the stuff that generates huge headlines in the audio press. And 20 years ago, this article would have never…


Tools of the Trade

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

SONIC STUDIO AFC24 The AFC24 ($4,395) transcoding package from Sonic Studio ( offers rapid sample rate conversion for large amounts…

Field Test: Yamaha EMX5016CF Portable Powered Mixer

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Steve La Cerra

One of the obstacles facing many engineers working small live sound events is having to drag the P.A. from venue to venue and constantly changing the…

Field Test: Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5014 Field Editor

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Michael Cooper

Mid-Side (M-S) processing gives you unrivaled control over stereo program material by allowing independent treatment of its sum and difference components….

Field Test: Heil PR30, PR40 Microphones

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Kevin Becka

Even though the Heil PR30 (right) and PR40 large-diaphragm dynamic mics look like side-address models, they are front-firing. The PR30 is 6.51.75 inches,…

Field Test: Drawmer S3 Multiband Tube Compressor

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

For years, multiband compressors have been the strict purview of mastering and broadcast engineers. They’ve seldom found use in music recording studios…

Field Test: Josephson Engineering C700A Condenser Mic

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

The Josephson Engineering C700A is an ingenious condenser mic with two front-facing capsules. This design permits nearly total directional-pattern flexibility…

Field Test: Audiofile Engineering voXover Software

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Michel Henein

When it comes to recording mass amounts of voice-overs for a 30-hour videogame or doing more than 100,000 recordings of pronunciations for an online dictionary,…

Power Tools: Solid State Logic AWS 900

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Matt Marrin

Iwork with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in their Flyte Tyme Productions studios, in Santa Monica, Calif. When we began thinking about gear for…

Sound for Picture

Fights, Footsteps and Thrills

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

In our September 2005 issue, we ran an in-depth story about the often-misunderstood and under-appreciated art of Foley recording the post-production process…

Live Mix

Bebel Gilberto

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Photos and Text by Steve Jennings

Bebel Gilberto’s current jaunt is all about less is more, as the tour is carrying very little production, relying on local P.A.s and tweaking via SpectraFoo….

FixIt: Dave Wooster

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Last month saw Irish guitarist/vocalist Gary Moore and his band touring the UK to promote their latest album, Close As You Can Get. Front-of-house engineer…


Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Veteran engineer/sound system designer Paul Giansante joins Meyer Sound (Berkeley, CA) as touring managerBBC America’s BritBus Tour criss-crossed the…

On the Road: The White Stripes

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

The White Stripes Currently out promoting their new album, Icky Thump, brother/sister musical team Meg and Jack White are playing to sold-out theaters…

Now Playing: Shadows Fall, Joan Armatrading

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Shadows Fall Sound Company: Audio Analysts FOH Engineer/Board: Scott Goodwine/Yamaha PM5DRH Monitor Engineers/Board: Chris Dietrich, Ryan Johnston/Yamaha…

Top Venue Installs HD Broadcast System

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Using new, state-of-the-art HD video-capture systems in both Knitting Factory New York and Los Angeles venues, Knitting Factory Digital Services (KFDS)…

Tour Profile: The Police

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

It’s gotta be a tough gig: You’re mixing for one of the most recognizable names in rock history who have not toured together or produced music together…

All Access: Feist

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Photos and text by Steve Jennings

Making strong impressions in mid-sized venues across the U.S., vocalist/songwriter Leslie Feist is out in support of her latest, The Reminder. Feist and…

Local Crew: Velvet Thunder Sound Systems

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

As you read this, the summer music festival season will be coming to a close. While the larger, more-established festivals are relying on a full complement…

Recording Notes

Tori Amos Times Five

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Paul Tingen

In 1908, Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler gave us the term schizophrenia. In 1973, The Who created Quadrophenia. And in 2007, Tori Amos gives us, well,…

Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Indies are not just for kids. Once upon a time, it seemed that independent rock labels were mainly an outlet for upstart bands who were too new or too…

Classic Tracks: Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Heather Johnson

Amazing things happen when we stop planning, analyzing and second-guessing ourselves long enough to allow the creative process to happen on its own accord….

Cool Spins

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Sinead O’Connor Theology (Koch Entertainment) When Sinead O’Connor set off to make Theology, she began with the notion of recording acoustic-only tracks…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

As a one-time major-label A&R guy and full-time music-magazine-editor-turned-independent-contractor, I’m acutely aware of the pressures that come with…

Nashville Skyline

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Rick Clark

Making studio news headlines along Music Row was the closing of Masterfonics, one of the area’s most distinguished studios. The story of its demise is…

New York Metro

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Control room? Check. Live room? Check. Pro Tools HD? Check. Killer mic collection? Check. Soooo, who’s gonna fly this thing? Almost all New York City…

Raul Malo’s After Hours

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

In the woods south of Nashville is bassist Jay Weaver’s personal studio, Chicken Hill. The facility was designed and installed by its owner in a 1,200-square-foot…

Not So Secret Sounds

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Producer/guitarist John Grant produced a track for saxophonist Najee at Grant’s Secret Sound recording studio (Baltimore, MD). Najee also guested on Grant’s…

In the Funhouse

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Producer/engineer John Hiler was at Mr. Smalls Funhouse (Pittsburgh, PA) recording new tracks with the band Triggers for a new CD. Studio owner/engineer…

Track Sheet

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

SOUTHEAST Pop/R&B singer/songwriter Michael Warren was in Nashville finishing up tracks for a new CD, due out this month. Bass and drums were cut at Bletchley…

Insider Audio

Thanks for the Memoirs

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Paul D. Lehrman

Anyone who’s spent any time in the music business has great stories to tell, and consequently the ranks of musicians, engineers and producers include…

Mix Interview

Roger D’Arcy

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Meet Roger D’Arcy, international man of studio design. The founder of the UK-based firm Recording Architecture (, which is celebrating…


Soundelux Design Music Group

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Alexander Brandon

In our June issue, we profiled Technicolor Interactive, one of many studios providing services to games and interactive entertainment. This month, we…

Project Studio

Tim Larkin

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

Tim Larkin is very much the picture of the modern-day studio multitasker. As the music and audio director for Cyan World in Spokane, Wash., the company…

Tech’s Files

Dare to Compare

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, BY EDDIE CILETTI

Back in January 2006, I routed one microphone to six preamps for an unconventional series of tests dubbed Not a Mic Preamp Shootout. I was willing to…

From the Editor

Technology and Production

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, George Petersen
Executive Editor

One Sunday morning a month, a group of individuals can be observed in a parking lot not far from the Mix offices moving items in and out of car trunks…


Letters to Mix

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

NOT QUITE RIGHT In the article It’s Your Life, Dammit! in the May 2007 issue, there is a factual error: The Super Beatle amplifier was made by Vox, not…

Current/Industry News

Historic Muscle Shoals Studio Re-Opens

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

In 2005, Muscle Shoals Studio ( closed its doors due to a lack of interest in financing the studio and more interest in Muscle…

Roy Pritts, 1937-2007

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Roy Pritts, who did a little bit of everything in audio, from working as a consultant in audio forensics in Colorado to performing with such musicians…

GC Bought

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Bain Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm, has bought Guitar Center for $2.1 billion, including assumed debt. The transaction is expected to…

Ocean Way Nashville Remains

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Ocean Way Nashville (www.ocean is now part of Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, but the facility…

On the Move: Jason Rhode

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Who: Jason Rhode, Cirrus Logic president/CEO Main Responsibilities: setting a vision and clearing problems out of people’s way. Previous Lives: 1995-present:…

TEC Update

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

INTEL, GIBSON, HARMONY, DOLBY, OTHERS SIGN ON AS SPONSORS The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced an impressive lineup of sponsors for…

iTunes #3 Retailer

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

According to a recent study by the NPD Group, Apple’s iTunes is the third-largest music retailer in the country in any format, digital or physical. Wal-Mart…

Art and Music Mingle

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles ( angeles) has added a Bachelor of Science degree program in audio production. Courses…

Notes From the Net

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

ALL MONEY TO THE ARTISTS Indie online music retailer now offers digital downloads and CD sales with 100 percent of the purchase price paid…

Master Classes

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

The University of Memphis’ Music Industry division hosted producer/engineer George Massenburg and Platinum-selling artist Brian Vander Ark; Massenburg…

Industry News

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

New director of sales at WorxAudio Technologies (Greensboro, NC) is Jerry SpriggsThe Stanton Group (Hollywood, FL) named Jamie Ward to UK sales director…

Notes From the P&E Wing

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Daryl Friedman

As a member services division of The Recording Academy, the Producers & Engineers Wing is involved in numerous advocacy initiatives aimed at improving…

On the Cover

Yahoo! Originals Studios

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Harrison Surtees

Like Spinal Tap, whose amps go to 11, Yahoo! is cool-plus-one. It’s part of the company culture, and it’s a philosophy that has been embraced over the…