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February 2013

February 2013


Bruce’s Night

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By Blair Jackson

How does he do it? Night after night, year after year, for four decades now? At his commercial peak in the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band would typically play for close to three hours a night, with two 90-minute sets divided by an intermission. …


Jim James

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Blair Jackson

When we last checked in with Jim James, the charismatic and visionary frontman of the eclectic rock/soul/neo-psychedelic band My Morning Jacket, they had recorded a stunning album with co-producer/engineer Tucker Martine, called Circuital, essentially live in the studio, which in that case was actually an echo-y church school gymnasium in the band’s hometown of Louisville….

Drew Zingg’s Debut Album Project

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

Guitarist Drew Zingg’s self-titled debut solo album is a revelation, and it was carefully designed to be one. It features the teamwork of Zingg with an elite rhythm section: Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Will Lee (bass) and George Whitty (keyboards/arrangements). Together, and with guest vocalists and horn players, they blend seamlessly as a band to create 12 soulful and smoking tracks that span jazz, rock, funk, blues, pop and more. …


The Chapel in San Francisco

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Barbara Schultz

A new venue needs to offer something special to carve out a space in San Francisco’s crowded club scene. The Chapel should have no problem. This newcomer to the city’s Mission District is outstanding on every level: leadership, support staff, atmosphere, music, refreshments, sound….

The Chapel Photo Gallery

Jan 30, 2013 3:11 PM

More photos of The Chapel from photographer Ken Friedman, featuring Robert Earl Keen, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and San Francisco’s Glide Ensemble and Change Band….

All Access: Nick Waterhouse—Stage and Studio

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Waterhouse recorded his album, Times All Gone, at Mike McHugh’s Distillery in Costa Mesa, Calif. Mix caught Waterhouse and his band—Jack Payne (bass), Jeff Luger (drums), Kyle Stephens (keyboard), Tim Hill (piano), Jon Lammers (baritone sax), George Schafer (tenor sax), Erin Harris and Brit Manor (backing vocals)—at a packed house on New Year’s Eve at the famed Bimbo’s 365 nightclub in San Francisco. …

Nick Waterhouse 2012 Tour Gallery

Feb 13, 2013 3:38 AM

Mix caught Nick Waterhouse and his band—Jack Payne (bass), Jeff Luger (drums), Kyle Stephens (keyboard), Tim Hill (piano), Jon Lammers (baritone sax), George Schafer (tenor sax), Erin Harris and Brit Manor (backing vocals)—at a packed house on New Year’s Eve at the famed Bimbo’s 365 nightclub in San Francisco….

Graveyard: Sweden Rocks

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Barbara Schultz

Following the success of their Number 23 album Lights Out, Swedish metal band Graveyard is bringing its act to the U.S., playing clubs across the country with their front-of-house mixer of two-plus years, John Rönnekle. …


Mix Tips: James McKinney

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM

James McKinney is a happy man with an infectious smile and a passion for all aspects of music production. He is a true multi-hyphenate, working as songwriter, arranger, producer, performer, label owner and industry advocate through his position as Trustee of the local chapter of the Recording Academy and co-chair of the P&E Wing….

Mix Regional, D.C. Metro: Smithsonian Folkways

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Barbara Schultz

No trip to D.C. is complete without visiting the Smithsonian. From Washington’s uniform to Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers to Pollack’s paintings, essential artifacts of our national culture have been curated there since 1846. So as part of our “visit” to the D.C. audio community, we called on Pete Reiniger, chief engineer at Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit record label of the National Museum….

Mix Regional, D.C. Metro: Omega Recording Studios

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM

9:30 Club: Best in U.S.

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM

Steel Pulse made its U.S. debut at 9:30 Club on the night of Bob Marley’s funeral, and it was broadcast worldwide. Dylan played there two nights in 1997 as he was receiving his Kennedy Center Honor. The Beastie Boys, after a five-year hiatus, returned to the stage at 9:30. Cyndi Lauper, the Fleshtones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World, Fugazi, Adele…they all have put on memorable performances at 9:30….


Ask Eddie | Power Serge

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Eddie Ciletti

A Serge Modular Synth has been in my shop this fall for a little TLC. It’s filled with late ’70s-era 4000 Series C-MOS ICs, so it’s technically straightforward. But it’s such a unique piece of gear, the kind of technology that begins to ask its own questions. …


Tech: New Products, February 2013

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM

Mix magazine February 2013 tools of the trade article features new pro audio products in February 2013 Mix magazine pro audio product section…


Monitors for Surround

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors

Years ago, when the first wave of excitement for 5.1 music projects hit its peak, Mix ran a product roundup on “surround speaker systems.” We established criteria, such as they had to have their own sub, and we thought we were being cutting-edge. But then a number of users and manufacturers called in and said, “Huh? If somebody buys five speakers and a sub, it’s a surround system.” They were right. This time around, we selected monitor models from leading manufacturers that we figured would work well for a near-field, surround sound experience, starting at 6-inch woofers and up. …

Surround Encoding and Monitoring

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Kevin Becka

If there were one phrase that best describes the state of surround audio production today, it would be “ever-changing.” Surround is still trying to find itself across film, television, gaming, audio-only and, ultimately, the portable delivery systems. It seems that on the high-end, in event spaces such as theaters, the channel count will only go up, while in the home and on mobile sets, the move is toward refinement of the surround experience and re-creation of the immersive field out of headworn sets….

Surround Monitoring Headphone Products

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Kevin Becka

For surround monitoring applications, check out these five surround headphone systems from beyerdynamic, DTS, Pioneer, Smyth Research and Sony….