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Avatar

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

If you've seen James Cameron's epic 3-D film, Avatar, or even just the trailers and commercials, you know that the director has gone to incredible lengths...

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Desert Island Mixing Tools

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Steve La Cerra

Whether it's because of the state of the economy in general or a struggling music industry in particular, more tours are carrying less gear. Reduced trucking...

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Staging Green Day's American Idiot

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Don't wanna be an American idiot/Don't want a nation under the new media/And can you hear the sound of hysteria?/The subliminal mind-f*** America. So...

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Top-of-the-Line Handheld Mics

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

Every day, thousands of bands and artists around the world are getting ready to perform. With any show, there are a lot of details that need to be just...

Tech

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Tech: New Products, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Hybrid I/O MOTUUltraLite-mk3 Hybrid Interface The UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid ($595) from MOTU (www.motu.com) promises to be the world's first dual FireWire...

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JZ BT-201 Condenser Microphone Review

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

The BT-201 is Latvian manufacturer JZ Microphones' take on a small-diaphragm pencil studio condenser mic. Its unique appearance is reminiscent of a '60s...

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Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo/Laptop Card Review

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Brandon Hickey

Whether Universal Audio is focused on developing analog gear or software emulations, the company has always been dedicated to sonic excellence. Its UAD...

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iZotope Alloy Channel Strip Plug-In Review

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Michael Cooper

Most channel strips include EQ, compression, phase inversion and perhaps limiting and gating. iZotope Alloy does all this and more, adding transient shaping,...

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Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite Review

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barry Rudolph

Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite is a set of professional processors selling at the decidedly non-professional price of $99. Available in boxed or downloadable...

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IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender Modeler Review

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Brandon Hickey

In the studio, variety is the spice of great tracks. You can never have too many guitar amps/effects and IK Multimedia's Amplitube Fender offers a versatile...

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Tech's Files: Battery Power—Conventional or Rechargeable?

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Eddie Ciletti

Batteries have a language all their own. At the heart of all batteries is a single electro-chemical device called a cell. Examples are the AAA, AA, C...

Music

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Music: The Joy of 'Glee'

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sarah Jones

What do I Could Have Danced All Night and The Thong Song have in common? Musically, not a lot. But they've all been covered on Fox's smash hit show Glee,...

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Music: Bonamassa's 'Black Rock'

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Joe Bonamassa has built his career on the foundation laid by white blues/rock guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. He fell in love...

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Classic Tracks: The Runaways "Cherry Bomb"

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Here's your headline, says musical genius Kim Fowley, who occasionally refers to himself in the third person. Kim Fowley and the Runaways recorded Cherry...

Sound for Picture

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Post: Trying to Save Lives With Sound

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Blair Jackson

Ezra Dweck has been working in post-production for some 18 years now, and he's amassed quite a r for himself. He started his career recording FX at a...

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Post: 'Nostalgia'

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Arlan Boll

As an advocate of newness in sound and film, I am constantly looking for art that has no repetitive boundaries. We are bombarded today with the same old...

Live Mix

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The Bravery Tour Profile

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By David John Farinella
Photos: Steve Jennings

Front-of-house engineer/tour manager Keith Danforth explains The Bravery's touring strategy simply: Keep things light. After all, this is a band that's...

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Paramore Tour Profile

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly
Photos: Steve Jennings

For front-of-house engineer Jason Decter (previously with Panic at the Disco!) and monitor engineer Travis Bing (Little Big Town), who are both Paramore...

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Grammy Museum Exhibits Roland

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

The newest permanent installation at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles (www.grammymuseum.org) is Roland Live, which lets visitors participate in the music-making...

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FixIt: Tori Amos FOH Engineer Mark Hawley

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Marcel [Van Limbeek, monitor engineer] and I make all of Tori's albums using an analog desk, and this is the setup we've used over the years [live]; we...

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Road-Worthy Gear: New Sound Reinforcement Products, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Soundcraft Vi2 Digital Console Built in a frame that's barely 33 inches wide, the Vi2 handles up to 96 channels using the standard stage box and local...

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Skillet Tour Profile

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Derek Toews, Skillet Hard-rockers Skillet (singer/bassist John Cooper, keyboardist/vocalist Korey Cooper, guitarist Ben Kasica and drummer/vocalist Jen...

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Delicate Productions Expands

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Delicate Productions, a full-service event production company based in Camarillo, Calif., has opened a new South San Francisco office and warehouse to...

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Load In: Sound Reinforcement News, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Front-of-house engineer Marc Jacob Hudson is using Sennheiser evolution 900 Series microphones and ew 300 IEM G2 wireless personal monitors on the current...

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All Access: Snow Patrol and Plain White T's

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Steve Jennings

Pop-rockers Snow Patrol and openers the Plain White T's warmed up the San Francisco Bay Area in early November to the delight of their increasing fan...

Sessions

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Battle Born Studios

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

The Killers Battle Born Studios profile in Mix January 2010 issue...

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Project Studio: Cake Facility Goes Solar

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Matt Gallagher

Alternative pop-rock band Cake first gained widespread attention in the mid-'90s for ironic, iconoclastic music that flew in the face of mainstream trends....

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King Crimson Meets Tool

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

The Human Experimente (www.thehumanexperimente.com) is a music collective started by Emmy Award-winning musician/composer/executive producer Jeffrey Fayman...

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Track Sheet, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz

Jon Langford the vocalist/guitarist leader of The Mekons, Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts brought his Bloodshot Records labelmates The Sadies...

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L.A. Grapevine, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bud Scoppa

A recent addition to the A-list of mix engineers, Joe Zook is on a roll, having scored chart-topping singles and albums with OneRepublic, Katy Perry and...

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Nashville Skyline, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Peter Cooper

Ricky Skaggs' fascination with recording studios began in the late 1970s, when he joined Emmylou Harris' Hot Band and began studying the techniques of...

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New York Metro, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By David Weiss

Musicians need extra inspiration today, and not just when they're playing their instruments. In New York City, where overhead is high and the competition...

Gear Stories

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Gear Stories With Sylvia Massy

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Sylvia Massy

How many times have we set up a fire hazard of Mexican prayer candles and tapestries to give an anxious vocalist just the right to spit out a decent vocal...

From the Editor

Magic From Stage to Studio

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Tom Kenny, Editorial Director

For the past couple of years, I've been meeting my brother Kit and his daughters in the Tennessee countryside for some good times at Bonnaroo. He's a...

Current/Industry News

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Sound Recording Encyclopedia

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

The first six exclusive scenes from Alan Parsons' Art and Science of Sound Recording are available for streaming and digital download at artandscienceofsound.com....

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Opera Goes Au Natural

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Situated in the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts (New York City), the David H. Koch Theater (which hosts the New York City Ballet and New York City...

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On the Move: Sarah Jones

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Sarah Jones, Women's Audio Mission associate director Main Responsibilies:guide the growth of WAM's educational programs for women through industry outreach,...

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Industry News, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Music/sound design company Expansion Team (NYC) welcomes Jean Kouremetis, producer, and Carter Butler, assistant music supervisorJonathan Firstenberg...

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Harman Goes to The Grammys

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Harman will serve as an Official Sound Partner to the Grammy Awards, beginning with the 52nd Annual Grammy Week festivities this month. Harman will sponsor...

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Bookshelf

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Bob McCarthy's Sound Systems: Design and Optimization Second Edition outlines how sound is spread over a listening area, looks at the physics of speaker...

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TalkBack | Letters to Mix, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Another Les Paul Memory In the August and September editions of the MixLine e-newsletter, we asked readers if they have a Les Paul memory or a great photo...

Back Page

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John Meyer Q&A

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

What inspired you early on? In the 1950s, I grew up with KPFA [public radio, Berkeley, Calif.]. I got my third-class-restricted FCC license at age 12;...