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January 2013

January 2013


Mix Tips: Jaycen Joshua

Jan 1, 2013 9:00 AM

Jaycen Joshua doesn’t mince words in person. He has definite opinions about recording, and having paid his dues as an assistant and achieving a level of success where you can no longer label him an up-and-comer, he isn’t afraid to say what he thinks….


Classic Track: Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”

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

The story of the recording of this month’s Classic Track begins in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1982. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been wowed by the phenomenal blues/rock/R&B guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan at a club gig in Dallas on an off-night during the Stones’ fall 1981 tour, and subsequently had him and his rhythm section—bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, known as Double Trouble (after an old Otis Rush song)—play a private party in New York City….

Chris Zane

Jan 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By David Weiss

There are expectations, and then there are great expectations. The latter is what you have when your band is Passion Pit, and you have to record a sophomore album that will compare with your globe-smashing full-length debut, Manners….


All Access: Rush

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

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart…now that’s a power trio. Mix caught Rush on its 2012 Clockwork Angels tour in November at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., for a rockin’ two-and-a-half-hour show. …

Rush 2012 Tour Gallery

Jan 3, 2013 6:41 PM

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart…now that’s a power trio. Mix caught Rush on its 2012 Clockwork Angels tour in November at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., for a rockin’ two-and-a-half-hour show. Check out these photos by Steve Jennings….

Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour

Jan 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Photos By Steve Jennings | Text By Matt Gallagher

In fall 2012, Peter Gabriel celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of his multi-Platinum album So (actually released in 1986) by embarking on a brief North American tour comprising 13 stops. For this tour, dubbed Back to Front, Gabriel reassembled his original touring band for So….

Peter Gabriel 2012 Tour Gallery—Mix magazine

Jan 6, 2013 1:12 AM

Mix magazine caught Peter Gabriel’s 2012 Back to Front tour when it visited the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., in October….

Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn Tour

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

She doesn’t go out often, but when she does, Barbra Streisand goes big. On her recent 12-night/10-city Back to Brooklyn tour, she fronted a 72-piece orchestra, 80-voice choir, and welcomed guests Chris Botti on trumpet, Italian teen operatic tenors Il Volo, and her son, singer and actor Jason Emanuel Gould. For audio she carried five DiGiCo consoles, a 56-box Clair I-5/40-box I-3 system, 40 wedges, hundreds of mics, and a mobile recording truck helmed by her longtime colleague, producer/engineer Dave Reitzas. Mix caught up with Barbra Streisand’s audio crew at the Hollywood Bowl for production load-in and saw her show at San Jose’s HP Pavilion. …

Celine Dion’s Search for Monitoring Perfection

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

If you read Mix’s December 2012 cover story on recording Celine Dion, you know that the pop chanteuse is quite particular and demanding when it comes to being able to hear herself in the studio. The same is true in concert, and it has taken a lot of trial and error, spearheaded by Dion’s monitor engineer, Francois Lalonde (pictured)—who also happens to be her vocal recording engineer—to perfect their current live monitoring setup….

Mix magazine Barbra Streisand 2012 Tour Gallery

Jan 6, 2013 6:58 PM

Barbra Streisand 2012 Back to Brooklyn Tour Gallery from Mix magazine, featuring photos by Steve Jennings…


Graham Parker Reunites With The Rumour

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

In Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, This Is 40, British new wave survivor Graham Parker plays himself: a 60-something singer/songwriter who had a few hits a few decades ago, but who’s been living a relatively quiet life for years. Back in the ’70s and ’80s Parker had a backing band, The Rumour, and he was a young major-label artist with a soulful voice, songs full of biting sarcasm, and a career full of promise. …

Recording ‘Three Chords Good’

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

Engineer/producer/mixer Dave Cook has been working on and off with Graham Parker since the artist made Struck by Lightning in 1991. “The last couple of albums he made were done on a small budget,” says Cook, whose recording credits also include B-52s, Buckwheat Zydeco and Nick Cave. …


Robair Report | Working With Limitations

Jan 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Gino Robair

After a recent lecture about DAWs, one of my students asked me which audio recording program I used back in the ’70s. The wide-eyed pupil was very curious to hear what it was like to record when I was his age. But he and the class were shocked to learn that we didn’t have personal computers to make records back then. Our recording program was a strip of plastic moving at a fixed speed over a magnet….