March 1, 2007

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The Inside Track: Mixing Vocals

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

A well-mixed and -sung lyric is the emotional centerpiece of any song. But because of the complexity of pitch, tone, nuance and lyrics, vocals need the...

What "Inside the Box" Really Means

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

At a recent Grammy Sound Table event in Anaheim, Calif., coinciding with the NAMM convention, the four producer panelists were asked what seemed like...

Industry Buzz

Mar 1, 2007 6:01 PM

Locked and Loaded

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Robert Hanson

It's no secret that the gaming world has changed by leaps and bounds over the past decade. We've all heard the comparison: With today's high-def consoles,...

Sound Integration

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

A revolution is taking place in the game world: increased budgets, more hardware resources on target platforms and more high-level software integration...

Soundelux's Scott Gershin

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

Scott Gershin is in a unique position on the audio end of the videogame industry. As executive creative director and sound supervisor/designer at Soundelux...


Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Robert Hanson

The battle for living room supremacy is on: No longer a fringe element in the consumer electronics universe, videogame consoles are fast becoming all-in-one...

Video Games Live

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

Imagine a concert featuring some of the hottest videogame music ever: from retro-classics like Super Mario Brothers, Frogger and Donkey Kong, to modern...


Tools of the Trade

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

A DESIGNS EM-PEQ This new unit from A-Designs Audio (, $1,500) is meant to mimic the classic all-tube Pultec EQP-1A and fits into...

Field Test: PreSonus DigiMax FS

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

It's been six years since PreSonus launched its popular DigiMax line, and nearly four years since the DigiMax last received a facelift in the DigiMax...

Field Test: Blue Sky SAT 12, Sub 15 2.1 Monitoring System

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Joe Hannigan

You don't often associate the word with audio systems, but it's an appropriate term for Blue Sky's latest: a 2,000-watt, 300-plus-pound 2.1 midfield monitor...

Field Test: SPL Passeq Passive Equalizer

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

Passive EQs are generally known for their natural and transparent sound. When SPL's design engineers set out to create the Passeq, one of their goals...

Field Test: Trinnov SRP Surround Recording Platform

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

Ever try to explain a completely new idea? Like a car that's also a tanning booth and a washing machine? Although not as crazy, that's my dilemma in explaining...

Steinberg WaveLab 6

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Steve Cunningham

For years, I've been using WaveLab to edit half-hour radio shows and assorted podcasts, as well as for CD mastering. My own decision to upgrade to Version...

Live Mix

All Access: Lindsey Buckingham

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

Lindsey Buckingham recently wrapped up the second leg of his first U.S. solo tour in nearly 14 years. Mix caught up with Buckingham and his three-piece...

Local Crew: Drummer Boy Sound

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

Founded just three-and-a-half years ago, Miami's Drummer Boy Sound Productions Inc. ( has done quite well. Whether supporting...

Talib Kweli

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

Talib Kweli's sold-out performance at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium had the crowd thumpin' to the music from the rapper's latest, Ear Drum. For...

FixIt: Ben Grossman

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Ben Grossman has been wowing audiences with his electroacoustics vielle a rou, or hurdy-gurdy as it is also called. He's currently out on the road with...


Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Cakewalk and Roland Systems Group's REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) for SONAR enables the recording of 40 channels of 24-bit/96kHz audio from...

On the Road: Justin Timberlake

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Justin Timberlake This *NSYNC'er-turned solo artist is currently touring the U.S. with a full band after a stint in Europe. Mix caught up with monitor...

Now Playing: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chimaira

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Sound Company: db Sound (Chicago) FOH Engineer/Board: Dave Whitman (East Coast, Kurdt Vanderhoof (West Coast)/Midas Heritage...

"MTV Live" Brings in CSP Expertise

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

CSP Mobile's ( digital audio/video trucks, Unit 6 and Unit 3, were on hand for Fearless Entertainment's new MTV Live series from the...

Sound for Picture

Unraveling the Sound for Zodiac

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

The Zodiac murders were a series of brutal, seemingly random killings in Northern California that baffled police and terrified residents in the late '60s....

Recording Notes

Stephen Marley

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

Stephen Marley has been around music his entire life. As the third child of Bob and Rita Marley, born in 1972 (David/ and Cedella are older; there are...

Daniel Ho

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

Though Daniel Ho has become very well-known in traditional Hawaiian music circles thanks to his co-production work and playing on last year's Grammy-winning...

Classic Tracks: Chubby Checker's "The Twist"

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

As a certified dinosaur, I wish I could claim that my first hit of rock 'n' roll was seeing Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. But I was only 3 then...

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

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

I'm sitting behind the just-installed SSL 9080 J console in the Record Plant's ( Studio One (also known as SSL-1) rapping it down...

Nashville Skyline

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

Hillsboro Village is one of the most desirable commercial and residential areas in central Nashville. It's got great shops, restaurants and hotels only...

New York Metro

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

In the 1982 sci-fi movie classic Tron, a tech-head is sucked into a computer and must battle to return to the real world. Sound familiar? In a way, there's...

Capturing Taiko Drums for Ubisoft's Red Steel

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

Ubisoft's Red Steel was one of the first videogames released for Nintendo's Wii platform. Action surrounds the violent struggle between fictional Japanese...

Good News From Nola

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

James Andrews, lead singer and trumpeter of the New Birth Brass Band, did some tracking for his new album at The Truckfarm studio in New Orleans. The...

Lurssen's Lab

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

After 15 years, a Grammy and a number of Oscar nominations, Gavin Lurssen has left Doug Sax's Mastering Lab to open his own mastering facility, Lurssen...

Track Sheet

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

SOUTHEAST For those who haven't heard, Cypress Moon Studios (Muscle Shoals, AL) is the new name of the facility formerly known as Muscle Shoals Sound....

Insider Audio

The Noise in the Box

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

In last month's discussion about game audio, I focused on the challenges of making soundtracks for PC-based games. But PCs, of course, are only part of...


Audio Middleware

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

When I first played games such as Pac Man and Asteroids in the early '80s, I was fascinated. While others saw a cute, beeping box, I saw something to...

From the Editor

You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Tom Kenny
Editorial Director

At some point, the comparisons between films and games are inevitable. I remember my first exposure. It was a Variety ad for the James Bond film Tomorrow...


Letters to Mix

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

LESS STUDIO, MORE FAMILY TIME I just read Rick Clark's Nashville Skyline in the December 2006 issue. I am one of those who are blessed to do what they...

Current/Industry News

Learning Here for All

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

Bringing Web-based music instruction to underserved youth, Berklee College of Music's City Music Network ( has...

Studio Sound in Your Car

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

The worlds of pro audio and consumer electronics were bridged at Avatar Studios (New York City) in December, when Bongiovi Acoustics unveiled the Digital...

Fairlight Raises $100k for Witness

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

After two years of searching, finding and signing, a Fairlight CMI keyboard, autographed by 44 artists, received a winning bid of $100,000 at the WITNESS...

L.A. Open Moves to May

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

Scheduled a month earlier than last year, the 12th Annual Mix L.A. Open is set for Monday, May 14, 2007, at the Malibu Country Club. Proceeds will benefit...

Industry News

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

Working for Disc Makers (Pennsauken, NJ) for the past 20 years, Tony Van Veen is the company's new presidentPhil French has been promoted to president/COO...


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

Who: Matt Grippo, Manhattan Producers Alliance general director/CEO Main Responsibility: ensuring our members are getting the most out of the organization...


Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM

The Solid State Logic Delta-Link MADI HD (January 2007 Tools of the Trade) is priced at $3,595, not $4,995. In Joan Osborne Explores Her Country Roots...

On the Cover

Sony Computer Entertainment America

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Tom Kenny

It's as if the garage band suddenly stepped out and played the House of Blues. Or the art-house videographer submitted a high-def buddy film to Sundance...