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November 1, 2007

November 1, 2007


Mixing Piano

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

Mixing piano, no matter the genre, calls for your creativity as a mixer and the input of the production team as a guide. Creative discussions can center…

Livin’ Large

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

Forty years ago, Ed Long of Calibration Standard Instruments introduced the then-revolutionary concept of the Near-Field Monitor with his MDM-4 speakers,…

Sweet Sounds From the Stage

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

For many engineers, the most difficult aspect of a live mix is the drum sound. In most situations, miking the drum kit requires patience, a gaggle of…


Tools of the Trade

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

IK MULTIMEDIA SAMPLETANK VERSION 2.5 The latest version of IK Multimedia’s ( SampleTank ($499) offers a bevy of new features, including…

Field Test: Mackie Tracktion 3 DAW/Sequencer

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Jim Aikin

The original release of Mackie Tracktion was notable for its bold attempt to redesign the traditional sequencer user interface in a way that would be…

Field Test: Waves API Collection Plug-Ins

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

Waves and Automated Processed Inc. (API) have co-engineered the API Collection of plug-in processors based on the latter’s hardware processors. The API…

Field Test: Klein + Hummel O 300 Studio Monitors

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

It wasn’t long ago that active monitors were the exception in studios rather than the norm. Part of the popularity of self-powered speakers can be linked…

Field Test: Langevin Mini Massive Stereo EQ

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By David Rideau

When it was released in 1999, the Manley Massive Passive EQ took the high-end pro audio world by storm. The Pultec on steroids design gave engineers a…

Snapshot Product Reviews

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

ULTRASONE EDITION 9 Studio Headphones Since 1991, Ultrasone has concentrated on building one product: headphones. The new Edition 9 headphones use the…

Propellerhead Reason

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Gerry Bassermann

Ever since Propellerhead first showed Reason, its sequencer and virtual rack filled with cool-looking DSP models of mixers, synths and effects and then…

Sound for Picture

American Gangster

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

Since he made his first splash as a feature film director with The Duelists 30 years ago, Ridley Scott has established himself as one of our most compelling…

Creative on Demand

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

Randy Thornton, the COO of Non Stop Music (now a division of Warner Chappell), jokes that, No one grows up saying, I want to write for production music…

Live Mix

All Access: Arctic Monkeys

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

From the same label that brought you Franz Ferdinand and other Britpop/alternative rock groups comes Arctic Monkeys, a foursome of highly talented musicians…

It’s a Love Fest

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

From the producers of last year’s highly acclaimed Primal Twang series of concerts comes another gathering of stellar musicians: a theatrical celebration…

The Stray Cats

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

The reunited Stray Cats have been touring as both a headlining tour and on dates opening for ZZ Top. We spoke with Jake Mann, the band’s front-of-house…


Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Sound Image (Escondido, Calif.) is currently on a U.S. tour with Rascal Flatts; the tour’s HiQnet system features dbx processing and Crown power configured…

On the Road: Joan Baez

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Jason Raboin just wrapped up a tour with Joan Baez and is now out with Modest Mouse. With only one day off between two distinctly different tours, Raboin…

Now Playing: Rascal Flatts and Mutemath

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Rascal Flatts Sound Company: Sound Image FOH Engineer/Board: Jon Garber/DiGiCo D5 112ex Monitor Engineer/Board: Stu Delk/two Yamaha PM5000s P.A./Amps:…

Billy Bob Thornton Rocks S.F.

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton recently finished up a West Coast tour, including a date at San Francisco’s Slim’s in mid-September, in support of his…

New Sound Reinforcement Products

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

REAL SOUND LAB CONEQ APEQ-2PRO New at AES, the APEQ-2PRO Acoustic Power Equalizer from Real Sound Lab ( provides two channels of…

Recording Notes

Maroon 5

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By David John Farinella

It turns out that the old saw about hard work paying off is true, as the members of Maroon 5 can attest. They spent a little more than eight months recording…

The L.A. Guitar Quartet

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

For 27 years now, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has been among the most respected chamber ensembles in this country, wowing classical music audiences…

Classic Tracks: The Traveling Wilbury’s “Handle With Care”

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Matt Hurwitz

The Traveling Wilburys were perhaps popular music’s most unusual George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison wrote all the material…

Coast to Coast

L.A. Grapevine

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

Last fall, Pepperdine University, whose main campus covers a Malibu hillside overlooking the Pacific, unveiled its music lab, featuring 17 specially designed…

Nashville Skyline

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

One of the most fertile scenes in the South for interesting new pop and rock music is Murfreesboro, Tenn. Only half an hour south of Nashville, it is…

New York Metro

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

Mention cutting edge and in the same breath, and big band music doesn’t automatically come to mind. However, the market for very lively styles like jazz…

Big In Texas

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

Ron Rutledge had been talking about getting out of L.A. almost as long as he’d been managing A&M/Henson Recording Studios. Even with that plum job, after…

Usher in Toronto

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

Artist/producer Timbaland brought a creative team to Cherry Beach Studios (Toronto, Ontario) to work on tracks for Usher’s next album. Engineers Jimmy…

Willie and Deana

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

The Academy of Country Music’s 2006 Producer of the Year, Buddy Cannon, visited Studio Unicorn (Redding, Conn.) to do overdubs for two new album projects….

Track Sheet

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

SOUTHEAST At Better Than Ezra’s Fudge Recording Studios (New Orleans), Jack Miele and Ezra bassist Tom Drummond engineered the sophomore release from…

Tech’s Files

No One Expects the Superimposition

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Eddie Ciletti

Back in July, I taught a two-week, full-immersion class that re-created Beatles-style recording sessions. Our space, dubbed Not Too Shabby Road, was outfitted…


Education Generation

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

There are a lot of audio education programs out there, from weeklong studio classes to Master’s programs. From Berklee College of Music to Musicians Institute,…

From the Editor

The New Face of Education

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By George Petersen Executive Editor

In that once upon a time three decades ago, when Mix began, someone who was a motivated self-starter could visit a local studio, sign on as a janitor/go-fer…


Letters to Mix

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

THE ONE WHO STARTED IT ALL In your article 30 People Who Shaped Sound (October 2007), you forgot the Number One guy. Without him, there wouldn’t be another…

Current/Industry News

Pete’s Place Launches

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

The Airtel Plaza hotel in Van Nuys, Calif., hosted the official introduction of Pete’s Place, a new division of A-Designs Audio. Pete’s Place is a consortium…

Neko System on Display

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly hosted an event on August 18th, 2007, featuring the Neko Music Production System by Open Labs. Film composer Nick O’Toole showcased Neko…

Pyramind Expands

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

Pyramind: The Institute for Advanced Digital Audio Training has expanded to include a 36,000-square-foot building in San Francisco close to its headquarters….

615 Music Buys Metro Music

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

Production music company 615 Music has purchased music library company Metro Music; owner/composer Mitch Coodley (pictured) will continue to write and…


Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM

In Bombastic Bass (July 2005), in the sidebar The Story Behind the Sound, Klaus Voorman was inadvertently described as the late Klaus Voorman. Voorman…

PAD Celebrates 15 Years

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

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Professional Audio Design completed its 75th custom-monitoring system with an install at Robert Clivills’…

On the Move: Brian Dozoretz

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

Who: Brian Dozoretz, Ithaca College School of Music’s manager of music recording technical support Previous Lives: 2001-2007, Bennett Studios engineer,…

New England Institute Hosts Student Summit

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

An estimated 400 students from across the Northeast Region came to see 30 presenters (including Grammy Award-winning engineer Jim Anderson) and vendors…

Industry News

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

New York City-based PostWorks adds Rocky Tortorella as director of sound services and veteran Sony sound designer/mixer Paul FurediNew face at Syntonic…

SPARS Soundbites

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Leslie Ann Jones

It is my pleasure to serve for another year as SPARS’ president. I want to thank our current board members for a great year of volunteer service: Jeff…

On the Cover

Full Sail Real World Education

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

Twenty-eight years ago, when a recording education was primarily the province of conservatories and four-year degree programs and still viewed with skepticism…