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October 1, 2010

October 1, 2010 Mix Issue Table of Contents

October 1, 2010


DAWs for Pro Audio Applications

Sep 22, 2010 12:43 PM, By George Petersen

From functional freeware to high-end apps, the current crop of DAW software represents an exceedingly wide range of offerings for the PC or Mac user. And it’s a rare user who can get by working on only a single title, so sometimes a second or third DAW program—reflecting different specialties—is a must. …

Tech: AES 2010 New Products

Oct 6, 2010 5:04 PM, By the Mix Staff

Mix magazine October 2010 new products at AES 2010 San Francisco article features new pro audio products in October Mix magazine pro audio product section …

System Designers At Work

Oct 6, 2010 5:11 PM, By Blair Jackson

With technology changing by the minute and becoming ever more complex in some ways (but simpler in others), it’s getting harder even for seasoned audio pros to keep up with dizzying shifts and trends. Owner/operators may wonder: How do I integrate new gear into my old workflow—or should I try? …


Analoguetube AT-101 Stereo Limiter Review

Sep 22, 2010 3:08 PM, By Barry Rudolph

The Fairchild 670 (and mono 660 version) were originally designed by Russian émigré Rein Narma for Les Paul in the 1950s for limiting audio program going to disc-cutting amplifiers. It’s considered by many to be the ultimate in audio limiters….

Solid State Logic X-Patch Review

Sep 22, 2010 3:24 PM, By Barry Rudolph

X-Patch is an analog line-level signal-routing matrix that uses SSL’s SuperAnalogue™ technology and a JFET switching array borrowed from the company’s Matrix console. SSL’s Logictivity™ X-Patch Remote Studio Browser, an included Java-based application, communicates to X-Patch over Ethernet for setup, configuration and preset selection….

Neural UpMix by DTS Review

Sep 22, 2010 3:54 PM, By Brandon Hickey

Neural UpMix by DTS is a software version of Neural’s intelligent upmixing hardware processor. It can be used as a real-time plug-in with surround-ready software like Pro Tools HD, Pro Tools LE with Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit or Nuendo, but it can also function as an Audio Suite plug-in in Pro Tools. Rather than serve as a matrix decoder…

Coles 4050 Stereo Ribbon Microphone Review

Sep 22, 2010 4:07 PM, By Kevin Becka

Coles Electroacoustics started designing microphones for the BBC more than 30 years ago. First employed as broadcast models, Coles mics soon caught on with audio engineers seeking that “ribbon sound” on their tracks. The 4038 is Coles’ most recognized studio model, but now there is a contender for the flagship position. …

VocalBooth Gold, Platinum and Diamond Series Review

Sep 22, 2010 4:20 PM, By Michael Cooper

Not everyone can afford to build a studio from the ground up, and retrofitting an existing space to achieve isolation and flattering acoustics can be prohibitively time-consuming and disruptive. To address these issues, VocalBooth™ provides modular isolation booths for recording, mixing, broadcast and rehearsal. …


Music: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Sep 22, 2010 1:14 PM, By Blair Jackson

Offhand, Michael Franti and Spearhead would not seem to be likely candidates to land songs in the Top 20 and become a popular headliner. After all, the tall, biracial, dreadlocked, tattooed, perennially barefoot Franti has been dancing (literally) around the periphery of what we might call “popular” music since the mid-’80s. …

Music: Nellie McKay

Oct 6, 2010 5:36 PM, By Barbara Schultz

“Where do songs come from?” Nellie McKay asks in our interview about her latest release, Home Sweet Mobile Home. Her question may be directed inward in part, but it’s not rhetorical. After making five albums—four composed of original material and one collection of Doris Day covers, Normal as Blueberry Pie—this sweet-voiced, quirky, gentle artist is still somewhat mystified by her own process. …

Classic Tracks: John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”

Oct 6, 2010 7:49 PM, By Blair Jackson

It’s October, and that means playoff baseball and the World Series, so what better “Classic Track” to talk about this month than John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”? Not only does 2010 mark the song’s 25th anniversary, it also earned the supreme honor this past summer of being formally “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.—it plays there ’round the clock. …

Music: Peter Himmelman

Oct 6, 2010 6:04 PM, By Matt Gallagher

A look at the recording of Peter Himmelman Mystery and the Hum 2010 Album …

Music: Perfect Sound Opens in Hollywood Hills

Oct 6, 2010 6:13 PM, By Matt Gallagher

Producer/engineer Norm Kerner teamed up with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jake Rodenhouse to convert a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house on a secluded estate in the Hollywood Hills into a full-service music production facility, Perfect Sound. …

Music: Taking Back Sunday in the Studio

Oct 6, 2010 6:19 PM, By Barbara Schultz

The fifth album by tuneful rockers Taking Back Sunday is a work in progress. In June, the bandmembers were in Robert Lang Studios (Seattle), writing and arranging new songs with producer/engineer Eric Valentine, who was also with them for Louder Now(2006). …

Ray LaMontagne’s Great Room Recordings

Oct 6, 2010 6:25 PM, By Barbara Schultz

When singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne decided to self-produce an album at home, he asked around, looking for an experienced engineer with enough equipment to capture his five-piece band live in the great room of his house in rural Massachusetts—this was not a job for a DAW and a few mics. LaMontagne’s drummer, Jay Bellerose, and another friend, Elvis Costello, agreed that LaMontagne should give Ryan Freeland a call. …


Goo Goo Dolls Tour Profile

Sep 22, 2010 1:33 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

The Goo Goo Dolls may have stayed quiet for the past few years—four years passed between Let Love In (2006) and this year’s Something for the Rest of Us—yet they were anything but when the foursome hit the stage in late August at the Sleep Train Pavilion (Concord, Calif.). …

All Access: Toby Keith

Oct 7, 2010 2:29 PM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Country superstar Toby Keith is out on tour to support his latest album, American Ride (much of which was written on the road last year; will there be a new album resulting from this jaunt?). Mix caught up with the Sound Image–supported tour in early August at the Shoreline Amphitheater (Mountain View, Calif.). …

Lilith Fair Tour Profile

Oct 7, 2010 1:09 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Female singer/songwriter touring festival Lilith Fair stopped by the Shoreline Amphitheater (Mountain View, Calif.) in early July, where fans were treated to sets by Sarah McLachlan (founder of the festival), Heart, Miranda Lambert, The Bangles, Colbie Caillat and much more on three stages…

Paisley Tour’s “Other” Concert Stage

Oct 7, 2010 1:48 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

Fans traversing the parking lot on their way to the Brad Paisley H20 tour were treated to a two-hour pre-show concert at the “Water World Plaza Stage” outside the main venue on a portable stage setup, where up-and-coming artists Steel Magnolia, Easton Corbin and Josh Thompson performed. …

Load In: Sound Reinforcement News, October 2010

Oct 7, 2010 1:59 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Read Mix News For the Concert Touring Professional In the October 2010 Issue of Mix …

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

Oct 7, 2010 2:17 PM

Mix magazine new sound reinforcement products column in the October 2010 issue of Mix magazine live sound products section article …


In Memoriam: Keith Barr 1949-2010

Aug 25, 2010 6:48 PM, By George Petersen

Gene Czerwinski (1927-2010)

Aug 17, 2010 3:35 PM

Industry News, October 2010

Oct 6, 2010 2:09 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Read Mix October 2010 Coverage on New Hires, Promotions, Distribution Deals in Pro Audio…

Electric Lady Celebrates 40 Years

Aug 27, 2010 4:24 PM, By David Weiss

Operating nonstop in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village for four decades, Electric Lady Recording Studios has been a remarkable landmark of the world audio scene almost since the day it opened on August 26, 1970. …


Gear Stories With Sylvia Massy: The Spirit of American Gadgetry

Sep 21, 2010 7:11 PM, By Sylvia Massy

Ed Heath’s airplane fell apart in mid-air, killing him as it disintegrated. It was 1931, and Heath had been riding on the wings of the American industrial revolution with his line of build-your-own airplanes. …

Stephen Hart Q&A

Oct 7, 2010 3:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

When we last spoke, you had just opened for business inside Bay Area Sound Studios (San Rafael, Calif.), but you’ve moved since then. Could you catch us up on what changed at BASS and what you’re doing now?

On the Cover

On the Cover: Chris Lord-Alge’s Mix L.A.

Sep 21, 2010 7:01 PM, By Maureen Droney

Does Chris Lord Alge really need an introduction at this point? From Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Nickelback and My Chemical Romance, to Faith Hill, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge and countless more, Lord Alge has had a long run of mixing hits. …

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