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From Mix Magazine | A Penton Media Publication    February 5, 2008  
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Table Of Contents
ATTENTION: GAME SOUND DEVELOPERS
Mix Honors the Grammy Nominees
Focusrite Liquid4Pre
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF GRAMMYS
Live Recording: Mixing a Room Mic with Stage Mics
Game Sound Special
Tchad Blake
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TALKBACK
ATTENTION: GAME SOUND DEVELOPERS
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FEATURE STORY
Mix Honors the Grammy Nominees
Clear the decks Sunday night—it's Grammy time! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, and Mix honors the Recording Academy and all of the nominees with a special Grammy Website. Check out our profiles on the production nominees (Best Engineered Album, both Classical and Non-Classical; Producer of the Year, both Classical and Non-Classical) and Surround Sound Projects, as well as this year's Technical Grammy Award winners. Sample music from the nominees in our iMixes. And after the show, come back for a virtual tour of the production truck, and chats with the show's audio producers on the 5.1 surround sound broadcast.

While we can't get you a physical front-row seat to one of the year's hottest awards shows, we can ensure that you get a virtual VIP pass, with video of the truck, photos of past winners and so much more! Click here for more.

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NEW PRODUCTS
Focusrite Liquid4Pre
This 4-channel mic preamp from Focusrite ($3,499.99) marries an analog front-end with dynamic convolution DSP, outputting the sounds of 40 vintage and classic preamps across all four channels. Digitally controlled and remotely controllable over Ethernet via dedicated Liquid4Control software, the unit offers 99 setup memory slots and total recall of every parameter. A Pro Tools TDM/RTAS plug-in allows integrated remote control via Pro Tools and Icon/Venue systems. A harmonic distortion circuit accounts for variance in the vintage originals, while Session Saver -- an AGC circuit -- intelligently reduces the input level to help avoid critical overs. Every channel has independent controls for highpass filter, phantom power and polarity reverse. AES and ADAT optical digital inputs/outputs are provided as is an optional EtherSound 8-channel card. For more information on new products announced at Winter NAMM 2008, click here.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MIX
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF GRAMMYS
Check out mixonline.com/grammys for profiles on this year's Grammy nominees! Coming soon: video from the production truck and so much more!

Missed Winter NAMM?
Then check out http://emusician.com/ms/namm08, where you'll find the editors of EM, Mix and Remix's top hits—from video to podcasts, new product announcements to blogs and much more!

Mix's New Nashville Columnist, Peter Cooper
The editors of Mix are happy to announce that Peter Cooper has signed on as the new writer of our "Nashville Skyline" column. Cooper will be reporting on all the studio business/session news from Music City, and he couldn't be more qualified for the job! Cooper is a talented music writer for the Nashville Tennesean, as well as a country music-history teacher, and a performing musician who can often be seen out playing bass for singer/songwriter Todd Snider.

Cooper's first column for Mix appears in our March issue, in which he reveals a few more details about his own career and then digs into one of the biggest projects to come out of Nashville in recent months: Vince Gill's Grammy-nominated, multidisc/multigenre album These Days. Check out "Skyline" in our March "Coast to Coast" section, and find out how Gill and producer/engineers Justin Niebank and Gill Hobbs managed to recording and mixing the album's 43 tracks!

Game Audio Digital Magazine
Hey, game lovers! Put that Wii remote down before you sprain a thumb again and check out the latest in Mix's new Game Audio digital magazine. This new monthly mag brings you behind the scenes on creating sounds for today's hottest titles, from Guitar Hero to Splinter Cell and Call of Duty, plus hot gear news, tech pages and spotlights on audio pros like you who've made it big. And if that's not enough to make you look, we've thrown in some cool giveaways, if you can find 'em! To check out the current issue, click here!

RECORDING TIP
Live Recording: Mixing a Room Mic with Stage Mics
When recording live to a digital audio workstation and mixing a room mic from front of house together with the stage mics, there will be a natural delay between the feeds, which makes for a confusing listening experience. To fix this, go to the tracks in your DAW's time line and slide the FOH feed forward in time, lining it up with the loudest thing from the stage. This negates the delay created by the mic's placement, cleaning up the slappy delay and giving the listener and mixer a more realistic idea of what's going on in the room. —Kevin Becka
THIS MONTH IN MIX
Game Sound Special
From lavish big-screen budgets to the seemingly limitless capabilities of next-gen platforms, it's a great time to be in game audio. This month, we take you behind the scenes for sound design on top titles.

In Mix's February 2008 issue, you can learn about crafting shredding licks for Guitar Hero III with the team at WaveGroup in Fremont Calif., this month's cover studio; miking cobra helicopters, Abrams tanks and vintage weapons at Camp Pendleton for Call of Duty 4; tapping into surround effects libraries to create custom game soundscapes; and an interview with game composer Tom Salta, who cranks out scores for titles like Red Steel and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, right out of his Connecticut home studio.

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FEATURED PRODUCER/ARTIST
Tchad Blake
Expect the unexpected. Nominated for what could be his second Grammy in the Best Engineered Album Non-Classical category, Tchad Blake is an extraordinary producer/engineer whose approach to sonics is always out of conventional bounds. This latest Grammy nod is for his work on Suzanne Vega's Beauty and Crime, an album that matches unusual beats with the singer/songwriter's intimate voice, giving her music an almost otherworldly quality. During his longtime association with producer/musician (and Vega's ex) Mitchell Froom, whom Blake met at Sunset Sound in the early 1980s, Blake helped established artists such as Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney break new ground. Known for his unorthodox recording and sound creation methods, Blake's talents have fit perfectly with the aesthetic of avant-garde artists such as Los Lobos, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits.

Several years ago, Blake moved to the UK, and now does most of his projects in the Big Room at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios. Mix has covered many of the milestones in Blake's uncompromising career. To learn more, see the past features "Working in the Real World," a 2002 interview with Crowded House's Neil Finn and Maureen Droney's "Radical Recording" story, as well as a new article about Blake's contributions to Vega's Grammy-nominated release.

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