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Table Of Contents
Producers, Engineers Triumph at 50th Annual Grammy Awards
MXL Genesis Tube Mic
Using High-Quality Reference Headphones
Cool Spins — New Releases!
Digidesign On 'Late Show with David Letterman'

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Producers, Engineers Triumph at 50th Annual Grammy Awards
Producer/engineer Mark Ronson (pictured) received Record of the Year for Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, for his work on Winehouse's Back to Black and Lily Allen's Alright, Still, at the 50th annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 10. MORE.

MXL Genesis Tube Mic
MXL's new flagship microphone, Genesis, exhibits the clarity and warmth typically associated with the finest tube mics. Designed primarily for vocals, this large-diaphragm cardioid condenser features a 1.2-inch diameter capsule with a 6-micron, gold sputtered diaphragm and a hand-selected Mullard 12AT7 tube—known for its clean, rich tone and a silky high-end. The mic has a -10 dB pad, a 100Hz 6 dB/octave roll-off switch and operates with 48-volt phantom power. Genesis will be supplied with microphone, power supply, heavy duty shock-mount, and Mogami mic and tube cables housed in a high quality flight case. Each Genesis mic is serialized and supplied with QC verification of excellence documentation. MSRP is $799. For more information, visit For more information on new products announced at Winter NAMM 2008, click here.

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Check out for profiles on this year's Grammy nominees! Coming soon: video from the production truck and so much more!

Get All Geared Up for GDC 2008!
Take a look at Mix's new Game Developers Conference 2008 site, where you'll get access to our blogs from the showfloor, videos of hot products and announcements, our special "survival guide" to getting in and around San Francisco, and much more:

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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!

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!


Using High-Quality Reference Headphones
Three-time Grammy Award winning producer/engineer David Isaac stresses the importance of using high-quality reference headphones when tracking and mixing. While working on bassist Marcus Miller's latest album project, Free at Firehouse Recording studios (Pasadena, Calif.) and Titan Music and Film Works (Downey, Calif.), Isaac used a pair of Ultrasone ProLine 650 headphones—which incorporate Ultrasone's patented S-Logic System—and was pleased with their performance.

"I felt like I was in the middle of the music again," Isaac says. "I could hear everything, and the dynamics and placement of everyone. Now I carry them with me everywhere as a point of reference. With other headphones, there were always things that distracted me: the low end would be boomy, or the high end or midrange would be harsh. With the Ultrasones, the definition is there, the low-end translates, the midrange is not harsh, and the high end is clear. As a result, the space and mix that I'm sculpting in the speakers also translates in the headphones. Also, for closed environment listening, they work great for making sure that I'm not missing anything."

Cool Spins — New Releases!

Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin' (Lost Highway)
Musical interpretation is a difficult art; you're always walking the delicate line between reverent re-invention and mere imitation. Nearly 40 years ago, Dusty Springfield released the landmark Dusty in Memphis, which, with its throaty, bluesy vocals and open sensuality, completed her evolution from a British pop sensation to a soul chanteuse. Shelby Lynne, herself having transitioned musically from Nashville rebel to a crossover pop success, honors the Springfield songbook with Just a Little Lovin'... MORE

Chris Vallillo: Abraham Lincoln in Song (Gin Ridge)
And now for something completely different: genuine early American folk music! February 12 marked Abraham Lincoln's 199th birthday (back when I was a kid, February 12 was a school holiday; now Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays have been shmushed together into a single ski weekend), so I though it would be nice to give a little virtual ink to this fine album of folk songs, most of them from Lincoln's time; a few are even about Lincoln... MORE


Digidesign On 'Late Show with David Letterman'
A recent Late Show with David Letterman broadcast included a segment called "Technical Maintenance Minute," in which the series' technical maintenance crew reports its "Digi-tastic" purchase of a Digidesign ICON D-Control console and upgrade to Pro Tools Version 7.4. Watch the video here.

Mastering Engineer Greg Calbi on 'Mastering vs. Remastering'
Check out this blog from c|net that was posted today, an interview with Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound in New York City, who explains the mastering process and comments on rumors that The Beatles' catalog will be remastered for iTunes; click here.

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