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Mix's Grammy Awards Videos Are Now Online!
KRK ERGO Room Audio Correction
Get All Geared Up for GDC 2008!
Getting a Natural Drum Sound
The Band: 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

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Mix's Grammy Awards Videos Are Now Online!
Check out Mix's exclusive behind-the-scenes Grammy production videos, featuring interviews with music mixer John Harris of XM Production/Effanel Music on mixing the awards telecast, Dolby Labs' Rocky Graham on the importance of the Dialnorm parameter and RF coordinator David Bellamy about the wireless audio coordination for the telecast. To watch the videos, click here.

This year marked 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. You can also sample music from the nominees in our iMixes.

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Sennheiser's MKH 8000 series has top audio professionals smiling. With its incredible accuracy and tremendous range of accessories, it's adaptable to any requirement-from live sound to studio recording to score-mixing. Bob Fernandez and Claudia Engelhart talk more about the MKH the video.

KRK ERGO Room Audio Correction
New from KRK Systems, ERGO is a digital room analysis/correction system that can be used with recording monitors from any manufacturer. ERGO (Enhanced Room Geometry Optimization) technology improves the studio listening environment by correcting for "real world" acoustic problems. Retailing at $799, ERGO delivers sophisticated room correction at a fraction of the cost of traditional room treatments. MORE.

For more information on new products announced at Winter NAMM 2008, click here.

Steinberg Presents Classroom Resource Pack

VirSyn Releases First VST3 Plug-in



Get All Geared Up for GDC 2008!
This year's Game Developers Conference is taking place today through Friday, February 22 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Take a look at Mix's new Game Developers Conference 2008 site, where you'll get access to our blogs from the show floor, videos of hot products and announcements, our special "survival guide" to getting in and around San Francisco, and much more:

Missed Winter NAMM?
Then check out, 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!

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!


Getting a Natural Drum Sound
I'm not sure how this got to be the "standard" way of getting a drum sound, but after setting the mix levels of the kick, snare, hi-hat and tom mics, the two overheads are usually brought up last and then rolled off substantially to prevent low frequencies from interfering with the other drum mics. If the drums were tracked in a decent room, then as an alternative, try beginning your mix with the two overhead mics (without LF roll-off), adding a touch of kick and bringing up the other mics on an as-needed basis. This approach often yields a very natural drum sound with a detailed stereo image. Give it a try! —George Petersen
The Band: 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'
Some Grammy winners make headlines, while others are celebrated in the margins. If you weren't watching that fast-moving text at the bottom of your screen, listing the "awards presented earlier," then you might not know that throat cancer survivor, and former member of The Band, Levon Helm won his first Grammy last week -- in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album, for Dirt Farmer. As a nod to Helm's much-deserved win, Mix Classics looks way back at another of his memorable vocal performances: The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," which Blair Jackson wrote about in our "Classic Tracks" column in October 2002; click here.

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