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Sound FX by Alex Case

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Basic Mix Approach 12

″The rubble over which you are stumblingJust isn′t that hard.What did you do with all that grace, now?What did you do with all my wine?What makes you think that just′ cause you dress bright,it means that you shine?″

— ″HALF HARVEST,″ MICHAEL PENN, MARCH (BMG MUSIC, 1989)

Recording engineers are musicians. Sometimes, recording engineers are excellent piano players, drummers, or singers. Always, recording engineers are musicians. Their instrument is the recording studio. The loudspeakers will play back a multitrack production that is artistically successful only if the engineer knows a good deal about music and how to play their instrument, which is the equipment of the studio. The challenge of coaxing art out of technology ...

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