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Mix Secrets

Our longstanding series called INSIDE TRACK: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers kicked off with Dave Pensado in our January 2007 edition. It's been a stalwart element of Sound On Sound magazine ever since. Full of nuggets of pro insider advice and tool tips, Inside Track focuses each month on a hit record and lays bare its mixing and production techniques, along with recording explanations from the artists and engineers who were involved in its creation.

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    Inside Track: Blur 'The Ballad Of Darren'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Wrench

    David Wrench’s goal as mix engineer was to make Blur sound like themselves!

    Techniques . Nov 2023
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    Inside Track: Trippie Redd 'A Love Letter To You 5'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Koen Heldens

    Working on Trippie Redd’s mixtape A Love Letter To You 5 at Miami’s Criteria Studios gave mixer Koen Heldens the rare chance to mix a rap album to half‑inch tape.

    Techniques . Oct 2023
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    Inside Track: Noel Gallagher 'Council Skies'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Callum Marinho

    The success of Noel Gallagher’s Council Skies owes much to his resident engineer Callum Marinho, who not only tracked but mixed the album.

    Techniques Aug 2023
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    Inside Track: David Kushner ‘Daylight’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jacob ‘Biz’ Morris

    Today’s TikTok‑driven music market demands authenticity, as Atlanta mixer Jacob Morris found when he mixed David Kushner’s ‘Daylight’.

    Techniques Jul 2023
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    Inside Track: Depeche Mode 'Memento Mori'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Marta Salogni

    Analogue tape played a key role in the production of Depeche Mode’s Memento Mori album — even though it was recorded to Pro Tools.

    Techniques Jun 2023
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    Inside Track: Kali Uchis 'Fantasy'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Prash ‘Engine-Earz’ Mistry

    High‑end outboard is an essential part of Prash Mistry’s mixing and mastering setup — as heard on Kali Uchis’ hit album Red Moon In Venus.

    Techniques May 2023
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    Inside Track: Metro Boomin 'Heroes & Villains'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ethan Stevens

    Metro Boomin’s right‑hand man is championing old‑school mixing techniques in the 21st Century.

    Techniques Apr 2023
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    Inside Track: SZA 'Kill Bill'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Bisel

    It’s no surprise that SZA’s long‑awaited second album has been a hit. More surprising was the key role of little‑known engineer and producer Rob Bisel.

    Techniques Mar 2023
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    Inside Track: Meghan Trainor 'Made You Look'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jeremie Inhaber

    When you’ve learned your craft from Manny Marroquin, you can mix on almost any system — as Jeremie Inhaber proved with Meghan Trainor’s ‘Made You Look’.

    Techniques Feb 2023
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    Inside Track: Stormzy 'Hide & Seek'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Leandro ‘Dro’ Hidalgo

    With hit albums for Dave, Wizkid and now Stormzy, Brazilian‑American mixer Leandro Hidalgo is at the top of his game.

    Techniques Jan 2023
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    Inside Track: Steve Lacy 'Bad Habit'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Neal Pogue

    Want a hit that transcends genres? Hire a mix engineer who does the same — as Steve Lacy did with Neal Pogue.

    Techniques Dec 2022
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    Inside Track: David Guetta & Bebe Rexha 'I'm Good (Blue)'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Timofey Reznikov

    Timofey Reznikov made a name for himself recreating tracks by famous producers. Now, he mixes their tracks!

    Techniques Nov 2022
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    Inside Track: YoungBoy 'Loner Life'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jason ‘Cheese’ Goldberg

    For Jason ‘Cheese’ Goldberg, working with YoungBoy means working anywhere and working fast — without compromising quality.

    Techniques Oct 2022
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    Inside Track: Charli XCX 'New Shapes'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Geoff Swan

    Geoff Swan gave up a successful studio business to become an assistant engineer — a risk which paid off with Charli XCX’s number one album, Crash.

    Techniques Jun 2022
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    Inside Track: Gayle ‘ABCDEFU’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Nappi

    It was just another session for producer Peter Nappi, but Gayle’s ‘ABCDEFU’ would become one of the most listened‑to tracks of 2022.

    Techniques Mar 2022
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    Inside Track: TWICE 'Scientist'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Taesub Lee

    When you’re polishing a nine‑piece vocal band like TWICE to K‑pop perfection, organisation is essential!

    Techniques Feb 2022
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    Inside Track: MoneyBagg Yo ‘Wockesha’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ari Morris

    Hip‑hop and metal share more in common than you might think, as mixer Ari Morris confirmed when he worked on MoneyBagg Yo’s hit album, A Gangsta’s Pain.

    Techniques Jan 2022
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    Inside Track: Måneskin ‘Beggin’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Alessandro Marcantoni

    Italian band Måneskin were unlikely winners of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, but even that couldn’t prepare them for what came next. Mix engineer Alessandro Marcantoni tells the story of their viral single ‘Beggin’.

    Techniques Oct 2021
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    Inside Track: Polo G ‘Rapstar’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Todd Hurtt

    Polo G could have worked with any superstar mix engineer on the planet. Instead, he chose relative unknown Todd Hurtt to mix his hit album Hall Of Fame.

    Techniques Sep 2021
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    Inside Track: St Vincent ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Cian Riordan

    The experimental production behind St Vincent’s album Daddy’s Home made for an unusual and challenging mix.

    Techniques Aug 2021
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    Inside Track: Olivia Rodrigo ‘Drivers License’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mitch McCarthy

    Olivia Rodrigo stormed the charts earlier this year with her breakthrough single ‘Drivers License’. LA’s rising star Mitch McCarthy talks us through the mix.

    Techniques Apr 2021


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