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Upgrade? Is It Time Yet?
As an engineer, educator, content creator and communicator, I’m constantly wrestling with tech upgrades. But the first question I have to always ask myself is: Will a software/hardware upgrade make me better at what I do?

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The Robair Report

The Eternal Swap Meet
Do the products we use for music production ever become obsolete if they still work? It seemed portentous that the day Mark Vail’s new book, The Synthesizer (Oxford University Press), arrived in the mail I would be asked to host “Setting Up a Second-Hand Studio” at the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineer’s Wing swap meet here in my own Bay Area chapter.

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Broadcasting Audio Science
Everyone is talking about the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act and the ATSC A/85 specification. The goal is to resolve the audio level discrepancy between video programming (TV shows, films, etc.) and commercials (aka “interstitials”). There is some humor in this—on multiple levels.


November 22
Always a somber date for those old enough to remember its significance, this anniversary of JFK’ assassination marks a special cause for pause-he was killed 50 years ago today. The cliche is that if you were sentient on November 22,1963 you remember where you were when you heard the news. I was in a junior high school classroom.

Audio Education Directory

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The editors at Mix present our long-standing “Audio Education Directory.” Whether looking to start a career in the recording/post/live sound industry or researching for a certificate course to boost your knowledge, this must-read directory is geared for you. Listed alphabetically by state, you’ll find the school closest to you to get you on your way.

Featured CD Review

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Review: MacManus Brothers, Elephant in the Room
As I write this, the MacManus Brothers are playing onstage at Kew Gardens, London, opening for their brother, Elvis Costello, and fans who scored tickets to see Costello solo are lucky and then some.
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29th Annual TEC Awards Voter's Guide



Mix Regional

The Mix Regional section for Mix's September 2014 issue focuses on Miami. Send us your studio news: updates, sessions, new rooms, plus club performances and installations. Let the Mix audience know what is going on! Send photos and descriptions to

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