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Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

Universal Audio 175b Tube Compressor
If this is followed by a UREI 1176, you have the magic combination for vocal recording. The 175b has to be my favorite tube compressor.

Gates "Level Devil" Compressor
This is a big tubey monster, and the little graphic of the devil on the meter is probably what makes it so cool to have around. Oh, yeah, it sounds good too!

Gates "Sta-Level" Tube Compressor
The poor-man's LA-2A. A secret weapon for getting earthy, warm tones out of vocals. This is what made Johnny Cash's vocals so intimate and woody on the Unchained album.

ITA LA-1A Compressor
Yes, before the LA2-A, the LA-3A and the LA-4, there was the LA-1A. A big-ole, sweet-sounding, tube-filled beast. Super-rare.

Neve 1073 EQ
We have a whole bunch of these babies, and they make you look like a freakin' genius when you plug a mic into one because it will always sounds good.

Dildo Mic (Make and Model Unknown)
Its intriguing shape first caught my attention, and I bought it along with a box full of other old crystals and early dynamics for cheap. I originally purchased the mic for Maynard to use on the Tool Aenima record, but when royalty negotiations broke down before we started recording, I was the one who wound up getting the shaft!

Telefunken U47 Mic
When you need that clear, warm intimate vocal sound, this is usually the right mic for the job. I wish we had 10 of these.

Shure SM57
It may look like a regular old SM57, but it's not. This is the mic that David Bowie sang in, and it has his breath and spit on it, making it extra precious. It is brought out only on special occasions. I was assisting at Larrabee Sound during the time Bowie was recording the second Tin Machine record. For some reason, there wasn't a 57 in the house, so I volunteered mine. Who knew that he would prefer to use that $100 mic for his vocals?

Teisco Table-Top Guitar Amplifier
A little Japanese guitar amp shaped like an end table for your weird plastic '70s living room ensemble. Sounds pretty horrible, but is a great place to set your coffee mug while playing through a guitar amp.

Piggy Amp
We have zillions of similar little combo amps—by Airline, Supro, Danelectro, Silvertone, Guyatone, Magnatone, Valco, etc.#151;and they all have their own special sound. But this one is freakin' amazing#151;a bluesy, growly little animal. And it's battery powered, as well as AC powered, so you can take it camping!

Matchless DC-30
I was so lucky to get this amp. I had made the order, paid for it and waited and waited. During my wait, the company went under. I fully expected to never see the amp#151;and then there it was, six months later, at my door! Not exactly the color I ordered, but a DC-30 nonetheless, and I've never had reason to complain. This amp has unbelievable harmonic overtones that I've never heard on any other guitar amplifier.

Roland Space Echo
One of our most important effects units in the studio. There is hardly anything as magical as an inspired performance on this unit with just the right amount of "intensity"#151;with the easily recognized signature of the landing alien craft.

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