Fabian Marasciullo: Recording Lil Wayne's 'How To Love'

Marasciullo's work on Lil Wayne's best-selling album Tha Carter IV suggests that when labels do dare to invest in albums rather than just singles, the results can be very worthwhile. Marasciullo mixed all but one of the 21 tracks that make up the album, and he and Wayne pulled out all the stops to deliver an album with the best possible sonic quality. Whether this is a direct result or not is up for debate, but Tha Carter IV sold close to a million in the first week after its release at the end of August, while its first single, '6 Foot 7 Foot', went double platinum, and the more recent single, 'How To Love', went platinum in a week.

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Noah '40' Shebib: Recording Drake's 'Headlines' - Inside Track

While I was on tour with Drake for the Club Paradise tour, I actually got to meet 40 and got to really experience their music first hand. I never really gave Drake's music a chance until that tour with J Cole, 2 Chains and French Montana. Over the years I have kept up with the music and i have to say its currently some of my favorite music to listen to. Not only do i enjoy listening to the music but I also respect the production and the mixing, and it seems everyone else does too. Its become so popular that for certain projects I draw inspiration and techniques from a lot of his production and 40's mixing. This is an article from my favorite magazine "Sound on Sound" explaining 40's "HeadLines" mix, going into the production process as well as some of the signal processing choices and settings.

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mikey Donaldson

The Tamar Braxton album Love And War was, says Mikey Donaldson, the "biggest opportunity” of his career, giving him the chance to engineer and mix the majority of a major release. Donaldson is a fast-rising star in the Los Angeles studio world, who modestly still regards himself as an understudy to the legendary mixer Jean-Marie Horvat. That's not to say that Donaldson doesn't already have an impressive track record of his own, which at the age of 26 already includes big names like Kelly Clarkson, Boyz II Men, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Pussycat Dolls, Beyoncé and Natasha Bedingfield.

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DR. DRE - The Producer and Engineer

In this article found in HipHopDX.com, Mark Batson (An award winning multi-platinum producer/ songwriter) explains the importance of audio engineering and the brotherhood they share with artists, producers and songwriters. Using the recent release of "Straight Out Of Compton" and the films failure to represent a vital factor in the creation of the "West Coast Sound" that is still very relevant today. These Technical doctors have mastered and perfected the art of combining science and math with audio technology to obtain a sonic achievement that has taken hip hop records to the highest level they have ever been. Every Decade or so a person come to the forefront of music, a technical artist who is able to wear both hats at a genius level.. a master: in this case better know as Dr. Dre.

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