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Find out how these Audioheads use technology in their studios and on the road. Click on any image below to get the low down on the current favorite apps, plug-ins and gear being used by some of the world’s top producers, composers and sound designers.



Richie Hawtin Richie Hawtin
Richie Hawtin has been spinning and mixing records for over 20 years. But he decided to move beyond the realm of vinyl, into using computer-based, BPM-warping tools like Ableton Live to expand his mixes and tricks.



Underworld Underworld
Godfathers of electronic music, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde hooked up first as the atmospheric band Freur, then drove electronic music to a new level of sonic world takeover with Freur’s sequel, Underworld.



Nine Inch Nails New Nine Inch Nails
He significantly changed the sound of rock music with “Head Like a Hole” and the epic “The Fragile.” Now Trent Reznor is back to bite you with a brand new release. Step into the studio and witness the recording process for Nine Inch Nails “With Teeth.”



Coldplay Coldplay
Logic is integral to Coldplay’s songwriting and recording process — from designing sounds on a PowerBook that can later be triggered by a controller via MIDI, to processing guitar tracks with Line 6’s Amp Farm and various other plug-ins in Pro Tools.



Butch Vig Butch Vig
The world of music discovered Butch Vig when he produced the breakthrough Nirvana album, “Nevermind.” Then, after producing the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream” and doing remixes for U2, Depeche Mode, and Beck, he started the band Garbage.



Alan Moulder Alan Moulder
Producer Alan Moulder was discovered in the 1980’s when he engineered tracks for The Jesus and Mary Chain. Now, he’s regularly in demand to engineer, produce and mix records for bands like Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.




Radiohead Radiohead
When Radiohead goes on tour, it’s imperative that the band can still capture its creativity on the road. “We have recently done a bit of recording on the road using a Mac running Logic Audio as a multitrack recorder,” says Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.




John Digweed John Digweed
Globetrotting DJ and remix master John Digweed, voted top DJ in the world by DJ and Mix magazines, may use turntables, but when it comes to producing his sets, he relies on technology like Macs, and software like Logic Audio.



Chad Muska is MuskaBeatz! Chad Muska
Pro skateboarder Chad Muska produced his own hip hop record from a hotel room in NYC. He lured in Biz Markie, Afrika Bambaataa, Raekwon, U-God, Melle Mel, Guru, KRS-One, Jeru, Prodigy, McLyte, Special Ed, Ice-T and Flavor Flav and recorded the entire thing straight to hard drive.



Liam Lynch Liam Lynch
Liam Lynch is not only the conceptualist behind MTV’s highly successful “Sifl and Olly Show,” but he recently became an international rockstar with his radio hit, “My United States of Whatever.”






Rob Zombie Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie penetrates, shocks and entertains the masses through all means of media. After writing and directing two of his own films, Zombie just wrote and recorded a new CD, “Educated Horses” with his producer Scott Humphrey at The Chop Shop.



Jerome Dillon is nearLY Jerome Dillon Produces
Former NIN drummer Dillon’s “nearLY: reminder” soundtrack-meets-rocktronic masterpiece started as an attempt to sonically recreate his recurring dream. He and engineer Brett Pierce (B. Poledouris/T. Boyle) tell us how they recorded this epic release.



Chris Vrenna Chris Vrenna
Grammy-winning composer/producer Chris Vrenna talks about recording and engineering his new Tweaker record in Pro Tools, his latest favorite plug-ins, and composing music for games.



Hans Zimmer Hans Zimmer
German-born composer Hans Zimmer has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, including his music for “Gladiator,” “As Good As It Gets,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Prince of Egypt.”



Jack Dangers Jack Dangers
Jack Dangers masterminded the breakbeat and delivered dub electronica through his project, Meat Beat Manifesto. Also a highly skilled remixer, producer and composer, Dangers is largely credited for being one of the true fathers of electronic music.



Keith Hillebrandt Keith Hillebrandt
After producing a sonic masterpiece sound CD called “Diffusion of Useful Noise,” sound designer Keith Hillebrandt went on to design all of the sounds for NIN’s epic “The Fragile.” Now he’s just produced a new sonic library full of dark, gritty textures: “Useful Noise V.2.”



Richard Devine Richard Devine
Richard Devine has remixed top Warp artists like Aphex Twin, designed sounds for virtual instrument deity Native Instruments, scored commercials for Nike and Touchstone Pictures, and engineers and performs his own ear-tearing music mayhem worldwide.



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