Digidesign’s DIGIZINE— Interviews with pros about Pro Tools

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Find out how these top producers, engineers, sound designers and mixers use Digidesign’s Pro Tools to produce hit records. Click on any image below to get the full version of each Digizine feature story. (All stories by Steph Jorgl)

The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas
Producer/songwriter for the Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am’s intensely discerning ears, taste, and skill for blending the best of diverse musical genres into hip-hop were tuned solely by listening to music. Now he does all his songwriting in Pro Tools. Read more.

Missy Elliot Hip-Hop Royale
“Pro Tools is perfect for someone like Missy Elliott, because she tends to write about five or six songs on the same track,” says engineer/mixer/producer Jimmy Douglass, an industry icon who regularly works with Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Lil’ Kim, and other platinum-level hip-hop acts. Read more.

Matt Still and Elton John From OutKast to Elton John
Matt Still is a versatile engineer who works on everything from rap and R&B records to musicals. His credits include playing on two OutKast records and engineering tracks for OutKast’s award-winning Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. In 2004, Still worked with Elton John on his new record, released in November 2004. Read more.

the mars volta Working with The Mars Volta
Andrew Scheps engineers and mixes for the greats of rock and roll. In addition to the Mars Volta, he’s worked with Iggy Pop, the Rolling Stones, Audioslave, Johnny Cash, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also worked on film and television scores. Scheps is a Digidesign diehard with four Pro Tools|HD Accel cards under his belt. Read more.

southpark South Park Sound
For Comedy Central’s South Park, the ideas for episodes don’t usually get fully developed until the week of the show. And unlike like most television shows, at South Park, each episode is cut and finished by the morning it first airs. In fact, the voiceovers are done the night prior to broadcast. Read more.

pro tools with teeth Pro Tools “With Teeth”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross talk about how they sold the SSL and moved inside the box — using a Control|24 — while recording Nine Inch Nails’ “With Teeth.” Read more.

Avril Lavigne Pro Tools Makes Things Less “Complicated”
“I think it’s really cool to be able to edit tracks on the bullet train in Japan,” says Avril Lavigne’s engineer, guitarist, and co-songwriter Evan Taubenfeld. “That’s why I use my Mbox a lot. I can just plug in and go.” The band regularly tours with three Pro Tools rigs. Read more.

the beastie boys Mixing the Beastie Boys
Rap mixing icon Supa Engineer Duro does most of his work out of Right Track Studios in Manhattan. But in 2004, he got a call from the Beastie Boys asking him to mix their new release, To the 5 Boroughs, at their private studio. The entire record was written, recorded, arranged, engineered and mixed in Pro Tools|HD. Read more.

the bonnaroo festival Capturing Bonnaroo
Armed with a crew of 50, and 11 Pro Tools workstations, Third Wave Productions’ Hank Neuberger and Terry Fryer multi-tracked 65 acts including Danger Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo, The X-ecutioners, Damien Rice, Dave Matthews and Calexico playing on six stages over just three days. Read more.

Kent Sparling Skywalker Sound’s Sparling
Kent Sparling is a sound designer and film mixer who works on feature films. Recently, he mixed sound for Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides. When it comes to tweaking the sonic realm, Sparling relies on Pro Tools, a Digi 002, NI’s Kontakt and a bunch of old synths, samplers and outboard processors. Read more.

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