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This section of will feature a guest column by a producer and the format is pretty open — more or less an opportunity to step up on the box and say it like it is! If you would like to get up on the Soapbox, or have a suggestion on who you’d like to see get up on the Soapbox email the editor by clicking here.

Meanwhile, check out how these producers 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.

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.

Trent Reznor Trent Reznor
From the time his major hit “Head Like a Hole” broke through in 1989, through his late 1999 release, “The Fragile” (which was selected as Album of the Year by Spin), Trent Reznor has significantly changed the sound of rock music.

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.

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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