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Guitar Legend Bill Nelson on Touring with Mackie's SRM350 Active Loudspeakers
As the leader of the influential 70's British Rock group Be Bop Deluxe, guitarist Bill Nelson began a long and prolific career that has resulted in a loyal international following and an eclectic portfolio of both solo and collaborative projects. An unquestionably talented musician in his own right, Nelson has also worked with such respected industry talent as David Sylvian, Harold Budd, Billy McKenzie, Roger Eno, Cabaret Voltaire and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO).

David Gilmore Innovates with Mackie Tracktion 2
From the influential jazz sounds of Wayne Shorter to the global beats of Trilok Gurtu, guitarist and composer David Gilmore has cast a wide musical net, recording and performing with artists like Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Don Byron and Cassandra Wilson. Recently lauded by DownBeat magazine's Critic's Poll, Gilmore has spent much of this year on tour with Grammy-nominated singer Joss Stone. From a tour bus in central Spain, the Boston native talks about his touring studio and using the latest version of Mackie Tracktion on the road.

INXS Uses Full Mackie Monitor Rig for Reality Television Show
Rock Star: INXS - this summer's hottest new reality series - teamed Australian rockers INXS with reality TV guru Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), and followed the band's search for a new lead singer. The show combined unscripted drama, performance-driven competition and used weekly contestant elimination to decide a winner who would join INXS for their next studio endeavor and world tour.

AC/DC About To Rock With Two Mackie Digital X Bus Digital Recording Consoles
The Young brothers of AC/DC, Angus and Malcolm, now each have one of Mackie's revolutionary new Digital X Bus X.200 recording consoles in their personal studios–located in the Netherlands and London respectively. In addition, they have both specified Mackie HDR24/96 hard disk recorders and completed their updates with a pair of Mackie HR824 Active Studio Monitors in each studio.

Resolution Magazine Interviews Ty Unwin
He's a musical prodigy tuned music for television specilaist with his own work space. Ty Unwin is also one of the first power users in the UK of Mackie's new DigitalXBus desk.

Adam DiTroia - Creatively Tracking with Tracktion
Cranking out ideas for the gaming, TV and film industries is a gig with its own unique set of challenges. It's a fast-paced environment where ideas need to flow fast and furiously, changes need to happen immediately, and precision is the name of the game. DiTroia Audio Creations, founded by namesake Adam DiTroia, has been cranking out music for games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant and Monster Mayhem, Taxi 3: Extreme Rush, WordWars, and a host of others, as well as a slew of indie films and national commercial spots.

Morris Hayes-Mackie Tracktion and the Art of the Groove
Creating the perfect funk groove is all about space. It's about knowing what to play, when to play, and - just as importantly - when not to play. Morris Hayes got his education in the almighty groove from the masters, spending a decade on the road with Prince's NPG, as well as stints with the likes of Mazarati, The Time and Larry Graham's Graham Central Station. It was mentors like these who taught Morris to respect the spaces between the notes-a talent he brings to his current gig, touring and arranging with jazz-funk great Maceo Parker.

Living Colour's Vernon Reid - Staying on the Edge with Mackie Tracktion
"I'm a big fan of alternative ways of doing things," says Vernon Reid with his characteristic understatement. The pioneering guitarist has pretty much made innovation his stock in trade, from his early days in Ronald Shannon Jackson's punk-funk Decoding Society, to fronting the Grammy-winning rock band Living Colour, Reid's eclectic list of collaborations range from musicians like Carlos Santana and West African singer Salif Keita, to choreographers like Donald Byrd and Bill T. Jones.

The House Rules for P.O.D.
Given the choice between recording your next album in a pristine commercial recording facility with a half-million dollar console, or a rented house with some good quality desktop audio gear, what would you pick? For P.O.D.'s four members the answer is unanimous.

Stephen Jay, Bass Player for Weird Al Yankovic, On Playing Live Through Mackie SR1530s
Artists often identify some pretty creative uses for their favorite audio gear. Once found, the perfect combination of equipment that delivers "just the right sound," is like a custom fit in an off-the-rack world, and very difficult to live without.

Veteran Producer Garey Shelton Takes the Mackie Digital X Bus For a Test Run
Veteran producer Garey Shelton was one of the very first people to take delivery of Mackie's revolutionary Digital X Bus Digital Production Console. The Seattle-based Grammy-winning bassist/engineer/producer has just completed his first project on the new mixer, the upcoming release from avant-garde banjoist Danny Barnes, formerly of the Austin, TX based Bad Livers. His opinion? Shelton gives the new Digital X Bus rave reviews

Mackie's TT24 Makes Smooth Work of the Usher Tour
He's been likened to this generation's Marvin Gaye - a Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actor and activist. At the age of only 25, he's entering his second decade as a successful artist, riding the top of the charts with his fifth album, Confessions, and selling out concert venues as soon as the dates are announced. Yes, Usher's doing well.

India.Arie, At Home in her Mackie Studio
In an age when many musicians aspire to a record deal by sounding like this week's chart-topping favorites, India.Arie found herself inked to a major label by bucking those very same trends. Her sound is as unique and individual as it is intimately familiar-a seamless blend of classic R&B, jazz, soul and folk that is honest, unpretentious, uplifting and straight from the heart.

Producer/Engineer Johnny Tech of Hood 4 Life Records Shares His Successes With The Mackie Digital X Bus
Producer/Engineer Johnny Tech has been producing R&B, Reggae and Hip Hop music since 1984 - working along the way with such well-known artists as Ice-T, Macy Gray, and Nelly. Today, Tech is applying is extensive experience and industry expertise to his own enterprise, New Kingz Productions, a division of Hood 4 Life Records.

Mannheim Steamroller Mixes Live With A Mackie Digital X Bus
Since 1974, Chip Davis and his group Mannheim Steamroller have been breaking ground in the electronic music world, emerging as one of the most notable forces behind the New Age music scene. But it was with the release of their first Christmas album in 1984 that Mannheim Steamroller truly crossed over to mainstream critical acclaim. And with numerous follow-up holiday releases, the group has virtually become synonymous with the Christmas season itself.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda on the Road with Onyx Mixers and HR Series
Even before his graduation from Pasadena Art College of Design as an illustrator and graphic artist, it was pretty clear his band, Linkin Park, was onto something big.

Ben Margulies' Secret Garden
In the hills above Santa Barbara, CA, Secret Garden is songwriter/producer Ben Margulies'award-winning personal studio.

Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Imarobot) in the Studio with the Onyx 800R
Justin Meldal-Johnsen has seen a lot of travel in the past decade or so. As an indispensable ingredient of the critically acclaimed (and Grammy-winning) sonic stew that makes up Beck's unique sound, he's accompanied Mr. Hansen on several world tours.

Bill Gibson - Kudos to the Mackoids, yet again!
I'm always looking for mics and preamps that have dimension and accuracy. When I first heard the Onyx pres, I was amazed at their transparency and depth. I used them on a vocal session for a group I've worked with for years and I heard portions of their vocal timbre I haven't heard before.

Steve Berlin And Los Lobos Hit The Road With Mackie Onyx
Sax player Steve Berlin was taking a well-deserved break with family and friends for the Thanksgiving weekend when we caught up with him at his home base in Seattle, having spent most of the past year on the road with his main band, L.A. rockers Los Lobos.

TT24 Hits the Road
The new Mackie TT24 Digital Live Console proves itself in the varied working environments of outdoor parties and festivals, bars and a Sunday morning service, leaving behind slack-jawed saints and sinners in its wake.

Danny Pelfrey's Earmark Productions - Approaching the Virtual
Danny Pelfrey began his musical obsession with the guitar at the age of nine, mastering trumpet at twelve and writing arrangements a year later. It wasn't until after graduating from Boston's Berklee College, though, that he discovered his first love in the saxophone.

Mark 'DOG' Sayfritz is a Big Mackie Fan
From his home studio in London's trendy Notting Hill, Mark 'DOG' Sayfritz, formerly of Zomba and EMI, is producing award winning material for film, advertising and his own collaborative album using a digital recording system from Mackie.

Amazing Mackoid Story
Tyler is a DJ based in Lake Elsinore, California who is very passionate about his music. So passionate in fact, that when he was faced with the important decision of what his next tattoo would be, he chose the one thing he felt the closest to the Mackie Running Man.

Mackie Mixers Hold Down Beyonce's Backline
It was hardly a surprise for us to discover that not just one, but three members of Beyonce's red hot touring band have been packing 1402's in their racks...

Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro Helps Production Sound Mixer David Lee Win Oscar for Hollywood Blockbuster
Production Sound Mixer David Lee recently received the highest honor in film by taking home an Oscar for his work with the blockbuster film Chicago - and not without help from his Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro Compact Mixer.

Mackie HR626 Studio Monitors Help Clarify The Matrix
Four years after The Matrix hit the theaters, revolutionizing the special effects world and becoming a cult classic, The Matrix: Reloaded hit the big screen earlier this year... with enormous help from Mackie HR626 Active Studio Monitors.

Annie Lennox On Tour With Mackie SDR Hard Disk Recorders
Sound crew and performers alike celebrated the end of the recent Annie Lennox solo tour with nothing but praise for the two Mackie SDR 24/96 Hard Disk Recorders used to bring the haunting voice of the ex-Eurthymic to venues across the US and Europe.

Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Keepin' Busy
The first thing you notice when you walk into Justin Meldal-Johnsen's project room, in the Los Angeles home he shares with his wife, is the clutter. It's not that it's messy - in fact it's actually rather neat and organized compared to a lot of project rooms.

Mackie HR626 Active Studio Monitors Score Big At the Movies
Over the past month, Mackie products played a pivotal role in the release of three major holiday season blockbusters - The Matrix Revolutions, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Gothika.

Full Sail Adds New Mackie Controllers To Recording Arts MIDI Course
Full Sail Real World Education has recently introduced 24 Mackie Control Universals on campus to be used in the MIDI course - part of Full Sail's Recording Arts Degree Program.

Big Score for the Big Screen
In the decade since Tangerine Dream disbanded, Paul Haslinger has launched a second career as a rising film composer.

Dean Landon Update
Check in on Dean Landon's latest project...

Blake Eiseman
Atlanta-based producer/engineer discusses the D8B, mixing and being at the right place at the right time

John Berry and Mackie Active Technology
It isn't often a man with the talent and passion of John Berry comes along. Berry's story began in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was raised and began performing at the age of 13. He toured the Midwest, playing college coffeehouses and selling his albums off the side of the stage...

The Mayfield Four - Clarity and Chemistry with the HR824
This was the first band that I had ever played in where from the first downbeat, we knew there was something special happening...

Mackie At Home and On-Stage With Guitar Legend Larry Carlton
The name Larry Carlton brings many images to mind. He was one of the preeminent Los Angeles studio musicians in the 1970s, whose credits include work on over 100 gold albums by the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, and Michael Jackson...

Michael Giacchino - Scoring for Primetime: ABC's Alias
Film and television scoring is a balancing act of matching just the right soundscapes with constantly changing visual information. No matter how beautifully a scene is shot, if it doesn't have the right music to bring that scene to life, the connection to the audience is lost...

Congratulations to all 18 Mackie Users Nominated for a 2001 Grammy® Award!
It's that time of year when the music industry recognizes its top artists and performers. Check out the nominees who use Mackie products in the studio or on stage...

Hope College's Dow Center Covered by SRM450s.
The Dow Center, a fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Mich., has hosted the school's home basketball contests since it opened in 1978, in addition to serving a wide range of other athletic programs and classes...

Roger Waters and Nick Griffiths On the go with the D8B
Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters has come up with an ideal solution for location recording and song writing. With a little help from his co-producer Nick Griffiths, Waters has assembled three identical compact recording rigs that can be easily transported and assembled anywhere in the world he is working...

Mackie's D8B Brings the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics to Over 3 Billion People
Industry veteran Ed Greene talks about bringing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to more than 3 billion viewers and listeners around the world...

Classic Voices... Classic Sound
Take the classic rock voices of Mickey Thomas, Joe Lynn Turner, Bobby Kimball, Jimi Jamison, Glenn Hughes, Mike Reno, John Cafferty, Spencer Davis and Alex Ligertwood; mix them together with the blistering guitar work of Leslie West, Pat Travers and Dan Toler and what do you come up with? The Voices of Classic Rock. What else!

I'm a bitch, I'm a liar, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint ...
are some of the indelible lyrics from singer-songwriter Meredith Brooks' seminal hit "Bitch." Get to know her and you'll understand that of the four characterizations in that chorus lyric, only one might apply to her, and it's definitely not the first three...

Mackie Hard Disk Recorders once again chosen to capture the Pavarotti and Friends Concert in Modena, Italy
Luciano Pavarotti recently celebrated the tenth edition of his annual Pavarotti & Friends charity concert by gathering a star-studded cast as well as a few Mackie HDRs...

Mackie M1400's Frequent Flyer Miles
After doing live sound for nearly four decades, 47 year-old Chuck McKay thought he'd seen everything. But, when he agreed to provide sound for the Redding Air Show...

Former Sheryl Crow producer finds success with a Mackie HUI
Long before co-writing many of Sheryl Crow's chart topping hits including "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday is a Winding Road" and "A Change Would Do You Good," Jeff Trott was sewing the seeds of a successful music career...

Seattle Producer Gets Serious With His Mackie HR624 Active Monitors
For nearly half of his life, Chris Wehba has been an active member of the Pacific Northwest music scene and a self-proclaimed audio junkie. Working from his Seattle-based Metratone Studios...

Mackie's SR1530 Loudspeakers Provide 'Big Wood' Sound for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Long Before he was the Marketing/Training Manager at Audio Technica USA, Steve Savanyu sharpened his skills as a live sound engineer in almost every musical genre there is.

Dominic Miller, Sting's Guitarist and his Mackie d8b
Dominic Miller is a world-class musician in the truest sense of the phrase. In his 28 years playing the guitar he has studied and absorbed an eclectic range of musical influences that anyone listening to Sting's more recent albums will be familiar with.

Out of Control Semi Fails to Silence Jimmy James' trusty Mackie/EAW PA System
Loyal EAW and Mackie user Jimmy James didn't expect to be shaken before stirring up the crowd during one of his gigs at a Florida beach this summer. Neither did his gear.

Dreamworks-Medal of Honor Allied Assault
Gasping for breath, all you can make out are the formless sounds of death and destruction spinning in the acrid air... Bullets everywhere... An instant from death...

Prodigy-Liam Howlett
A little faith can go a long way. Prodigy is now one of the world's biggest acts, and main man Liam Howlett's faith in a few key things is one of the magic ingredients that got them there....

Russ Landau, The Music behind the hit series Survivor
With the exception of situation comedies and variety shows, it's common knowledge that post-production is what makes or breaks almost any television series. Video/Film Editors and Music Directors are the unheralded heroes of Hollywood. Russ Landau happens to be one of these heroes...

PNW NARAS visits Mackie
The Pacific Northwest Branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. paid a special visit to Mackie to recruit new members and inform Mackoids about NARAS and all the great things they do for the music community.

Mackie Goes Folk
The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (Folk Alliance for short) is an organization of various communities involved in the presentation and preservation of folk music and dance. Initially established in North America, it has spread world wide...

Kids on Stage
Kids want to play music they hear on the radio, and on instruments made after the invention of electricity. Kids quit public school music classes in an average of six weeks because of antiquated music on antiquated instruments...

Stranger Neighbor
Stranger Neighbor is a textbook example of the DIY ethos that is becoming more and more common in today's music industry. From their humble beginnings as a cover band in a small Idaho college town, three years of non-stop touring, four self-released CDs, and a line-up change, they show no signs of letting up...

CampChaos.com
The Internet has evolved into a vast and veritable resource of erudition that allows anyone to tap into, and make use of, mankind's collective consciousness. It's is a proverbial intercontinental highway of knowledge, designed with infinite on and off ramps that can take any member of our world society to and from every level of innovative thinking and awareness...

Sidhe and Mackie: Exploring New Musical Territories
"The cool thing about two people working together is you get a bigger synergy of ideas," says Michael Millham, guitarist for Sidhe. Synergy is in no short supply for this acoustic duo. Whether it's the result of their combined telepathic creativity...

Audio that "Tells The Truth"
Perhaps the best thing about making affordable high quality recording gear is the rare opportunity to make an important difference in an artist's life. Such is the case with our D8B and Texas singer-songwriter-slide guitarist Lee Roy Parnell...

Capitol Hill Block Party
Nestled in the shaded corner of 11th and Pine in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Maktub takes the stage...

Coltrain: Next Stop-Nashville
When one thinks of where great country music originates, the state of Idaho is probably pretty far down on the list--or not on the list at all. Hmmm...let's see, Idaho...Famous Potatoes, sure; Hells Canyon, okay; bastion for wealthy Californians fleeing the rat race, yep...

Mackie and the Museum, Seattle's EMP
Brainchild of Paul Allen, the culturally savvy co-founder of Microsoft (and weekend guitar slayer), EMP celebrates the raw creativity of pop culture and music...

Mackie spotted at Studio Summit 2001 in Seattle
The Pacific Northwest branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), a non-profit arm of the Recording Academy, hosted Studio Summit 2001 at Seattle Center on Sunday, September 9th...

Peter Maizitis' "Dance of the Druids"
If you're looking for the perfect soundtrack for the next time you storm a castle...or perhaps for your next Dungeons & Dragons party, check into Peter Maizitis' musical hotel...

Keeping up with composer Scott Van Zen
Guitarist/composer Scott Van Zen is in great demand these days. One of the reasons Van Zen is a much sought-after composer is the speed at which he works and the high-quality level of his material...

 

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