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alan moulder=intimidatingly good

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by Machinated, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Machinated

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    just going through my alan moulder playlist and getting seriously overwhelmed. incredible low end, huge variety in genres and mix styles, consistently emphasising the right emotion for each mix. there's an incredible balance of sensibility and emotion against exaggeration, space and hugeness.

    he's quite a private guy so its hard to find information on him. apologies if this is slightly erratic, I'm just thinking about things off the cuff that I can remember:

    worked at trident studios at the same time as guys like spike stent/flood/steve osbourne (engineered the smiths sweet and tender hooligan). all incredible producers and engineers in their own right.

    worked on a load of dance music in the early 90's, particularly learned how to deal with low end in this time.

    worked on some creation bands (ride/jesus mary chain/my bloody valentine).

    this lead to getting the mix job on siamese dream by smashing pumpkins.

    that (presumably) lead to foo fighters/trent reznor/APC/etc.

    from what I've read, he doesn't use a lot of compression or even EQ on tracks, so I'd imagine he's getting a big part of his balances with automation. EQ on the mix bus though (i think it was a massive passive sometimes GML 8200). commonly uses sample reinforcements on kick and snare, prefers an ambient snare sample to reverb.

    regarding reverb I've seen him mention valhalla room/IK CSR as well as some of the usual outboard suspects. pretty sure he has some EMT140 plates.

    likes tracking through neve, then mixing on an SSL. he owns trent reznors old SSL 4k which is his favourite one he's worked on. Uses his E channels on drums usually I think. he's a big fan of EMI TG1 and 2's. not usually a fan of LA2A's.

    likes mixing on main monitors for a bit but then using a mono aurotone quiet for the majority to really focus on the midrange and balance.

    what I find most interesting is his philosophy to bands - he usually counts his involvement as co-producer and encourages the band to get involved on the production a lot. he has an awesome space in London ( assault & battery 1) but is pretty happy working anywhere and on any gear. not afraid of using/relying on plugins but uses a lot of outboard and is particularly keen on SSL automation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_PMvjmC6M

    some good links:

    http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan13/articles/it-0113.htm

    http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may00/articles/alan.htm

    http://www.miloco.co.uk/milocoresource/record-producer-interviews/flood-and-alan-moulder-producer-interview.php

    http://www.polymathperspective.com/?p=728

    http://repforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,34538.0.html - this thread is very good.

    http://www.miloco.co.uk/studios/assault-&-battery-2/studio-photos/ - the second (neve) room in their studio looks incredible too.
     
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  3. Machinated

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    hah I actually forgot about that until you posted it. he seems proper down to earth, but one thing that keeps coming up with him is he works really fucking hard. 12 hour days as a standard etc. there was one cool thing I read on butch vig's Q&A on gearslutz is alan moulder was booked in to do 2 weeks and stayed in america for 6.
     
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    You know, I don't know much of his work aside from the Smashing Pumpkins, honestly. But dat Siamese Dream mix....god DAMN!
     
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    one of my favorites from him:

     
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    Manicompression doing it for the kids

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    Alan Moulder rules. NIN's TDS is probably my favorite record ever made, and he just hasnt stopped being a badass. APC's 13th Step is perfect sounding, and the Them Crooked Vultures disc is wild too.

    I know Flood likes a couple of those old Zoom reverb/multi effects boxes, I wonder if Alan is partial to them as well.
     
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    Oh lord 13th step sounds incredible
     
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    13th step indeed sounds godly but that was an andy wallace mix. mer de noms is a moulder mix though and still sounds fucking great in its own right.

    moulder's responsible for nearly all the killers stuff, lots of NIN, some foo fighters, lots of smashing pumpkins/corgan, white lies, Interpol, ride, swervedriver, Jesus and Mary chain, foals, U2, adema, them crooked vultures, wolfmother, ashes divide, some arctic monkeys. lots of work with and without flood.

    hell of a lot of repeat work from certain musicians.
     
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    Love his mixes. I interned with a dude that worked a bunch with him, remembers he loves the RNC for parallel drum bus.
     
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    ze kink THE BLACK WIZARDS

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    The Fragile is probably my favourite from what he's done, and also one of my favourite albums overall. Crazy good considering it's 44.1/16 and most vocals with just a 58 and monitors blasting, amongst all the other crazy shit. One of my favourite producers/mixers for sure but indeed, quite hard to find good information about his techniques. Easier than Andy Wallace though.
     
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    bump to this. this guy is still consistently just blowing my mind every mix when so many just sound boring and flat.









     
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    His low end always has this pillowy softness to it that I love to death, and his vocals are perfect every time. He's got an crazy ear for saturation.
     
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    His low end is right up there with the best for me, absolute master of controlling that. I'm pretty sure I've read about him using the dbx120 sub harmonic thing, and also about trying to compress the bass as little as you can get away with. This mix is just amazing on the low end:



    Ultimately, he is just good haha.
     

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