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Aerosmith Alabama Ambergris Anita Baker Benny Golson Blues Brothers Booker T & The MG’s Buddy Miles Cheap...

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The Press Desk 20th April 2012
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Hi Jay, if you had to pick one and only bass drum, what size (depth x width) would you go for? Again, very subjective, I know,...

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Jay Messina 2nd May 2012
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Hi Jay, Can you tell us anything about John's mic technique? Also, which mic(s) did he use for Double Fantasy and which...

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Jay Messina 2nd May 2012
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Hi Jay Was lennon creative at the studio also? did you learn something from him? Thanks for your time! kfhkh

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Jay Messina 1st May 2012
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Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer questions from everyone! On to mine, do you ever do on any...

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Jay Messina 1st May 2012
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Jay Can't say thank you enough for your willingness to share! Was wondering how you approach guitar amp micing? You...

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Dagger 29th April 2012
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Hey Jay I've seen you mention a few times that you used a Shotgun 405 mic above the drums . Whats the exact name and model of...

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Jay Messina 29th April 2012
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Hi again, two more quick questions about "Sure know something", on Dynasty. Regarding guitar fills during the...

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Jay Messina 28th April 2012
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Hi Jay Thank you so much for doing this. Ain't Life Grand is a favorite of mine. I love the overall sound, and every song has...

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Jay Messina 28th April 2012
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I'm not sure at what stage you were involved on these, but I've always been interested..... Three Dog Night- Hard Labor...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Hi Jay Thank you for answering our questions.kfhkh When you are mixing or recording, du you use any references for sounds or...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Hey Jay! I'm quite curious as to if you have any favorite "Go to" pieces of gear (Eqs, compressors, other) that you...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Hello Jay and let me say what a honour it is to have you here on Gearslutz . Could you give use a basic idea of how you like...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Hi Jay... I would like to ask you which speakers you like to use whilst mixing at home and if you use a mono reference speaker...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Cheap Trick, especially their first 4 or 5 albums... Is there any specifics you can share about Bun E.'s...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Jay, I saw in aother thread that you use the AT4050...As an extreme low-ended over here...It's my only condenser! I use it for...

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Jay Messina 27th April 2012
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Hi Mr. Messina. Given the arcane nature of this problem and difficulty educating the public, what can we do about it? The...

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Stokestack 27th April 2012
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Hi Jay - thanks so much for doing this.. The majority of my work involves recording and mixing in-studio performances live to...

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DanH 26th April 2012
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I have really been trying to figure this out , if I use EQ on the master buss should I put it on first before everything or last...

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phatbeatstudio 26th April 2012
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Do you use limit on or just comp? What attack time out of 25,2.5,0.25 ms do you think is a sweet spot and how much GR is going on...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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I gotta say "Toys in the Attic" is one of my all time favorite records! Any advice for using a Rocktron Banshee talk...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hi Jay . thanks for the chance of asking u a question . I Heard that parallel compression on mastering could be dangerous. ...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hi Jay, Thanks so much for your time and contributions over the years. Do you use Distressors on the drums? If so......

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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For rock/pop male vocals, what would be your typical mics of choice? I realise each singer requires something different, but I...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hi Jay, what was a typical vocal chain for Steve Tyler? thanks, Michael

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hi Jay, Can you please talk a bit about the industry regarding unsigned artists? - Do many producers at your level still...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hi Jay, What's your philosophy when it comes to choosing the right Reverb effect for a song or an instrument? Thank...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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Hey Jay. I read somewhere that Tyler's screams are actually very quiet in volume and he lets the vocal chain do the work in terms...

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Jay Messina 26th April 2012
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First of all, respect to you! My question: Which compressor do you mostly use for parallel compression and do you have any...

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l.sicilian 26th April 2012
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. Thanks for doing this. Most of my questions seem to have already been asked here, but... Word has it that Roy Cicala...

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Jay Messina 25th April 2012
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Hi Jay, Thanks for answering my question about Aerosmith. I am also curious about the Kiss Destoyer LP. The record is...

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Jay Messina 25th April 2012
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Hi Jay, thank you so much for doing this. I used to work for Shelly Yakus back in 2008, and he would always tell me great...

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herecomesyourman 25th April 2012
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Hey Jay! Thanks a lot for taking the time for doing this... I know there´s no rules, but each one of us have some ballpark...

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Jay Messina 25th April 2012
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Thanks for doing this, sir! I would love to hear a little bit about your work on Walter Becker's "Circus Money", one...

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Jay Messina 25th April 2012
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Hi Jay! Thanks for doing this Q&A. There are classic stories from Eddie Kramer about Jimi wanting to sound like he was...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hey Jay, thanks for your time! Just wondering whether you ever mixdown to a quality 2 track tape machine? If so do you think...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hi Jay, In 1986 you and Jack Douglas did a record for a band I was in called Rough Cutt. If i remember right you used a RE-20...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hi Jay, Kiss are one of the bands that eventually through a long path got me into engineering, and Destroyer still stands in...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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what's the craziest thing you've had to do for a client?

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hey Jay! First of all, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! What is your approach to getting BIG rock guitar...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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What are some special considerations when recording a classical master like Ravi Shankar? I am assuming that everything would be...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Besides workflow , what are your thoughts about mixing ITB with Pro Tools vs OTB on a console ? Do you hear any sonic benefits...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hello Mr. Messina, thank you so much for your contribution on Gearslutz! I have always been in love with the sound on Dynasty,...

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Jay Messina 24th April 2012
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Hi Jay Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Where should I start EQ'ing? Should I start with the most...

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alexvdbroek 24th April 2012
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Hi Jay, What is your all-time favorite console? Also, do you prefer mixing on a real desk vs mixing ITB? Thanks in...

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
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Hey Jay- Can you talk a little about working with Teo Macero on Star People ?

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
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You've worked with a lot a great people over the years. Is there one particular piece of advice that you got along the way that...

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
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Hi Jay, first off thank you for doing this. I was curious about the guitar tones on Aerosmith toys in the attic and Rocks LPs. I...

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
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Hi Jay and thank you for doing this! I'm a big fan of your work. Can you talk a bit about the way you balance drum...

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
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Hi Jay, thanks for the Q&A. Can you tell us a bit about that machine? you used to work with it, right? I'm curious about...

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babooino 23rd April 2012
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Hello Jay and thanks for doing this. I assisted both you and Jim Ball back in the early 90's--you at Sound On Sound and Jim at...

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Jay Messina 23rd April 2012
 
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