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24th November 2017
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Just a heads-up - we are now closed for new questions. However, there are still questions in the queue and Sylvia will be...

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SylviaMassy 6th March 2014
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Sylvia's discography is extensive and can be viewed in its entirety here. Artists Sylvia has produced, engineered and/or mixed...

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Whitecat 28th January 2014
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THE UNCONVENTIONAL PRODUCER, ARTIST, WRITER, AND EDUCATOR. Sylvia Massy has been Producing, Engineering and Mixing popular...

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Whitecat 28th January 2014
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Welcome to the Sylvia Massy Q&A, kicking off on January 29th. If you haven't participated in a Q&A on Gearslutz before or...

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Whitecat 27th January 2014
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I know this Q&A is closed for new questions now, but this thread is actually not a question, so I hope it gets posted....

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imaginaryday 9th March 2014
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Hey All, Sylvia here, just returning to earth from the frozen planet called Toronto, in the galaxy of Canadia-eh. Great...

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Jules 6th March 2014
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Hi Sylvia, thank you so much for doing this q&a! On your site a couple of items on your "gear porn" page caught...

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SylviaMassy 6th March 2014
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Hi Sylvia!, I just came across a video from the session in Sound City with the band Tool. By listening thru the VHS/youtube...

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SylviaMassy 6th March 2014
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Hello Sylvia. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I love your work and it is a pleasure having you here. I LOVE the...

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SylviaMassy 6th March 2014
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Hello! First, its a privilege to Q and A with you!! Second, what are some of the most emotional and / or soul touching...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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Just curious, what sort of destructive processing do you do to your audio before you begin to mix? And what is your forethought...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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Hi Sylvia, Thank you for taking the time to share your awesome stories and recording knowledge. I had a a few questions, What...

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scorpiwoman 5th March 2014
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You touched on live tracking in the "What do you actually do as a producer?" thread as being part of your and I wanted...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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Sylvia, can you please tell us a bit about the recording of Skunk Anansie's Paranoid & Sunburnt? I am particularly...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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Hey Sylvia! Would like to hear about anything of interest in your sound work with the band RAGE Against the Machine. Thanks again...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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Sylvia, The variety of projects you've successfully worked is so varied, from reggae to pop to country to metal to etc,...

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SylviaMassy 5th March 2014
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A million and one ways to mic a drum kit..... Wondering if you have a preferred microphone and signal path starting point for...

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everybody's x 23rd February 2014
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Can you tell something about recording and mixing the Casanovas album? In my opinion it's one of the greatest "newer"...

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SylviaMassy 22nd February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, thank you so much for spending your time and sharing your knowledge with us. I would like to know how you approach...

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SylviaMassy 22nd February 2014
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Big fan here! I love reading about gear, techniques, and all that jazz. However, I was wondering what you do in life to balance...

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SylviaMassy 21st February 2014
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Hi Sylvia. Thank you for doing this! Big fan of your work! How do you, as a producer, find your inspiration? I figure you must...

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Mikdanish 19th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia. Thank you so much for participating in this Q&A. It's quite an unusual stroke of luck in life to be able to...

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SylviaMassy 19th February 2014
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I love how all the Showbread records sound, do you have any suggestions on tracking synth and mixing them in a rock song? What is...

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SylviaMassy 19th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia - thanks for being here!! Prince seems to be the ultimate modern iconoclast - unpredictable and very hard to...

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doorknocker 18th February 2014
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Thanks to all of you for the incredibly positive response to the Q&A forum here on Gearslutz. I'll be wrapping up in a few...

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s.d.finley 18th February 2014
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Hey Sylvia I am such a fan of your work especially your rock records .. When mixing a track how do you approach the sound stage...

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Keystone 17th February 2014
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Dear Sylvia, Thank you for doing this, lots of great information! I saw on your website that you like the Mojave M-200 (I...

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stikka 17th February 2014
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Normal for Bass to vary per tune and style but I'm curious if you have some favorite techniques or preferences in recording or...

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TinderArts 17th February 2014
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Sylvia, Thank for doing this really great reading your well thought out responses. I am curious who's work be it band,...

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Doc Vigilanti 16th February 2014
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Hey Sylvia, I was wondering if you would share with us some interesting highlights about the recording and/or mixing process...

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claend 16th February 2014
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Your ability to capture "angry-viby" electric guitars is almost supernatural but what about your approach to...

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Sonic_Beast 16th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, You're stranded on a desert island en route to picking up yet another award... In the wreckage you find a Mac with...

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SylviaMassy 16th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia! I would love your take on how you track vocals. I realize every project is different. Do you record a bunch of...

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Robangledorf 15th February 2014
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How has the move up to Weed changed your work, both from a quality of life perspective as well as access to clients. I have this...

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jaffa 14th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia. Thanks a ton for doing this. What exactly is the Army Man compressor?

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SylviaMassy 14th February 2014
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Hi, thank you for sharing with us. What kind of levels are you monitoring with throughout the record making process, and...

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SylviaMassy 13th February 2014
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Hello Sylvia, Here`s a question which all of us might be somehow concerned of, be it people with home recordings to the...

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SylviaMassy 13th February 2014
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Hey Sylvia, Thanks for all the great insight thus far. Here's to more fantastic posts! You seem like the kind of producer...

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RTR 13th February 2014
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I fear my question will be a bit too broad, however you can answer will be much appreciated. How and to what extent, overtime...

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SylviaMassy 13th February 2014
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What are your thoughts, as a big member of the industry, of entering the field of recording? Do you believe it's pretty much not...

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Jantex 11th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, I read you often use tape on recording/mixing projects. When you have to use a DAW during a project (do you...

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SylviaMassy 8th February 2014
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hi sylvia! thank you so much for doing this! how much time do you typically spend on an album? also, do you feel the...

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SylviaMassy 8th February 2014
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When tracking a band, do you more or less have default signal chains that are your "go to" for all instruments (ie...

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SylviaMassy 6th February 2014
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In the "What do you actually do as a producer?" thread, you mentioned throwing a guitar off a cliff. Was this a...

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CompEq 6th February 2014
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Hello, Great answers on the last questions! I am a huge Jane's Addiction & Red Hot Chilli Peppers Fan- What was it like...

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SylviaMassy 6th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, Thanks so much for sharing here! Yourself and one of my other beloved mixers (the late great Mike Shipley) both...

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SylviaMassy 6th February 2014
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Sylvia, Every rock album you touch has the biggest, ballsiest guitars. How do you go about engineering a great, huge guitar...

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Jsalant 6th February 2014
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Sylvia, Did you have a mentor, or engineer you spent time with at any point in your career that shaped your success or...

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epotts06 5th February 2014
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Thank you so much for doing the Q&A here, you have an amazing group of work I really respect. Over your career I am sure...

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Timesaver800W 5th February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, the question sounds pretty trivial, however I know that many people, even though they know that there is a producer...

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shmoo2407 3rd February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, thanks for doing this q & a. lots of great answers coming from you :) software vs hardware is a hot topic...

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Jpchartrand 3rd February 2014
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Hi Sylvia, In the Sound City documentary, Dave Grohl buys the Neve 8038 from Sound City. It looks like it has since gone to...

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bambamboom 3rd February 2014
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Hey, Sylvia. Can you give some insight on Daron and Shavo's rig and how you recorded it? Amps, pedals, guitars, mics, pres,...

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LBTM 3rd February 2014
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Hello Sylvia, As my actual core business is becaoming mastering, I would ask you an opinion about that, taking into account...

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studerian 3rd February 2014
 

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