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Hello Tchad, sorry for the utterly non-descriptive subject title, but I couldn't find anything else; anyways, I'm wondering how...

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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hello Tchad, Are you comfortable working on a single pair of monitors? Or do you still work on an array of sets (NS10, Audix?)...

Local 47
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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What do you currently use? Thanks for helping us GS guys out

AnAverageJoe
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Interestingly, your work was what got me interested in tape in the first place. I love that you have embraced digital --- it...

Silver Sonya
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hi Tchad I saw Low in London the other night and only when they closed their set with (That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace did...

Whitecat
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, here's another big admirer of your work, and on top of this, it just so happens that some of my all time favourite...

recky
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hello Tchad, I have a dilemma but its probably a dilemma I asked for. I have the opportunity to have an internship at a...

crabtwins
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hi Tchad! Greetings from Spain! Are you involved in lastest Crowded house record? If so, is it all in the box? I always thought...

prosodio
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, First of all, I feel compelled to take this opportunity to add to the numerous words of praise already spoken here....

LateRiser
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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tchad, thx so much for all the great info. especially on drum recording and sansamp! I saw that you use linn speakers. tried...

NoisyNarrowBand
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tchadb 14th May 2007
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Hi Tchad In your reply to a question about recording acoustic guitar with vocal, you mentioned using a lavalier mic inside the...

DCW
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DCW 13th May 2007
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I realize you probably have more DI boxes than blades of grass in your yard but I would still like to know what you would use as...

jbuehler
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supafuzz 13th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, just wondering if you did a lot of live mixing in the past? If not, is that a deliberate decision? Thanks. Doug

Local 47
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tchadb 11th May 2007
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Hi Tchad! I would like to hear your thoughts about making the artist feel comfortable at a session. I think you've managed to...

JariNi
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tchadb 9th May 2007
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One of my favourite records and IMHO soniccally one of the most compelling ones. Could you share some of the recording /...

DirkB
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tchadb 9th May 2007
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I got the title for this thread from something you said in an earlier post.... How much are you committing to tape during...

blackbox
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tchadb 9th May 2007
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Tchad, First off thanks for putting the time in here, we all truly appreciate it. You are one very tasteful MOFU! Your work...

DC2Light
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tchadb 9th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, Do you use these units alot

mikey
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tchadb 8th May 2007
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Hello Tchad! Do you use any other model of sansamp's besides the Classic? Is so, which models and on what? Thank You! PS: ...

Andy W.
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tchadb 8th May 2007
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Tchad, what are your favourite micpres for vocals and other applications? do you generally use the pres on the console or...

jdjustice
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tchadb 8th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I have been amazed at the details we've all been able to garner from your posts. I don't think anyone has asked...

bdmctear
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BrianK 8th May 2007
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Tchad, Of course, thank you for doing this. I must admit, I had no idea you worked with Soul Coughing and phish until this...

ScottAltiz
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intolerance 7th May 2007
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Hi there, Along with all the others I would like to add my thanks for sharing your thoughts. I was wondering if you could...

stung
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tchadb 7th May 2007
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What is that string sound on "Anthem?" -- what a great vibe, starting with those & the beat and kicking in to the...

Gregg Sartiano
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tchadb 7th May 2007
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This is one of my favorite albums from a production point of view. The production and arrangements complement the songs, and...

Philo
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tchadb 7th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, Tom Waits' "Bone Machine" has been mentioned a couple times here in passing, but I would love to hear as...

leigh
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tchadb 7th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I am curious how much of the time you provide key instruments used on your records? Do you bring along a lot of...

bdmctear
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tchadb 6th May 2007
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Tchad, Thanks for doing this! "Sky Blue" from "Up" is just a brilliant song/recording/mix. It has this...

Jaguar Dreams
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tchadb 6th May 2007
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Man I love this track. In fact I love the whole album. I had it on loop when I was in the Hay book festival last year driving...

recall
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tchadb 6th May 2007
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Hi Tchad! I see you are working with Foy Vance at the moment... Was just listening to his single 'Gabriel and the Vagabond'...

Iain Hutch
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tchadb 6th May 2007
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Tchad, Thanks for all your information about the SansAmp Classic that you like to use. I know that you own some Neve 10...

Alex Wyler
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tchadb 5th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, What emphasis do you place on converters when working on a project? Thanks CT

CorkyTart
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tchadb 5th May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I'll add to the quickly-mounting praise and thanks and say that I, too, consider you to be one of the most original...

DanGo
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tchadb 3rd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I was wondering what techniques you use as a producer to pull the best performance out of an artist. Could you...

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taxi driver 3rd May 2007
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Somehow I got confused and thought you had become part of the staff at Real World. I don't know where I got that idea --- did I...

Silver Sonya
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tchadb 3rd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I'm a big admirer of all your work and thank you very much for agreeing to do this. Since you make those wonderful...

delcosmos
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tchadb 3rd May 2007
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Hey Tchad - You probably won't remember this, but you engineered some tracks of my power pop band, The Wigs, for Howard Benson...

cush
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gurubuzz 3rd May 2007
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Hi Tchad A couple of questinions on the album 'This is Stina Nordenstam'... 1 You mentioned that on the album 'The world is...

tho_dk
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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I still have this record on cassette! Any memories from making this masterpiece? This summer will mark the 20th anniversary...

Silver Sonya
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hello Tchad, when producing albums, how much time do you spend on preproduction? Do you generally 'live' with the band for a...

Local 47
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, You mentioned in an earlier thread that you like to monitor through some buss compression while tracking. I have...

panhandler
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hello Tchad, How do you start a mix? Like a lot of folks starting with the rhythm section, à la B Clearmountain (starting with...

Local 47
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, Thx again for all the info. I thought i'd set up the "loudness wars" thread. As someone who mixes a...

recall
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hi Tchad and thanks for taking the time out to shed some light on your expertise. Bonnie Raitt's "Souls Alike" album...

johnwayne
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, I know it is a long time ago, but what a cool band they were. The first lp just sounds incredible off vinyl (I love to...

david L
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Tchad, would you mind sharing your philosophies and methodologies concerning stereo (mix bus) compression? ie, what you're going...

blackbox
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jarbar 2nd May 2007
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i wanted to ask about mixing and the general approach. it seems that some of your work is so "other worldly" or maybe...

joninc
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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hey tchad - i am really enjoying reading all these threads. i want to expirement on some upcoming sessions with the mono...

joninc
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hello Tchad, Thanks for doing this! 'Woodface' by Crowded House is one of my favourite albums of all times, 'Fall At Your...

Ivo
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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Hi Tchad, Your work with The Bad Plus blows me away. That trio with your style of mixing is unbelievable. Great job. When...

Soliton
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tchadb 2nd May 2007
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