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AEA's Fix it in the Mic video series is aimed at sharing the microphone secrets and tricks of industry professionals in a time when mentoring and real knowledge is hard to come by. Whether it's a hidden gem from the history of ribbon mics or the latest chart-topping record, the series offers application specific insight into the depths of ribbon mic technology and how the masters use it. AEA's mission is to help engineers get the sound they envision right from the start instead of "fixing it in the mix"- a craft and art that often gets lost in the midst of the hype about the latest new toy. Thus, the name Fix It In The Mic was born.

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In this inspirational first segment of the three-part interview we did with John, he explains his motivation to build Blackbird Studios. He also shares his philosophy in running the studio and his approach as an engineer and studio owner. Blackbird Studios own several AEA ribbon microphones and preamps like the R84, R88 mk2, R92, and RPQ preamps.

This third and final segment of FIITM Vance Powell is all about preamps and using them creatively to sculpt unique sounds. Vance explains what preamps he likes and how he combines the AEA TRP preamp with vintage Neve preamps to get the best of both worlds.

In this second Fix It In the Mic with Vance Powell, he goes into detail how he benefits from his extensive live sound experience in the studio by being able to work extremely fast. Vance then explains how committing to a sound early on and limiting yourself to only a small number of tracks can spark creativity that ultimately leads to better records.

In this first of this 3-part Fix It In The Mic, Vance tells us about how he chooses microphones and how he went about recording Jack White's Blunderbuss album!

This edition of FIITM features a special interview with musician, producer, engineer, and songwriter Hanan Rubinstein, who currently plays guitar for Alicia Keys.

Hanan shares how the AEA N22 ribbon mic is the secret to his live guitar sound, and how other AEA ribbons, like the R44, have strengthened his production and studio work.

This very special episode of AEA's Fix It In The Mic video series features a rare inside look at one of New York City's most legendary studios: Sear Sound. Chris Allen, the studio's chief engineer, invited us for a tour around the studio, talk some shop, and learn about his recording techniques in full detail.

As a very special treat, Chris explains his go-to piano setup consisting of an AKG C24 stereo tube condenser and an AEA R88 stereo ribbon microphone. Check out the isolated signals of these microphones and hear how well they capture the grand piano together.

This episode of Fix It In The Mic dives deep into the world of large scale jazz big band recording. Composer/conductor Alan Chan and recording engineer Greg Curtis give a detailed overview of the session with the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra at The Bridge Recording in Glendale, CA. In the video, Greg and Alan talk about their personal backgrounds, the goals and sonic vision for the recording, the technical setup including microphone and preamp choices, and their conclusions.

In the second half of the video, Greg breaks down the room mic setup for us and demonstrates how the R88 contributes to capture the beautiful live room.

The latest episode of AEA Fix It In The Mic is here! This time we present you a meeting of the minds with two industry veterans: Bil VornDick and Lynn Fuston. In the impressive control room of Studio A at Ocean Way Studios showcasing the world's largest discrete Neve 8078 console, the two engineers share some of their vast knowledge of recording and mixing music!

AEA is proud to announce the first episode of Fix It In The Mic – Nashville featuring Grammy-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay. In the video interview, Chuck explains his approach to recording and how he uses microphones to get great sounds right away. Besides specific recording advice, this episode features insights into Chuck's engineering philosophies and secrets such as embracing experimentation and chance. He points out how to use different microphones to create full and well-rounded records, how to utilize leakage (or bleed), and why a cardioid microphone isn't always the best choice.

The latest AEA Fix It In The Mic video takes us back in time to Welcome To 1979, a retro all-analog recording studio in Nashville, TN. Hear how producer/engineer Chris Mara recorded the energetic gospel/blues artist Sean Michel using a vintage RCA 44 ribbon mic, and find out why you "can't EQ cool"!