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Guitar cab recording

Phase align using pink noise

Dan Austin is a leading British producer & recording engineer well know for his amazing guitar and drum sounds. We have finally managed to catch up with Dan at Otterhead Studios to watch him at work, demonstrating his method for getting a perfectly phase aligned multiple mic setup.  

On this video you can hear the effect as Dan tunes the guitar sound 'in' and he shows Oscar Ball how he likes to EQ and process the result.  This is somewhat 'wobble cam' as keeping up with Dan took some effort but Ellis Powell Bevan has edited the footage that conveys the method in a clear and understandable way.

Dan Austin, recording engineer, at Otterhead Studios

Special thanks to Ellis for his editing and to Oscar for asking the questions (and giving us access to the studio).  

Watch Dan's producer interview here.

Dan Austin, recording engineer, at Otterhead Studios

Dan learned his craft engineering, programming and mixing for producers including Steve Osborne, Paul Corkett, Gil Norton, Flood and John Leckie on a wide variety of projects including PIXIES, B 52s, BIFFY CLYRO, MAXIMO PARK, AFI, THE CORAL (to name just a few) but he was quickly noticed because of his energy and ability by artists including THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE, and OCEANSIZE who sought him out for his first solo production opportunities. ‚Äč

Other acts including CHERRY GHOST, THE NINTH WAVE, SLøTFACE and MASSIVE ATTACK followed suit loving his creativity and inventiveness in the studio. As his years with working with DOVES show, when artists work with Dan, they tend to keep on coming back - MALLORY KNOX, YOU ME AT SIX, TWIN ATLANTIC and PRETTY VICIOUS and many of the bands mentioned above have all forged trusted relationships with him - for his boundlessly inventive approach to production and his great energy and temperament.

In 2017 Dan finished work on his own mix / production room near his home in the SouthWest of England. Having his own studio has enabled Dan to maintain a regular flow of mix work, either for the bands he is producing or for bands seeking him out as a mixer for their project. In recent years he’s been nurturing long term ‘finishing and mixing ‘ relationships with bands who are self-financed and need some experienced ears to help finesse their recordings. More recently Dan has also been working with artists on writing sessions too….. either remotely, at his own studio or wherever suits the artist. Visit Dan's management page for more information: