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PETER KATIS

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The National
"The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness"

Inside The Track #14

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Inside The Track #14

Part 1
00:16:49

Song listen, instrumentation overview, making decisions, alternate versions, gain staging, mix buss

Part 2
00:13:09

Rough mixes, analog summing & tape, apparent loudness, snare treatment, mix vs. track processing, mastering

Part 3
00:18:25

Monitoring, mix checking, vocal chain, challenges with sibilance, drum tracks & group treatment, bass parts

Part 4
00:12:53

Peter’s EMT 140 plate, backing vocals, printing analog reverb, parts not used on the record, stereo imaging

Join us at Tarquin Studios with record producer and engineer Peter Katis! In this series of ‘Inside the Track’, we trawl through the mix session of eclectic hit song ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ by alternative rock band The National. Katis shares his experience of mixing the album in the box at the band’s studio, spending most of the time on this song in particular, facing challenges on musical agreement, and dealing with many changes of content. He gives you an exclusive listen to unreleased alternate versions of the song, as well as a number of recorded parts that were not used in the final mix. He also reveals his processing on individual tracks, groups and the mix buss, while discussing a variety of topics including sibilance, printing analog reverb, mastering, band politics, monitoring, stereo placement, and imaging.

about PETER KATIS

Peter Katis is well known for his engineering, mixing, and producing alternative and indie rock acts, such as The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit, Jónsi Birgisson (of Sigur Rós), Local Natives, Augustines, The Head and the Heart, Trey Anastasio, The Swell Season, Mercury Rev, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Shearwater, Mates Of State, Tokyo Police Club, The Kissaway Trail and many more Katis’ credits page at Allmusic.

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