Jack White Uses Unconventional Technique To Mix New Raconteurs Song: Watch
By Katrina Nattress
March 10, 2019
Late last year, The Raconteurs announced they were working on their first album in over a decade. In December, the supergroup consisting of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler shared two new songs—"Sunday Driver" and "Now That You're Gone"—getting fans excited about the band's next chapter. They've been fairly quiet since then; however, it's clear they're hard at work recording new tunes, and on Friday (March 8) shared a teaser for an unreleased song called "Shine The Light On Me."
The Raconteurs posted two videos on Instagram, showing the unconventional way White likes to mix songs, which involves an FM transmitter and walkie talkies. "Jack White shows us a technique he developed for doing master mixes. The Raconteurs are mixing their new album with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound," the lengthy caption reads. "One of their new songs 'Shine The Light On Me' is broadcast with an FM transmitter from inside the studio. Outside in the car park, the band listens to the broadcast on an unused FM frequency. ( the broadcaster only sends a small powered signal about a distance of a hundred feet or so ) The band uses a walkie talkie to give notes on the mix to the engineer ( Vance ) back in the control room. This way the artist can mix in real time, and hear exactly what the song sounds like on the radio as well, this time through the amazing sound system of a Tesla Model S."
"This speeds up the process of mixing greatly and reduces the amount of remixes that occur after artists feel they’ve 'got it' in the studio, only to listen in the car on the ride home realizing that the kick drum is too loud!" the caption concludes.
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