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Mix Engineer Relies On NUGEN Audio's Paragon Software

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With nearly 20 years of experience working in music, Lee Smith, mix engineer and co-owner of Greenmount Studios, has seen an increasing demand for his mix work over the past few years.

Most recently, Smith's clients have presented him with higher pressure projects and quicker turnarounds, resulting in the need for faster, more efficient workflows that still afford him the ability to turn out a high-quality product. Among these is NUGEN Audio's Paragon software, which Smith says is his go-to room emulation plug-in.

Smith, who has mixed all of British recording artist Holly Humberstone’s records, was also asked to mix her live appearance at the 2022 Brit Awards. The brief was to create a mix that felt like a live experience whilst remaining authentic to her sound, all within a tight deadline of just a day in which to do it.

"For the Brits, Holly had a stripped-back live show, so it wasn’t a huge undertaking, but the recordings I received from the event had some problems," Smith explained. "The acoustics in the room were great, but the room mics were very noisy―one side kept dropping out and they were unusable. To solve this issue, I used Paragon to re-create the size, shape and reflection time of the room."

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