The latest in the series of Dangerous Music Tips finds Michael James Adding Attitude to Drums & Bass with the Dangerous Music 2-BUS+.

Audio engineer Michael James reveals how parallel compression adds more punch and presence to drums and bass using the ‘Paralimit’ feature on the Dangerous 2-BUS+ analog summing mixer. Hear the improvement on the pop music artist Danielle Lopresti’s track “Live the Dream.”

Michael James says he has a new audio mixing missile in his arsenal—the 2-BUS+ Paralimit audio processor. “It can be anywhere from subtle to over the top and crunchy,” says James.

Michael James has mixed Gold, Platinum and #1 records for a wide range of musical artists including New Radicals, Hole, Far, L7, Robben Ford, Kalimba, Edwin McCain, Maia Sharp, A.J. Croce, Chicago, Jawbreaker, and Mario Guerrero, and many more.

Michael’s break as an artist came in 1983 with KROQ spinning his first single. During his tenure as staff producer and chief engineer at Radio Tokyo Studios in Venice, CA from 1986-90, he recorded artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Ray Manzarek (The Doors), John Lang (#1 songwriter of “Broken Wings” and “Kyrie”) and Richard Page (Mr. Mister). By 1994, Michael was head of A&R and Producer at Warner/Discovery.

Today, Michael helms Alternator Records and IndieProMix. He continues to mix records while promoting music education via special events, master classes and mentoring.

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