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October 2007

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This month, Recording celebrates its 20th anniversary in print. Need we say more? Of course!

This issue isn’t just a fantastic retrospective of our two decades in the industry, with a cool timeline of relevant historical points in the world of music and pro audio. It’s also chock-full of material you can use right now: sage advice on choosing and placing mics, demystifying preamps, recording guitarist/vocalists, tips on promoting and distributing music, an overview of all the major DAW platforms (with quick hints on how to configure an audio PC or Mac), a look at how Fergie’s #1 hit “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was created (from Fergie’s co-writer!), and a huge slew of reviews of everything from high-end Genelec monitors and Royer ribbon mics to... lava lamps? All this plus our monthly columns, Marty Peters’ 600th Readers’ Tapes critique (!), and much more. Come celebrate twenty fantastic years with us, in the October Recording!


1987: Where Were You?   |   Written by the Editors of Recording

Our 20th Anniversary kicks off with a look back at the state of the art in 1987, and the start of a timeline ambling through this issue: 20 years of music and audio milestones in 19 pages...

Three Wise Men   |   Written by Scott Dorsey, Paul J. Stamler, and Mike Rivers

Mics you may not have never heard of but should own; a unified approach to instrument miking; and a hard look at preamp technology... words of wisdom from three of our technical sages.

A Song Is Born   |   Written by Toby Gad

A Number One hit starts with inspiration, determination, and the right musical setup to capture it while it has freshness and power. Here’s how it’s done.

Before You Go Red   |   Written by Frank Gryner

The process of creating a hit shouldn’t start with pressing Record. There’s a lot to think about before you ever get that far...

Independent Promotion and Distribution   |   Written by Dave Hedin

Once you’ve got your music going, it’s time to get it out into the world—and the tools of 2007 bear little resemblance to what we had 20 years ago... or even five!

Drummers For Hire—An Extravaganza   |   Written by Justin Peacock and Dave Hedin

In an exclusive and unprecedented feature, four long-distance drummers take up the challenge of tracking the same demo song provided by Recording, with results you can hear for yourself.

Modern DAWs: An Overview   |   Written by Devon Brent, Jim Combs, Bob Emmet, Alex Golubchik, Darwin Grosse, Greg Hurley, Mike Metlay, Justin Peacock, Brent Randall, John Rossi III, and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Running on a computer or standalone on your desktop, here’s a look at the available options for today’s audio recording enthusiast... from the mouths of the authors who use them every day.

DAW Details   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

Metering—what it is, and why it matters to your DAW.

Recording’s Guitar and Vocal Columns   |   Written by Scott Dorsey, Eric Ferguson, Frank Gryner, Mike Pappas, and Marty Peters

Recording the singing guitarist—several approaches.

Feet First Part 10: Effects Part 2—Dynamics   |   Written by Justin Peacock

Compressors, limiters, gates and expanders: what they do and how they do it.

Celebrating 20 Years Of Changes In Recording Studios   |   Written by John Storyk

A renowned studio designer weighs in on where we’ve been and where we’re going

Getting Out More Often   |   Written by Doug Wyatt

A computer-music visionary reminds himself there’s more to music than computers.


Recording with Latin Superstar and Grammy Nominee Chayanne   |   Interviewed by Jorge Patrono

This famous Latin singer’s 20th album, Mi Tiempo, was itself nominated for two Grammys. Producers José Gentile and Sebastián de Peyrecave tell how it was recorded.


20th Anniversary Reviews In Short   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock with Mike Metlay and Richard Shore

Mini-reviews of nine fun, funky, and affordable products you didn’t know you needed.

Royer R-122V Tube Ribbon Mic   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

Starting out as an internal reference standard, this mic is now available to the public. How does it measure up?

Genelec 8200 Series DSP Monitors   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

High-end speakers add room analysis software to work acoustic miracles.

Chandler Limited Germanium Tone Control EQ   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Germanium transistors in audio circuits were almost lost to history, but this remarkable eq brings them back to the forefront.

Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

KeyToSound Nexsyn; SONiVOX LoopLine Analogue Kits and Bent Circuits.

Once Over—Reviews in Brief   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Mike Metlay

TASCAM FireOne FireWire audio interface/controller; AKG HSC171 headset; PreSonus FaderPort USB control surface.

Kef America LS50 Wireless

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