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DECEMBER 2007: TRACK, MIX, AND MASTER
Tracking, mixing, and mastering—the recording trilogy, the three steps to a successful record. In the December issue we cover these three vital topics with a wealth of information, from tips on tracking with only one mic, how to use ducking, mixer secrets in Apple Logic, and an interview with ace mastering engineer Trevor Sadler. Our year-end gift guide will give you great hints for the holidays without breaking your budget, and there’s a slate of great reviews on mixers, interfaces, controllers, software, and more.

All this plus our monthly columns, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. From the idea to the finished master, you’ll find lots to help you on your way in the December Recording!

Reviews

Phonic Helix Board 24 FireWire MkII   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A full-featured 4-bus mixer adds FireWire for exceptional DAW integration.

TC Electronic Konnekt 24D   |   Reviewed by Andrew Pask and Darwin Grosse

This interface features onboard DSP and high-quality effects for low-latency power.

Steinberg Sequel   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

A new entry-level DAW for Mac and Windows with an unusual look and feel.

Edirol PCR-300   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A well-established USB controller line adds functions and interface elegance.

Recording’s Showcase Of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Richard Shore and Darwin Grosse

Modartt Pianoteq modeled grand piano; Fixed Noise OTTO techno drum library.

Once Over—Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares and Devon Brent

PreSonus HP60 headphone/talkback amp; MOTU 8pre 8-channel FireWire preamp/interface; Echo AudioFire 4 portable FireWire interface.

Interviews

Interview With A Mastering-Mind   |   Interviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Mastering engineer Trevor Sadler (Kathy Mattea, Charlie Sexton, Tony Levin...) discusses the art of his science and the science of his art.

Features

December 2007 Gift Guide   |   Written by Justin Peacock

Stocking stuffers from five dollars to a quarter million...

My Record: Lessons Learned   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

After ten years, an album is born... and lessons to be learned.

The Power Of One   |   Written by Marty Peters

A single mic on an entire performance? Yes—and here’s how and why.

Mixing In Apple Logic—Part 1   |   Written by Bob Emmet

In the first of two articles on mixing in Logic, we take apart this DAW’s Mixer channel and see what tools are available there.

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by Christian Ver Halen

Taking a guitar part from writing to the studio to the stage.

Duck!   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

A detailed look at a handy mixing trick.

Recording’s Vocal Column   |   Written by John Pointer

Getting tones on track for an unusual a cappella album.

Oh How The Times Were Changing...   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

Mixing lessons learned in the era of tape and vinyl often apply today.

Sometimes Less Is More   |   Written by Jim Wilson

Limitations aren’t a bad thing when creative focus is paramount.

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Jon Bare

A kick drum challenge—resourceful engineering wins over a flawed performance.

Feet First Part 12: An Introduction to MIDI   |   Written by Justin Peacock

For over twenty years it’s been the glue that holds studios together—here are the basics.

Recording’s Bass Column   |   Written by Dave Martin

One player’s journey through bass recording gear and technique to find what truly works.

Garritan Abby Road Studios - CFX Concert Grand Virtual Piano



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