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February 2008

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These days, it’s rare that an entire band plays at once in the studio when recording music (at least in the pop, rock, and R&B/hip-hop genres). Members take turns tracking, or even send in parts from other cities; in smaller rigs and cramped personal recording studios, recording one member at a time may be a necessity! So how do you get these diversely sourced tracks to meld together and really sound like a band recorded them? Read the February Recording and find out, with lots of strategies and practical tips for miking, mixing, and polishing tracks to recreate the sound of a rockin’ band.
And that’s not all: read a front-lines report on generating buzz with YouTube, take a look at the 2007 CMJ Music Festival, and pick up the buzz on 20 new products on review. That’s right—twenty!
All this plus continued coverage of NAMM 2008, our monthly columns, Song Production in Pro Tools with Mark Hornsby, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. Make your band sound like a band with the February Recording!


Neumann KM D Digital Microphones   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

Might the future of mic preamps be... no preamps at all?

KRK Exposé E8B Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new look and a new sound for a respected high-end active speaker.

Novation ReMOTE SL USB Controllers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Someday your control surface will set itself up for you. Someday is now...

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Audio Damage Fluid, Liquid, and Vapor; Overloud BREVERB.

Reviewed and Revisited: Apple GarageBand ’08   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

New features, improved workflow, and a little bit of Magic.

Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

Yellow Tools Independence software sampler; Image-Line/Maxx Claster Morphine additive softsynth.

Once Over—Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock, Nick Casares, and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Blue Sky EXO active monitors; ART TubeFire 8 FireWire preamp/interface; A Designs Audio 500 Series preamps; BOSS RE-20 Space Echo pedal.


Long-Distance Mixers For Hire   |   Interviewed by Gary Eskow

Paul Wickliffe and Ed Goldfarb have taken their major-label engineering cred and made it work with faraway clients. You can use what they’ve learned to make your own long-distance sessions go more smoothly!


Reunited, And It Sounds So Good...   |   Written by John Fishell

Practical tricks to glue together separately tracked parts and make them sound like a band.

Making The Band   |   Written by Elad Fish

A session engineer talks about melding style and performance into a solid song.

Song Production In Pro Tools Part 2: Recording Drums, Bass, and Piano   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

As we begin to track our song, we start with a strong foundation.

CMJ 2007   |   Written by Marc Urselli

A marathon music and film festival takes over New York City, and the results are magical.

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by John Fishell

Overdrive and distortion: they’re not just for guitars any more!

Cohesive Recording   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

A mix engineer’s insights into preserving “band vibe” in a multitracked world.

In The Studio: Kendra Ross’s New Voice   |   Written by Christian Ver Halen

From demo to release party with a new Indie Soul artist.

The Video Blog   |   Written by Toby Gad

How a camera and YouTube can build fame from the ground up.

Recording’s Vocal Column   |   Written by Marc Urselli

A Grammy-winning engineer’s strategies for singers in the studio. Part 1 of 2.

DAW Details   |   Written by Devon Brent

In Part 2 of our 2-parter on upgrading your PC, we explain how and when to salvage parts from your old system.

Feet First Part 14: Welcome To Mixing!   |   Written by Justin Peacock

We have all the parts... now it’s time to put them together. But how?

Kef America LS50 Wireless

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