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 |
Might the future of mic preamps be... no preamps at all?
KRK Exposé E8B Monitors |
A new look and a new sound for a respected high-end active speaker.
Novation ReMOTE SL USB Controllers |
Someday your control surface will set itself up for you. Someday is now...
Plug-in Outlet |
Audio Damage Fluid, Liquid, and Vapor; Overloud BREVERB.
Reviewed and Revisited: Apple GarageBand ’08 |
New features, improved workflow, and a little bit of Magic.
Recording’s Showcase of Sounds |
Yellow Tools Independence software sampler; Image-Line/Maxx Claster Morphine additive softsynth.
Once Over—Reviews In Brief |
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 |
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... |
Practical tricks to glue together separately tracked parts and make them sound like a band.
Making The Band |
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 |
As we begin to track our song, we start with a strong foundation.
CMJ 2007 |
A marathon music and film festival takes over New York City, and the results are magical.
Recording’s Guitar Column |
Overdrive and distortion: they’re not just for guitars any more!
Cohesive Recording |
A mix engineer’s insights into preserving “band vibe” in a multitracked world.
In The Studio: Kendra Ross’s New Voice |
From demo to release party with a new Indie Soul artist.
The Video Blog |
How a camera and YouTube can build fame from the ground up.
Recording’s Vocal Column |
A Grammy-winning engineer’s strategies for singers in the studio. Part 1 of 2.
DAW Details |
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! |
We have all the parts... now it’s time to put them together. But how?