Outfitting and setting up a studio is a frightening prospect. There are so many things to consider—not just the obvious issues like choosing a mixer or buying a computer, but also many less obvious but equally critical issues. Like making sure your health isn’t jeapordized. Or that you’re actually hearing what matters. Or even, heaven forbid, that your studio isn’t going to be eaten by bugs while you sleep. (No, really!)
In the August Recording, we look at the easy and the not-so-easy in helping you maximize your studio’s potential with articles on audio issues like reducing noise, tuning your room, and getting a good monitoring setup... and important but less-discussed matters like cabling, ergonomics, client relations, moving to suit modern buying trends among studio clients... and yes, dealing with termites! We also have a dozen cool reviews, including a look at two different sets of monitors from KRK, TASCAM’s newest Portastudio, and two laptop PCs from ADK Pro Audio that set the bar for what an audio computer should be.
All this plus our monthly columns, Song Production in Pro Tools with Mark Hornsby, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more.
Here’s where care and taste can make or break a song. Watch and learn how to do it right—and try it yourself with a downloadable project file....Expand
When Insects Eat Your Studio |
You built your studio just right—you like it a lot, your clients like it a lot—and the termites like it even better. A cautionary tale about prevention and rescue.
Recording’s Bass Column |
A successful bassist/engineer shares his signal-path secrets.
Recording’s Drum Column |
An open letter to engineers from a disgruntled kick drum.
The Spaghetti Incident |
How a studio owner got his cable clutter under control, and improved his audio at the same time.
Recording’s Guitar Column |
A 45-year rock guitar veteran’s thoughts on what makes for good tone.
DAW Details |
The latest on new CPUs and memory types in the Windows/Linux PC world.
Your Studio Thanks You |
Creativity, inspiration and comfort are what’s needed in your studio! They depend on lots of little things that you have to get right—and they don’t have to be difficult or costly.
Building The New-Generation Studio |
It’s a new era that requires a fresh approach when planning a studio. Learn to adjust to the changing circumstances. Here’s one seasoned engineer’s story of Plan A morphing into Plan B, and it’s all good...
Big Fish Audio Symphonic Manoeuvres; Loops On Demand D-Day....Expand
TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio. |
The classic portable recorder takes on a beautiful new form, with a solid set of features.
KRK Rokit G2 and VXT Monitors. |
New looks and new sounds for two classic styles of near-field active monitors.
Apogee Duet. |
Elegant flexibility and exquisite sound in a portable FireWire interface.
ADK Pro Audio 1Q SR and ADK 9000 Laptops |
Two powerful laptops—built especially for audio use.
Arturia Analog Factory Experience |
Unique hardware and software combine for a unique keyboard experience.
Plug-In Outlet |
Sugar Bytes Effectrix.
Yamaha RH10MS Headphones |
These affordable cans offer the S-Logic “surround” system.