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August 2008

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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.


Song Production in Pro Tools. Part 8: Vocal Editing   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

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   |   Written by Jon Bare

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   |   Written by Scotty Manzo

A successful bassist/engineer shares his signal-path secrets.

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by By Frank Gryner

An open letter to engineers from a disgruntled kick drum.

The Spaghetti Incident   |   Written by Devon Brent

How a studio owner got his cable clutter under control, and improved his audio at the same time.

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by John Duval

A 45-year rock guitar veteran’s thoughts on what makes for good tone.

DAW Details   |   Written by Devon Brent

The latest on new CPUs and memory types in the Windows/Linux PC world.

Your Studio Thanks You   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

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   |   Written by Stephen Hart

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...

Best Of Both Worlds   |   Written by Rick Barrio Dill

Once again we combine musical genres to create something greater than the sum of its parts. In our second instalment, we combine Rock and Hip-Hop elements to make “Rock-Hop” guitar tracks.

Here are the three audio samples discussed ......Expand


Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by David Herpich and Michael Nickolas

Big Fish Audio Symphonic Manoeuvres; Loops On Demand D-Day....Expand

TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio.   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The classic portable recorder takes on a beautiful new form, with a solid set of features.

KRK Rokit G2 and VXT Monitors.   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

New looks and new sounds for two classic styles of near-field active monitors.

Apogee Duet.   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

Elegant flexibility and exquisite sound in a portable FireWire interface.

ADK Pro Audio 1Q SR and ADK 9000 Laptops   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

Two powerful laptops—built especially for audio use.

Arturia Analog Factory Experience   |   Reviewed by Wallace Winfrey with Darwin Grosse

Unique hardware and software combine for a unique keyboard experience.

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

Sugar Bytes Effectrix.

Yamaha RH10MS Headphones   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

These affordable cans offer the S-Logic “surround” system.


Recording Britt Neal’s Over That Bridge   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Producer André Fratto created magic on this bluesy singer/keyboardist’s album—good sound, on time, under budget—and here’s how he did it.

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