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November 2008

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It's no surprise that our annual Guitar issue is a huge hit with our readers, and this year promises to be no exception. In this issue, we cover many aspects of recording and mixing great guitar tracks. We have articles on layering frequencies to create slamming guitar tones, essential things to remember when tracking guitar, interviews with successful road-warrior recording guitarists ...even an article on creating a guitar solo from nothing (or nearly nothing) at all!

All this plus great clinics on vocal mixing, drum overheads, bass tones and famous bass tracks, a whole slate of cool reviews (including some awesomely guitar-friendly effects processors and software), our regular columns like Song Production in Pro Tools and Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. Whether or not you focus on six strings, you'll find lots to enjoy in the November Recording!


Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Frank Gryner

Overheads—the latest in our series on fixing drum problems.

Song Production in Pro Tools. Part 11: Mixing Vocals   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

It’s finally time to make the centerpiece of our demo song sit beautifully in the mix we’ve created. Follow along, in print and with the downloadable song project!

Recording’s Bass Column   |   Written by Dave Martin

Mike Chapman’s bass part on Garth Brooks’ mega hit “Friends In Low Places” —Part 3 of our looks at famous bass tracks in history.

The Making of Shining Darkness by the Crooked Jades   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

Old meets new in an adventurous recording project.

Sculpting Your Tone With Multi-Frequency Layering   |   Written by Christopher Wight

Layering sounds to make the perfect guitar sound

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by Derek Jones

Three things to remember when producing guitar tracks for a good mix.

Produce Yourself And Construct A Raging Guitar Solo   |   Written by Frank Gryner

Craft something out of (next to) nothing—true lead guitarists need not apply. ...Expand

Wood And Steel In The Digital Age   |   Written by Joe Albano

Guitar modeling and simulation—is it real or modeled?

The Best Of Both Worlds   |   Written by Rick Barrio Dill

Blending bass guitar with synth bass—our fifth article on cross-genre production techniques....Expand


Successful Guitarist’s Collaboration: Bret Levick and Dirk Price   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

You may not know their names, but you’ve probably heard their music.


Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Fernando Curiel

Toetapper’s Delight: More stompboxes in a single box than you could string across the studio floor.

Universal Audio UAD-2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The popular UAD-1 DSP engine gets more horsepower, new convenience, and added flexibility.

Shinybox 46 Microphones   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

A small American firm takes on the task of hand-tweaking Chinese microphones.

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

Beta Monkey Pure Country III and IV; Waldorf Edition Wave 2.V and Attack; Applied Acoustics Systems Strum Acoustic GS-1.

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares and David Herpich

Peavey ReValver MkIII; Waldorf Edition D-Pole.

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

Studio Projects CS5 microphone; Eventide ModFactor and TimeFactor pedals; M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe active monitors; Marantz PMD620 portable digital recorder.

Kef America LS50 Wireless

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