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DECEMBER 2008: FROM DAW TO DOLLARS

You've got your songs recorded—now it's time to mix them, master them, and get them out there to the public, and the December Recording will teach you how. You'll find expert advice on matching up takes, creating depth and dimension in your mixes (with a special look at cohesive drum mixing), choosing a mastering engineer (or doing it yourself), and getting your work out there to potential audiences.

We also feature a slate of cool reviews, extra features on everything from holiday gift suggestions to preventing hand injuries, the final instalment of Song Production in Pro Tools with Mark Hornsby, our first online-enabled Readers' Tapes column, a 2008 article/review index, and more! Don't miss it!

Reviews

Digidesign RM1 and RM2 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

The maker of Pro Tools now has a set of studio reference monitors, and they make for a fascinating debut.

Mackie U.420 and U.420d Mixer/Interfaces   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

FireWire connectivity meets user-friendly features, and the results are unusual to look at and fun to work with.

Brauner Phantom Classic-L and Phanthera-L Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Two German high-end mics come within reach of small studios.

Roland CD-2e SD/CD Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A desktop stereo recorder meets the needs of recording musicians and educators alike.

Sennheiser HD650 Headphones   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

A venerable headphone lineup has a promising new flagship model.

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

Camel Audio CamelSpace and CamelPhat3.

Features

2008 Holiday Gift Guide   |   Written by Mike Metlay, Lorenz Rychner, Mike Rivers, and Darwin Grosse

A wide selection of handy gadgets, informative books, and other treats for your studio. Includes mini-reviews of the Alesis M1 Active 320 USB speakers, CME U2MIDI USB-to-MIDI cable, ChordSavers cable guides, SM Pro Audio iNano passive attenuator, ......Expand

Mix ‘n’ Match   |   Written by Joe Albano

Making multiple takes fit together isn’t trivial, but some basic techniques can help you glue things together in the mix and and mastering. Here’s how.

The Mixing Workshop Part 1: Introduction   |   Written by Sean Shannon

We introduce a short series of articles on getting the most out of your mixes, by identifying goals, setting up your workflow, and knowing how your hands relate to your ears.

Beyond The Pan Pot—A Plea for the Depth Dimension   |   Written by Alex Case

A veteran mixer shows you how to explode your flat mixes into space.

Master Bus Processing   |   Written by Bob Emmet

Strap effects across your entire finished stereo mix? Are you crazy?! Well, no. Read on...

From DAW to Dough!   |   Written by Justin Peacock

So your studio’s cranking out tunes. Now what? Some ideas on getting yourself and your work known to a wider audience, and helping your business grow.

Keeping Your Hand In Part 1: Your Computer is Crippling You   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

We wish we could say something funny about this series of articles, but studio-inflicted injuries are no joke. Read this article and maybe save your career—or your life.

Song Production in Pro Tools. Part 12: Mastering   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

A year has passed, our song is mixed... now it’s time for the finishing touches. Read all about it, and follow along with downloadable Pro Tools files available on our website!

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Frank Gryner

In the fourth and last part of our mini-series on rescuing drum mixes, we bring it all together and deliver the goods, thanks to room miking tricks.

2008 Annual Index   |   Written by The Editors

Wow... we were busy this year! Check out all the reviews and articles from our past twelve issues.




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