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May 2009

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It's May! That means Spring is in the air, school's almost out, and it's time once again for our annual Songwriters' Special Issue! This May, we don't disappoint, as we bring you a great collection of reviews and advice with songwriters in mind... if you write your own songs and want to record them, now's the best time yet to pick up RECORDING.

In this issue, we bring you interviews with proven hitmakers who've won Grammies and topped the Billboard charts. Their advice doesn't take a million-dollar studio, either; you can benefit from the success and genius of Rob Chiarelli and Sebastian Arocha Morton in your very own home setup. If their ideas work for the Jonas Brothers, LeAnn Rimes, Madonna, Santana, Seal, and Sting, they'll work for you too!

We have great advice on recording solid pop guitar tracks that work with vocals, an article on turning your live gigs into music demo recordings, and a report from the South By South West 2009 festival. And a dozen product reviews over everything from songwriter-friendly microphones to portable high-quality preamps and the latest version of the songwriter's best friend, the MasterWriter songwriting software package.

You'll also find our monthly columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and a whole lot more. The May RECORDING has plenty of cool stuff for the songwriter in YOU!

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Rob Chiarelli—It's All About The Performance   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

This multi-Grammy-winning engineer and producer shares his thoughts about capturing the magic of great performances, with advice any recording musician can use.

Rob Chiarelli’s list of production and engineering credits includes a s......Expand

Sebastian Arocha Morton: From Songwriter to Producer to Remixer   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

One Grammy-nominated songwriter’s unique path to success—if you want to branch out, here’s how one dedicated musician managed it.

Sebastian Arocha Morton is a songwriter and producer who’s worked with a huge list of talent. The Who’......Expand


Neumann TLM 67   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A transformerless version of the legendary U 67—is it an homage, or something entirely new?

U 47, U 87, U 67—not a bingo game, just some of best microphones Neumann has ever made. When Neumann decided to bring the magic numbers 6 an......Expand

Core Sound Mic2496 V2   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

A portable preamp and A/D that lets you capture world-class sound almost anywhere.

Location recording is an exciting niche in the world of audio production. There’s a magic in live recordings that can’t be captured any other way. Cl......Expand

sE Electronics GM10   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

A mic, an arm, a clamp—acoustic guitar miking becomes easy with this 3-in-1 device, even if the player insists on moving about.

Recording acoustic guitar can be a pain. Capturing a great sound is always a compromise between finding ......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: MasterWriter 2.0   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The latest version of this indispensible songwriter’s toolkit offers many improvements and new features.

When this program came out five years ago it created quite a stir. Available for Mac and Windows, it was designed to sh......Expand

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Five instructional books for the songwriter and new recordist.

In keeping with this issue’s Songwriter Special theme, Lorenz checked out a fistful of interesting books useful to songwriters getting into recording. You’re sure to fin......Expand

Spectrasonics Omnisphere   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman

It’s been the most hyped software instrument of the past two years. Time to find out if it lives up to the hype...

This is not your mom and pop’s plug-in. Spectrasonics made waves with their previous releases, including Atmo......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

IK Multimedia SampleTron.

SampleTron is the latest in IK Multimedia’s ongoing series of software synthesizers based on the engine of their flagship sampler, SampleTank 2 XL. It offers a highly configurable and flexible set o......Expand

KRK 10s Subwoofer   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Add bottom to your small studio monitor setup with this powerful sub.

Over the past year I have reviewed models from each of KRK’s newest speaker lines (August 2008). During my review of their Rokit G2 series, KRK also sent ......Expand


South By SouthWest 2009 Report   |   Written by Marc Urselli

What’s in it for you? What can you expect from attending Austin’s amazing music festival? Is it a fun week or a career move? A successful engineer/producer revisits, and finds lots of chances to network with otherwise unreachable industry pros.Expand

Live Recording for the Working Musician   |   Written by Marc Urselli

Need a demo to get gigs? Read how to turn your live shows into usable demo recordings.

In today’s music industry (or lack thereof), playing live is becoming increasingly important to create a buzz and establish an audience o......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Frank Gryner and Jeffrey Wood

A reader asks about layered guitars in pop recordings, and two producers offer sound advice.

Reader Owen Grech in Malta asks: I am going to start a pop project with a mixture of Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, e......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Ground Loops, De-Mystified.

Question: Why does a sound system hum?

Answer: Because...

A. Not enough things are grounded
B. Too many things are grounded
C. Of the lighting dimmersExpand

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