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August 2009

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It's August and time for a look at something we take for granted... right up until our songs suffer for a lack of attention there. I am referring to the almighty Beat, whether it's from a drummer, a virtual instrument, or a loop library. In this issue, we get on the beat and stay there with articles and reviews guaranteed to take you to rhythmic Heaven.

Darwin Grosse gives us a great primer on getting loops into your songs, keeping them organized, and making the best use of them; Studio maven Elad Fish talks about the long-distance drummer service he runs, and how one would prep for a session where a demo's rhythm tracks will be replaced by seasoned pros; and DJ Lynnwood talks about his techniques for remixing artists like Alanis Morissette. If you're not into beats for this month, worry not; we also talk about the guitar tone of the Beatles and Byrds, and getting that magic jangle into your tracks.

On the review side, we have lots for the beatmongers among you: reviews of Ableton Live 8 and the new Akai APC40 Ableton controller, not to mention Sony ACID Pro 7, new ReFills from Propellerhead, FXpansion BFD2, as well as a new drum library from a mysterious new maker called Dark Side Of The Tune. And there are reviews of field recording gear, monitors, a cool new preamp; Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters; and more. You won't want to miss a beat when grabbing the August RECORDING!

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Akai APC40 Ableton Controller   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A hands-on controller especially for Ableton Live.

Akai developed the APC40 in close partnership with Ableton, and while you could use it with other DAWs, it’s tailor-made for Live... in fact, the only “user manual” the APC4......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Sony ACID Pro 7   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

After a decade, the trendsetting loop program streamlines and adds even more power.

If you are reading this magazine, you probably need no introduction to Sony’s ACID software—it is one of the packages that has defined sever......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: FXpansion BFD2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Big Friendly Drum-library grows up.

Back in our November 2004 issue we took our first look at a drum sample library and software player from FXpansion cryptically titled BFD. Now, almost five years later, that software h......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Ableton Live 8 / Suite 8   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

New features, new content—and cool new directions for the future.

Ableton Live 8 and the new version of the Ableton Suite bundle were announced at Winter NAMM in Anaheim this past January. The announcement was a much larger ......Expand

ADAM Audio A5 Active Studio/Multimedia Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Small but mighty monitors with ribbon-tweeter sweetness.

ADAM Audio is well known for its monitors featuring Accelerating Ribbon Technology (ART) ribbon tweeters, which provide a unique high-end tonality that has won a lot o......Expand

Focusrite ISA One Preamp   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A grab-and-go preamp with some very cool extras.

ISA stands for Input Signal Amplifier. The ISA One is Focusrite’s latest addition to the ISA line of mic preamps and channel strips, all of which have their origins in the com......Expand

Edirol R-09HR   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

96 kHz recording and a whole lot more.

The R-09HR is a two-track portable recorder with built-in mics and USB, capable of recording and playback at 96 kHz sample rate with 24 bit depth. It uses SD cards for storage (up to 8 ......Expand

Recording's Showcase Of Sounds.   |   Reviewed by Giles Reaves and Mike Metlay

Propellerhead Reason Drums 2.0 and Reason Pianos; Dark Side Of The Tune Tritone; EastWest Quantum Leap Silk.

The back cover of the product box for Tritone, the new library from Seattle-based sound developer Dark Side Of The ......Expand

Recording's Guitar Column   |   Reviewed by Joe Albano

In Part 3 of our look at famous guitar tones, we get into the jangle of the Beatles and the Byrds...

This month’s look at guitar sounds will focus on the sound itself, more than on any one particular artist—in fact, we’ll lo......Expand


DJ Lynnwood on Beats and Remixes   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A hot remix talent shares his secrets.

DJ Lynnwood is based in the region a couple hours east of Los Angeles called the Inland Empire. Go to for his background, and you will read that “DJ Lynn......Expand


Catch A Groove   |   Written by Darwin Grosse

Using audio loops for your productions.

Any direction you turn, you are running into audio loop files. You probably received a boatload of loops with your DAW software, more with your audio interface and—just in case you wer......Expand

Long-Distance Drumming And Music Production   |   Written by Lorenz Rychner

An interview with Elad Fish of

Elad Fish is one of those drummers who took advantage of the internet when long-distance audio production became a possibility. His clients were only too happy when he told them......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Lorenz Rychner

Musings On The Future Of Music.

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