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November 2009

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November is Guitar Month at RECORDING! In this issue, we bring you wit and wisdom on the tracking of tone. Fernando Curiel's amazing article "The Hybrid Guitar Recording Method" not only offers up a deceptively simple way to get the absolute best recorded guitar sounds, but walks you through examples and provides audio content as well. It's not to be missed!

Also in this issue, we hear from some of the greatest guitarists of all time. Joe Satriani, Ted Nugent, and Eric Johnson weigh in on the topic of tone, and we have an exclusive interview with the late Les Paul on his discoveries in the realms of electric guitar and multitrack music recording.

To go with the technique, we also have technology: reviews of some amazing guitar-friendly recording products from Radial Engineering, Eventide, Line 6, and BOSS, plus a close look at the unique and fascinating Vibesware Guitar Resonator, a cool effect that must be heard to be believed!

Beyond the world of guitars, we have reviews on some very cool new Shure mics, an unusual and effective Lexicon audio interface, sweet soundware from MOTU... and a comprehensive and painstaking review of Cakewalk's amazing SONAR V-Studio 700 audio interface/control/DSP system like none other you'll find in print. All this plus our usual features, a controversial guest editorial from a Grammy-winning engineer, and more. Guitars and beyond, you'll find lots to read about, think about, laugh about, and learn about in the November RECORDING!

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The Hybrid Guitar Recording Method - Part 1   |   Written by Fernando Curiel

This method matches the tonal beauty of real amp heads with the endless variety of virtual cabinets in your DAW's software. Crank the gain if you must—preserve the amp tone and find the perfect speaker match for it. Read the how, the what, and the......Expand

Recording's Guitar Column   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and Ted Nugent weigh in on the all-consuming topic of tone.

Engineers have been grappling with this problem for years—how to have the guitar stand tall in the saddle without overpowering everythin......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Marc Urselli

The New Now Of Music.

The future of the music business is uncertain and exciting. We would probably draw larger benefits from old-school business models and yet I am very aware of the fact that it is never going to be like i......Expand


Les Paul Speaks   |   Interviewed by Rod Tanaka

In an exclusive interview, the recently-departed father of modern recording, and the inventor of the electric guitar as we know it, talks about his beginnings, his journeys, and an unexpected return.

Rod Tanaka conducted an ......Expand


Cakewalk SONAR V-Studio 700   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

Dive into this comprehensive audio production system for Windows computers and be amazed at all its creative options. A hardware-software match made in heaven.

Roland and Cakewalk have established bonds that date back to the......Expand

Radial Engineering JDX and Phazer   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

Two remarkable tools for capturing wicked guitar tone... and more.

This company’s products solve problems you didn’t even know existed! Radial Engineering realized that mic placement is so critical to a guitar players’ sound......Expand

Shure SM27 and SM137 Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

One is a rebadged old favorite, the other an important new design. Both are worth investigating.

Shure creates microphones that are the very definition of “workhorse”. I don’t think I have ever set foot inside a recording st......Expand

Eventide PitchFactor   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

The power of the famous Eventide pitch and harmonization effects, harnessed in a new guitar pedal.

Eventide has long had legendary status in the audio world as a maker of stand-out digital effects processors. Its flagship ef......Expand

Lexicon I•ONIX U42S Recording Interface   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A bold new design puts a slate of useful features right where you need them.

Lexicon raised some eyebrows with the new I•ONIX USB 2.0 audio/MIDI recording interfaces, for the simple reason that they’re the most unusual-looki......Expand

Recording's Showcase of Sounds: MOTU Electric Keys   |   Reviewed by Jim Combs

A warehouse full of classic keyboard sounds, plus amp and mic simulators.

MOTU’s Electric Keys version 1.01 upgrade was released in early May 2009. The upgrade features some under-the-hood improvements and subtle user interf......Expand

Vibesware GR-1 Guitar Resonator   |   Reviewed by Greg Hurley

Who says there's nothing new under the sun? Check out a brand-new way to make your axe sing.

In a marketplace filled with seemingly endless choices of guitar effects and plug-ins (both hardware and software), German company ......Expand

BOSS ME-70 Guitar Multiple Effects   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Fernando Curiel

Killer tone and surprising extras in a compact and affordable effects pedalboard.

n the world of guitar effects, there’s a fertile middle ground between the world of stomp boxes and the realm of high-end all-in-one guitar ef......Expand

Line 6 BackTrack and BackTrack + Mic   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to magically capture all your guitar-playing ideas as you played them, without having to think about it? Now there is.

Line 6 makes it easy to record songwriting ideas and practice sess......Expand

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