March 2010 is our annual Recording Songwriter issue, and it’s full of worthwhile advice for both the timid beginner and the experienced recordist. We offer features on getting started in recording your song ideas; designing and implementing a system for solo recording that encourages inspiration and prevents frustration; and avoiding the dreaded disease of “demo-itis”, where a rough demo somehow becomes a magical standard that a polished version of a song somehow cannot match. There’s even a blow-by-blow account of the evolution of a song from a simple vocal demo to a fully-fledged production.
In our Guitar Column, we look at famous guitarists’ choices in dynamics control, and give an account of high-end compressors that experienced recording guitarists may want to consider in their quest for ultimate tone. Successful dance producer Celldweller takes us through vocal treatments for one of his hit songs in our Vocal Column. We start a new series of articles on the legalities of controlling your music, entitled “It's Your Music -– Know Your Rights”. And our For Your Bookshelf feature reviews worthwhile books that songwriters and recording engineers alike will appreciate.
On the gear side, we have a great multiple-capsule mic system from Blue, a very powerful recorder/interface/controller from Cakewalk, a handy and affordable Audio-Technica mic, a field recorder from Sony, JBL’s newest active monitor/sub system, and plug-ins from Softube and Vienna Symphonic Library.
As ever, there’s something for everyone, songwriters and recording engineers alike, in the March RECORDING! Pick it up now on the newsstand... and so you get your next issue early (and save on cost), why not hit the big red Subscribe Now button on this page and have RECORDING delivered to your door each month?
This portable audio interface doesn’t just work with SONAR—it’s crossplatform, easy to set up, and has some surprising extras.
In our November 2009 issue we provided an extensive review of the SONAR V-Studio 700 System—a mas......Expand
A versatile tube microphone with flexible capsule options allows for many different recording flavors... just plug and play.
The quest for the perfect vocal mic seems to never really end. Even with unlimited budget to blow o......Expand
Three books on music production, sound design, and mastering, all for the well-rounded recording songwriter.
Read reviews of From Demo to Delivery: The Process of Production, edited by Russ Hepworth-Sawyer; Becoming a Synthe......Expand
This entry-level mic shines in our vocal tests.
Audio-Technica had its start in 1962 as a manufacturer of phonograph cartridges, in Tokyo, Japan. In 1972 the company established itself in Ohio, and two years later it began t......Expand
Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Suite; Softube Tube-Tech CL 1B.
The Vienna Symphonic Library folks seem to be expanding their horizons (no pun intended aiming at their Horizon sample series). Not only do they offer some of t......Expand
If you have song ideas and want to capture them, there’s no need to be timid. We offer good advice on getting started and achieving early success.
OK, quiz time... are you a songwriter, beat-maker, or composer, desiring to s......Expand
One-man creative operations must juggle inspiration and preparation. Here’s how to make sure your muse doesn’t get lost on the way to the recording session!
If you were lucky, as a kid you did the Hokey Pokey. To me there wa......Expand
It’s breath-taking, and a bit frightening, to see how many changes a basic demo can go through as it becomes a finished piece. This step-by-step example shows how musical decisions meet technical limitations and result in a great song.
Are you convinced that a polished production can never match the magic in your first demo? Don’t worry, help is on the way.
Matthew Good’s definition of demoitis is “what happens when you listen to one version of something s......Expand
In the first instalment of our new series on the basics of protecting your output, an entertainment lawyer lays out the basics of copyright law.
From Lorenz Rychner's introduction to the series:
"Making music ......Expand
Robin Trower, Tommy Emmanuel, and Steve Vai understand the value of good dynamics control in their guitar recording chains. Now you can, too.
Compression can be a very subtle effect, or it can be used in extreme fashion, esp......Expand
A track on the new Celldweller album has an amazing variety of vocal tricks. Here’s what you’re hearing and how it was done.
My approach to the new Celldweller album has been different than any other prior to it: I decided t......Expand