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March 2010

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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?


Cakewalk V-Studio 100   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

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

Blue Bottle Rocket Stage Two   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

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

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

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

Audio-Technica AT2035   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

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

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent and Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

Once Over—Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

JBL LSR2300 Series monitors and subwoofer; Sony PCM-M10 portable digital recorder.

The LSR2300 Series of active monitors from JBL consists of two different full-range speaker models, the LSR2325P with a 5” woofer and a 1” vo......Expand


Become A Recording Songwriter!   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

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

When You're The Band   |   Written by David Summer

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

The Evolution Of A Song   |   Written by Joe Albano

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.


Demoitis: An Epidemic That Affects Recording Songwriters   |   Written by Frank Gryner

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

It's Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 1: Copyright   |   Written by Todd Gascon and Bruce Kaphan

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

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

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

RECORDING's Vocal Column   |   Written by Klayton

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

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

The Ukulele Factor.

As I type this in January 2010, the NAMM Show has been over for just a few days, and in my post-show musings I’ve made some observations that I’d like to share. They relate to one of the intangibles of a ......Expand

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