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September 2010

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We’re mixing it up for the September 2010 issue of RECORDING—it’s time to look at the tips and tools of the mixdown, that magic place where a bunch of tracks becomes a finished song. Mark Hornsby, Pro Tools expert and educator well-known from our Song Production in Pro Tools series, brings us a lovely primer on—you guessed it—perfecting your mix in Pro Tools. We also hear from ace engineer Mike Pappas on a classical recording session where not only the tracking but the mixdown had to be done on the fly... and not just for stereo but surround as well. And Sean Shannon brings us ten surefire tricks to improve every mix.

What would a mix issue be without a mixer? We test the Mackie Onyx-i FireWire-capable mixers and see what’s new and exciting in this lovely mix (sorry) of analog warmth and digital flexibility. Also in this issue: the magnificent Everest channel strip signal processor from Summit Audio, two impeccably-voiced microphones from ADK, a tabletop interface and DSP engine from Focusrite, world-class soundware from FXpansion and AudioBro, and lots of other products on review.

The September issue continues our look into the legalities of music creation with more from respected music-industry lawyer Todd Gascon and journeyman recording artist Bruce Kaphan, an intriguing look forward to a little-known part of the AES show this fall in San Francisco, and much more. Make your mixes marvelously magical with the wit and wisdom of the September 2010 RECORDING!

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Summit Audio Everest   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr

A world-class channel strip provides ultimate flexibility with four separately addressable modules.

The Everest is the culmination and distillation of over 25 years of Summit’s compression, eq and mic pre technology into a c......Expand

FXpansion DCAM: Synth Squad   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Three historic synth designs and a powerful framework to link them up, all in one glorious software package.

If you’re reading this review and you haven’t found out yet about FXpansion’s new software synthesizer suite DCAM: ......Expand

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Can this FireWire interface really help you hear problems your mix might suffer when played back on other systems? Read and find out.

Focusrite has made a serious impression into the audio-interface market with a wide variet......Expand

Mackie Onyx-i Mixers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A leap forward in FireWire integration and analog warmth, with lots of handy extras.

Mackie’s Onyx mixers have been around for quite a few years now. They’ve introduced a number of features that Mackie has justifiably been p......Expand

Zoom G2.1Nu   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This handy guitar multieffector also acts as an audio interface with a powerful software punch—and it’s easier to program than ever before.

Zoom has been in the business of making guitar effects processors for a fairly long ......Expand

ADK Microphones Berlin 47 Au and Cremona 251 Au   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr

These solid-state mics are voiced to evoke the flavors of vintage favorites. How do they fare in the studio?

Talk with ADK founder Larry Villella for any length of time and it will be apparent that he has an intense passion ......Expand

Sanyo Xacti Sound Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

How small can a portable digital recorder get before it’s too small for serious music work?

Sanyo surprised many people in its NAMM debut this past January. Besides eco-friendly Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery technology (i......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

audiobro LA Scoring Strings.

Despite the many string libraries already on the market, and with the experience of having built an earlier such project himself, film composer Andrew Keresztes still felt that the existing produ......Expand

iZotope Alloy   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

Rejoice! The audio quality that made iZotope’s Ozone mastering software famous, now in a CPU-friendly suite of tracking/mixing plug-ins.

I confess! I am guilty of using iZotope Ozone mastering effects—on tracks! Yes, despit......Expand


Miking And Mixing A Symphony Orchestra   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Mike Pappas tracks and mixes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra—in surround!—from a basement mix suite, and we’re there to fill you in on the details.

On the first weekend of June, 2010, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) pe......Expand


Ten Steps To Better Mixes   |   Written by Sean Shannon

Straight talk on procedures and plans that will make your mixes go smoother and sound better.

What can you do to mix with confidence, knowing you are handing the client a mix that will work on every system they play it on? R......Expand

Mixing in Pro Tools: A 10-Step Program To Get The Job Done   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

Ten more steps on making mixes happening, this time aimed at the Pro Tools beginner!

Let’s say you need to mix a song in Pro Tools. Your client, friend, significant other or someone you owe money to has sent you a DVD with a......Expand

It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 6: Income Earned By Songs—Part 1   |   Written by Todd Gascon with Bruce Kaphan

Mechanical royalties are what you’re owed every time a CD, LP, or download of your song is sold... but what you actually get paid can get pretty murky. Read, learn, and be prepared!

In this month’s and next month’s columns w......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

AES: Calling All Students.

I regularly use this space to tell people about how wonderful the Audio Engineering Society is, and how they’re doing fine things both to the advance the state of audio technology and to publicize ......Expand

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