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November 2010

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In the November 2010 issue of RECORDING, we hand you the keys to the studio -- black and white keys, that is! This month's issue focuses on keyboards and synthesizers in the modern recording musician's workflow, and how you can add keys to your studio with maximum creativity and minimum fuss.

Our lead article breaks down the differences between modern workstations and controllers, talks about what to look for in your studio's keys, and helps you match up your personal needs with products that address them, whether you're talking about a tiny keyboard that fits in your laptop bag or a full-on hammer-action piano keyboard. And since a keyboard is only as useful as your studio helps it to be, we explain how to use MIDI -- that venerable control language that's going on 30 years old -- to integrate your keyboards and sound modules with your DAW.

We're going over the top with keyboard reviews, too, with unique approaches to keyboard-based DAW control and interfacing from Novation and Akai, and cool new synthesizers from Roland and Korg, not to mention amazing keyboard soundware from Vienna Symphonic Library and others.

And we don't stop with keyboard coverage! The November issue includes an enlightening and inspiring interview with jazz guitar legend Larry Carlton, news you can use on protecting your rights and earning your money when making your music available for online download, more information on collaborating and sharing music files between studios, and a slate of awesome reviews including ADAM Audio's hot new monitors, an amazing microphone from Telefunken, and the world-class X-Desk and X-Rack systems from SSL.

Whether you're tickling the ivories or not, you'll find the keys to studio success in the November RECORDING -- don't miss it!

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Akai MPK Series USB/MIDI Keyboard Controllers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Weighted or unweighted actions on solid controllers with MPC pads and easy-to-use editing software.

When it comes to attracting interest in the crowded USB keyboard market, Akai has a leg up on the competition in a critical ......Expand

Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The name Telefunken conjures magic; does this relatively affordable model deliver?

An increasing trend of the last few years has been for microphone manufacturers to adopt a hybrid method of U.S.-assembled microphones, built......Expand

Novation SL MkII USB Controllers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These controllers use touch-sensitive knobs and faders and the powerful Automap software to stay one step ahead of your work. Also reviewed: the affordable Nocturn controller.

In our February 2008 issue I reviewed the new Re......Expand

ADAM Audio A3X Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The latest (and smallest) active monitors sporting ADAM’s well-known ribbon tweeters.

This is the smallest nearfield monitor ADAM Audio has produced. In recent years we reviewed the S1-A, the ANF-10, and -- more pertinent ......Expand

Waves Tony Maserati Artist Signature Collection   |   Reviewed by Fabio Garcia

These specially designed plug-ins help you channel the well-known engineer's mojo.

For a while now Waves has been releasing plug-ins that were developed with the input of famous engineers who then lent their names to the pro......Expand

Solid State Logic XLOGIC Superanalogue X-Rack and X-Desk   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Now you can build yourself a cost-effective SSL desk, module by module according to your specific needs. Here's how it works.

The home- and project-studio revolution has contributed to a decline in how many large-format mixi......Expand

Roland GAIA SH-01 Synthesizer   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Harking back to the days of vintage synths, this easy-to-program keyboard combines a full front panel and great "analog" sound with lots of modern touches.

Am I allowed to confess that my heart skips a beat whenever I see "R......Expand

Korg microSTATION   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This fascinating little workstation packs a world-class sound engine and multitrack MIDI sequencer into a light and portable package, thanks to an unusual and intriguing keyboard.

The modern studio-keyboard landscape is perh......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow and Mike Metlay

Vienna Imperial grand piano virtual instrument; realsamples Edition Beurmann vintage keyboard sound libraries. (And when we say vintage, we mean it...)

Several years ago the folks at Vienna Symphonic Library sampled a Bösen......Expand

DAW Details   |   Reviewed by Bob Emmet

In Part 2 of our series on sharing song data between studios, we examine sharing services and discuss what you can do to make your data more collaboration-friendly.

Last month we examined the increasing role of file and proj......Expand


A Studio Journey With Larry Carlton   |   Interviewed by Brian Tarquin

The famed jazz guitarist talks about live magic, studio secrets, and the tribulations of running his own record label in the modern era.

As Larry Carlton has shown throughout his multi-faceted career as a first-call session ......Expand


The Keys To The Studio   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Adding a keyboard controller or integrating your favorite keyboard with your studio DAW can be rewarding and fun, if you follow a few basic steps.

Starting with the venerable piano, keyboards have left their own mark on the ......Expand

RECORDING's Keyboard Column   |   Written by Devon Brent

MIDI is nearly 30 years old, but whether over the old 5-pin cable or your USB connector, it still rules the well-connected DAW studio.

Not everything you do in your studio has to happen inside your DAW. There are many perfec......Expand

It's Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 8: Digital Distribution   |   Written by Todd Gascon with Bruce Kaphan

The Internet is a big scary mysterious world to most musicians, but there's money to be had from using it to sell your tunes... if you're careful to protect yourself beforehand.

As a kid growing up on the west side of Clevel......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Tube Story—A Lament.

As the Sixties began, vacuum tube manufacturers were starting to see the transistor as a real threat, and they were looking at what they could do to compete with the transistor...

Read t......Expand

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