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March 2011

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It's time for our annual Songwriters' Special! While recording songwriters will find useful reviews and advice in every issue of RECORDING, our March 2011 issue is really something special. It's packed full of hands-on practical advice for songwriters, straight from hard-hitting industry success stories.

Tom Silverman burst into the music scene with the phenomenally successful Tommy Boy Records label, and now travels the country with the New Music Seminar, a multi-day event with industry panels that provide fantastic advice for up-and-coming music professionals. In our March issue, he opens up on the practicalities of making as a songwriter in the modern music industry, with sound advice on using the newest media tools to get yourself heard and known.

It's hard to argue with success: producer Sebastian Arocha Morton guided dance diva Samantha James to the top of the Billboard Dance chart. Read about how they got there, turning ideas into a phenomenally successful reality with methods you can use!

Frequent contributor Bruce Kaphan knows what songwriting success is all about, too... he's had great good fortune with American Music Club and as a solo artist. His article covers the three Ps of a successful songwriting career: how to Present your material, Promote your image, and Protect your music while doing it. Not to be missed!

We know it's not all about the gear, but a songwriter always benefits from having the best available tools. This month we bring you reviews of new and improved KSM mics from Shure, the Roland JUNO-Gi (a keyboard workstation with multitrack audio recording built in!), iZotope's powerful Nectar plug-in for vocal treatment, and more.

If you're a songwriter just getting started doing your own recordings, or if you're a practiced artist looking to get to the next level, you can't afford to miss the great advice and timely reviews in the March RECORDING!

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2010 Winter NAMM Show Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay with Lorenz Rychner and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Anaheim was buzzing with new energy, new enthusiasm, new ideas... and tons of new recording gear! Come with us and check out the highlights.

Anaheim was once again home to the NAMM Show, with over 1600 manufacturers showing ......Expand

The Three "Ps" of Songwriting: Present, Protect, Promote.   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

You don't get what you deserve in the world of songwriting, you get what you work for. Here are three prizes you need to keep your eye on as you storm the charts.

You write songs, but are you doing everything you sho......Expand

In The Studio: Recording "Not Forgotten: Three Scenes For Violin And Piano"   |   Written by Gary Eskow

A magical violin/piano session comes together in a good room with good mics, and you are there.

"Not Forgotten: Three Scenes For Violin and Piano" is an important piece for me, and after rehearsing the work thoroughly with Q......Expand

DAW Details   |   Written by Devon Brent

Our intrepid PC-software reporter finally tries Windows 7... and the world doesn't explode! Read the lurid details here.

A major upgrade of your DAW PC is almost always some kind of "adventure." For nearly five years......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

About Getting Paid.

A friend of mine called to tell me how excited she was. She had put a set of photos up on one of the photo-sharing websites, and she'd got an email from a publisher who wanted to use her photograp......Expand


It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights. Chapter 12: The Role Of The Agent   |   Reviewed by Todd Gascon with Bruce Kaphan

What do agents do, why do you need one, and why won't people talk to you directly if you don't have one? Read and be enlightened.

Just as dealing directly with artists and their foibles is not what record companies prefer, m......Expand

Shure KSM44A and KSM42 Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A respected desert-island mic gets a sonic makeover, and a promising new design shines on vocals.

Today we look at two recent releases from Shure. One is brand new, and the other is an improved reissue. Let's begin with the ......Expand

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

iZotope Nectar vocal processing plug-in suite.

Billed as a "complete vocal suite", iZotope's Nectar contains 11 full-fledged vocal effects, and yet it is not a plug-in bundle, it is one plug-in that has all of the following ......Expand

MOTU UltraLite-Mk3 Hybrid Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

Whether over FireWire or USB 2.0, this interface combines great routing flexibility, powerful internal DSP effects processing, and standalone cue mixing for use without a laptop. Also in this review: MOTU's Volta voltage-control interface plug-in.......Expand

Daking Audio FETIII Compressor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This stereo compressor builds on the FET II's sterling reputation, but offers some tricks of its own at a surprising price.

While his products are heavily inspired by classic circuit designs and sounds of the past (T......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Sony Sound Forge Pro 10   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

The genre-defining waveform editor adds new features, workflow improvements, and significantly improved sound quality.

We last reviewed Sound Forge Pro as Version 9 in our January 2008 issue. Version 10 of this stellar audio......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Avid Pro Tools 9   |   Reviewed by Mark Hornsby

It's here, and it doesn't need Avid hardware any more. What else makes this new version of the industry's most widely adopted DAW stand out?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that Avid, the artist......Expand

Roland Juno-Gi   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Lorenz Rychner and Paul Vnuk Jr.

With its built-in multitrack recording capability, this powerful and great-sounding sample playback keyboard may be the ultimate songwriter's instrument.

Roland has been in the keyboard business for many years; I am ......Expand


Tom Silverman: On Songwriters And The New Reality Of The Music Business   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The founder of Tommy Boy Records examines what it takes to make a hit in today's world of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Eager songwriters take note!

Tom Silverman founded the independent label Tommy Boy thirty year......Expand

Songwriter/Producer -- A Hit-Making Combination: An Interview With Sebastian Arocha Morton   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

How does production tie into songwriting, and how does it help determine which songs succeed while others fail? This chart-topping producer offers some sage advice.

Songwriters don't all operate the same way. Some wr......Expand

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