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November 2011

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Happy November! Once the tracking's done, we move on to the mix, and getting your tracks to come together into a cohesive and musical whole is a challenge we all face when recording and presenting our music. When it's time to mix, count on this issue of RECORDING to help make your mixes sound their best.

We hear from mixing engineers working in large studios and small, with advice on many aspects of the mix process. How you edit your drum tracks can actually affect how big your mix sounds-in this issue we'll teach you a few tricks of the trade. We also explain how to organize a mix session for maximum musicality and effectiveness, how mid-side recording impacts the mix, and we give you an in-depth look at stereo imaging and how to get the most vibrant and attention-grabbing soundstage in your mixes.

This issue is full of mix-friendly gear reviews, too... From the newest PreSonus StudioLive digital console, bringing its suite of powerful software tools to a new standard of affordability and portability, to the Roll Music Folcrom, a uniquely simple yet powerful analog summing mixer. There's a standard-setting new program for creating high-quality compressed-format digital mixes from Sonnox, high-end headphones from Shure, a powerful multitrack interface from TASCAM, sequencers for iOS (including Apple Garageband), and a variety of Mac and PC software and soundware.

Add in the first part of a 2-part article by engineer/producer/educator Mark Hornsby on what you really need to know to succeed in the music business, our usual slate of monthly features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, and you have an issue that will tickle your fancy and enlighten your studio work, whether you're mixing, tracking, or composing on the fly. Mix with magic, with the help of the November RECORDING!


PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The StudioLive family of digital consoles with integrated software now has a model for the small studio or live rig, with a lot of power under the hood.

In our January 2011 issue we took a look at the StudioLive 24.4.2 digit......Expand

TASCAM US-2000 USB 2.0 Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

If you need lots of quality analog input to your DAW without fuss or window-dressing, this interface does the job.

TASCAM's audio interfaces, at least to this reviewer who's constantly being bombarded by "more better cooler ......Expand

Roll Music Systems RMS216 Folcrom   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This 16-channel passive analog summing device takes advantage of your own preamps for sonic character.

The Folcrom is a 16-channel passive analog summing box by Minnesota-based Roll Music Systems. It's been around for a whil......Expand

Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Wish you had control over the process of making MP3 or AAC files out of your music? This amazing plug-in shows you what goes on and leaves you in control.

Lossy audio is anathema in the pro audio world, and MP3 and AAC files......Expand

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Softube TSAR-1 algorithmic reverb.

If you've read any of my previous plug-in reviews, you'll know that as a sound designer I am equal parts connoisseur and snob when it comes to reverb. A mere two years ago, I was st......Expand

iOS Music Tools: For Composers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Devon Brent

Blip Interactive's NanoStudio puts a full MIDI studio, with instruments, on your iPhone or iPod touch, but Apple's GarageBand for the iPad defines "killer app" for iOS music.

There are a lot of music-making programs for iOS ......Expand

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

New books on audio production and music publishing.

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio, By Mike Senior; The Art of Digital Audio Recording: A Practical Guide for Home and Studio, By Steve Savage; The Art of Music Publishing......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: iZotope RX 2   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

New modules and refinements take an already world-class audio repair program to new levels of capability.

It's hard to believe that it has been three years (June 2008) since I had the chance to review iZotope's initial relea......Expand

Shure SRH940 Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The new top of the Shure headphone line offers detail, clarity, and beauty.

In our June 2010 issue, I reviewed two new headphones from Shure, the SRH440 and SRH840. The renowned mic maker's first forays into studio headphone......Expand


Mixing And The Stereo Field   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

Getting your mixes to sound like they belong in a proper sonic space isn't just a matter of twirling pan knobs. Learn the secrets of a balanced, breathing final mix.

"Recorded in high-fidelity Stereophonic sound!" is touted ......Expand

The Mixing Workshop: Better Mixes Through Creative Editing-Part 1   |   Written by Sean Shannon

Who knew that great mixes could start with how the raw tracks are edited? We dive into the art and science of editing for great final mixes, starting with drums.

When the big boys make big movies, the computer graphics and i......Expand

How To Be Successful In Today's Music Business-Part 1   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

A successful engineer/producer skips the hype and buzzwords and gets down to what really makes for recording success... starting with the most important person on the creative team: You!

Today's music business is all over th......Expand

Mid-Side Stereo Recording   |   Written by Michael Schulze

One mic points forward but the other points sideways? What's up with that? Learn about this powerful miking technique that makes stereo width control as easy as grabbing a fader... even after the tracking session is over.


Organize Your Mix Session   |   Written by Pat Bautz

Preparation makes the difference between a smooth, focused, effective mix session and a chaotic, messy, unsuccessful one... and fortunately, being prepared doesn't have to be difficult.

I mix a lot of projects for other peop......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Hey! Treat Your Room, Stupid!

Preparation makes the difference between a smooth, focused, effective mix session and a chaotic, messy, unsuccessful one... and fortunately, being prepared doesn't have to be difficult.<......Expand

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