With a legendary career behind her and a brand-new album wowing critics and snagging a GrammyÂ® nomination for Best Americana Album, Emmylou Harris is one of the most inspiring singer/songwriters out there today. In this issue, we talk to the team behind her Hard Bargain album: all three of the engineers who worked on the project with her and took her music on tour, discussing everything from using the studio to inspire songwriting ideas to effective tracking and mixing. We even have an exclusive interview with Ms. Harris herself on how she uses the studio as a songwriting tool!
And that's not all. This issue features a detailed and fascinating interview with educator and producer Ronan Chris Murphy on effective songwriting techniques, a tutorial on creating usable demos fast by songwriter/performer Al Bouchard, a report on taking songs from idea to finished masters by our new Editor-At-Large Beto Hale, and an incisive look by successful producer Erik Alexandrakis on how to turn your songs into real money.
Songwriting tools get the nod in this issue, along with other studio delicacies. We look at the MICRO BR-80 pocket recorder/effects processor/interface from BOSS, take the GuitarJack 2 and StudioTrack from Sonoma Wire Works out for a spin, test the Optek FretLight system as a cool new tool for guitar education and inspiration, and dig into Cakewalk Music Creator 6 for Windows. We also test the new Fox preamp from Slate Pro Audio, marvel at the new features of Steinberg Cubase 6, and take a hard look at Apple's newest tools for songwriters -- both GarageBand '11 and the MacBook Air that we tested it on!
All this plus more Recording Fundamentals with Eric Ferguson, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and our monthly features, adds up to a wonderfully inspiring issue for songwriters and studio hounds alike. Spring into the songwriting process with the March 2012 RECORDING!
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This recorder fits in your guitar case, offers 8-track playback/mixdown, and adds high-quality DSP and computer connectivity to the package.
The BR recorders from Roland's BOSS brand are known for hitting a sweet spot for th......Expand
The future of computer-based music on the go, in hardware and software. Also: a look at Course Technology PTR's GarageBand '11 Power! instructional text.
Apple has never been shy about changing how we interact with our compu......Expand
Fretlight FG-421 lighted-fretboard guitar and Guitar Pro 6 Fretlight Ready; Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 and StudioTrack.
Few new guitars are memorable and innovative, two words that describe the Fretlight guitars. There a......Expand
This affordable entry-level DAW packs a serious punch, courtesy of its shared heritage with the high-end SONAR X1 audio/MIDI software.
Cakewalk's latest entry-level music-creation software is Music Creator 6, which is based ......Expand
If you can't decide what sort of "flavor" you want your first upscale preamp to have, why not buy one that gives you four of them in one box?
Whether you are a plug-in junkie or a hardware addict, the name Steven Slate shoul......Expand
New and improved workflow features make this new release the Cubase that loyal users have been waiting for, and give new arrivals lots of reasons to make it their DAW of choice.
DAW updates can be a tricky emotional ride. Al......Expand
Fresh from a Grammy(r) nomination for her latest album, the world-famous singer/songwriter discusses the songwriting process and how it relates to the studio environment, accompanied by hands-on information from her creative team-engineers Jay Joy......Expand
His credits list ranges from King Crimson and Steve Morse to Chucho Valdes and The California Guitar Trio, and he travels the world as engineer, producer, and educator. You'll want to learn what he has to teach about success in the songwriting pro......Expand
A seasoned industry veteran gets down and dirty with what you need to know to take your musical ideas all the way to the bank.
Eric Alexandrakis knows how to turn songs into money. He walks the walk for a living, so we asked......Expand
Last month we had a look at the science behind how sound moves and affects our ears; now it's time to use that knowledge to our advantage as we place mics in the studio.
One question is central to nearly all recording sessio......Expand
Ever wondered what it would be like to follow a fully realized album from its inception to its completion? Now you can, with plenty of good advice along the way.
It always starts with the song, and there are many ways to do ......Expand