All recording musicians and songwriters need great gear, and we start off this issue with extensive coverage of the hot new products introduced at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show.
Robin Frederick has a long and successful songwriting career, and has shared many of her secrets in a pair of books we've reviewed previously; for this issue, she graciously consented to answer a variety of insightful questions covering many different situations faced by recording songwriters. Gary Eskow introduces readers to the promotional power of Nimbit and Facebook. And if it's the bottom line you're most concerned with, award-winning songwriter Erik Alexandrakis cuts to the chase and talks about how to craft your songwriting and your recordings for maximum profitability.
Also in this issue, we wrap up our three-month look into recording the biggest, hugest rock drum tracks you can imagine, offering audio downloads to complete the coverage, and in Eric Ferguson's latest Recording Fundamentals, we continue to deal with the problems and solutions of room acoustics.
We also have a selection of great recording gear for you in this issue, including intelligent nearfield monitors from Eve Audio, a beautiful-sounding and very flexible stereo ribbon mic from Royer Labs, a songwriter's dream workstation controller from Akai, and a 500-Series version of the genre-defining Moog Ladder Filter.
All this plus our regular features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more... all of which adds up to an issue that any recording songwriter (or for that matter any recording musician) will not want to miss!
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The SF Series from the company that has just won a Technical Grammy(R) Award gains a new mic that provides stunning clarity and realism.
In a recording session when someone says, "I'm going to go put up a Royer" or "Let's us......Expand
This classic tone-shaping circuit was made famous on the Minimoog synthesizer, and in a 500-Series module it's far more versatile than a mere sound effect.
To a musician used to working with electronics, the word "filter" me......Expand
A new name in monitor design combines a crystal-clear ribbon tweeter with powerful room-tuning electronics for a satisfying listening experience.
There is something compelling about perennial pairings: For every Romeo there ......Expand
This songwriter and author comes with an enviable track record of success in the music industry; Robin has the precise answers to specific questions about ways to write songs that are hit material.
Robin Frederick is a forme......Expand
Gear galore in Anaheim -- here's our detailed report of what's newest and coolest.
Winter NAMM once again graced Anaheim, California, with tens of thousands of showgoers, hundreds of vendors, and thousands and thousands of n......Expand
We wrap up our in-depth discussion of creating huge drum sounds with a look at fancy plug-in tweaks, blending in the big room, and the mysterious Trash Mic.
This month I'll wrap up my description of our big-room drum recordi......Expand
How easy is it to turn social networking to your advantage as a songwriter or recording musician/composer? Very, as it turns out. Check out how the new Nimbit service can combine with Facebook to put you in front of a dynamic, growing audience.
Making money at your craft isn't easy, but it can be done if you follow the right rules. Here's a quick recap of how to keep your eyes on the prize.
Songwriting -- it has such a nice ring to it. You know what would sound eve......Expand
Our quest for the perfect sweet spot continues, and this month we're learning how to combat the evils that lurk in the low end.
Welcome back. In last month's installment, this column dove head first into studio acous......Expand