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April 2013

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April's RECORDING is on the vital topic of songwriting -- the tricks and practices that will help you realize your goals, building a serious career with real moneymaking opportunities.

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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Royer SF-2 Active Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

Moog 500 Series Ladder Filter   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

Eve Audio SC205 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

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

Akai MAX49 USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Whether you write music within your DAW, with MIDI keyboards, or even with old-school analog gear, this powerful controller becomes your one-stop shop for hands-on creativity.

Akai knows when it has a good thing going. When ......Expand


Write Not Just Any Song, But A HIT Song! Q & A With Songwriter Robin Frederick   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

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


2013 Winter NAMM Show Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

Big Money Drums -- Part 3   |   Written by Michael Schulze

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

Nimbit, Self-Promotion, Me -- And You?   |   Written by Gary Eskow

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.Expand

Songwriting -- The Money Angle   |   Written by Eric Alexandrakis

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

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 16: Sweet Spot Conundrums -- Part 3   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

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

Fade Out   |   Written by James Cruz

Is It Possible To Record A High-Quality Product At Home?

In this Songwriter issue of RECORDING we mostly concentrate on the money angle -- how to come up with hit songs and how to make them become profitable. But let's not f......Expand

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