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November 2013

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The path to success can get tricky if you're a recording songwriter, and RECORDING is here to help. Our November issue is packed full of useful guidance that will help you get from your studio to the big time, courtesy of successful songwriters and producers from across the industry.

As half of the country duet Sugarland, Kristian Bush has made an indelible mark on the songwriting world with his award-winning, top-selling hits. As prime mover behind the Atlanta-based songwriting collective Songs Of The Architect, he promotes great songwriting and the benefits of cooperation and networking. In a candid and funny interview, Kristian shares wisdom that will help songwriters reach their goals more quickly and be happier as they get there... while also discussing what it's like to be a video game character!

Closer to home, we have successful producers and songwriters weighing in with practical advice on publishing, promotion, distribution, and more. Eleanor Goldfield returns to our pages with solid advice on the process of taking an album from the studio to the real world, from face-to-face to Facebook. Eric Alexandrakis explains how a demo pitch works and teaches you how to avoid common pitfalls in creating a demo. John McVey weighs in with a hard look at how preproduction pays dividends in the creative process. And Frank Gryner gives us a ringside seat for the gritty, painful reality of a Songwriter Intervention.

And that's not all -- our November issue features plenty of cool products on review, many of which will be great aids to recording songwriters. Joe Albano goes deep into the new features and improvements of Apple's Logic Pro X; Paul Vnuk Jr. shows how DPA Microphones creates handheld vocal mic magic even in the studio, and compares Millennia Media's remarkable NSEQ-4 parametric eq to Universal Audio's plug-in version of the Millennia NSEQ-2; and Lorenz Rychner gives Yamaha's latest series of studio monitors a careful listen and tries out Focal's first-ever professional headphones.

All this plus Eric Ferguson's Recording Fundamentals on the down-and-dirty details of compression, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our regular columns, and more. Whether you're a recording songwriter wondering how you'll get your tunes out into the world, or a studio engineer or recording musician eager to learn the best techniques and the latest technology, you can't afford to miss the November 2013 issue of RECORDING!

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Reviewed & Revisited: Apple Logic Pro X   |   Reviewed by Joe Albano

It's been several years since the last big update to this genre-defining DAW, and the new version takes Logic to the forefront of current DAW capabilities.

After four years of waiting, and amidst intense speculation among Lo......Expand

Yamaha HS7 Monitors And HS8S Subwoofer   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

An affordable and appealing speaker system for the small studio marries the visual legacy of the famed NS10M to all-new sonic clarity.

The HS series of Yamaha studio monitors has been given a makeover. It comes in three mode......Expand

DPA Microphones d:facto II Handheld Vocal Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr

Innovative modular design and world-class capsules combine to create a microphone that's at home on stage and in the songwriter's studio.

Over the past few years I have used and reviewed almost the entire current lineup of m......Expand

Focal Spirit Professional Headphones   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A first-reference headphones from the company that makes uncompromising audio gear for high-end listeners.

This reference headphone for the studio is a first from the company that so far has offered headphones for on-the-go ......Expand

Millennia Media NSEQ-2 EQ For The Universal Audio UAD-2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr

A powerful and flexible hardware equalizer becomes a versatile DAW plug-in. Also in this review: a look at Millennia Media's remarkable NSEQ-4 hardware equalizer.

The NSEQ-2 is a high-fidelity mastering-grade equalizer creat......Expand


Creativity And Community: A Chat With Kristian Bush   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

Sugarland's top-charting songwriter shares his thoughts on the creative process, on the tools and strategies that led to his success, and on making a meaningful place where your successes can thrive.

If you've heard any of t......Expand


Write - Record - Release - ROCK!   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

A California rock band's journey from song ideas to a successful album release has many lessons for songwriters who want to be heard and taken seriously.

I had a glass of champagne in one hand and a shot of vodka in the othe......Expand

The Windup... And The Pitch   |   Written by Eric Alexandrakis

Pitching songs isn't easy, and this author sees more useless "solutions" than practical techniques out there. A successful music-licensing songwriter talks hard truths about what works.

Everyone and their father's, sister's,......Expand

Songwriter's Intervention   |   Written by Frank Gryner

We care about your success as a songwriter, and there are things you need to do to succeed, and that's why we're here to talk to you today...

We've assembled here because we care about you. It has become clear to the friends......Expand

Be Ready!   |   Written by John McVey

The difference between success and failure in the studio all boils down to one thing: preparation. Here's how to get the most from the preproduction process.

It doesn't matter whether you're taking a song you've prepared in ......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 23: Compression - Part 2   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

This month, we focus on the controls featured on dynamics processors and how they affect your audio.

In last month's Fundamentals, the basic uses of compression were introduced, including making a source louder, keeping a si......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

The Song Is Still The Thing.

Since the early '80s, home recording technology has flitted ever-forward like a sort of benevolent audio Tooth Fairy, bestowing upon us a staggering evolution in sonic quality, while at the same ......Expand

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