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November 2014

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Our special issues for recording songwriters are always popular with our readers, and we're back in time for the TAXI Road Rally with another big helping of good advice for making your songs their best and getting them where they need to go!

Our November issue has a full slate of cool gear for recording songwriters and more. We bring you reviews of the affordable sE Electronics X1 Ribbon mic, Samson's new RXA6 monitors, the latest 500 Series EQ module from Geoff Daking, Prism Sound's portable Lyra interface, the sexy new TRITON Taktile keyboard synth/studio controller from Korg, new EZkeys sounds and MIDI grooves from Toontrack, and a sweet selection of virtual instruments and plug-ins for your software studio.

Bridging the gap between a great idea and a great recorded song is half the battle, but the other half is bridging the gap between a great recorded song and a huge audience of adoring fans. In this issue, we tap into the expertise of social media maven Bobby Owsinski, author of Music 4.0 and one of the foremost authorities on how to actually make the Internet work in boosting your musical profile. Bobby brings us 10 great ways to maximize social media in our music promotion efforts. We also hear from Katy Krassner, publicist to the stars, who gives us 5 fantastic tips to get and keep the kind of loyal audience that can make a music career.

Music studio owners will have something to love in this issue as well; Sean Shannon, author of our successful Mixing Workshop series, brings us a hard look on how to make a small studio into a profitable musical venture, and Sven-Erik Seaholm gives us a practical approach to dividing up the recording process between home and pro studios for the best results.

Beyond the world of music promotion, we have cool clinics from DPA Microphones' Mikkel Nymand on how to choose a mic's directionality for best results and ace mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum on working with a mastering house to nail a great release, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our regular features, and more. Whether you're an aspiring songwriter looking to take on the world or a recording musician in search of the best possible tracks, you'll find something to love in the November RECORDING!

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Samson Resolv RXA6 Active Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Samson isn't new to folded-ribbon-tweeter monitors, and the successor to the venerable Rubicon is a serious contender.

It hasn't been that long since we reviewed a pair of Samson monitors; the Resolv SE (February 2014) was a wonderf......Expand

Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

If you've read about the glorious audio quality of Prism's interfaces but were hoping for something smaller, more portable, and more affordable, read on and be delighted.

A few months ago, in our July 2014 issue, we took a look at t......Expand

Daking Audio EQ 500   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This 500 Series module turns a classic console EQ design into something any home studio can enjoy.

Geoff Daking is one of the few guys I know who has been successful on both sides of the recording glass, as well as going on to start......Expand

Blue Mo-Fi   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Is the world ready for active headphones with a built-in amplifier?

Blue first appeared in our magazine in November 1996, in a small article about then-Editor Nick Batzdorf's visit to what started out as a mic-refurbishing b......Expand

Korg TRITON taktile 49   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A comprehensive, innovative control surface with a fantastic synthesizer as its beating heart.

Korg is known for innovative approaches to synthesizer and effects control, from the original KAOSS Pad XY effects pad to the nanoSERIES ......Expand

sE Electronics X1R Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This new ribbon's level of audio quality is way higher than its price.

The sE X1R is the newest ribbon microphone design from the folks at UK-based sE Electronics. As its X designation implies, it's part of the company's value-level......Expand

SBS Designs SP-1PRO 2UBE Processor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A fascinating new tube-based dynamics processor that adds space and detail to your stereo mix bus.

The SP-1PRO is a tube-based audio processor ("Vacuum 2UBE") from a brand-new company known as SBS Designs. That's short for Systems B......Expand

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Three worthy titles for the DIY songwriter, from social media and marketing to honing creativity.

Elsewhere in this issue you can read an article with tips on social media in music from Bobby Owsinski; if you buy this book, you'll s......Expand

Plug-In Outlet: Soundtoys MicroShift   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A legendary audio process is distilled down to its essence in this easy-to-use plug-in.

Based in Burlington, VT, Soundtoys is well known for creating some of the most interesting, useful, and unique effects plug-ins on the market. M......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon and Keys & Strings MIDI Pack   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Soak your keyboard arrangements in retro-vintage orchestral delight with these new additions to the EZkeys family.

Back in our June 2012 issue we introduced readers to Toontrack's EZkeys virtual keyboard plug-in. With the newest rel......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds: Realitone Realivox Blue   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

Need a female singer to croon for your latest demo? Here she is, right on cue.

Once upon a time, the universe of sample libraries was populated by a small number of players. The principals generally had large pockets or access to ba......Expand


A Sense Of Direction   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

Mikkel Nymand, tonmeister and mic applications expert for DPA Microphones in Copenhagen, demystifies polar patterns and mic directionality.

Earlier this year, MUSICO PRO editor Fernando Curiel and I had a chance to visit the headqua......Expand

Mastering with Maor Appelbaum   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

This LA-based mastering engineer handles clients all over the world. Learn how to get the most from a mastering session with his practical advice.

Maor Appelbaum has a many-faceted history in the industry. He's been a club DJ, a liv......Expand


Get Yourself Out There!   |   Written by Bobby Owsinski

Using social media doesn't have to be difficult -- all you need is a plan. Here are ten easy tips on how to make the Internet notice your music.

Social media has increasingly become part of the fabric of our music promotion lives, t......Expand

Audio For Value   |   Written by Sean Shannon

Want your studio to be a reliable source of beneficial revenue? These strategies may seem unusual, but they really work.

If you have a studio, how can you use it to help you generate money, while building your body of work, skills, ......Expand

Calling In The Big Guns   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

Sometimes you need to accomplish something that your home studio can't do. Here's how to get the best results when you hook up with a professional studio.

I am a DIY kinda guy. If there's a problem and I think I can fix it myself, I......Expand

The Phase Monster -- Part 1   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

It's lurking in your recording space and ready to ruin your tracks. Arm yourself against the dangers of phase mismatch, and produce better records as a result.

Some of the greatest recordings ever made are the jazz records of the la......Expand

Five Ways To Get, Keep, And Grow Your Audience!   |   Written by Katy Krassner

Simple strategies that will push your music in the right direction for success.

I often get asked if I know any 'secrets' to jump-start a career in music. Sometimes it all comes down to being in the right place at the right time, bu......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

Pop The Question.

The question on the lips of every A&R and label rep, every manager, booking agent and PR person is: "What makes your band unique?" In fact, even the cleaning crew at a studio asked me that question once. It is the ......Expand

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