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January 2008
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January 2008

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One of modern music production’s big buzz phrases is “in the box”—working in the box, completing a project or a stage of a project in the box... but what actually happens inside that mysterious “box” and how does it affect the quality of your music, for better or worse? In this issue we demystify the process of recording entire projects inside your computer, covering topics from plug-in formats and mixing strategies to safe upgrade paths and killer emulations of larger ensembles. We even talk about when and how to move out of the box and back in again!

In addition, we’re proud to announce two brand-new columns: Song Production in Pro Tools and Plug-in Outlet.
Song Production in Pro Tools: Ace Nashville engineer and educator Mark Hornsby will walk you through the entire process of creating an album-ready song, from writing and pre-production to the finished product, using Digidesign Pro Tools as a platform—although much of the material under discussion will work for any DAW software. Each month we’ll feature downloadable content to go with the text—you won’t want to miss it!

Plug-in Outlet: a new review column for effects plug-ins of all kinds, from standard formats to DSP engine add-ons and bundled special-purpose programs. Short, sweet, to the point, with all you need to know to make vital decisions, Plug-in Outlet will quickly become your go-to source for wisdom on the many plug-ins out there.

All this plus a look at AES 2007, our monthly columns, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. You can stay in the (computer) box but break out of the (boring old production style) box, all at the same time—just use the January Recording as your guide!

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