It's August and time for a look at something we take for granted... right up until our songs suffer for a lack of attention there. I am referring to the almighty Beat, whether it's from a drummer, a virtual instrument, or a loop library. In this issue, we get on the beat and stay there with articles and reviews guaranteed to take you to rhythmic Heaven.
Darwin Grosse gives us a great primer on getting loops into your songs, keeping them organized, and making the best use of them; Studio maven Elad Fish talks about the long-distance drummer service he runs, and how one would prep for a session where a demo's rhythm tracks will be replaced by seasoned pros; and DJ Lynnwood talks about his techniques for remixing artists like Alanis Morissette. If you're not into beats for this month, worry not; we also talk about the guitar tone of the Beatles and Byrds, and getting that magic jangle into your tracks.
On the review side, we have lots for the beatmongers among you: reviews of Ableton Live 8 and the new Akai APC40 Ableton controller, not to mention Sony ACID Pro 7, new ReFills from Propellerhead, FXpansion BFD2, as well as a new drum library from a mysterious new maker called Dark Side Of The Tune. And there are reviews of field recording gear, monitors, a cool new preamp; Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters; and more. You won't want to miss a beat when grabbing the August RECORDING!
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