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January 2010 (Digital Available)
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January 2010 (Digital Available)

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It's a brand new year, full of fun and challenges ahead.. and what better way to start the year with a new issue of RECORDING? This issue delves into a topic we hear so many requests for, that it was too big to cover in one annual issue: guitar recording tricks and secrets of killer tone.

In this issue we have a fantastic interview with the guitarist's guitarist himself: Steve Vai. An expert in the studio as well as on the fretboard, Steve shares valuable insights on recording and playing the best possible guitar tracks. We also hear from Zakk Wylde, Neal Schon, and other famous guitarists on the components of their recording chains.

Fernando Curiel returns with the second part of his "Hybrid Guitar Recording Method" article, where he combines the hardware discussed in Part 1 (November 2009) with software and plug-ins for the ultimate in recording flexibility and dynamite sound. And our guitar-centric reviews include the Apogee GiO guitar interface, powerful effects systems from Zoom and Line 6, and useful guitar tools from Empress, Keith McMillen, and Peavey.

Outside the realm of guitars, we have a hard look at the latest version of Apple Logic Pro, a new FireWire/USB2 mixer-interface from Phonic, a great controller from M-Audio, and much more. Our AES report showcases a wide variety of exciting new gear from last October's show in New York, and we wrap up with a controversial editorial about a controversial topic: hype.

There's lots to be had, and we look forward to bringing you another great year's worth of reviews, tutorials, in-depth features, interviews, and everything else that makes the recording musician's life easier and his or her music better... starting with the January RECORDING.


Kef America

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