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March 2010 (Digital Available)
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March 2010 (Digital Available)

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March 2010 is our annual Recording Songwriter issue, and it's full of worthwhile advice for both the timid beginner and the experienced recordist. We offer features on getting started in recording your song ideas; designing and implementing a system for solo recording that encourages inspiration and prevents frustration; and avoiding the dreaded disease of "demo-itis", where a rough demo somehow becomes a magical standard that a polished version of a song somehow cannot match. There's even a blow-by-blow account of the evolution of a song from a simple vocal demo to a fully-fledged production.

In our Guitar Column, we look at famous guitarists' choices in dynamics control, and give an account of high-end compressors that experienced recording guitarists may want to consider in their quest for ultimate tone. Successful dance producer Celldweller takes us through vocal treatments for one of his hit songs in our Vocal Column. We start a new series of articles on the legalities of controlling your music, entitled "It's Your Music - Know Your Rights". And our For Your Bookshelf feature reviews worthwhile books that songwriters and recording engineers alike will appreciate.

On the gear side, we have a great multiple-capsule mic system from Blue, a very powerful recorder/interface/controller from Cakewalk, a handy and affordable Audio-Technica mic, a field recorder from Sony, JBL's newest active monitor/sub system, and plug-ins from Softube and Vienna Symphonic Library.

As ever, there's something for everyone, songwriters and recording engineers alike, in the March RECORDING!


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