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April 2010 (Digital Available)
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April 2010 (Digital Available)

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In the April issue of RECORDING, we take a look at the subject of Mastering. This final stage of the process from song idea to finished product is still a bit mysterious and magical to some, and it never hurts to get a perspective on what's involved, whether you're planning to work with an engineer or try it yourself. To that end, we have two interviews with experts on mastering: James Cruz of Zeitgeist Sound, who collected two more Grammies in January and whose clients include names like Lil' Wayne and Beyonce, and Jim Wilson of Airshow Mastering, who's worked with Bob Mould and Richard Thompson among many others.

Also in this issue: a fascinating look at a gospel choir track recorded in a home studio thousands of miles from the usual recording haunts, another in Brian Tarquin's ongoing series of articles concerning signal chains and great guitar tone (this time a look at microphones), the second instalment in our new series "It's Your Money-Know Your Rights" in which we run down the realities of registering copyright on your music, and of course our wide-ranging coverage of the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim.

On the gear tip, there's lots of cool equipment under review: great new mics from Neumann and Shure, a dynamite 500-Series eq from A Designs, new soundware from Spectrasonics and Apple, and more!

We're not fooling around: whether you're fascinated with mastering or just want to learn how to get great sounds happening at the front end of your creative process, you won't want to miss the April RECORDING!


Kef America

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