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August is Back To School month for many of us and our families, and RECORDING gets in the spirit of things with a special issue on the tools and training you need to improve your craft.
Times have changed, and the resources we can call on when trying to become better recording musicians have changed as well -- while print magazines, books, and recording schools are more popular than ever, they're now supplemented with DVD-based teaching tools, online courses, and a variety of Internet-based materials that can get education into the hands of people who aren't able to pursue traditional methods. In our centerpiece article, Lorenz Rychner interviews a wide variety of music professionals and gets their take on the state of music technology education.
We review educational materials of all kinds, including books, DVDs, a specialized "over the pro's shoulder" online course from FaderPro.com, education apps for your iOS device, and Korg's unique Sound On Sound recorder, a personal recording system that's well suited for education as well as songwriting and music creation.
Also in this issue: reviews of hot new drum mics from Shure, the latest DSP engines and effects from Universal Audio, and Slate Pro Audio's Dragon dynamics processor; advice on the legalities of licensing your music for use in films; and much more. Every issue of RECORDING is an education, but education gets a special shout out this August -- don't miss it!