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March 2012 (Digital Available)
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March 2012 (Digital Available)

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Spring is here! With the greenery and the promise of warm weather ahead, you'll likely be in the mood to write a song or two, or three, or ten... and the March issue of RECORDING will be there to help you along. It's our Annual Songwriter Issue, and we have a great selection of articles and reviews to help you feed your muse!

With a legendary career behind her and a brand-new album wowing critics and snagging a Grammy® nomination for Best Americana Album, Emmylou Harris is one of the most inspiring singer/songwriters out there today. In this issue, we talk to the team behind her Hard Bargain album: all three of the engineers who worked on the project with her and took her music on tour, discussing everything from using the studio to inspire songwriting ideas to effective tracking and mixing. We even have an exclusive interview with Ms. Harris herself on how she uses the studio as a songwriting tool!

And that's not all. This issue features a detailed and fascinating interview with educator and producer Ronan Chris Murphy on effective songwriting techniques, a tutorial on creating usable demos fast by songwriter/performer Al Bouchard, a report on taking songs from idea to finished masters by our new Editor-At-Large Beto Hale, and an incisive look by successful producer Erik Alexandrakis on how to turn your songs into real money.

Songwriting tools get the nod in this issue, along with other studio delicacies. We look at the MICRO BR-80 pocket recorder/effects processor/interface from BOSS, take the GuitarJack 2 and StudioTrack from Sonoma Wire Works out for a spin, test the Optek FretLight system as a cool new tool for guitar education and inspiration, and dig into Cakewalk Music Creator 6 for Windows. We also test the new Fox preamp from Slate Pro Audio, marvel at the new features of Steinberg Cubase 6, and take a hard look at Apple's newest tools for songwriters -- both GarageBand '11 and the MacBook Air that we tested it on!

All this plus more Recording Fundamentals with Eric Ferguson, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and our monthly features, adds up to a wonderfully inspiring issue for songwriters and studio hounds alike. Spring into the songwriting process with the March 2012 RECORDING!

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