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November 2012 (Digital Available)
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November 2012 (Digital Available)

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November is Mastering Month at RECORDING. Our usual great selection of gear reviews and practical articles is supplemented by unique insights into that still-mysterious and vital element of music production.

Howie Weinberg is famous for thousands of amazing records, from U2 and the Beastie Boys to Muse and the Killers, but our interview covers territory that's unique -- just a little while before our interview with him, he mastered an album by a band whose tracks had been tracked and mixed by our own Paul Vnuk Jr., and as a result we are able to offer you premastered and mastered versions of several tracks online, plus a discussion of what went into the mastering process.

In addition to our interview with Howie, we talk with Grammy-winning mastering engineers David Glasser and Brad Blackwood, there's an enlightening interview with "blue-collar mastering" engineer Chris Sonia, and Darwin Grosse discusses the benefits and dangers of DIY mastering.

And there's lots more to be had in this issue! We review hot new gear and soundware from ADK, API, Audjoo, Earthworks, Ohm Force, PSP Audioware, Samson, and more; continue our look at signal flow in Recording Fundamentals; revisit the power and flexibility of Sibelius when working with sample libraries; and much more.

Whether you're curious about the magic of mastering or just want to hear about the latest and greatest tools and techniques in capturing your music, you won't want to miss the November RECORDING!

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