April showers bring Songwriter Power in this month's RECORDING! This special issue focuses on the tools every successful recording songwriter should have handy for capturing ideas and presenting them in the most effective possible ways.
Sven-Erik Seaholm comes from a long and successful career as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer/engineer. He introduces novice songwriters to some of the basic tools and workflows that he's found effective in creating and recording new songs. Eleanor Goldfield is no stranger to world-class studios and equipment, but in this issue she offers a wide selection of useful songwriting and recording products that readers can obtain free of charge. And Paul J. Stamler discusses the basics of choosing and setting up a studio's equipment from monitors to mics, concluding his unique "from the outside in" perspective begun last issue.
And that's not all. Eric Alexandrakis notes that his current success came from many years of making mistakes and learning from them; in a funny and accessible article, he walks readers through no less than 25 of the biggest goofs he's seen in the songwriting world and gives advice on how to avoid making them yourself.
Songwriters wanting to learn about the very newest studio equipment will find lots of reviews to love in this issue, including AEA's songwriter-friendly N22 ribbon mic, Dynaudio Professional's desktop-friendly DBM50 monitors, the very powerful and portable TASCAM DP-008EX Digital Portastudio, CME's unusual and playable Xkey controller, and more.
All this plus our regular features, full coverage of the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, and more. If you want to get your hands on the very best tools for recording your song ideas -- and to learn how to use them -- you can't miss the April RECORDING!