The Recording Songwriter
• Write, Track & Mix at Home
• Tips for the One Man Band
• Vocal Booths—What Works and Why
Engineer Mark Hornsby on recording Jonatha Brooke
12 New Reviews:
An AI-assisted spectral dynamic compressor plugin
Sonible is an Austrian company that’s earned its reputation on the success of a handful of filter plugins, including the AI-assisted Smart EQ Live and Smart EQ 2. smart:comp is an AI-powered compressor and it’s the latest release by Sonible. READ FULL REVIEW
Songwriter’s Recording Guide
Learn the basics of music production for songwriters—how to capture inspiration rather than destroying it
Why is it that so few singer/songwriters make recordings that stand up to commercial standards? It can’t be due to a lack of equipment when there’s all this great and increasingly affordable gear out there. The answer probably lies in the fact… READ FULL ARTICLE
Recording’s Readers’ Tracks is where respected engineer and producer Marty Peters listens to your recordings and critiques them, pointing out where and how you can make them better. Listen to the songs, read the reviews, and submit your own materials online via upload.
Artist Name: BenKi featuring Courtney Stone Title: Magic Moment Genre: Rock
Ben and Courtney have submitted a strong effort here, one that’s only a few tweaks away from being totally successful. Starting from the top, both the writing and the arrangement are top notch, and honestly, that’s a heck of a head start! The moody keyboard, bass, and electric guitar intro is kept well under our one-minute limit, and the introduction of the propulsive drums at the 42-second mark is certainly welcome! While we found the tones to be somewhat lackluster (particularly the flabby kick drum sound), the movement they provide is essential to the song. Continuing on, the double synth bass is a cool choice, and the 9:00 and 3:00 panning placement in the stereo field works quite well. As far as the remaining sound sources are concerned, through our monitors the electric rhythm guitar sounds too… READ THE FULL REVIEW
REC’s six monthly Sound Advice bulletins offer great advice:
- On Vocals: Useful advice on recording the best vocals.
- On Guitars: Miked or direct, electric or acoustic, ways to capture great guitar sounds.
- On Drums: Great techniques for recording drums.
- On Mastering & Mixing: Practical mastering topics for at-home users and tips on how to mix better songs.
- On Acoustics: Learn how to make your room sound better.
- On Digital Audio: All about digital and computer audio.