As this is my first month as Editor, I should like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to look at some of the avenues due for exploration in the near future. As my previous position as Technical Editor might suggest, I tend to favour a practical approach to the subject of recording though that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to persuade everybody to start building projects. Having said that, I do think that it is extremely important that anyone seriously interested in recording should be capable of soldering properly and possess some means of doing so.
Even the simplest of home studios uses leads and all leads need maintenance. Once you have mastered the art of fitting jack plugs, phonos and XLRs, then you might feel tempted to have a go at a simple project such as the HSR patchbay (which incidentally is being marketed by Powertran as a complete kit).
Judging by the readers letters that we receive, many of you have already moved up to eight or even sixteen track recording and are demanding more sophisticated sound processors and recording techniques. We will however ensure that we also offer encouragement and advice to the reader who has just bought his or her first cassette based multitrack system. They may well become the producers and sound engineers of tomorrow.
Previous articles have covered such areas as microphone use and the use of noise gates and features of this type will of course continue, but I feel that there is also a place for articles which cover all the techniques pertinent to recording a particular sound source. An example of this would be to look at recording bass guitar where we could discuss miking, gating, eq and further processing as a single related topic and include different approaches such as DI or close miking within the one article.
We will also continue to bring you not only reviews of the latest equipment, but also user reports on established products and in both cases, will endeavour to convey their suitability and value for money as well as suggesting ways in which it might most effectively be used.
Most importantly though, this is your magazine and we would like to encourage you to send us articles, cassettes of your work or suggestions for future articles. If anyone out there has found a way of converting a cast iron bath and two contact mics into an AMS quality reverb, we'd like to hear about it.
This month we are taking a look into the world of psychoacoustic sound enhancers and looking for ways to improve your vocal sound.
Incidentally, does anyone know how to get Tipp-Ex off a VDU screen?