This month's issue has a common theme running through it - namely mixers and mixing. In addition to our usual mixer reviews we have introduced a new series 'Anatomy of a Studio', which begins with an in-depth explanation of the facilities commonly found on a typical recording mixer. This should help readers to grasp the fundamental design ideas behind mixers as well as, hopefully, clarifying several confusing points. Armed with this new-found knowledge, you should be better informed to assess the suitability of one mixer or another for your own recording purpose, from our monthly equipment reviews.
Our 'User Report' this month, focuses on the Soundcraft Series 200 mixer (which we also reviewed back in February). One such mixer, in its 16-4-2 format, is also up for grabs by readers who enter our exciting Soundcraft Mixer Competition. Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to own a superbly engineered mixer, but it's also your chance of getting your music heard by a top class record producer, leading pop songwriter and the A&R manager of one of the world's largest record companies, EMI; who all comprise our competition's celebrity judging panel. So get recording and send your attempts off to HSR - it's a chance of a lifetime!
Finally, it is with regret that we must announce an increase in the cover price of HSR to 95 pence. Rest assured, though, that it will manifest itself in an even better value magazine, catering for your needs and keeping you more in touch with the world of recording. There will be greater emphasis placed on the practical side to recording and more hints, tips and examples of recording techniques from amateur and professional alike. Where else can you find all this for under one pound?
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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