Until now, HSR has taken a pretty purist approach to the subject of recording, but one thing that we should not forget is that most home studio enthusiasts started out as musicians - not as budding sound engineers. From the recording musicians point of view, there is more to getting a good sound onto tape than being a good engineer, or even a good player for that matter, he must also take the on the role of producer and instrument technician. Our 'Making The Most Of' series and producer interviews go a long way towards providing the necessary insight, but we must go further...
This month we have to some extent broken with tradition by including a review of a guitar headphone amplifier, the Tokai Magicalbox, but why not, such devices can be extremely useful in the studio? A logical extension of this line of thinking is to include recording oriented reviews of other relevant musical products such as small guitar combos, sequencers and even drum machines, but as these are all standard equipment in most studios, it makes a lot of sense to keep up to date in these areas also.
Another area that might bear looking at is the setting up of guitars and drum kits prior to recording as no amount of recording expertise can compensate for neglect in these vital areas, but don't just listen to me - if you have any views on the subject, get out your pen or pick up the phone... we want to know.
Editorial by Paul White
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