Home Studio Recording takes off!
Following the tremendous response to our first issue, we can really get down to helping you understand each month some of the many practical aspects of the recording process and reveal the techniques used by the professional that can be applied to home studio recording.
Whether you record on cassette, reel-to-reel or multitrackers, we've created Home Studio Recording to give you reviews of equipment that will be useful in your recording set-up. This month we review a large mixing desk, a 2-track mastering reel-to-reel tape recorder, microphones, headphones, speakers, a cassette system, and a rack-mounting processor. The reviews will generally focus on products offering the best quality for lowest cost.
Our regular features include ways of using microphones for live recordings, monitoring in the control room and a reader's 'user report' on the Fostex A-8. Because HSR is intended to be a very 'practical' magazine, we welcome articles from readers who have enjoyed using a particular piece of recording equipment. Tell us about your recording set-up and we could be featuring you in our Home Studio Recordist column — and I'm sure it's the low cost combinations that will appeal as well as more sophisticated layouts. So just send us a letter telling us about your equipment and how you use it, plus a couple of photos, and we'll do the rest!
Our Studio Focus this month is one to enjoy, as we have a great competition for you to enter that gives someone a very special opportunity — a free day's recording at the famous Chipping Norton Studios.
The Workshop section will be quite varied from month to month and if there's something special that you'd like to build for your studio, we'd like to hear from you. All our projects are tested in a studio to ensure that sound quality is maintained and the aim is always to try and include some feature that you won't get elsewhere (without paying out a lot for custom gear). The Audio Level Meter's special feature is its ability to display both PPM and VU response separately or together.
HSR's features include a rare interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame. His long experience in creative recording and his own playing makes his viewpoint a very practical one. Add the comments of George Martin as a truly revered producer and there's a wealth of information in this issue from them alone.
Finally, if you've released your own music on cassette or have made your first demo record, we'd be delighted to review it — so read up HSR's columns and enjoy your home recording!
Editorial by Mike Beecher
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