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1O TIPS to record a band (without walkouts or breakups)

Do you have an important band-recording project coming up? Want to know some inside tricks to capture the perfect recording? Over the years, we’ve spoken to all of the top engineers and producers, who’ve given us the inside track – from getting to know the band, to getting the perfect takes, every time…

1 Watch the band play live

When you’re lining up a recording session with a band in the studio, go and see them play live as many times as you can beforehand. See how they gel on stage, and work out how important the ‘performance’ is as part of their overall sound. Often, you’ll want to preserve the essence of their live identity during the recording. The legendary Mike Howlett (OMD, Flock Of Seagulls) told us: “Has the performance got any magic? Do you get that little tingle from the singer, especially the vocal? If a vocal doesn’t cut it, it’s just a piece of crap, you know? You might spend a lot of time getting a great snare sound, but so what? It’s about the song, arrangement, and performance.”

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About MusicTech

In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…