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1O Tips for better DAW production… (losing bad habits, gaining new ones)

Think you know your DAW inside out? Worried that you don’t know it at all? The chances are you sit somewhere in between and are maybe not the most efficient DAW producer – so follow these tips to become a DAW power user…

1Consider multiple monitors

We don’t mean studio monitors, we mean screen monitors. Computer screens have become so cheap now that you really should consider having two to really open up your DAW world. You can then, for example, have your song arrangement shown on one screen and your entire DAW mixer shown on the other. It’s all about making in-the-box production feel, well, more ‘out of the box’… And if you have it all laid out on multiple screens, you’ll be amazed at just how speedy your production process becomes when you’re not constantly flicking between screen sets or different DAW features trying to see what’s going on. (Plus the fact that it makes your studio look like something out of NASA.)

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Emulating the artists that inspired us in our many music-making ventures is as much about rekindling those feelings as it is knowing how the sounds were created. In our cover feature this month we show you how to get impossibly close to the sonic signatures left by your musical heroes. Continuing the theme we present our newest feature ‘Recording Spotlight,’ where we speak to Peter Franco, engineer on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and gain insight into the complex, painstaking work that went into creating this modern classic. Additionally, we sit down with dance-music producer Stefano Ritteri and rising UK production star Rhiannon Mair, get into the meat of Cubase 9.5 and get hands-on with all the latest gear, tech and software. We hope you enjoy the issue…