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If you capture the perfect sound at source you will have a much better ingredient with which to produce perfect music. Here’s MusicTech’s Essential Guide to recording so you can get great results every time…


So far in these MusicTech Essential Guides we’ve focussed very much on products – synths, microphones, interfaces and so on – and where (and how) they fit into your studio. We’ve started at the beginning detailing DAWs and finished with a couple of chapters on plug-in effects. Now it’s time to tie everything together by looking at one of the main processes behind music production – recording. This part of music making is key and often one that you need to get right, as it’s potentially difficult ot undo mistakes you make during the process at a later stage.


The recording signal chain – that is getting an audio signal into your computer in the first place, producing a song with it and other files and instruments and listening to the results on your monitors – very much starts with a microphone, so we’ll cover microphones and mic’ing techniques in this guide and include a variety of microphones over different price points.

However, the recording practice ends when that signal picked up by the mic – guitar, vocal, drums or whatever – is safely and perfectly sitting inside your DAW so you can start mixing with it. To get to this perfect scenario you will also need an interface to physically get the signal in, which possibly includes a preamp or two to bolster your signal or colour it in a satisfying way (to improve or ‘warm up’ its tone, for example). With that in mind we’ll also give a brief explanation of interfaces and include a selection of those with and without preamps included in our buyers guide. So that’s two product types for the price of one and arguably the most important part of music production explained in just a few pages.

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About MusicTech

Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!