Recording

Product Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Powered high-fidelity headphones with a built-in audiophile amp



Thunderbolt Interface with powerful onboard UAD-2 DSP



A Conversation with Rick Beato—Classical- and Jazz-Trained Musician Turned Rock Producer

By Barry M Rivman

The key to a long career in music is versatility, and nothing enables versatility like a music education—especially these days when a producer has to wear so many hats (unless you’re Slash, in which case just a top hat will do). With a roster of artists as diverse as his musical taste, Rick Beato is living proof that a jazz- and classically trained musician can rock with the best of them. A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, Rick found himself in Atlanta in the ’90s, where he formed the innovative hard-rock band, Billionaire. While recording their major-label debut, Rick became enamored with the process of recording and turned his attention to the other side of the glass.



Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Victor Grigas

When it’s time to mix a recording, you need some strategies



Hands-On Review: Fender SLIDE iOS Instrument Interface

By Ara Ajizian
Harmony Central Editorial Director

I was cleaning out the dark corners at the back of my closet recently and came across an ancient relic among the cobwebs and old papers—my old four-track “portable studio.” It was massive in size and weight, with a strange rectangular insert people once called a “cassette tape.” As I studied this long-forgotten piece of recording equipment, and recalled the days of yore when I would actually use this artifact to lay down musical ideas, I took stock of just how far we’ve come in the past 20 years technologically. Thanks to the ever-decreasing size of laptop computers and the advent of mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, the “portable studio” is now truly a reality. All that’s needed is your favorite recording software and a compact interface, and you have more recording power at your fingertips than ever before. With its palm-sized profile and powerful capabilities, the Fender® SLIDE™ interface makes mobile recording as seamless as ever. As a bonus, it’s also designed to be a learning tool when used in conjunction with the included Rock Prodigy Lite app. It all adds up to an affordable, versatile and very functional tool.



Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to tracking drums, nothing beats a well-equipped studio that has great acoustics and a big mic locker. But here are some tips to help get very respectable drum sounds in your project studio on a bare-bones budget.



Product Review: M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro USB Controller

Trigger Finger Pro is a hardware/software hybrid controller that readily adapts to just about any workflow, but mastering its interface requires some learning.



Tech Tip: Why Do I Need an Audio Interface?

Something we hear at Musician’s Friend all the time is, “My computer already has a sound card; can I use that to record?”



Preamp Buying Guide

How to choose the right audio preamp to match your music, instruments, and budget.



Audio Interface Buying Guide

How to choose the right interface to match your computer, recording needs, and budget



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