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    Recording Bass Guitar

    Tips & Tricks

    Although most modern synths come with good bass guitar patches, there's still nothing quite like the real thingplayed well — provided you know how to record it. Paul White examines a few alternative approaches.

    Techniques Mar 1999
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    20 Tips On Reducing Noise

    Sound Advice

    Hums, clicks, rustles, chirps, shuffles and creaks. Just a few of the sounds that your recordings could well do without. Paul White has a quiet word about the art of noise reduction.

    Sound Advice Mar 1999
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    Bill Nelson at home 1999 (age 50).

    Bill Nelson

    Be-Bop Deluxe & Being 50

    Paul Tingen catches up with the musical innovator and legendary force behind BeBop Deluxe at his minimalist home studio, and finds him producing more music than ever before.

    People Feb 1999
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    Cher on a couch.

    Recording Cher's 'Believe'

    Mark Taylor & Brian Rawling

    It was the best-selling single of last year, and signalled a radical change of musical direction for Cher — complete with bizarre vocal processing. Yet, surprisingly, it was produced in a small studio in West London. Sue Sillitoe relates the astonishing tale of 'Believe'.

    Techniques Feb 1999
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    Deep Purple montage during the recording of their 'Abandon' album.

    Deep Purple

    Recording Their 'Abandon' Album

    Legendary rockers Deep Purple are back with a new, self-produced album. Sharon Stancavage talks to bassist Roger Glover and engineer Darren Schneider about how it was recorded.

    People Jan 1999
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    Recording Brass & Reeds

    Tips, Tricks & Techniques

    Brass and reed instruments present some challenging problems to the recording engineer, whether played by soloists or sections. Hugh Robjohns offers some hints and tips.

    Techniques Jan 1999
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    GARY BARLOW: Recording, Production & Songwriting

    Interview | Artist

    Most people knew that Gary Barlow was the songwriting force behind boy-band stars Take That, but his long-term interest in production and recording is less well documented. Now recording and co-producing his second solo album, he looks set to put the memory of his former band far behind him. Matt Bell pays him a visit at his impressive home studio.

    People Nov 1998
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    20 Tips On Using MIDI Guitar

    Tips & Tricks

    All fingers and thumbs in front of a keyboard? John Walden provides a few pointers to make sequencing using a MIDI guitar controller a less fretful experience.

    Techniques Nov 1998
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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 5

    Tips & Techniques

    In this final part of our series looking at the alternative systems available for recording and mixing, Paul White outlines his own system and the reasons for building it that way.

    Techniques Nov 1998
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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 4

    Tips & Techniques

    Just when you thought it was safe to dip your hand in your pocket and buy that ideal studio, Paul White throws digital mixers into the frame.

    Techniques Oct 1998
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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 3

    Tips & Techniques

    What do you need to put together to create your own studio? Paul White investigates practical options for a core system based on preferred methods of creating music.

    Techniques Sep 1998
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    20 Tips On Recording Guitars

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White and Dave Lockwood strum up a few tried-and trusted methods of improving your studio guitar sound.

    Techniques Aug 1998
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    PASCAL GABRIEL (PEACH): Sliding Doors

    Producer

    Renowned producer and remixer Pascal Gabriel is back with a stylish new recording project, Peach. With a hit in the states behind them and the inclusion of a Peach track in the film Sliding Doors, widespread recognition can't be far away. Bill Bruce meets Pascal and production partner Paul Stretham at their Strongroom studio to talk technology, and finds them going back to their fruits...

    People Aug 1998
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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Following on from last month's look at the advantages and pitfalls of analogue and digital tape, and hardware tapeless recorders, Paul White turns his attention to the ways in which computers can be used in audio recording.

    Techniques Aug 1998
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    Mark Hawley: Recording Tori Amos

    From FOH To Studio

    Tori Amos may not yet have attained the same status in the UK that she enjoys in the US, but that hasn't stopped her setting up her own studio in a quiet corner of Cornwall. On the eve of her forthcoming 200-date tour, Hugh Robjohns talked to Mark Hawley & Marcel Van Limbeek about recording Tori's latest album and engineering the live tour.

    People Jul 1998
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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    Confusing, isn't it? Where once the only recording option was tape, you can now put a whole studio inside a desktop PC or opt for an all-in-one recording and mixing hardware solution. Then again, you could stick to tape, or buy a separate hard disk recorder. In the first of this short series, Paul White examines the choices.

    Techniques Jul 1998
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    Equipping A Home Studio, Part 4

    Tips & Techniques

    Mastering is the final link in your sonic chain. David Mellor helps you make sure it's not the weak one...

    Techniques Jun 1998
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    BILL LASWELL: Re-shaping The Music Of Miles Davis

    Interview | Producer

    Tampering with recordings made by a musical legend like Miles Davis would be seen by many as tantamount to sacrilege. But what if you believed, like producer Bill Laswell, that the music in question had never been heared as it should be? Paul Tingen gets the inside story.

    People May 1998
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    ALAN DOUGLAS: Recording With Eric Clapton

    Interview | Engineer

    With his fame and status as a world-class musician and recording artist, Eric Clapton can afford to spend as much time as he thinks necessary honing his next release. Richard Buskin talks to engineer Alan Douglas about the lengthy sessions and changes of heart surrounding the recording of the new Clapton album, Pilgrim.

    People Apr 1998
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    DI Boxes & Why We Need Them

    Exploration

    Paul White explores the role of both passive and active DI boxes in recording applications.

    Sound Advice Apr 1998
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    Equipping A Home Studio: Part 3

    Hardware Solutions

    It's quite possible to equip a home studio without going anywhere near a computer and software. David Mellor takes the hard line.

    Sound Advice Apr 1998

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