MusicTech 194: Create classic studio sounds

A hands-on guide to recreating vintage studio sounds using a wealth of stunning hardware and software emulations of classic studio gear.

musictech issue 194

Many, many years ago, when pop music was in its infancy, artists would record at multi-purpose recording facilities that were typically designed simply to capture the live performances of the bands and artists.

During the 1960s, when pop music had seized the mantle as the dominant entertainment medium in popular culture, bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys grew frustrated by the limitations imposed on them by the technology of the time. Their desire to sonically innovate (not to mention the genius-level work of the producers and engineers they worked with) spearheaded the advancement of multi-track recording technology, as well as several techniques and recording approaches that are still widely used today.

In our cover feature, John Pickford examines how much of this classic technology was used – and how we can replicate those approaches today in our own home studios, using very faithful recreations of key kit from decades gone by.

Elsewhere this issue, we learn more about the art of stem mastering from London’s Wired Masters; discover how an effective understanding of social media can help you grow your audience; talk to a range of producers and engineers (including the Grammy-winning Darrell Thorp) and review all the latest hardware and software. I hope you enjoy the issue.

MusicTech 194 includes:

  • Recreate vintage studio sounds – How to recreate the sounds of classic vintage gear in your home studio
  • Interviews – Cassian Irvine Of Wired Masters shows us the importance of stem mastering; ex-Spring King Tarek Musa shares his production and studio know-how; composer and musician Timo Baker offers his insights and tips for scoring; Darrell Thorp recounts his experience engineering Beck’s Colors; and Beatchain explains how it wants to use AI to help grow your fanbase
  • Tutorials – Using bus sends and aux channels to speed up mixing and recording in Logic; how to use Ableton Live and Link to hook up with other musicians; track-saving automation workarounds in Cubase; tips on using sharing functions across channels with Pro Tools’ inbuilt Groups function; and more!
  • Reviews – We get hands on with the Akai Professional Force, Warm Audio WA-251 and WA-84, Propellerhead Complex-1, Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol M32, and many more new products
  • DVD – 4GB of video tutorials, workshops, software plug-ins and samples including Rob Papen Vecto (demo), Equinox Sounds Pop & Urban Piano Loops, Korg Volca Modular, PSP Audioware PSP HertzRider (demo), and more

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