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SCOTT'S NOTES - Topics for Future Issues of DigiFreq?

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In This Issue...
We've got some great info in this issue including a feature article covering some guitar recording techniques. We've also got some news announcements from Best Service, Precisionsound, eMedia Music, Groove Monkee, Focal Press, Ueberschall, Drums On Demand, and Toontrack. We've also got some great discussions going on in the DigiFreq Forums. Plus, a great free fx plug-in pack software download, as well as some great Cakewalk SONAR tips (including a new video).

More Thanks for the SONAR X2 Power! Reviews
In the last issue, I gave some special thanks to all the readers who had posted reviews of my SONAR X2 Power! book. Since then some more reviews have come in and of course, I want to say thanks to those folks as well. Thanks to: Dennis Timlin, Raymond Pace, GJH, Ricki Vaneman, Jaime Moreno, JX, J. Bowles "Jbow", David H. Bailey, Michael Parson-McNamara, Peter Milham, Ian Myers, and A. D. Scotchman. If I missed anyone, let me know. Thanks very much, everyone! I really appreciate your support.

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Thanks so much for reading DigiFreq! Now lets kick off this issue with some guitar recording tips... Enjoy!
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DFreqFEATURE - Guitar Shure-Fire Miking
Written by Brian Tarquin - © 2012, Cengage Learning. Reprinted with Permission.

This article is an excerpt from the following book: Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters

When I was a kid growing up in New York, I remember that my dad had an old 1/4-inch four-track Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder that was great for recording multiple guitar parts. I always thought it was so cool to sit in that sunroom and be able to hear the tracks played back, and to physically cut and edit the parts with a razorblade and edit block. Today we have it so much easier. Whether you use a PC or Mac and any of the many programs out there, such as Cakewalk, Logic, Performer, or Pro Tools, editing has become a breeze. But the one true thing that has stayed constant throughout the years is recording great guitar tone.

Van Halen's first engineer, Donn Landee, used to get approached by fans asking him how he recorded Eddie's trademark guitar tone. He had to admit that he used a cheap SM 57 mic on a Marshall cabinet. As some of you readers may know, the Shure 57 is a basic $89 mic that you can purchase at any local music store. This proves that you can get great tone without breaking the bank.

What you need to understand are the various dynamics that come from both the guitar and the amp. For instance, when playing a Les Paul through a Marshall JCM800, you get a very compressed, overdriven rock tone as opposed to playing a Strat through a Fender Super Reverb, which produces a more dynamic blues tone. Both can be recorded successfully with an SM 57, but if you want to spend a little bit more cash, you can buy what I refer to as a "57 on steroids," the Sennheiser 421 mic.

If you have more of a budget and you want to capture the sound of your amp in the room, you may want to try the Neumann TLM 103 or the more expensive TLM 49, which are both large-diaphragm cardioid microphones. The large diaphragm of the mic will capture the ambience of the room. In particular, the TLM 49 has a wonderful airiness to its recordings. By comparison, the 57 has a very small mic diaphragm, which is more beneficial for unidirectional close miking.

I'm sure some of you have heard the buzz about ribbon microphones—and yes, it is true that in some recording applications of guitars, the ribbon mic is perfect for acoustic instrument replication. The Rolls Royce of ribbon mics is the Royer 121 or the famous Beatles BBC 4038. However, you can always go with the less expensive Beyerdynamic M160 mic and still get a great-sounding acoustic tone.

With any microphone you decide to go with, you'll have to experiment with placement techniques. Personally, I've had very good results recording acoustic guitars using the AKG C1000S, which I like to angle downward toward the fretboard side of the hole. Keep in mind that you may have to make some minor adjustments, depending on the size of the guitar body and your finger style.

I've been recording professionally for 17 years, and I am always trying to find new ways of achieving a great-sounding guitar tone. Just recently, I discovered a cool way to achieve stereo imaging by miking a single cabinet with two mics. First, close-mike one speaker between the cone and the edge with a Beyer M160 and far-mike the amp using a Neumann TLM 49 about five feet back, pointing the 49 directly at the Marshall insignia on the cabinet.

My baby is a Trident 32-channel mixing console, in which I use one of the mic pres for the Neumann and use the Universal Audio 610 for the M160. I buss them both to tape or Pro Tools and hard pan one left and one right. I've always found that experimenting with different mics and amps in combination with your guitar style can really produce that hot buttah tone!

This article is an excerpt from the following book: Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters

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And visit the Groove Monkee website. But hurry because this offer ends July 31st, 2013.

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DFreqNEWS - Orchestral Collection, Singing Method, Breakbeats, Live Sound, Shuffle Drum Beats

Some of the latest music technology news:

Best Service announces the release of the Complete Orchestral Collection by Peter Siedlaczek
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Precisionsound releases Nordic Psalmodikon Sample Library - Get 10% off!
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eMedia Music Releases eMedia Singing Method Software
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Breakbeats 1 MIDI Drum Loop Library from Groove Monkee - Get 10% off!
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Basic Live Sound Reinforcement: A Practical Guide for Starting Live Audio from Focal Press
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Acoustic Guitar Sample Library from Ueberschall
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Shuffle Drum Beats: Shuffle City from Drums On Demand - Get 10% off!
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Toontrack Music releases The Mix Toolbox EZmix Pack
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For more of the latest music technology news, go to:
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Also, be sure to check out the latest consumer technology news at:
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DFreqDISCUSS - Fretless Bass, Audio Editing, Synth Sounds

Some of the latest technology discussions:

Fretless Bass I am interested in
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saving project
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audio edit - Even out audio clips
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Ik studio bundle 3
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standalone vst plugin
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Synth Sounds - Organizing drum loops/samples
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To read up on other interesting topics, or to post and get answers to your own questions, go to:
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DFreqTIPS - Cakewalk SONAR Quick Tip: Full Screen Screenset

An additional option that affects the entire SONAR application window (and is saved in screensets) is Full Screen mode. What this option does is resize the SONAR window to fill the current screen and also remove the title bar to provide a small amount of additional vertical workspace. To toggle the option, choose Window > Full Screen (or press F11). One of my favorite screenset configurations is having the Track view showing and nothing else. To achieve this, I press C, B, D, I to hide the Control Bar, Browser, MultiDock, and Inspector. The I press F11 to activate Full Screen mode and save the screenset. For more information on screensets and other SONAR configuration options, see chapter 2 in SONAR X2 Power! http://www.garrigus.com/powerbooks.asp

For more of the latest music technology tips, go to:
http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/tips.asp

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DFreqDOWNLOADS - Blue Cat Audio FX Freeware Plug-in Pack II

Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's Freeware Pack II, a complete redesign of its free audio plug-ins for Mac and PC. This release mainly brings new plug-ins to the bundle (dual channel EQ, stereo phaser), as well as completely redesigned versions of the existing plug-ins: new user interfaces, a new presets management system, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, many new presets, Windows AAX support, and much more. The plug-ins are available for download for free as a single bundle or separately on www.bluecataudio.com, in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX formats (32 and 64-bit). Go to: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/download.asp?ID=83

For more of the latest music technology downloads, go to:
http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/downloads.asp

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DFreqVIDEOS - Cakewalk SONAR Quick Tip: Quantize Duration



Scott Garrigus demonstrates how to use clock ticks in the Cakewalk SONAR Quantize dialog box to quantize to values smaller than 32nd notes.

Even though the Duration menu in the Quantize dialog box is limited to 1/32nd notes, you can still quantize to smaller values by inputting a number of ticks into the Duration parameter. For example, if you're using the default 960 ticks per quarter note for the project clock value (set in Preferences), then just type in 60 for the Duration to quantize to 64th notes. Watch the video at: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/video.asp?ID=14

For more of the latest music technology videos, go to:
http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/videos.asp

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DFreqFINISH - Sign Up for the DigiFreq Forums, Today!

Yes, I know... there are a lot of music and home recording forums available on the Internet, but the DigiFreq Forums are special. Not only am I there every day, we also have a dedicated group of people that are ready to answer your questions.

Yes, I know... you probably already have a favorite forum at which to hang out on a regular basis, but the DigiFreq Forums are special. They are open, friendly, and free.

Suffice it to say... if you're reading the DigiFreq newsletter, but not visiting the Forums, then you are missing out on a big part of the services that DigiFreq provides for you. Go to the forums today and register for your free account:
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Come on over to hang out, make new friends, and share your thoughts... and of course, get answers to any questions you may have.

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