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MusicTech is the world's leading magazine at the intersection of music and technology. Every issue comes packed with in-depth features on music recording and production, including interviews with visionaries, gear reviews, buyer's guides, and easy-to-follow tutorials — all written by our team of industry experts and musicians. Each copy comes with a free DVD that contains exclusive royalty-free samples and loops, special-edition software, video tutorials, and workshop resources. Whether you're an aspiring music producer or an accomplished professional, only MusicTech delivers the skills and inspiration you need to make the most of your talents.
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 hep 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.