PRODUCTION VALUES: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOXES
In demand as a producer, an engineer, a songwriter, and amulti-instrumentalist, Jon Brion’s credits include Fiona Apple,Macy Gray, and Aimee Mann. In this exclusive interview, Brion discusseshow to avoid frustration and offers advice on building a personalstudio, using plug-ins and modeling amps, choosing a studio space, andmore.
By Kenneth A. Woods
COVER STORY: LOOP-A-PALOOZA!
Loop sequencers enjoy a special status in dance music and electronica,but they are also useful for creating many other styles of music. EMsurveys the top new software for loop-based music production to helpyou find the program that best fits your musical needs.
By Todd Souvignier
MASTER CLASS: THE MAX FACTOR
The designer of Lexicon’s classic PCM42 digital delay reveals howhe created a virtual PCM42 with updated features, including surroundoutputs, using Cycling ’74’s powerful Max/MSP programmingenvironment. Learn all the steps you need to know to build your ownsignal-processing devices.
By Gary S. Hall
DIGITECH Genesis3 GeNetX guitar effects processor
ABLETON Live 1.1 (Mac/Win) sample sequencer
CLAVIA Nord Electro electromechanical-modeling synth
BLUE Baby Bottle large-diaphragm condenser mic
ST AUDIO DSP2000 C-Port (Win) digital-audio interface
INNOVATIVE MUSIC SYSTEMS IntelliScore Polyphonic 4.0 (Win)audio-to-MIDI converter
LINE 6 ECHO PRO sampling delay
E-MU SYSTEMS MP-7 and XL-7 Command Stations groove workstations
C-MEXX MIR MIDI control surface
Vermona Engineering PH-16 Dual Analog Phaser phaseshifter
Tech 21 SansAmp XDI Instrument Interface direct box
Yellow Tools Pure Guitars (Akai, Emagic, E-mu, Giga) samplelibrary
Spectrasonics Backbeat (Akai, E-mu, Roland) samplelibrary
Propellerhead Software Strings (Mac/Win) sample library
PRO/FILE: One for Al -- Moe guitarist Al Schnier takes his laptop onthe road.
DESKTOP MUSICIAN: The Universe for a Song -- Create 5.1-surround-soundDVD mixes on a shoestring budget.
SQUARE ONE: Better Latent? Never! -- How you can test for and reducedigital-audio latency?
WORKING MUSICIAN: Shake Your Moneymaker -- Ten simple ways to make moremoney from your studio.
FINAL MIX: Do People Care? -- When should you care about people’sopinions of your work?