Electronic Musician, November 2001
When musicians and engineers talk about using tube-based signalprocessors to "warm up" sounds, tube direct-injection (DI) boxes aretoo often overlooked and underappreciated, despite being a mainstay ofthe modern signal path. This article explores the world of tube DIs,including a comparative evaluation of eight models.
By Michael Cooper
COVER STORY: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
To perceive the true character of your mixes, you need to listen tothem in a well-tuned control room with a flat frequency response. Evenacoustically treated rooms can have uneven, flawed frequency responsesunless you take additional measures. Here are two tried-and-truemethods for making your personal studio into a quality listeningenvironment.
By Michael Cooper
MARK MY WORDS
Markup languages tell a computer how to properly place text onscreenand in print, and they are critical to making the Web work for you.EM explains the most common languages, indicates which are themost essential for musicians to know, and shows you how to use themeffectively.
By Alan Gary Campbell
PRO/FILE: The Final Frontier
Kevin Moore, formerly of Dream Theater, launches You Go Now.
RECORDING MUSICIAN: Got You Covered
Strategies for making multiple mixes.
SQUARE ONE: Going Direct
How to use direct boxes to match all your inputs and outputs.
WORKING MUSICIAN: Follow the Money
Deconstruct the money flow in the record industry.
FINAL MIX: The Art of Being Wrong
Mistakes are inevitable; how will you handle them when theyarise?
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