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EM Special Report: Mackie Profiled

Advertorial by Jim Akin

Get Off on the Right Foot with Tracktion
Mackie's new digital audio sequencer gets your recording project up and running quickly and easily

Producing music on your computer doesn't have to be a brain-bending struggle. It doesn't have to cost megabucks, either. With Mackie's new Tracktion digital audio sequencer, you can create great-sounding tracks quickly and easily. Tracktion lets you record your own songs using both audio tracks (such as vocals and sampled drum loops) and MIDI synthesizers. Its features are amazingly deep for such an affordable program, yet everything is laid out on the screen in such a friendly way that even a newcomer can get up and running with very little effort.

Key Features - Tricks and Tips -- and more >>>

Special Tracktion Highlights:

Note from the Creator of TRACKTION

Check out what the devoted users of TRACKTION say about the program

Learn more about the established TRACKTION community

Bonus Feature from Chris Scheidies, Artistic Recording – loyal Tracktion user:

Tracktion/Sound Font Sampler Packs and Tracktion Groove Templates

And click here to see how to work with them!

Tricks for Tracks
Excerpts from Electronic Musician, March 2004

The versatile music-editing features of MIDI sequencers

As a master carpenter will tell you, before you start any project you need to figure out what's the best tool for the job. Today's technology gives musicians a lot of options. If you've only been making electronic music for a few years, you may have jumped straight into the digital audio game with sampled loops and plug-in effects. These are great tools, but there are times when plain old-fashioned MIDI sequencing will give you much more expressive control over your music. In this column we'll explore how a computer (or a standalone workstation) records and plays MIDI data.

Learn about MIDI basics, sequencing, and more.

Tracking in the Unplugged World
By Myles Boisen
Excerpts from Electronic Musician, November 2003

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Trends in recording come and go, but acoustic music is a constant that can be relied on to sustain and challenge all engineers. From miking to mixing, successfully capturing an acoustic ensemble in the studio always puts one's engineering skills to the test. MORE>>>>>>

It's That Time of Year...

Tax Tips for Musicians
By Jeffrey P. Fisher
Electronic Musician, March 2003

Everybody complains about taxes, but how many of us do anything about them? Well, you can improve your tax situation by doing several things. Even though it's too late for the 2002 tax year, you can save a bundle, legitimately, with your music business for this year's taxes and for years to come.
If you're making even the tiniest amount of music-related money, there's no reason to pay more taxes than you have to. To reap the most tax benefits, start running your music career as a legal small business (see “Working Musician: Going Legit” in the February 2002 EM). The IRS loves small businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, there are 25 million small businesses in the United States today, and a large percentage of them are sole proprietorships, or one-person shops. As a sole proprietor, you report your music business income as part of your personal income using the IRS Schedule C and a few other forms. (Tax forms and Schedules can be downloaded from the IRS Web site.) MORE>>>>>>

Tips & Tricks You Might Have Missed

Keepin' It Real
By Sean Carberry
Electronic Musician, February 2003

Recently I was wandering around Boston Symphony Hall working on a radio project, and as I listened to the luscious reverb of that room, I began thinking about how far we've come since the hall opened in 1900. In those days, an orchestra simply went on stage and played. There were no microphones, no P.A. system, no gimmicks — just acoustic instruments in a beautiful-sounding space. More than 100 years since its coronation, Symphony Hall still reigns as one of the best-sounding orchestral settings in the world. MORE>>>>>