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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1, 01/00       TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE EDITOR

Bob explains the new REQ format and why he created the Alexander Magazine - Here

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OTHER REQ NEWS

Find out about changes in staff and other happenings at REQ - Here

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FEATURE ARTICLE
A NEW APPROACH FOR WEB TRAINING AND STUDY
After two years of publishing and offering music recording training on the web, Bob Dennis decides on a new approach for the new millennium.  Launching Alexander Magazine is his answer.

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FEATURE RELATED ARTICLE
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL - GRANDFATHER OF MODERN RECORDING
Alexander Graham Bell started it all and every manufacturer and professional in the business acknowledges it, whether they know it or not.

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IN DEPTH ON TERMINOLOGY
DECIBEL: THE HARDEST & MOST IMPORTANT TERM IN AUDIO
The title says it all.  Your results will improve by fully understanding this term.  Edited from the RID Advanced Recording materials.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES
A COMPRESSION KICKSTART
All the basics about how compressors work and how to use them.  This is a coop article with The Recording Website and written by our new Home Recording Contributing Editor.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
COMPRESSOR DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS
Find out what all those technical terms mean and what all of those settings do.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
THE EXCITING COMPRESSOR
How to make a vocal sound "right there" and "clear" without squashing the life out of it with too much compression. Here's a "trick" used on many hit records from the past.   Republished from a previous REQ issue.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
USING THE SIDECHAIN FOR REDUCING THE "S-SOUND" AND THE POP
Find out how to use a compressor to reduce those annoying sounds that can sneak into vocal and instrument recordings.   Learn how to "make" a sidechain or deesser if you don't have one.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
MORE SIDECHAIN FUN: DYNAMIC EQUALIZATION
Find out how to use the sidechain of a compressor to smoothly enhance the attack of an instrument.

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RECORDING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
ADVANCED USE OF A COMPRESSOR
A comprehensive article written on advanced compression techniques by Ben Blau, Recording Institute of Detroit instructor, Ben Blau.  This article is part of RID's Advanced Recording Course materials.

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MARKETING & PROMOTIONS ARTICLE
THE NECESSITY OF TEST MARKETING
An award-wining record promotions persons explains why you want to release the record yourself before "shopping" it to major record companies.  Originally an REQ Tip article but updated for the situation present at the beginning of the new millennium. 

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MARKETING & PROMOTIONS ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO TEST MARKET
Your release has the best chance if released at certain times of the year and practically no chance if released at the wrong time - here's why. Originally an REQ Tip article.

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MARKETING & PROMOTIONS ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
HOW TO SELL TO THE RECORD COMPANY
When you're ready, it's not as simple as just submitting your material. Originally an REQ Tip article.

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MIXING TECHNIQUES ARTICLE
USING COMPLIMENTARY EQUALIZATION
A technique of EQ'ing that maximizes clarity and distinction on instruments. Originally an REQ Tip article edited from RID Basic Recording materials.

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MIXING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
RECOMMENDED EQUALIZATION FREQUENCIES
Key frequencies to try when using EQ. Originally an REQ Tip article edited from RID Basic Recording materials.

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MIXING TECHNIQUES ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
USING THE EQUALIZER'S Q CONTROL
A complete look at this poorly understood and often misused EQ control.  Edited from a series of tip articles with added advanced  information. 

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PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES ARTICLE
PLATINUM STANDARDS
If you want to engineer, produce, write or perform a national hit - you need to use professional standards and "tune into" professional viewpoints - Bob explains how you can accomplish this.   Republished from a previous issue.

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HOME RECORDING ARTICLE
SHIELDING BASICS
A good recording doesn't have hum or buzz.  The home recordist needs to understand the basics of shielding to get the best recording.  Edited from two Recordist training articles with added information.   

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HOME RECORDING ARTICLE
BUILDING YOUR COTTAGE RECORDING STUDIO
A recording studio in the garage rather than the basement.  The why and how to build it is covered in this article.   Republished from a previous issue.

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HOME RECORDING ADDITIONAL ARTICLE
THE BAFFLING WORLD OF HOME RECORDING
Part of the reason that professional studios get such a good recorded sound is through the use of sound-absorbing baffles.   Here are plans for inexpensive baffles you can make for home recording and suggestions on what to do if you can't even afford the "cheapie" baffles. 

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Each week we post one to three tips on recording, mixing, marketing and/or production.  There is always an all-access tip, and often there are REQ Subscriber Tips or Alexander Subscriber Tips. 
All-access tips are archived and   become REQ subscriber tips after 2 weeks.

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Continuing Feature - Always Posted
Find out the roots of the Detroit recording scene and where our techniques and approaches were born.

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Complete information about us and about this issue.

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