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  • EQ Magazine - Is it safe to read yet?

    I remember when EQ fist came out, it was great, lot's of practical info on using and maintaining gear etc. Then sometime in the 90s (sorry, forget which year) some butthole editor writes in his editorial that EQ magazine is only for professional recording engineers and everyone else shouldn't buy it. Well, me being a musician with a home studio didn't qualify so I cancelled my subscription and haven't bought one since. I've looked at them from time to time at the news stand and it appears that this policy still holds, lots of reviews of super high end gear, articles that tell me I need 20k worth of mics to record anything etc. Well, I just saw this;

    https://www.b2bmediaportal.com/eqm/eqmsub.aspx?pageid=2&key=BPENEW2

    ...a subscription for 5 bucks. Tempting. Just wondering if EQ mag still doesn't want non-pros buying it and if it contains anything of interest anymore to a home recordist?
    Originally Posted by Puckman


    I'd have to put "Goo" in there first, personally.

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    Hi Roy:

    I wouldn't say EQ is targeted at only professionals with big budgets.... we try to make sure there's lots of information in each issue that would be useful to someone such as yourself. I think it's a very cool magazine - but as a contributing writer, I'm a little biased.

    Tell you what - try it and if you don't like it, I'll personally send you five bucks.
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    • #3
      I did try it and I did like it but frankly, I was really offended by the editorial and hence, policy. Darn, I wish I knew the year this editorial was published. I still have the magazine but it's buried in a box somewhere.

      Gotta admit, I just looked at the current ish online and it looks pretty good...no reviews of the latest SSL uber-console etc.
      Originally Posted by Puckman


      I'd have to put "Goo" in there first, personally.

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      • #4
        That was three editors ago, Roy.
        Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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        • #5
          EQ is kicking the rest of the rags asses right now IMO. GREAT interviews, nice and long and the one in the last issue spoke more about methods over gear and approach rather than gear. i love the interview on the guy, serj? im not a fan of his band really but really like to read about him. the interviewer had top notch questions.

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          • #6
            That was three editors ago, Roy.


            You remember?

            Hmmm...well...I dunno...5 bucks....hmmm

            Yeah, of course I'm in. 5 bucks almost free, great deal. Sure sounds like things have changed back. I always thought MIX covered the highend stuff well enough anyway.

            BTW - My guess is that the former editor is probably a well liked forumite here (I have no idea who it was). Even if he isn't, I regret the butthole crack (no pun intended....well, maybe a little). Having a different opinion than my own doesn't necessarily make one a BH (although it certainly increases the odds ). I did think it a bit extreme though.
            Originally Posted by Puckman


            I'd have to put "Goo" in there first, personally.

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            • #7
              As Executive Editor you probably won't find anyone more biased than me. But I will say that when I assumed the post last year, my first goal was bringing in more musicians because that's where the real audience is. We don't ignore high-end gear, but our target is musicians who record, which takes in a pretty broad range of interests. We hope to grow the magazine to the point where we have enough pages so that we can cover that full range in every issue.
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              • #8
                If you're talking about Mitch Gallagher, he did a great job with EQ and working with him was always a pleasure. At that time, the edict from the "powers that be" was that EQ was to compete with Mix as a high-end mag. Neither Mitch nor I felt that was the way to go, but we didn't own the magazine
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                • #9
                  You're the editor now (sorry, I don't get out much these days)!?! Congratulations. I couldn't think of a better choice. Your articles were always a fave, straight poop. I was a subscriber for about the 1st ten years and I liked watching your studio evolve as you slowly went digital (ocassionally you would throw up a pic or I'd see it in the background). 5 dollar subscriptions might not be the best business plan but who am I to argue.

                  I don't know if it was Mitch or not, but I suspected that the policy was handed down from the money gods. Silly policy, silly to proclaim it like that too. I'm glad the direction has changed. I glanced at a few issues during the MIX-wannabe era, nothing interesting.
                  Originally Posted by Puckman


                  I'd have to put "Goo" in there first, personally.

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                  • #10
                    I'm really enjoying the articles and the general turn for the better that EQ is enjoying right now.
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                    • #11
                      If you're talking about Mitch Gallagher, he did a great job with EQ and working with him was always a pleasure. At that time, the edict from the "powers that be" was that EQ was to compete with Mix as a high-end mag. Neither Mitch nor I felt that was the way to go, but we didn't own the magazine


                      Is that the same 'powers that be' that decreed having the articles go from being printed with a serif type-face at a reasonable font size, to a san-serif type face and a font size that is smaller than it used to be? Either change would be one thing, but both make reading EQ a challenge for those of us with older eyes.

                      best,

                      john

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                      • #12
                        have to admit it's getting better , It's getting better all the time!!!
                        First kill the goose by refusing to feed it , then blame it for dying and not giving anymore gold eggs


                        Professionalism is an attitude and , not a possesion that you own forever once you have acheived something.



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                        • #13
                          The cover is too slicik and it slides off the toilet tank too easily. Other than that, I think it's getting to be more useful to the recording musician who isn't primarily an engineer, and I think that's the goal of the magazine.

                          Like all magazines, it suffers from SAS (short article syndrome). Sometimes an author attempts to tackle a complex subject that can't be fully explained in 1200 words and details that might come around to bite you sometimes get left out.
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                          • #14
                            If you're talking about Mitch Gallagher...


                            He's not talking about Mitch. I know the exact editorial he's referencing.

                            Think earlier. 1997 or so.
                            Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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                            • #15
                              I really like EQ magazine, apparently my mail man does too as sometimes it disappears. Q: Did the Video issue come out that we'd been talking about???
                              If it did I missed it. To me EQ is right in the middle between home and Pro Studios. For me I'd like it as high end as it can be, but I do enjoy helping others with their situation and I'm glad EQ feels the same way.

                              I do understand boycotting a magazine. I choose to boycott People magazine ever since they glorified Mark David Chapman on the cover for killing John Lennon.


                              Russ
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