In this issue, we try out the Antelope Audio Zen Studio, a fabulously portable high-resolution audio interface for engineers wanting to track the best possible sound on the go. We also look at the Dangerous Compressor, a new design that offers some fascinating features; a new 500 Series module from Chandler Limited that put time-tested circuits into a handy new format; and the latest BM Series III monitors from Dynaudio Professional.
In this issue, we have two huge articles from experts on tracking and mixing to help get you started on the road to great recordings. Joe Albano's been teaching how to mike and track sessions for decades, and he brings his expertise to our pages this month with a great article for new and experienced recordists alike. And if you want to know how to mix for success, look no further than Grammy winner Marc Urselli, who brings years of success to his treatment of making a great mix.
In the realm of mastering, we bring you interviews with three successful mastering engineers who discuss past and present projects and what's involved in the mastering process, from the client's and the engineer's sides. Jonathan Davis comes to us fresh from remastering Led Zeppelin at the right hand of Jimmy Page; Stephen Marsh takes his track record of mastering everything from Grammy-winning albums to film and TV scores and much more and presents a solid slate of advice for musicians; and globetrotting engineer Maor Appelbaum discusses the ins and outs of working with a mastering engineer when you can't attend the session yourself.
Also in this issue, we take a look way back at the very beginning of Motown, with an incisive look on how this genre-defining label and its equally famous studio got their start. Paul J. Stamler gives a perspective on tracking and mixing in the early years of Motown, and we welcome acclaimed writer and Front Of House Magazine editor George Petersen to our pages with a fascinating article that begins with a mysterious audio processor found at a yard sale and ends with a deeper understanding of the Motown magic.
All this plus our usual features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, make the October RECORDING a must-read for every recording musician. Don't miss it!
A portable package that combines world-class converters with powerful onboard DSP mixing, for a no-compromise studio you can carry anywhere.
Back in our January 2014 issue, I reviewed a remarkable audio interface that offere......Expand
Taken alone, these small speakers elevate desktop monitoring to a level not often heard in small studios... but add the sub and they create a listening environment that's a real revelation.
For years, Dynaudio Professional's......Expand
Chandler's TG2 rackmount preamp, based on the famous Abbey Road EMI console, is a modern classic. We revisit this amazing preamp through a quick history lesson, then dive into the new 500 Series module version. Is history repeating? Read and learn......Expand
This new compressor does the seemingly impossible -- by providing a wealth of controls, it actually makes it simpler to achieve wonderfully transparent and musical dynamics control. Learn what it can do for your tracking, mix, or mastering studio.......Expand
John Davis, mastering engineer working alongside Jimmy Page on the remastered Zep catalog, walks us through the tightly-scrutinized process of rescuing some of rock's most famous tapes and presenting them to a new generation of fans in all their g......Expand
John Windt was one of two young men hired into Motown Studios in the earliest days of the iconic record company. He offers a fascinating glimpse into an era when acoustics was as much magic as science, gear was something you built yourself, and th......Expand
Getting the best possible tracks on record takes some planning and preparation. Here's how to assure that your tracking sessions run smoothly and result in songs you can be proud of.
Before you spend long hours in front of y......Expand
A multiple-Grammy-winning mix engineer takes us into the kitchen and shows us the recipe for the tastiest mixes we've ever heard. Hope you've got an appetite...
Mixing is just like cooking. That's right, I said it.
A chance find at a flea market leads an audio-gear enthusiast down the rabbit hole and into the remarkable world of the Motown mastering rooms, where dozens of history-making records were cut. Motown engineer Mike McLean weighs in on what turns ou......Expand