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April 2008

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Miking technique. It’s what recording is all about, and it’s not always straightforward. In the April issue we take you from bluegrass instruments to archtop guitars to drum demos to the inside of a next of angry hornets... all with mics in hand and an ear toward killer sound. Working with three or more guitarists in a rock band? Trying to put a nervous singer at ease with unusual tricks? It’s all here.

And that’s not all—we wrap up our NAMM show coverage, interview Chris Cox about his remixes of megastar Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, pack in some pretty remarkable product reviews... and round out the issue with a Fade Out that’s sure to ruffle some feathers.

All this plus our monthly columns, Song Production in Pro Tools with Mark Hornsby, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. Find your tone with the March Recording!


Blue Woodpecker Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

An active ribbon design—the best of both worlds?

CAD Signature Mic Bundles   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

Al Di Meola and Joe Satriani each endorse a different pair of mics—we use them on acoustic and electric guitar.

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Cycling ’74 Hipno.

Reviewed and Revisited   |   Reviewed by Bob Emmet

Apple Logic Studio—new features and bundled content.

Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Michael Nickolas

IK Multimedia SampleMoog; Sony Sound Series Vital Drums—The Vitale Collection.

Once Over—Reviews in Brief   |   Reviewed by Nick Casares, Lorenz Rychner, Justin Peacock, and Mike Metlay

RŘDE M3 condenser mic; Sony PCM-D50 handheld digital recorder; RealTraps Portable Vocal Booth; AKG MicroMics; Monster Cable Cable•It; Hosa Technology Astro-Grip.


Chris Cox Remixes Hannah Montana   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The Disney superstar’s latest album becomes a dance megamix, and ace remixer Cox walks us through the complexities.


2008 Winter NAMM Show Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Justin Peacock

Part 2 of 2 with manufacturers from P to Z—more cool gear from Anaheim.

Miking Bluegrass Instruments   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Know the style—know the instruments.

Recording The Archtop Guitar   |   Written by Dave Martin

Once a staple of acoustic music, this beautiful instrument requires special care.

Song Production in Pro Tools Part 4: Recording Vocals   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

Now it’s time to capture the all-important vocal tracks; read all about it and follow along with our downloadable content!...Expand

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Dave Hedin

A way to add drum sounds to a demo if you don’t play drums.

Recording’s Vocal Column   |   Written by Dave Hedin

The singer wants to sing in the control room—here’s how to get a keeper take.

Miking in the Great Outdoors—For Sound Design And Fun!   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Capturing audio outside the studio can be easy and rewarding.

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by Frank Gryner

Recording a band with three guitarists—diaster or triumph?

Kef America

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