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July 2008

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The world of drums and percussion is a wide, varied, and fascinating one. We bring you content on drum recording and mixing almost every month, but this July’s issue is a special one. We wander at will through the mysterious world of drums and percussion, and offer articles on working with a nervous drummer fresh from the road and in your studio, creating the best snare sound in your mix, combining live playing with loops to best effect, and even a quick look at miking that mysterious box of bang, the cajon.

We also offer 17 reviews in this issue, ranging from top-quality monitors by Focal to a tiny audio interface from CEntrance that puts high-end headphone amplification in your pocket.

All this plus our monthly columns, Song Production in Pro Tools with Mark Hornsby, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. Whether you work with live drums, percussion, or loops, the July Recording will give you the tools you need to do it right!


Yamaha n12 Digital Mixing Studio   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

Tight computer integration makes this console/interface something special.

Focal Twin6 Be Monitors   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

An unusual 3-way design and the sound of unvarnished truth.

Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Michael Nickolas and Devon Brent

Sony Media Software Artist Integrated Quartet libraries; XLN Audio Addictive Drums.

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent and Paul Vnuk Jr.

db audioware Quantum FX; Unique Recording Software Classic Channel Strip Pro.

Reviewed and Revisited   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

Elastic Time—the major enhancement in the space/time continuum of Pro Tools 7.4.

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

Samson VR88 active ribbon mic; Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation headphones; TASCAM DR-1 stereo flash-RAM recorder; CEntrance MicPort Pro USB audio interface; Mackie 402-VLZ3 mixer.

Compression: The Automatic Turner-Downer/Turner-Upper!
   |   Reviewed by John Fishell

If compressors confuse you, this primer will explain the basics.


Laurence Juber—Creative In His Home Studio   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The prolific recording guitarist/composer/producer walks us through his latest project—a new album with Al Stewart.


Best of Both Worlds   |   Written by Rick Barrio Dill

Breaking new ground by combining techniques from different genres—in this first of a series of articles, a successful producer starts simple, marrying Rock and Hip-Hop drum sounds for more impact.

Off the Road and Into the Studio   |   Written by Pat Bautz

When a band comes off the road and is amped up to record, it takes some skill to turn the energy into a recording worth remembering.

Drummers Working with Loops   |   Written by Chet McCracken

A famous drummer and recording engineer teaches the Zen of coexisting with pre-recorded drum tracks.

Miking the Meinl Conga and Bongo Cajón   |   Written by Demian Arriaga with Lorenz Rychner

A review of two interesting percussion instruments for our sister publication becomes an interesting miking clinic.

Recording’s Guitar Column   |   Written by Darwin Grosse

Miking solo guitar is all a matter of perspective.

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Frank Gryner

A multipart look at drum mixing starts with the Snare....Expand

Recording’s Bass Column   |   Written by Scotty Manzo

A bassist/producer looks at getting the bass and drums into the pocket.

Recording’s Vocal Column   |   Written by Bob Emmet

Getting the best quality from a less-than-world-class vocal mic.

Song Production in Pro Tools Part 7: Instrument Editing   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

We did drums last month—time to clean up the bass, piano, and guitars. Get the web files  and go to work....Expand

Do It Yourself: Another Look at Modifying the AKG C3000B   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

In June 2007 we laid out an electronics upgrade for this popular mic—here’s a tweak that gets much of the same sonic quality at a far lower price.

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