The human voice is the most recognizable, and many would argue the most critical, source in all of music. If you get the vocal wrong, everything else could be perfect and it wouldn’t matter. Scary stuff... but not once you’ve absorbed an entire issue full of wisdom from studio owners, educators, engineers, and singer/songwriters on maximizing your vocal tracks. We offer articles on everything from getting a vocal to sound “in your face” and tricks for effects and mixing that make voices stand out, to how loudness affects eq and what recording vocals in surround sounds like.
All this plus cool reviews, our monthly columns, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters (now online), and much more! Don’t miss it!
Zoom H2 Handy Recorder |
Handy indeed—it’s a field recorder, and an audio interface, and it records in surround!
TC-Helicon VoiceTone Pedals |
Stomp boxes for the vocalist to correct, effect, and double at will. Plus a quick look at two brand-new harmony pedals!
Placid Audio Copperphone |
A marvelous handmade mic that sounds as distinctive as it looks.
Reviewed and Revisited |
New features in Propellerhead Reason 4.
Once Over—Reviews in Brief |
Samson CL2 Microphone Kit; M-Audio Studiophile Q40 headphones.
Plug-in Outlet |
Recording’s Showcase of Sounds |
Rob Papen Predator; Big Fish Audio Suite Grooves; CoolSFX Twisted Reality.
Sneak Preview: The Event Opal |
A first look at Event’s new no-holds-barred studio monitor.
Frank Wright on Voices In Your Studio |
The owner of California Sound Studios walks us through a variety of vocal sessions.
Laurence Juber Records Al Stewart |
Capturing one of the pop world’s most distinctive voices for the new album Sparks of Ancient Light.
Voices in Surround |
Mark Waldrep of AIX Records discusses capturing the perfect vocal in a multi-mic, one-take recording session—with singer and band performing at once.
The In-Yer-Face Vocal |
There’s a science to the art of putting a vocal where it can’t be ignored.
The Equal Loudness Contours |
Your ears act as a dynamically controlled eq... but you can learn to work with them.
Mixing Vocals—The Basics |
A primer on getting your vocal tracks to sit well in your mix.
Mizz Lear’s Vocal Treatments |
A singer/songwriter/producer shares her secrets for standout vocals.
The Best of Both Worlds |
Part 3 of our series on cross-genre production tricks brings electronica’s vocoder and talkbox effects into a funk/rock setting.
Recording’s Drum Column |
Major-studio miking techniques, and how to scale them down to your rig.
DAW Details |
Optimizing your DAW for peak performance—a little cleanup goes a long way.
Song Production in Pro Tools Part 9: Mixing Drums |
It’s time to mix... and a good mix starts with a solid rhythm bed.
Recording’s Bass Column |
In Part 1 of a series of looks at famous bass tracks, we meet the man and the bass behind “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”.