In this issue, you'll learn how to turn an old upright piano, even one that's beat-up and out of tune, into a valuable adjunct to your computer recording rig. You'll get tips on capturing the vibe of a live concert in the studio... and on getting studio-quality recordings from a live band at a show. You'll even learn the ups and downs of working with a USB microphone. We have articles on maximizing your vocal sessions, working with multiband dynamics on guitars, and more... even a fascinating glimpse into the world of East Indian Kirtan folk music, and how a famous Kirtan player is capturing world-class tracks in her home studio with affordable gear.
All this plus over a dozen great reviews, our monthly columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters (now online), and much more. Turn your mics into magic with the help of the February RECORDING! Pick it up now on the newsstand... and so you get your next issue early (and save on cost), why not hit the big red Subscribe Now button on this page and have RECORDING delivered to your door each month?
Last time we set out the basics for building reliable mixes. Now we go deep with an example everyone can relate to—the electric guitar.
The electric guitar must have a million ‘good’ sounds. Different songs, different guitar sounds.......Expand
Big things, little things—they all add up when trying to capture a stellar vocal.
Early in my tenure as an assistant in a major studio, I learned that vocal sessions were often high-intensity and stressful. Why? One, because......Expand
Into the Wayback Machine once more, for another look at a famous bass track: this time it’s the classic country tune “Crazy”.
There aren’t a lot of bass players whose credits include as many classic recordings as Bob Moore. ......Expand
The stage and the studio are very different places, but here are some cool tricks that let you swap live energy and studio clarity with good success.
Let’s pretend we’re children and play make-believe. Last time we were doct......Expand
Place a speaker and a mic inside a piano to enhance your piano samples? Sure! Here’s why, and how.
You just can’t beat a well-tuned, well-recorded piano! Now don’t get me wrong—there are some pretty good piano samples out th......Expand
Lots of sample libraries use Kontakt 2 Player for playback. Learn how one engine can create an entire universe of seemingly different virtual instruments.
The Kontakt 2 Player is everywhere—a very large proportion of the vir......Expand
Okay, so you’ve done all you can to set up your studio to prevent crippling hand injuries. What about the world outside...?
Last month I talked about the perils of how computer use could permanently mess up your body. What y......Expand
USB microphones are a mystery to some folks, and taken for granted by others. Here’s a look under the hood at what makes these marvelous devices work.
People who’ve been recording for a while often regard USB microphones as ......Expand
A tiny and useful mic that you can build for fifteen dollars... we’ll show you how.
A simple omni mic design by Joel Cameron, based on the inexpensive Panasonic electret capsule, has existed for some time, but it requires an......Expand
With this Part 1 we start a new look at multiband dynamics in guitar recordings—it’s a powerful tool, dangerous in inexperienced hands but capable of amazing tricks.
Up until the last decade, spectral dynamic processing or m......Expand
This intelligent control surface has come of age. Check out the results of our extended tests.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of this mouse.
No, I’m not talking about the rodent variety, but the “compute......Expand
A new, affordable sibling to the venerable and well-liked condenser C 414.
There once was a time when having a condenser microphone in a project studio was a rare occasion. Most condensers rivalled a decent used car in cost,......Expand
This room measurement/corrective processing system improves your mixes, and makes an excellent adjunct to acoustic treatment. But is it a cure-all?
How many times have you mixed a project only to play it back on another syst......Expand
MXL V88 condenser mic and USB .006 and .007 mics; MacAudioLab video tutorial for MOTU Digital Performer 6.
The V88 is the newest addition to MXL’s line of budget-priced studio and broadcast microphones. It’s a solid-state, s......Expand