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December 2009

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The holidays are coming, and the December issue of RECORDING has something very special for our readers -- our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, with coverage of 33 products ranging from the fun to the functional to the funky. And please note, these aren't just press releases, these are actual reviews with hands-on test data in studios and on stage. Wouldn't it be nice to shop for music technology gear and know that someone tried it and liked it? Now you can, with the nearly three dozen reviews in our Gift Guide!

Our December issue covers interesting solutions to studio problems, where we take a closer look at common questions and come up with practical and sometimes unusual solutions. Got a vocalist in your studio who's nervous and needs help? We offer tips on getting the best possible performance. Need a way to isolate a vocalist or instrumentalist that doesn't take up a ton of room and can be quickly taken apart and moved without tools? Check out the Colton 7 Booth. Are your mixes muddy and flabby in the low end? Learn the secrets of creating tracks with more Boom and less Muck.

Also in this issue: a look at gear repairs and upgrades for readers who want to get more for their money, and the launch of our new Keyboard Column, where we take a recording-centric look at pianos, organs, hardware synths, rack sound modules, and other black'n'white noisemakers.

We also have reviews of a new condenser mic from Mojave Audio, a classy set of speakers from ATC, a pocket-sized field recorder from TASCAM, and a sneak preview of the Novation Launchpad controller -- we got to work with it before the world knew it existed, and you can learn from our experiences.

You have problems in your studio? We have solutions that are easy, practical, and fun, and you'll find them in the December RECORDING!

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RECORDING's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay, Scott Dorsey, Paul Vnuk Jr., Lorenz Rychner, and Nick Casares

Not just press releases -- actual reviews of over 30 products, so you can stuff your stocking with presents you can trust, from Alesis, Alien Apparatus, Aphex, Auralex, Big Fish Audio, Blue, CAD Audio, Cakewalk, GForce, Konig & Meyer, Latch Lake, ......Expand

Mojave Audio MA-201fet   |   Reviewed by Dave Martin

Mojave Audio’s latest large-diaphragm condenser mic is a solid-state design with an interesting range of applications.

While Dave Royer is best known as as the designer of ribbon microphones for Royer Labs, he started out de......Expand

TASCAM DR-07   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

TASCAM’s tiny successor to the DR-1 puts a lot of portable recording power into your pocket.

TASCAM is a division of TEAC Corporation, and both names have long stood for recording and other electronic gear. If you’re middle-......Expand

ATC SCM 11 Passive Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

These classy monitors offer clarity and precision for the discerning listener.

ATC hails from the UK and has been going since 1976, initially in the PA component business, and for many years now producing active and passive ......Expand

Preview: Novation Launchpad   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

We got this new Ableton Live control surface even before it was announced, and we’re giving you the lowdown just as it hits the streets.

I was given a chance to try Novation’s yet-to-ship Launchpad controller during the mont......Expand

Good As New (or maybe better)   |   Reviewed by Paul J. Stamler

We throw away toasters and DVD players when they break, but with audio gear, fixing rather than trashing can bring huge benefits.

Times are gettin’ hard—gee, you noticed it too? Tough times put a crimp in our obsession; even......Expand

RECORDING'S Keyboard Column   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

Over 80% of our readers record with them, so it’s time they got a column of their own! Dive into the wonders of great-sounding gear that doesn’t bog down your computer or require installers... just hit the keys and make music.



More Boom, Less Muck   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

We all want good powerful tight punchy bass to impress our clients and wow our audiences, but how do we get there without making our tracks sound muddy? The answers aren’t magic, just good solid engineering.

A lot of musical......Expand

RECORDING'S Vocal Column   |   Written by Cliff Goldmacher

A first-call producer’s take on getting the best from vocal performances.

As a producer and engineer, I’ve worked with hundreds of singers from Grammy winning to first time amateurs. Over the years, I’ve discovered several c......Expand

The Colton 7 Vocal Booth   |   Written by Frank Wright

This innovative booth design breaks down for transport and goes together without tools. Learn how it works, learn where to get one, or maybe be inspired to build your own.

Lorenz Rychner: "On my latest visit to Orange County......Expand

2009 Annual Index   |   Written by Mike Metlay

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... it was a lot of cool articles, is what it was!

You'll find it on page 62 of the December 2009 issue of RECORDING!

Fade Out   |   Written by David Summer

Creating a Holiday CD.

As I’m writing this, it’s a beautiful warm August day. The birds are singing and the deck still needs painting. Ebullient Christmas dreams should still be just a twinkle in my mind’s eye. So, why am I ......Expand

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