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April 2010

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In the April issue of RECORDING, we take a look at the subject of Mastering. This final stage of the process from song idea to finished product is still a bit mysterious and magical to some, and it never hurts to get a perspective on what’s involved, whether you’re planning to work with an engineer or try it yourself. To that end, we have two interviews with experts on mastering: James Cruz of Zeitgeist Sound, who collected two more Grammies in January and whose clients include names like Lil’ Wayne and Beyoncé, and Jim Wilson of Airshow Mastering, who’s worked with Bob Mould and Richard Thompson among many others.

Also in this issue: a fascinating look at a gospel choir track recorded in a home studio thousands of miles from the usual recording haunts, another in Brian Tarquin’s ongoing series of articles concerning signal chains and great guitar tone (this time a look at microphones), the second instalment in our new series "It’s Your Money—Know Your Rights” in which we run down the realities of registering copyright on your music, and of course our wide-ranging coverage of the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim.

On the gear tip, there’s lots of cool equipment under review: great new mics from Neumann and Shure, a dynamite 500-Series eq from A Designs, new soundware from Spectrasonics and Apple, and more!

We’re not fooling around: whether you’re fascinated with mastering or just want to learn how to get great sounds happening at the front end of your creative process, you won’t want to miss the April RECORDING!

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Neumann TLM 102   |   Reviewed by Paul J. Stamler

Neumann’s newest mic—smaller than its siblings, surprisingly affordable, and surprisingly mighty.

You’d think, after 14 years of reviewing for Recording, that I wouldn’t get excited when a new microphone arrives. You’d be wr......Expand

Roland Fantom-G   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

For the studio with everything: the keyboard workstation with everything!

The Roland Fantom-G Series: part synthesizer, part sampler, part PC audio interface, but how is the whole package? Let’s find out.

My 7......Expand

Shure KSM313   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

Ribbon mics make a triumphant return to the Shure lineup.

Back in July of 2006, I reviewed the Crowley and Tripp Studio Vocalist microphone in the pages of this magazine, and since then the Crowley and Tripp company has been......Expand

Daking Audio Mic Pre One   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Portable, rugged, and with a sound that would complement any studio’s mic locker.

Blues Magoos drummer and engineer Geoff Daking has been manufacturing high-end custom recording desks for the pro studio market, as well as ou......Expand

A-Designs EM-PEQ   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

The classic Pultec eq tone in a handy 500 Series format.

I’ve been blown away by this little company called A-Designs Audio exactly three times now.

The first instance occurred before I had ever even heard of ......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Bob Emmet and Gary Eskow

Apple Jam Pack: Voices; Spectrasonics Trilian.

From the Voices review:

Apple’s Jam Packs, sophisticated sound libraries containing both playable MIDI software instruments and looped phrases in Apple Loops format, are ......Expand


Show Me The Quality: Jim Wilson of Airshow Mastering   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

A world-class mastering engineer highlights some vexing problems he finds in projects that come to him—problems the artist/client may not even have known about...

Jim Wilson is a staff engineer at Airshow Mastering in Boulde......Expand

The Road Less Travelled: Jamces Cruz of Zeitgeist Sound   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A Grammy-winning mastering engineer tells how he came to mastering, how he works, and how he keeps the signal flow pristine for the best-sounding final results.

James Cruz is happy to have mastered two projects that won Gram......Expand


2010 NAMM Show Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Lorenz Rychner with Paul Vnuk Jr., John Rossi III, Greg Hurley, Eric Ferguson, Bob Emmet, Frank Gryner, and Michael C. Ross

Cool new gear we saw in Anaheim: Hardware items are described here in the magazine, for software and soundware go to our online report on our website (see below).

Our review crew was scouring the halls at the Anaheim Convention Cent......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

Crafting your best miked guitar tone starts with choosing the right mic. Learn how three famous studio musicians select microphones to hone their sounds.

Every guitarist wants to record his sound exactly as he hears it from ......Expand

DAW Details   |   Written by Gregg L. Perry

A studio in a remote Hawaii location needs a gospel choir and a brass section to finish an album recording project. Sound libraries (and some considerable recording skills) to the rescue!

I live on the Big Island of Hawaii i......Expand

It's Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 2: Filing A Copyright Claim   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan and Todd Gascon

Last month we explained the law of copyright; now we walk you through the process of actually registering one with the US Government, step by occasionally confusing step.

A good many of you readers of Recording come from a b......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Loudness—It's The Law!

In this issue on mastering, we will close with a quick discussion of how mastering practice in the real world has led to fundamental changes in how we work, not only at present but in years to come. Th......Expand

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