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May 2010

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With the warm weather comes warm thoughts—like having your own successful studio without breaking your budget. Our May 2010 issue addresses that very topic, with articles and reviews on gear that will give you unheard-of power and sound quality at unheard-of savings!

In this issue, we teach you to choose the gear you need for the music you plan to record, and discuss when it’s best to hold out for a company’s fanciest DAW software and when a more entry-level product will fill your needs.

We look at the acoustics of a good-sounding room, and how to get there without hiring a world-class architect. And in a special article that you’ll be referring to for years, Mike Rivers looks under the hood of that most common and misunderstood piece of modern studio gear, the audio interface, and teaches you what you need to know to get the most out of your interface dollar. There’s even a tutorial from Keyboard Columnist Devon Brent on building your own rack of hardware synths for less than you might spend on a set of plug-ins.

If you’re into the making of great guitar tracks, you won’t want to miss this issue’s two interviews—Lorenz Rychner gets at the glory and genius behind the blues of Keb’ Mo’, and Brian Tarquin’s Guitar Column features a chat with Steve Morse about his beautiful new album with Sarah Spencer, Angelfire.

And what would an issue of RECORDING be without hot new gear? Check out a great new American-built mic from CAD Audio, the first offering from a Rocky Mountain audio gear designer called Square State Solid State, a portable DSP engine and way-cool plug-ins from Universal Audio, laptop controllers from Akai, and more!

Saving money, spending money, saving your sanity, making your music—you’ll find what you need to get you closer to your recording dreams in the May 2010 RECORDING!

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CAD Audio E100S   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An American-made microphone from a respected maker reignites a great tradition.

While today’s marketplace offers a selection of hundreds of affordably priced large-diaphragm condenser (LDC) microphones, it’s easy to forget t......Expand

Universal Audio UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Now it’s easy to carry UA plug-in power on the road. Also in this review: a selection of favorite plug-ins emulating products from Cooper, Moog, and EMT.

Just over a year ago, Universal Audio retooled and upgraded its UAD li......Expand

Square State Solid State EQUALIZER model one b   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

Handmade and surprisingly affordable quality from a new audio workshop in Colorado.

The Square State Solid State EQUALIZER model one b is a single-channel 3-band LCR-filter eq with 1/4” TRS balanced I/O. It’s the first produ......Expand

Akai LPK25 and LPD8   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These portable controllers offer a new take on laptop performance.

With the advent of DAW software and sufficiently powerful laptop computers came the laptop studio—that seemingly impossible dream of a fully operational musi......Expand


When Your Studio Meets Your Wallet   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Some simple rules will help you get the most out of your audio equipment dollar.

These days, everyone is trying to stretch their dollars a bit farther, to do more with less. When we’re trying to make and record music—which f......Expand

Pragmatic Design For Project Studios   |   Written by Brian Gadson

Learn to improve your room acoustics using items that have to be in there anyway!

The current trend of calls I receive these days has shifted to assisting in the design of the small project studio. I have to say that these c......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

Steve Morse talks about recording guitars for his new project Angelfire.

The American iconic rock fusion guitar pioneer Steve Morse was born July 28, 1954 in Hamilton, Ohio. His father was a minister, his mother a classicall......Expand

RECORDING's Keyboard Column   |   Written by Devon Brent

Building a studio rack of great synthesizers doesn’t have to be costly.

Is the following statement reflecting fact or fiction? “It is more expensive to use hardware synthesizers than to use software synthesizers on your DAW ......Expand

Know Your Audio Interface   |   Written by Mike Rivers

The ins and outs of the vital centerpiece in many modern studios.

Everyone who wants to use a computer-based studio needs to get audio in or out of his or her computer. In this article, we’ll look at the most common alternat......Expand

SXSW 2010 Report   |   Written by Marc Urselli

It’s not just about the live gigs, it’s also about promoting your recordings and your skills.

“My name is Marc Urselli and I am a SXSW-ist. I enjoy long walks around Austin and meeting fellow music lovers. My last sip of wee......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Lorenz Rychner

My Behringer-in-China Trip.

The Zhongshan Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone is situated in the Pearl River Delta in China’s Guangdong Province, to the west of and across open waters from Hong Kong, or directly nort......Expand


Keb' Mo' And His Home Studio   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

This artist is happy with the way his studio enables him to keep making music. A man with a plan, and it’s working.

I have been a fan of Keb’ Mo’ (Kevin Moore in real life) forever. His light bluesy delivery is always based ......Expand

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