Our Guitar Column takes a look at cool guitar miking techniques, and our Keyboard Column looks at miking electronic keyboards. (And if you’re scratching your head and wondering why anyone would mike a synthesizer, you don’t want to miss this article!)
Our reviews cover some very cool microphones from makers you might not have heard of, but should. The new 4099 instrument mic from DPA Microphones is reviewed, Scott Dorsey takes apart the "new vintage" Cloud JRS-34 ribbon mic, and we take a look at two marvelous designs from British maker Sontronics—the Sigma and the Orpheus.
If mics aren’t your thing this month, don’t worry, there’s much more: we return to our series on the legalities of protecting your music with the third instalment of our series “It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights”, and we review headphones from Shure, new software from Ableton and Superscope, a handy video/audio recorder from Zoom, and more—over a dozen reviews in all!
Whether you’re a beginner looking suspiciously at his brand-new mic purchase and wondering how to actually use it, or an expert looking for new and unusual ideas on how to make mics and music come together, there’s something for you in the June RECORDING!
A new maker draws on classic ribbon mic construction techniques.
The ribbon microphone is a natural figure-8 microphone; it’s a thin ribbon of metal foil suspended between some magnets. Air moves the ribbon back and forth an......Expand
An instrument mic system that goes everywhere and really delivers the goods.
DPA Microphones is a Denmark-based company that designs and manufactures microphones with a reputation for sonic realism and accuracy. DPA is court......Expand
That Chandler eq and compression magic, now in handy 500-Series format.
Chandler Limited’s Wade Goeke is just never satisfied with the mic preamps, eqs, and compressors he already has. First there was his LTD series of Neve ......Expand
Two very cool mic designs from the UK—now available in the US.
We at Recording have been curious about Sontronics microphones for a few years now, but their distribution in the US was somewhat limited; luckily that all chang......Expand
A musician’s video recorder should deliver awesome audio quality, right? Check it out!
Why does Recording write up a video recorder, you wonder? Because the Zoom Q3 is touted as doing a better job at audio recording than you......Expand
A quick spin around the workflow of this handy education/recording software tool.
The names Superscope and Marantz have been linked off and on over the decades, and if your music making goes back far enough you may remember ......Expand
The compositional fun and power of Live in a form anyone can afford.
When I was chatting with the folks at Ableton about their newest products, I mentioned that I wanted to get a review of Live Intro into the magazine as soo......Expand
A simple entry-level audio interface pairs up with an introductory version of Pro Tools.
M-Audio’s new Fast Track provides a straightforward set of features and comes with Pro Tools M-Powered Essential, a simplified version ......Expand
A new microphone lineup includes affordable multipattern condenser and ribbon designs.
ART Pro Audio has been on the audio scene for years as a manufacturer of sound processing tools. Recently, ART has introduced a series of......Expand
Class is in session, and you’re about to learn the inner workings of microphones—capsule types, sizes, electronics—and how they affect your music. Make an informed decision the next time you reach for a mic!
So many micropho......Expand
The basics of recording seven studio-staple musical instruments—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic bass, piano, brasses, and woodwinds—and vocals, too. If you’ve wondered how to get started miking up your band... here’s a grea......Expand
Effective strategies for miking up amplifier cabinets, with mic and placement suggestions.
Finding the right mic placement when recording guitar through an amp or acoustically can be tricky. Many elements come into play, suc......Expand
Miking an electric keyboard? Yes! Secrets for getting great tones from your electric keys.
Keeping everything ITB (In The Box) when it comes to DAW recording is certainly very convenient compared to recording OTB (Out of The......Expand
If you’re recording music as a sideman, using sidemen on your project, sampling others’ work, or otherwise sharing talent in your compositions, there’s a lot to do in order to make sure you get fair credit for your work, and your collaborators get......Expand