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January 2011

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Happy New Year! With the traditional album deal being replaced more and more by new ways of generating revenue, live shows (and the live concert releases that often follow them) are more important than ever. So, for our first issue of 2011, we're kicking off the new year with a look at live recording. In this issue, you can read about capturing the very best from a live concert situation, with tried-and-true tricks and the hottest new live and field recording tools.

Veteran touring engineer Eric Ferguson takes us through problem venues and the many solutions the wise live engineer keeps handy, and educator and engineer Michael Schulze describes practical solutions when recording unusual and tricky combinations of vocals and instruments. Mike Metlay rounds out our coverage with a venue-to-audience discussion of turning a board tape into an Internet webcast.

We also review the newest and best tools for live and field recording: the tiny and very affordable Zoom R24 desktop multitrack recorder/interface, portable digital recorders from Roland, Yamaha, and Korg, a quick look at the JoeCo Black Box Recorder, which lets you capture high-definition multitrack audio from any front-of-house console... and the remarkable PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2, a digital mixer that covers everything from front-of-house duties to full-on studio work with its massive feature list and bundled multitrack software.

Also in this issue, we continue our look at the legalities of a music career by posing a loaded question: do you really need a manager? And for those of you with a technical bent, Scott Dorsey goes deep inside the new AT4080 and AT4081 ribbon mics from Audio-Technica to discover the secrets behind a sound that no other ribbon can imitate.

Whether you're looking to record live concerts or celebrating the New Year in the comfort of your studio, you'll be off to a great start with the January RECORDING!

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PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This digital mixer combines powerful internal DSP with flexible FireWire interfacing and a free software suite to provide a complete solution for studio and live tracking and mixing.

Recently PreSonus has taken an ambitious ......Expand

Audio-Technica AT4080 and AT4081 Ribbon Microphones   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

It's rare that a new microphone offers a genuinely new technology and a genuinely new sound, but these first ribbons from a well-established mic maker definitely qualify.

Audio-Technica has this new series of ribbon mics, wh......Expand

Roland R-05 Portable Recorder   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Refinements under the hood make this high-quality field recorder a real contender.

The field of pocket- and palmsized recorders is a crowded one, and yet we keep seeing new variations on the old theme. The Roland R-05 is no ......Expand

Yamaha Pocketrak W24   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

This portable recorder features a full-function wireless remote to take the guesswork out of live audio capture.

This pocket-sized stereo recorder is quite possibly the sleekest and thinnest of the growing number of fully-fe......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Zoom R24 Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Eight more tracks and a powerful sampling and rhythm-track engine enhance this multipurpose desktop digital-audio marvel.

We reviewed the Zoom R16 in our October 2009 issue; at the time, that audio interface/multitrack recor......Expand

JoeCo BBR1 BlackBox Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

An elegant solution for high-quality multitracking from any front-of-house console.

If you're interested in doing multitrack recordings of live shows, the most obvious tool for the job is a computer, but their bulk and tende......Expand

Korg MR-2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Korg's newest portable recorder harnesses the power of DSD audio recording for exquisite sound quality. Also in this article: Korg's AudioGate audio translation software.

We featured the predecessors to Korg's new MR-2 porta......Expand

Capturing Live Music For The Internet   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

With a potential worldwide audience waiting to hear your show, it's easy and fun to get your music out there on the Net. Here's what you need to know to get started.

Elsewhere in this issue we discuss conventional setups for......Expand


Recording Live Performances -- Your Options   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

Before you walk into the venue with recording plans in hand, there's a lot to consider, from mics to mixers to that mysterious and frightening figure... the Soundman.

Has this ever happened to you? You arrive at the venue, p......Expand

DAW Details   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Modern computer audio gear relies on data paths called buses, like USB and FireWire. But exercise caution before you plug and pray...

Recently I had reason to revisit a topic that's been a sore spot with me for quite some ti......Expand

Acoustic Live Recording   |   Written by Michael Schulze

In venues where close mics are frowned upon and the players are unplugged, you'll need good ears and stealthy technique to capture the performance without getting in the way.

Seems like these days, even the lowliest garage b......Expand

It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights. Chapter 10: Managers -- Part 1   |   Written by Todd Gascon and Bruce Kaphan

The manager is a famous figure in modern music. Everyone has to have one, right? Well, maybe not....

In the music business, the term manager (as in artist manager) is used quite differently from other business or sports real......Expand

2010 Annual Index   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Twelve issues and a whole lot of content later, it’s time to organize it so you can find it!

Fade Out   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Live Mixing -- It's Good For You!

While this issue of RECORDING focuses largely on the subject of live recording performances, I would also love to encourage our readers to consider getting involved in live mixing. My studio......Expand

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