We learn about a very special album recording project, where the magical vibe of an old blues recording was re-created by having the entire band playing in one room, and how the miking difficulties of such a setup were overcome. We roll up our sleeves and get into recording drum kits for maximum quality and minimum hassle. A good-sounding string library is made even better by recording live strings over the top. And in an exclusive interview, we go in-depth with recording tricks for several songs on a tribute album to none other than Les Paul, with an all-star cast of guitarists. Those are just some of the studio reports and tutorial tricks we lay out in this issue!
And what would an issue on instrument miking be without a slate of instrument mics on test? Paul Vnuk Jr. records an entire session with MXL's new Revelation tube mic and calls out its unique features and sound. We introduce you to the Bock Audio 195, a surprisingly affordable top-class mic that has been quietly taking the pro studio world by storm. And for you lovers of ribbon mics, we test the new 4050 from Coles, a remarkable stereo mic that actually breaks apart into two mono mics!
There's plenty more to keep you reading and learning. Check out our report from the 2010 AES Convention in San Francisco, with a slew of new gear on its way to our test studios and maybe to your studio as well. We review the remarkable Bella preamp from Prodigy Engineering, plug-ins from SoundToys and Universal Audio, and KRK's newest foray into audio monitoring -- the KNS Series of studio headphones. Our popular series on music business law, "It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights", continues with the sometimes scary details of hiring a manager. All this and more is yours to enjoy in the February 2011 RECORDING. Pick up a copy today and take your instrument recordings to the next level!
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The Soundelux legacy lives on in a condenser mic that redefines the term "workhorse".
David Bock, a former Ocean Way/Hit Factory/Hyde Street engineer turned microphone wizard, was the designer behind the now defunct Soundelu......Expand
A 500 Series preamp module with all-analog sound and surprising digital smarts.
Prodigy Engineering is a relatively new boutique audio company that launched a few years ago with a unique 8-channel remote-controlled microphon......Expand
A cleverly designed ribbon array that's tailor made for stereo or mono recording.
The Coles 4050 stereo mic system consists of two very small ribbon microphones and a mount which holds one above the other and allows you to v......Expand
SoundToys Decapitator; Universal Audio EP-34 Tape Echo.
According to SoundToys, "Decapitator is the sound of analog gear being pushed hard to the point of saturation and beyond". But this analog saturation effects plug-in do......Expand
The first headphone designs from the renowned monitor maker combine comfort, affordability, and solid sound.
KRK Systems is a well-established name in the world of studio listening, with passive and active monitors on the ma......Expand
A high-end tube design from a company better known for more affordable mics, this classy mic has a unique sonic signature with a wide variety of applications.
In early 2009 MXL introduced a new cardioid-pattern vocal-centric......Expand
In the studio or live on stage, this clip-on omni lets you easily add an extra tonal flavor to guitars, mandolins, and other instruments.
The Spark Mini Mic is a miniature clip-on electret condenser microphone created by Bru......Expand
A CD tribute to Les Paul features guitarists from Jeff Beck to Leslie West, and engineer/producer Tarquin unlocks its recording secrets for us.
Brian Tarquin is a guitarist who produces recordings featuring his own playing a......Expand
Vintage and new, conventional and strange... acoustics on display, with miking hints you can use.
Terry Wollman has a knack for recording and making beautiful music with acoustic guitars that vary greatly in tone. Loyal read......Expand
The world-famous engineer weighs in on recording pianos with singing players, working with orchestras, and the essentials of great performances.
Al Schmitt is a household name in audio, a winner of fifteen Grammys and untold......Expand
Three days of gear madness in San Francisco... we call out some of the highlights.
The Audio Engineering Society held its 129th Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on November 4-7. The show was a bit smaller th......Expand
Even a single well-played string line can take a sample library to a new level. A step by step analysis of recording a cellist to sweeten up a budget project.
Sampled strings have come a long way. It is possible to pass off ......Expand
A good drum recording is magical, and doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Learn all you need to know about capturing a kit.
Are drums obsolete in today's digital recording studio? With so many sample libraries and c......Expand
We talked about whether to have one last month; now we cover the details of whatâ€™s involved when you actually hire one.
The artist-manager relationship can be complex, as Bruce Kaphan outlined last month in Part 1 where he......Expand