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June 2011

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June brings us nice weather, blue skies, and all kinds of outdoor fun... but why should you care about that, when you can stay indoors and make music? RECORDING's June issue covers acoustics and studio construction tips, and we have a wealth of great information to help you get the most out of your rooms.

It's always cool when we can get in on the ground floor (literally!) as a studio belonging to one of our contributors is being built or renovated, so we can ask questions, take pictures, and show you how it's done. In this issue, we get to do it twice -- in the burning desert of Nevada where producer/engineer Brian Tarquin takes us from bare walls to a completed studio, and in the freezing forests of Finland, where audio and video producer Otso Pakarinen documents his conversion of a rented office space into a beautiful and nicely soundproofed studio that he and his fellow tenants adore. If you've ever thought about getting your hands dirty and making your room into a real studio, you'll love both of these hands-on articles!

Once you have a room, there are all sorts of products you can use to improve your sound; in this issue, we review a portable mic-reflection control device from Auralex, test-drive a very cool studio add-on from Primacoustic that converts in seconds from a simple wall panel to a mini-iso booth (!), and take on the biggest and baddest of RealTraps' bass control solutions, the monstrous MegaTraps. Finally, we borrow multiple recording and mixing spaces to test JBL's MSC1 monitor controller and room tuning solution.

And there's more: we have reviews of new products from Telefunken, Sound Devices, and more, the latest installment in our ongoing music-business series, a hands-on tutorial on Cakewalk SONAR's Smart Tool, and much more. If you've wondered what you can do to make your room sound better for your music, you can't afford to miss the June RECORDING!

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Reviews

JBL MSC1 Monitor System Controller   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This affordable desktop monitor switcher also helps you correct the sound of your room.


JBL's RMC (Room Mode Correction) process was originally introduced with the 6300 Series of studio monitors; in our September 2005 issue,......Expand

Telefunken Elektroakustik CU-29 Copperhead Mic   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new design from a respected name, this new tube condenser mic sounds as cool as it looks.


The CU-29, also known by its street name "The Copperhead", is the latest model in Telefunken Elektroakoustic's R-F-T series of micro......Expand

Primacoustic FlexiBooth   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

If your studio's too small for an iso booth, all is not lost!


As we discussed in our last issue (May 2011), vocals are mission-critical for most modern musical genres. If the rest of the tracks are decent and the vocal is ge......Expand

RealTraps MegaTraps   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

When you have to control bass buildup in your room, bigger is better.



Ethan Winer, occasional writer for our magazine, acoustics guru, and Co-Owner of RealTraps, takes bass trapping very, very seriously. When we aske......Expand

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

elysia alpha compressor and niveau filter.


elysia is a German designer of seriously high-end signal processors, all with small letters in their names and non-small price tags, from $5000 for the mpressor and museq to a cool ......Expand

Auralex MudGuard   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The newest product in the ISO Series reduces unwanted reflections to clear up your sound.


The MudGuard is the latest in the Auralex ISO Series of acoustic treatment products, small and portable devices that allow you to take......Expand

Sound Devices USBPre 2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This high-quality USB interface offers standalone preamp/conversion and lots of extras.


Sound Devices has been known for years as a manufacturer of audio gear for the field recording engineer, with compact and rugged field m......Expand

It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights. Chapter 15: Licensing Music For Motion Pictures And Television.   |   Reviewed by Todd Gascon and Bruce Kaphan

Soundtrack contributions can mean big money; make sure you know what to do to secure your rights and income before you let your music be used in a film or TV release.


Although once considered "selling out", many artists toda......Expand

Features

Converting An Office Room Into A Studio   |   Written by Otso Pakarinen

Floating walls and floor turn a corner office suite into a great-sounding, acoustically isolated studio. Lots of great ideas here, illustrated from start to finish.


Last fall I got an opportunity to move my music studio to a......Expand

Room Correction -- An Overview   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

What's really going on in your room, and which tools can hurt more than they help?


Over the last couple of years we've seen a number of magic digital room-correction boxes that claim to somehow flatten the response of your m......Expand

Building A Recording Studio   |   Written by Brian Tarquin

When a large empty space is converted into a recording studio, there are many lessons to be learned... starting with the importance of getting the electrical wiring right.


If you are thinking about creating the perfect recor......Expand

SXSW 2011   |   Written by Marc Urselli

It's that time of year again! Austin swarms with great music, great film, great interactive technologies, great networking, and great business... and we're there to point out some of the highlights.


It's my 5th year at SXSW ......Expand

DAW Details   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

We walk you through the powerful and convenient Smart Tools in Cakewalk SONAR X1.


Smart Tools is a new addition in SONAR X1, Cakewalk's major update to its flagship product reviewed by Allen Goodman in our April 2011 issue. ......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Brian Gadson

Be Careful What You Wish For: Pitfalls In Small-Room Treatment.


You have managed to procure the last remaining room in your house and you christen it your recording cave. You set up all your gear, get a small fridge and find......Expand




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