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December 2011

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In December, everyone's thoughts turn to gift-giving and gift-getting... and we at RECORDING are no different. It's time once again for our annual Holiday Gift Guide, packed full of mini-reviews of all kinds of fun, funky, and useful musical products!

Remember that this isn't just a collection of marketing literature; every product we mention in the Guide has been tested by our staff and given the thumbs-up as a worthwhile gift. We provide you with real insights on over 40 different products, from iOS software to guitar pedals, from microphones to roadie carts, from portable controllers to portable video/audio recorders... and a game controller that also happens to be a very affordable and powerful MIDI guitar!

Among many others, look for reviews of hardware products by Blue, Glyph, Korg, Line 6, M-Audio, NuForce, RockNRoller, Roland, Yamaha, You Rock Guitar, and Zoom; computer software and soundware from Audio Damage, Madrona Labs, PSP Audioware, Puremagnetik, RealSamples, Slate Digital, Tone2, Toontrack, U-He, Valhalla DSP, and Vir2 Instruments; and iOS products from Audanika, Audiofile Engineering, Frontier Design Group, Griffin, and many more!

We fill out our gear coverage with in-depth look at a versatile field recorder from Zoom, powerful new audio modules from Radial Engineering, and a sexy set of desktop dual-concentric monitors from Equator Audio.

And that's not all! Also in this issue: Mark Hornsby continues his enlightening articles on creating real success in the music business; Michael Schulze weighs in on useful tricks when creating audio for video; and we feature a fascinating interview and studio-recording article on Electrons, a project featuring players and producers whose credits include Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, The Cure, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Collective Soul, Elton John, Megadeth, and more!

Whether you're looking for gifts that you'd actually like to find waiting for you when you open the wrapper, or looking for insights on top-class home studio production and creative success, you won't want to miss the December RECORDING!


RECORDING'S 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: The Great Gear Grab-Bag!   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Darwin Grosse, Lorenz Rychner, and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Everyone likes hardware with shiny chrome and blinky lights -- enjoy these reviews of giftworthy gear from Blue, Glyph, Korg, Line 6, M-Audio, NuForce, RocknRoller, Roland, Yamaha, You Rock Guitar, and Zoom.

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RECORDING'S 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Software and Soundware and Then Some!   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Allen Goodman

If you're looking to spruce up your DAW for the holidays, check out these bits and bytes from Audio Damage, Best Service, Madrona Labs, Puremagnetik, RealSamples, Slate Digital, Toontrack, U-He, Valhalla DSP, and Vir2 Instruments.


Radial Engineering PowerPre and Komit 500-Series Modules   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A uniquely Radial preamp and a reimagined version of a rare vintage compressor add variety to an ever-growing line of modules.

In our October 2011 issue, I had the pleasure of introducing Radial Engineering's new 8-s......Expand

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The latest field recorder from Zoom sports a clear user interface, lots of performance tweaks... and five, yes, FIVE built-in mics!

Smaller, smarter, speedier... the handheld recorders of recent years have capabilities that ......Expand

Equator Audio Research D5 Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

These tiny speakers wow listeners with the clarity of a coaxial monitor design.

The D5 is a remarkable small active monitor from Equator Audio Research, a company that was founded in 2007 by Ted Keffalo, a man with a signifi......Expand

iOS Music Tools: 2011 Holiday Treats   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

For that iOS user in your musical life, be it you or someone you love-handy hardware and awesome apps from Audanika, Audiofile Engineering, Frontier Design Group, Griffin Technology, Korg, and NuForce.

Here's a quick......Expand


Electrons Take On A David Lynch Production   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The long-distance collaboration Electrons features players and producers like Steve Ferrone, Warren Cuccurullo, Anthony J. Resta, Roger O'Donnell, and Eric Alexandrakis, whose collective credits include names from Aretha Franklin, George Harrison,......Expand


How To Be Successful In Today's Music Business--Part 2   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

Our look at the makings of real success continues with serious advice on getting your name and face out into the world in ways that actually work.

Last month we looked at some of the personal skills necessary to be successfu......Expand

Guerrilla Audio For Video   |   Written by Michael Schulze

You're not stuck with the built-in mics on your video camera, you know. Next time you're putting together a live show video or YouTube promo clip, use these simple tricks to make sure your music comes across at its best.


Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Pro Tools 10: The Apocalypse That Wasn't.

You're not stuck with the built-in mics on your video camera, you know. Next time you're putting together a live show video or YouTube promo clip, use these simple tricks to ......Expand

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