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January 2012

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Happy 2012! We're beating the drum for the start of a great year... and when we say "beating the drum", we mean it! The January 2012 issue of RECORDING is packed full of fascinating facts and great advice about recording drums and percussion.

In this issue, we bring you not one, not two, but four great articles about drum recording. Paul J. Stamler puts on his educator's hat and shares a detailed history of how drums were laid down on tape in the good old days, including reproductions of some famous drum sounds as heard on classic albums. Paul Vnuk Jr. discusses how your studio workflow changes when you have a lot of mics for your kit and when you have only a few... or only one. Michael Nickolas explains how drum panning helps create a unified and musical mix. And our Editor, Lorenz Rychner, interviews a host of A-List studio professional drummers about how they get their signature sounds.

And that's not all! In this issue, we review the new MA-300 multipattern tube mic from Mojave Audio; find out what all the fuss is about with the KH 120, the first-ever studio monitor from Neumann; look at an innovative hardware/software keyboard system from Arturia; and have fun with a selection of useful and inspiring iOS apps.

Want more? How about a full report of new products from the 2011 AES Convention in New York City to sharpen your appetite for cool new toys? And how about the debut of a far-reaching new monthly series on audio fundamentals by Eric Ferguson? All this is coming your way, along with our usual monthly features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, in the January RECORDING. Take your drum tracks to the next level in the new year!

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Neumann KH 120 A Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Venerable mic manufacturer Neumann's first entry into the monitor market -- by way of the acquisition of Klein + Hummel.

Announced late in 2010 and shown at trade shows before finally being released a few months ago, the KH ......Expand

Mojave Audio MA-300 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A multi-pattern update to the popular tube mic design offers greater flexibility.

I like to think of Mojave Audio as "David Royer's other microphone company" -- the outlet for all of his non-ribbon fare. The Mojave line curr......Expand

Arturia Analog Experience: The Laboratory 49   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Dedicated hardware makes this plug-in synth collection fun and easy to use.

In our August 2008 issue we took a look at an interesting new product from French music-software maker Arturia: the Analog Factory Experience (now r......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Analog Synthesis on iOS   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

We explore the iOS approach to analog synthesis with Korg iMS-20, Moog Animoog, Tempo Rubato NLog Synth PRO, VirSyn iSyn Poly, and Way Out Ware SynthX.

iOS devices have a fair bit of computing power, and it's not surprising ......Expand

Recording Drums--Then And Now   |   Reviewed by Paul J. Stamler

Classic drum recordings from the past can teach us a thing or two about drum recording with today's equipment. Know the styles, know the gear, get results.

In this article, I'm going to look at drum sounds from the hundred-y......Expand


"How I Like To Record My Drums"   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Experienced drummers know how they want their drums to sound. Listen and learn.

Stuck in a rut? Wondering if you should make some changes in the way you record drums? Sometimes the easiest way to get new ideas is to simply a......Expand


2011 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay

New York City hosted the 131st AES Convention, and there was a lot of cool new gear on display. Come with us for a lightning tour of the coolest new products on the show floor.

The 131st AES Convention took place at the Javi......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 1: What Is Good?   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

It's a new year and a new series on the fundamentals of recording music, in both art and science... and we dive right in with a heavy question on a heavy topic: what makes a recording "good"?

Welcome to Recording's new month......Expand

Drumming and Drummers and Mics--Oh My!   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

You have a drum kit, or a set of percussion instruments, to record in your room. Do you go with a bunch of mics, or just three or four, or even only one or two? Here's how to make the call and get good results every time.


Mixing Live Drum Tracks   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

So you've managed to track a drummer yourself or hire in a professional drummer to lay down live miked drum tracks for your new song. How do you mix them for best effect?

No, wait, don't go! You don't have to skip over readi......Expand

2011 Annual Index   |   Written by

Wow, we were busy last year! Check out a full list of our features, interviews, and gear reviews.

Read more in the January 2011 issue of RECORDING!

Fade Out   |   Written by Kelly Dueck

Listening -- The First Step On The Road To Great Recordings.

Let's face it ... if you're into sound recording, you're probably into gear. That's a good thing, because knowing what your gear does, and knowing how to g......Expand

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