We bring you four stellar articles on getting the best possible vocals. Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Sebastian Arocha Morton gives us a revealing interview in which he walks readers through the process of matching a song to a singer and assuring that his work is given the best possible presentation. Sean Shannon's Mixing Workshop returns with a segment on mixing your vocals for maximum impact. Bob Emmet explains how to work within a small home studio to get a big-studio vocal sound. And Frank Gryner finds inspiration and impeccable advice to would-be vocal recordists in the unlikeliest of places...
And that's not all! In a very special dual interview, we look at the past and the future of New York's famed Electric Lady Studios, through the eyes of legendary engineer Eddie Kramer and Grammy-winning mixmeister Michael Brauer, who's garnered fame and won awards for his work with Coldplay, John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, My Morning Jacket, Birds of Tokyo, Tony Bennett, and many others.
If you're looking for great vocal-recording gear, the reviews in this issue will put a big smile on your face -- and an even bigger smile on your vocalist's! Check out amazing mics from Earthworks, KEL Audio, Lewitt Audio, and RODE, as well as the amazing Lineage preamp from Harrison and new mic-friendly audio interfaces from M-Audio and Apogee.
Software, soundware, plug-in, and app reviews from Cakewalk, Steinberg, McDSP, and many others round out this phenomenal issue, along with Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our monthly columns, a look at the TAXI Road Rally, and more. If you've got world-beating vocals on your mind, or you're just curious about the best and the brightest in recording's glorious history and bright future, you can't miss the February RECORDING!
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A new name in mics brings out a remarkable, flexible performer.
Lewitt Audio is brand new microphone company that seamed to spring up out of nowhere at last year's NAMM show and hit the ground running with a complete product......Expand
This mic's unique tonality helps a variety of vocals to truly sing.
Based in Canada, Kel Audio is a back-to-basics company with a current lineup of five models, and, for the most part, each one is designed to do its own thin......Expand
Larger rooms will benefit from the power and precision of these 3-way speakers.
By now there are four Rokit models, and the 10-3 under review is the latest and largest. All are powered, with similar features and looks, with ......Expand
A famous console maker's preamp history, all in one box.
Harrison Consoles belongs to an exclusive pantheon of recording deities along with the likes of SSL, API and Neve. Their sound has fueled classic recordings as diverse......Expand
Cool extras abound in this desktop audio production solution.
M-Audio's interfaces have always shown an understanding of what the computer-based recording musician really needs to have at hand while working, and have evolved......Expand
A handheld vocal mic with unheard-of clarity and range.
According to New Hampshire-based Earthworks Microphones, its new SR40V is the first and only High Definition Vocal Microphone in the world.
What's high d......Expand
It's the end of the Classic II era, and this famous mic is going out with a bang.
RODE marks the end of production of its Classic and Classic II microphone with a limited edition, releasing just 500 units dressed in a classy......Expand
Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2.
Z3TA+ is an old soul in the VST world. It was originally released in late 2002 by a small company called rgc:audio. Shortly thereafter, in 2005, Cakewalk came along and bought the company. While the origina......Expand
McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor Suite.
McDSP is well known for its robust lineup of pro-level plug-ins; after many years of being a go-to house for TDM and RTAS offerings, the company recently released Audio Units versions of......Expand
The world-class portable interface gets a new look, new features, and new sound.
We first reviewed the Apogee Duet in our August 2008 issue. In that review, Nick Casares was very favorably impressed by the Duet, which at the......Expand
The iconic New York studio has hosted a multitude of success stories, old and new. We interview designer John Storyk, Hendrix/Zep engineer Eddie Kramer, and modern mixmeister Michael H. Brauer about old memories and modern mix techniques to be fou......Expand
The award-winning producer/songwriter gets down to the nitty-gritty of lining up the right voice, the right song, the right gear, and the right technique to create magic.
RECORDING: It's your project, your song, and now you ......Expand
A great mix of a great vocal can help a track shine the way it should. Here's a step-by-step look at the tricks you'll need to know.
The vocal is arguably the most important element of a mix. The ear focuses on the vocals, a......Expand
Can Sesame Street really teach you all you need to know about getting a great vocal from a nervous singer? Read on.
Some of the best advice can come from the most unlikely places. The direction we need may have been under ou......Expand
It's not easy to get a winning vocal recording in a small room, but it's not impossible either. Improve your odds with these easy and useful strategies.
So you've built up a nice little project studio somewhere in your home,......Expand
Making better recordings starts with an understanding of what sound is and how it works. It's time to take the mystery out of acoustics and make these concepts work for us!
Are you an audio newbie? Do you stare at a shiny ne......Expand