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May 2012

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May is Instrument Miking month at RECORDING! Come join us as we review the latest tools and time-honored techniques for getting the best instrument sounds in your recordings.

The miking fun starts with a fantastic slate of interviews and technique articles that demystify miking for a wide variety of common sources. Beto Hale interviews Jason Guiterrez, whose small studio produces incredible sounds from the magical combination of intelligent miking and analog tape recording. Studio ace Chris Pelonis highlights useful tricks for recording drum tracks and guitar/vocal combinations. Mike Pappas shows how multiple mics are set up across a large stage for an orchestral commercial recording. Eric Ferguson's Recording Fundamentals teaches about mic polar patterns and how they affect your sound. And for the cherry on top, how about a look at a solo piano performance... miked with 16 different mics? Wow!

Moving from technique to technology, we have reviews of seven exceptional microphones of all shapes and sizes, courtesy of AKG, Audio-Technica, Earthworks, and Kel Audio. Also in this issue: a powerful new computer interface from RME, and intriguingly beautiful in-ear monitors from Alclair.

There's lots more to be found in the May issue of RECORDING, so mike up, plug in, and join us for enlightenment galore!

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Reviews

Kel Audio HM-7U amd HM-3C Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Canadian mic maker brings us a modern twist on a classic vintage design and an exceptionally versatile new performer.


Kel Audio is a Canadian company whose proprietary in-house designs coupled with overseas manufacturing......Expand

AKG Perception 120 USB Microphone   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The popular Perception Series adds a high-quality USB model with worthy results.


AKG's affordable Perception Series has been around for several years now; these Austrian-designed, Chinese-made mics are more affordable than t......Expand

Earthworks SR20 Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This affordable sibling to the world-class SR40V vocal mic shines on both vocals and instrument-miking applications.


Earthworks makes mics known for their distinctive looks and their pristine and accurate sonics -- "stay-out......Expand

Radial Engineering MC3 Passive Monitor Switcher   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A no-excuses monitor/sub controller and headphone amp gives even the smallest studios affordable and repeatable monitor control.


In these pages, we spend a lot of time talking about how you have to use multiple sets of monit......Expand

Audio-Technica AT4050ST Stereo Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The world-famous mic that defined a genre, now in a flexible stereo configuration.


It's not often that we get to revisit an established classic, but this month we test drive the AT4050ST, which is a recently-released stereo ......Expand

Alclair Reference In-Ear Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Crystal-clear and exquisitely detailed monitoring... for your ears only.


Alclair is a small company near Minneapolis that takes delight in making custom in-ear monitors that sound as good as they look. While there are lots o......Expand

RME Fireface UCX   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

This tiny audio interface packs a major punch, with plenty of I/O and powerful internal DSP for mixing and routing.


RME is well known to project studio owners; the company's interfaces have long set the standard for professi......Expand

Interviews

Lynne Arriale's SOLO - A Piano Solo Recording Of Note   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Do you really need sixteen mics to record a single piano? This album defies piano-recording conventions with its extraordinary sound. We chat with pianist Lynne Arriale, tracking engineer Gary Baldassari, and mix engineer Duke Markos.

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Fanny Franklin's GET WET - A Conversation With Producer/Engineer Jason Gutierrez   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

A Los Angeles producer rediscovers the glorious sound of analog tape, and finds a way to effectively and affordably combine it with his DAW for the best of both worlds on this retro soul recording. Here's how it was done.


Ja......Expand

Miking A Symphony Orchestra For A Commercial   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Mike Pappas is back in the hot seat recording the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for a full orchestra/choir session, and we learn all the details.


Recording a full symphony orchestra is not everybody's everyday gig, unless you'......Expand

Features

Miking Instruments: The Lost Art   |   Written by Chris Pelonis

A respected engineer and studio designer reminds us of essential techniques for effective instrument miking.


I'll get right to the point. It all started and/or stopped when multitrack recording came into existence. There wer......Expand

SXSW 2012   |   Written by Marc Urselli

Music networking abounds in Austin, and there's a lot to be learned.


Every year for the last 6 years I have embarked on the pilgrimage from New York to Austin TX for the annual South By South West music conference. And every......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 5: Introduction To Microphones - Part Two (Directionality)   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

When you point a microphone at a source, what is it actually listening to... and how? It's time to learn the mysteries and magic of the polar pattern!


Although a variety of microphone technologies exist, it is the big three ......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Listening To Learn.



A reader recently asked me why, when we review speakers or headphones, we don't listen to "the stuff I'd recognize from the radio." There are good reasons why not.

Speaking for myse......Expand




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