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July 2012

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Summer brings to mind sunny days, beaches, parties... and what would all of that be without a guitar or two... or three... or fifty? Come join us for the July issue of RECORDING, where we dive into the endless delights of All Things Guitar!

Frank Gambale is a guitar luminary -- a legend in the studio, an educator and a great source of guitar recording wisdom. We bring you a great interview in which Frank discusses his latest projects and explains his approach to great guitar recordings. Speaking of educators who really know how to make guitars sound great, we have two fantastic articles from Michael Schulze in this issue! The coproducer of our video series not only gives us a great primer on miking guitar amps, but goes into detail on the many applications of stereo miking as well.

If you've heard the term "reamping" but really aren't sure as to what it is, how it works, what it sounds like, or what it can mean to your recordings, you won't want to miss this issue, as Paul Vnuk Jr. teaches about the wonder and wisdom of reamping and takes a hard look at reamping products from Radial Engineering and Little Labs.

Paul also brings us a look at the Telefunken M80 and M81 mics on guitar cabs as well as other applications, and gets way into new guitar processors from Chandler Limited, aided and abetted by Allen Goodman. We round out our guitar-gear coverage with reviews of the cool new G5 processor (and its little brother the G3) from Zoom, the Korg Pandora mini, the tone-mangling FutzBox from McDSP, cool guitar and mic interfaces from Apogee, and much more.

Add in our regular features, a new Recording Fundamentals from Eric Ferguson, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, and you have a summertime feast that's sure to satisfy, whether you're into guitars or the broader recording landscape. Come join us at the picnic for the July RECORDING!

Reviews

Zoom G3 and G5   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A familiar pedalboard design combines with rich effects modeling and USB audio interfacing, with the option of extensive foot control and a real tube.


Zoom's newest line of guitar multieffects processors feature multiple gra......Expand

Radial Engineering REAMP JCR and ProRMP Passive Reampers and X-AMP, JDX, and Tank Driver 500-Series Modules   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Studio guitarists rejoice -- check out these three different kinds of reamplification, sweet cabinet modeling, and a practical way to add spring reverb directly to your studio tracks.


Last year (October 2011) we introduced t......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: McDSP FutzBox   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

McDSP's FutzBox provides a fascinating palette of sound-mangling options.


The word "futz" started out as a euphemism for the infamous F-word, but now has a specific meaning of its own, to mess around or screw up: "Have you b......Expand

Chandler Limited Germ 500 MkII, Little Devil Preamp, Germanium Drive, and Little Devil Colored Boost   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Allen Goodman

Thick germanium tone or that Little Devil splash of color -- in 500-Series modules or guitar stompboxes, take your choice.


Chandler Limited makes high-end microphone preamps, equalizers, compressors, and more. The company pr......Expand

Korg Pandora mini   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Diverse and inspiring tone in a guitar processor that tucks in a shirt pocket.


With the Pandora series, Korg's aim is to take great-sounding and playable effects processing and put it into a package that is so small, you nev......Expand

Sneak Preview: Fender Mustang Floor   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Allen Goodman

The first-ever digital multieffect with the Fender name arrived as we were going to press; here's a quick look at what to expect.


Since the introduction of the Cyber-Twin some years ago, Fender has augmented its famous amps ......Expand

Apogee MiC and JAM   |   Reviewed by Beto Hale

Whether you're singing or playing guitar, these interfaces get your sounds into your Mac or iOS device in style.


Apogee Electronics is known for producing high-quality audio interfaces intended for home-studio use, as well a......Expand

Little Labs Redeye 3D   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Is it a passive DI box, an active DI with cool tone-shaping features, or a reamplification box? All of the above... and not just one at a time!


Jonathan Little and his company Little Labs make little black boxes that solve l......Expand

Telefunken Elektroakustik M80 and M81 Dynamic Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

From vocals to guitar amps and drums, these two classy mics show there are still great new sounds to be had from dynamics.


What comes to mind when we hear the word "Telefunken" is big, beautiful, large-diaphragm condenser. T......Expand

Interviews

Recording Frank Gambale's Soulmine   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

The legendary guitarist's new album has his handiwork not only as a player but as a recording musician and producer. We glean lots of worthwhile recording tricks from Frank and from engineer Robert M. Biles.


Guitarists world......Expand

Features

Recording Electric Guitars   |   Written by Michael Schulze

We get more questions about this topic than possibly any other, and it's always good to revisit the basics in order to capture the best possible tones.


In this article I will talk about doing something that was once unthinka......Expand

Hybrid Analog/Digital Recording   |   Written by Geoff Gray

Is it possible to meld the clean editing and flexibility of digital recording with the lush sound of analog tape? You bet it is, and it's neither difficult nor costly. Learn how!


The true definition of this type of recording......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 7: The Music Production Process-An Overview from A to Z   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

From basic song ideas to a product in the public's hands, here's what the modern workflow of the recording musician looks like.


Yes, it's a cliche, but the Internet killed the video star. When my parents were young, radio ru......Expand

Reamping -- Your Second Bite At The Apple   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

How would you take guitar tracks out of your DAW and send them back to your amp... and why would you want to?


Is reamping the best-kept studio secret? It's not a new technique, but if you ask around you'll find that not ever......Expand

Stereo Microphone Techniques   |   Written by Michael Schulze

Add space and realism to your recordings by capturing the space you're recording.


Back in the good old days when the world was a much simpler place, there was no such thing as stereo. Your beer came in a bottle, your phone w......Expand

Scott Petito on Guitar Recording   |   Written by Scott Petito

Handy tips for recording both electric and acoustic guitars from an award-winning engineer/producer.


Scott Petito is a bassist and producer who has produced and recorded a wide variety of A-list artists, often at his NRS Rec......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mark Waldrep

Recording Acoustic Guitars: An Audiophile's Approach.


Forget everything you know about recording acoustic guitars! Forget placing one microphone at the bridge and another near the fingerboard. That often taught method, if pr......Expand

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