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October 2012

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Before we get to what's happening in our October 2012 issue, we'd like to share with you an email we received in commemoration of this, our 25th Anniversary:

Congratulations to Recording magazine on this milestone! I'd like to give a special nod to my friends Lorenz, Mike, and the entire staff of Recording for a job well done, but also to the tens of thousands of Recording readers, who during the past quarter-century turned to this amazing resource as they honed their skills in the art and science of audio production. Thanks for a great job, and here's to 25 more years of success. You guys rock!
-George Petersen, noted audio author/journalist/producer and editor of Front Of House Magazine

We're proud to be celebrating our Silver Anniversary with our readers, and proud that respected professionals like George (longtime editor of Mix) are sharing our celebration with us with such kind words. But as nice as the kudos can be, there's a lot more to the October 2012 issue of Recording: a special issue for the AES Convention with an emphasis on Mixing.

Experienced mixers who'd like to hear about the tricks and tools of an established pro will get a lot from Scott Petito's article on his mixing methods, used to create a long list of award-winning albums. And novices just getting their feet wet will appreciate our look at the basics of mix theory by respected engineer and educator Joe Albano. We interview A-list Los Angeles songwriter/producer Celeste Lear, and learn a bit about how she bring her own special magic to her productions.

This issue also offers a slate of impressive reviews, from AEA's amazing KU4 directional ribbon mic and the handmade-with-love Edwards Audio Research LE-10 mic preamp to products from Dangerous Music, Grace Design, Mojave Audio, Nomad Factory, PreSonus, Roland, Slate Digital, and Toontrack -- over a dozen products in all!

The issue wraps up with Recording Fundamentals with an in-depth look at signal flow in the studio, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our usual monthly columns... and, yes, a 25-year retrospective on the recent history and possible future of recording technology. But one thing about the future is certain: for excellent recording content, the choice is -- as it always has been -- Recording: The Magazine For The Recording Musician!

Pick it up now on the newsstand... and so you get your next issue early (and save on cost), why not hit the big red Subscribe Now button on this page and have RECORDING delivered to your door each month?

Reviews

Grace Design m502 500-Series Optical Compressor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Clean optical compression in a neat 500-Series format.


Grace Design is a Colorado-based company best known for high-end, ultra-clean microphone preamps and mastering-grade monitor controllers. Back in July of 2010 we looked ......Expand

Edwards Audio Research LE-10 Mic Preamp   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new maker hand-builds a very sexy mic pre.


The LE-10 Microphone Preamp is a new 2-channel vacuum tube mic pre from Edwards Audio Research, a brand new company. The LE-10 comes in both single- and dual-channel configuration......Expand

AEA KU4 Unidirectional Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

A near-forgotten legend is reborn with modern build quality.


Most of the time, reviewing replica and reissue products is easy. You get the "Pultec-like" equalizer, you put it on the bench next to a Pultec, and compare the tw......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: PreSonus Interface Cascading   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Networking technology lets you turn several interfaces into one big one.


In addition to their solid sound and build quality, PreSonus interfaces offer a host of handy features, one of which is the focus of this little articl......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: Nomad Factory MAGMA   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

A modular effects processing environment with flexibility and great sound.


Nomad Factory's MAGMA Virtual Studio Rack is an effects-processing wrapper that includes a total of 65 modules for processing audio-see the list in t......Expand

Roland R-MIX   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Fascinating results from a visual approach to manipulating audio.


Roland's first software product, R-MIX, provides users with a set of interesting and intuitive tools for audio editing, repair, and remixing. It combines Rola......Expand

Dangerous Music Bax EQ   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famous Baxandall tone-shaping curves at your fingertips.


Dangerous Music is best known as manufacturer of high-end monitoring and summing solutions such as the Dangerous Monitor ST/SR, Dangerous D-Box and Dangerous 2-Bus......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The sound of multitrack and half-track tape in your DAW, smooth and easy.


Virtual Tape Machines, VTM for short, is the latest plug-in creation from Slate Digital. Designed and coded by Steven Slate and French circuit modelin......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Toontrack EZmix 2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The handy multieffects mix-assistant gets new modules, new presets, and new applications. Also reviewed: six new EZmix Packs.


In our December 2011 issue, we reviewed Toontrack's EZmix, a preset-based multi-effects plug-in (d......Expand

Mojave Audio MA-301fet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A multipattern solid-state mic that redefines "sounds great on everything".


In our January 2012 issue we looked at Mojave Audio's MA-300 large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone, the new multi-pattern version of Mojave's or......Expand

Interviews

Celeste Lear   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

This versatile musician/producer/DJ discusses her approach to music production, to getting a great mix, and to motivation that leads to success.


We recently revisited with fiercely independent electronic music producer, reco......Expand

Features

A Silver Celebration -- 25 Years Of Recording!   |   Written by The Editors of RECORDING

A galaxy of music-industry movers and shakers join us in looking back -- and into the future. Come on in, the champagne is on us!


Time flies when you're having fun, and a lot of fun was had by recording musicians during thos......Expand

Approaching The Mix   |   Written by Joe Albano

We know that mixing engineers have their favorite ways to start mixing... but if you're new to mixing, how do you craft an approach that works well for you?


When it comes to mixing, everyone has their own theory as to how be......Expand

Mixing -- Rethinking The Process   |   Written by Scott Petito

A highly respected engineer walks us through a mix and explains what works well, and why.


I consider mixing an exercise in space, time and dynamics. But before the mix I always take care of some practicalities, noting for yo......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 10: Signal Flow Part 2   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

We follow our audio signal as it travels through the mixer and into our monitors, and understand the twists and turns it may take along the way.


In last month's installment of Fundamentals, I discussed the path of an audio s......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Where Do We Go From Here?
Editorial by Mike Metlay

As we wrap this issue, I'd like to have my turn making the "birthday wish", and talk about what I'd like to see happening in recording in the coming years. My wish is that th......Expand




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