Our annual Gift Guides are very popular with our readers, because they're not just marketing hype and press releases; every item listed in the Guide has been tested and approved by our staff so you can buy with confidence. This year's Guide follows the hot trends in music and audio gear with a large selection of music hardware from Akai, AKG, Alesis, Avid, CAD Audio, Korg, KRK, MXL, Unit Audio, Zoom, and more; iOS accessories and apps from Audiofile Engineering, BeepStreet, Blue Microphones, CableJive, IK Multimedia, Moog, Primacoustic, Samson, and more; and a wide selection of books for your holiday reading pleasure.
But that's not all you'll find in this issue! Paul Stamler provides an interesting article on an audio pastime well suited to the holiday season: the capturing of family history and storytelling. Recording Fundamentals starts a series of installments on monitors. We take a look at a fascinating studio rebuild courtesy of designer Chris Pelonis. And there's a report on this year's PreSonuSphere audio event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Whether you're looking for cool audio toys for 2013 or improving your sound today, there's something for you in the December RECORDING!
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Feast your ears on a dozen cool gifts from Akai, AKG, Alesis, CAD Audio, Korg, KRK, M-Audio, MXL, Radial Engineering, Unit Audio, and Zoom!
Here for the holidays, reviews of a dozen products sure to please that recor......Expand
Not just stereo I/O -- this is a rugged 6-in/8-out box with a built-in DSP mixer.
Choosing a computer audio interface is a pretty daunting task. Do you get USB or FireWire? What kinds of ins and outs? How many? Add in build ......Expand
With iOS devices popping up everywhere, hardware and apps make great holiday gifts. Check out these reviews of products from Blue Microphones, CableJive, iConnectivity, IK Multimedia, MicW, Primacoustic, and Samson, and apps from BeepStreet, Genel......Expand
This inline head amplifier works wonders for ribbon and dynamic mics, adding impedance and filtering magic.
The Cloud Microphone Company, based in Tucson, AZ, produces American-made ribbon microphones based on the designs of......Expand
Rhythm workstations to feed your need for fantastic beats: Fingerlab's DM1 and One Red Dog Media's Molten.
Many musicians are finding iOS devices to be useful standalone systems for creating beats, whether for inclusion in other tra......Expand
These two plug-ins are light on CPU load and heavy on great tone.
It's not often that I am impressed with plug-ins these days, but Studio Devil has refreshed me with not one, but two of them. Follow along as I take a listen ......Expand
The holidays mean family get-togethers, and that's a great opportunity to use your recording skills to capture family histories and preserve memories forever.
December -- a time to give. Giving to people you care about, givi......Expand
Nothing, but nothing, in your studio is more important to your sound than the devices that bring that sound to your ears. It's time to learn more about them.
What is the most important piece of gear in your studio? A fancy t......Expand
The audio company's annual user conference is growing by leaps and bounds, with hands-on workshops, lectures, live music, applications galore... and did we mention the jambalaya?
Last year I was privileged to be one of the o......Expand