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December 2012

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December means the holidays, and the holidays means gift-giving... and that means it's time once again for RECORDING's annual Holiday Gift Guide!

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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Reviews

Recording's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.


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

MOTU 4pre Hybrid Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

iOS Music Tools: Great Gift Ideas For The 2012 Holidays   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Darwin Grosse and Devon Brent

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

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

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

iOS Music Tools: Bang That Beat!   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

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

Plug-in Outlet: Studio Devil Amp Modeler Pro and Virtual Bass Amp Pro   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman

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

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Ring out the old year and ring in the new with a collection of 10 great audio titles for your education, edification, and entertainment.


Zen and the Art of Producing, By Mixerman:

Unless you have been living ......Expand

Interviews

James A. Abdo's BrokenWorks Productions   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

In a quiet neighborhood in a city in Oregon, an corner residence hides a fabulous studio designed by audio ace Chris Pelonis. Read about how a recording musician's dream became a beautiful reality.


While looking up some musi......Expand

Features

A Time To Give   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

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

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 12: Monitors Part 1   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

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

PreSonuSphere 2012   |   Written by Mike Metlay

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

Fade Out   |   Written by Mark Waldrep

To Master, Or Not To Master, That Is The Question.


Virtually everyone that's been involved in the engineering/production of music for a decade or more is aware of the so-called "loudness wars", the seemingly endless quest by......Expand




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