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January 2013

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What are you really hearing when you listen to your tracks and mixes? That's the most important question any recording musician can ask, and we provide the answers in the January issue of RECORDING. It's time to put on our listening ears and dive into the wonderful world of monitors and headphones!

Good monitoring has become more affordable than ever, new technologies and refinements on classic approaches to monitor and headphone design are revolutionizing how we listen to music. From entry-level speakers that will fit anywhere and in-ear headphones that will travel anywhere, to world-class monitors and headphones, we bring you in-depth reviews of products by ADAM Audio, AKG, Sennheiser, Shure, and Trident.

Beyond reviews, this issue's packed with great advice about choosing and working with monitors, from a monitor-centric edition of our Recording Fundamentals series to an illuminating look at how headphone amplifiers fit into the personal studio experience and a fascinating article about how we hear and process music.

And that's not all! We test out Universal Audio's stunning new Apollo audio interface/DSP engine, take the Lauten Atlantis mic for a test-drive, listen to preamps from Earthworks and PreSonus, look at last-minute gift ideas in the world of iOS apps... and did we mention our coverage of highlights from the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco? Now we have!

Listen and learn, read and learn... there's something for everyone in the January 2013 issue of RECORDING. Check it out!

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Universal Audio Apollo   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

With built-in DSP and high-end audio I/O quality, this all-in-one interface is a full production solution in a portable package.

Originally founded in 1958, and rebooted in 1999, Universal Audio has a long history as an inno......Expand

ADAM Audio F5 and F7 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The ribbon-tweeter sound reaches a new audience with these affordable active monitors. Also reviewed: the IsoAcoustics ISOL8R200 speaker isolation stands.

ADAM Audio is based in Berlin, Germany. The company makes loudspeaker......Expand

Earthworks ZDT 1022 Mic Preamp   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This preamp isn't brand-new, but its Zero Distortion Technology will be a startling revelation to recording musicians in search of ultimate clarity.

New Hampshire-based Earthworks is a microphone company famous for their üb......Expand

Trident HG3 Close Field Monitoring System   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A unique steerable driver pod allows these speakers to adjust easily to different listening situations, with impeccable sound.

Trident Audio Developments is a venerable name that has always been linked to that of Malcolm Tof......Expand

AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The venerable Austrian audio firm celebrates a birthday in grand style with a set of phones that provide uncompromising quality.

AKG has a long and storied history of designing headphones for casual listeners and studio prof......Expand

Grace Design m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Headphone amplification, monitor control, D/A conversion, computer interfacing, and more, all with quality that's second to none.

As we've said many times in these pages, recording musicians can choose unfortunate times to g......Expand

Lauten Atlantis FC-387 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

With a flick of a switch, this one mic becomes three, each with its own useful and beautiful sonic signature.

Here at Recording we have been covering the Lauten microphone line since 2007 when we reviewed their first product......Expand

PreSonus BlueTube DP V2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This beginner-friendly tube mic preamp has a major upgrade in the form of greatly improved solid-state electronics.

PreSonus is a company that truly offers something for everyone, from beginner to boutique. In recent years w......Expand

Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

In-ear monitors can be surprisingly handy in the studio, and these affordable in-ears combine comfort and utility.

The SE Series is Shure's newest line of personal in-ear monitors, an upgrade to the company's former E and SC......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Last-Minute Audio Gifts!   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Audio apps for the iOS musician on your list: Korg iKaossilator, Moog Filtatron, Wizdom Music SampleWiz, and Nonlinear Educating macProVideo.

A lot of our subscribers will receive this January issue in early December, meanin......Expand

Sennheiser HD800 Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These ultra-high-end phones provide audio that's simply out of this world.

Along with the good solid entry-level gear we recommend to beginning recording musicians, and the exceptional mid-to-high-level gear that helps our r......Expand


2012 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay with Paul Vnuk Jr.

New gear aplenty was on display in San Francisco, and we're here to walk you around the show floor and show you the highlights.

The Audio Engineering Society held its 133rd Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco o......Expand

Monitors & Monitoring   |   Written by Joe Albano

A crash course on what you need to know about the many ways to get your recorded audio faithfully to your discerning ears.

The last link in the recording/mixing chain is often overlooked or glossed over, but, needless to say......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 13: Monitors Part 2   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

This month, we talk about the history of monitor speakers and about how different designs interact with your listening space.

Last month, this column investigated the attributes that make a loudspeaker a monitor, how crossov......Expand

Getting Into Your Head   |   Written by Mike Rivers

Headphone amplifiers come in all shapes and sizes; we teach you how to spot features you can use and make the most of what they provide.

While everyday headphone listening can be as simple as plugging into a device's headpho......Expand

2012 Annual Index   |   Written by

A whole year's worth of informative articles and in-depth reviews at your fingertips!

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Music Apps: When the Prevailing Wisdom Is Stupid.

Recently I was browsing the App Store on my iPad and found a product page for a promising music app that I felt might be review-worthy. I noted that while the vast majority o......Expand

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