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February 2013

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February is Instrument Miking Month at RECORDING! In this issue, we bring you lots of great content on miking for stage and studio, with a combination of insightful interviews and a slate of great reviews.

We talk with ace engineer Mike Pappas on a recent recording gig with Grammy(R)-nominated rock band DeVotchKa, and touch base with RECORDING's educational video creator Michael Schulze for an in-depth refresher course on miking drums for maximum impact. New author Kevin King brings us cool tricks for getting great simulated stereo recordings from a single mono mic. And in interviews surrounding the recent recording of the Clare Fischer Big Band's latest album, we pick up great miking and mixing tricks for all sorts of instruments from the engineers on the project, including Grammy(R)-winner Rafa Sardina.

A miking issue wouldn't be complete without mic reviews, and we're aiming to bring you a whole slate of exciting new mics from AKG, Audio-Technica, DPA Microphones, Lewitt, Royer Labs, and Shure, as well as other product reviews from Radial Engineering, Sonodyne, Zoom, and more.

All this comes with our regular columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. If you're heading to the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim to pick up a copy in person, or even if you're just waiting by the mailbox, you'll be thrilled and enlightened by the February RECORDING!

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Sonodyne SM200Ak Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

This powerful and well-balanced studio monitor is the latest model in Sonodyne's versatile line-up.

Sonodyne is a long-established speaker manufacturer from India that covers all the bases, from broadcast and installed audio......Expand

AKG D12VR Reference Kick Drum Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Its name harks back to a classic kick mic, but active electronics and diverse voicings give this newcomer a character all its own.

Following the trend of last year's anniversaries that included Recording's own 25th, RODE's 1......Expand

Shure KSM9HS   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

New polar patterns added to a popular mic design yield great results in the studio and on stage.

In 2006 Shure released the KSM9. While the KSM designation placed the microphone in Shure's high-end studio line of large-diaph......Expand

Radial Engineering Firefly Tube DI   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

When is a DI more than just a DI? When tube character and versatile application features come together for a complete instrument-recording solution.

The last few times we have looked at Canada's Radial Engineering in these p......Expand

Audio-Technica AT4047MP   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The well-loved AT4047/SV now has a multi-pattern sibling.

Now that Audio-Technica has brought to market a new microphone with the familiar number 4047 in its name, let's spell out its heritage and how it relates to the AT404......Expand

Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Mid/Side mic capsules with variable stereo width give this pocket-sized video camera a sound advantage.

Zoom has made its mark several times over with affordable pocket-sized audio recorders that excel at capturing audio in ......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Take Control!   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

Your iPad makes a great way to control your rig. Our look at iOS-based control apps begins with Liine Lemur and AppBC TouchAble.

In this installment of iOS Music Tools, we take a look at two approaches to controlling your st......Expand

Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 Powered Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Affordable and great-sounding folded-ribbon speakers for your desktop or small studio.

Emotiva Pro announced its airmotiv line of speakers in 2011; these powered monitors are sold direct from the company and cover a range of......Expand

DPA Microphones Reference Standard Mics   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Mix and match preamps and capsules to build mics that are musical and crystal-clear.

DPA is short for Danish Pro Audio, a company that manufactures pristine high-fidelity microphones in Denmark and distributes them in the US......Expand

Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac   |   Reviewed by Bill Stunt

The industry-defining waveform editor makes its debut on OS X.

Back at the dawn of the DAW era I was asked by the editors of this magazine to do a scan of the digital audio programs that were just starting to be released for......Expand

Lewitt Audio DTP 640 REX Dual-Element Kick Drum Mic   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A condenser and a dynamic in the same chassis, with voicing electronics added to give massive flexibility.

In our February 2012 issue we introduced Austria-based Lewitt Audio, a then brand new microphone company marrying Eur......Expand


The Production Of Clare Fischer's CD iRitmo!   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

Tracking new big-band charts, to be combined and mixed with archived recordings from composer/pianist Clare Fischer's vault. We speak with Brent Fischer and engineers Matt Brownlie and Rafa Sardina.

During the week o......Expand

Miking An Orchestra - Rock Band and Symphony   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra backs a rock band for one recording project and premieres an American symphony in another, and we take you through the process with DeVotchKa's lead singer Nick Urata, engineers Mike Pappas and Jason LaRocca, and co......Expand


Big Money Drums - Part 1   |   Written by Michael Schulze

A huge room and a carefully-miked kit add up to amazing drum tracks... we show you how, starting with the room, the mics, and time alignment.

Here at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, we have the outrag......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 14: Sweet Spot Conundrums - Part 1   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

There's only a small part of your studio where everything sounds exactly the way you need it to sound. How do you plan for that tight squeeze -- and get it right?

Regardless of whether your studio is small or large, filled w......Expand

Stereo From A Mono Mic   |   Written by Kevin King

Here's a cool technique to get a believable stereo soundstage from a single mic's audio.

When it comes to microphone selection and placement, the unfortunate reality is that many of us do not have a limitless mic locker fill......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Ethan Winer

Mastered For iTunes: High-Resolution Audio?

There's a lot of interest in "high-resolution" audio lately, spurred in part by audiophile record labels that offer uncompressed 24-bit files at 96 kHz, as well as Apple's recent M......Expand

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