Jim Anderson is a multiple Grammy(R)-winning engineer whose magic touch has graced records throughout the jazz world, from Branford Marsalis to John Zorn. In this issue, we interview Jim about his recording techniques for vocalist/pianist Patricia Barber's new album Smash.
We welcome a new author to our ranks, California-based songwriter/engineer Sven-Erik Seaholm, who takes us through the home recording process with an emphasis on great vocal tracks, from mic choice to final mix and with lots of great hands-on examples.
Vocal recording gear is in the spotlight as well, with reviews of the amazing new AT5040 vocal mic from Audio-Technica, the tube/solid-state LCT 940 from Lewitt, the Spark Digital USB mic from Blue, and the d:fine headset mic from DPA Microphones. New maker Moon Professional has its first preamp, the 3500MP, on test in the studio, and we look at vocal-friendly hardware and software from Toontrack, Noveltech, and CAD.
And that's not all! PreSonus has exploded into the speaker business with two new series of powered studio monitors, and we have the affordable Eris speakers up for listening tests; Eric Ferguson continues his look at the Sweet Spot in Recording Fundamentals; and we have a whole raft of other music product reviews for your pleasure.
So whether you're hunting for the best vocals or looking for other ways to improve your studio's sound, you can't afford to miss out on the May RECORDING!
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This flagship mic combines solid-state and tube electronics in a user-controlled blend.
In our February 2012 issue, we took our first look at a mic from Austrian maker Lewitt. The mic under review was Lewitt's feature-packed......Expand
PreSonus's first speakers deliver significant sound within reach of any studio.
PreSonus has gotten into the speaker game, and its first models to market are the Eris Series. Why "Eris"? No clue. Eris was the Greek goddess o......Expand
An array of multiple diaphragms within one mic yields stunning results on vocals.
The AT5040 is a brand new microphone in the Audio-Technica universe, one that is specifically tailored for top-flight vocal recording. Positio......Expand
Audiophile specs and impeccable performance at the high end.
If you are not of the audiophile persuasion in terms of home-audio, high-end stereo systems and such, then you have most likely never heard of Moon Professional. T......Expand
Headset mics in a magazine about recording? Yes! Read on and learn not only about these fantastic mics but also how to get fantastic stage recordings using headsets.
For this issue on recording vocals I thought it would be w......Expand
The extraordinarily simple mix-fix plug-in turns its attention to tracking and mixing the perfect voice.
In this Vocal issue, we're presenting a variety of newly released and worthwhile vocal tools for the home studio. Some ......Expand
This introductory version of Nectar brings powerful vocal processing tools to the beginner in a genre-savvy and easy-to-learn format.
Back in our March 2011 issue, Paul Vnuk Jr. reviewed iZotope's Nectar, a vocal-centric plu......Expand
This USB mic adds zero-latency monitoring and iOS compatibility to the well-liked Spark design.
Blue's line of USB mics, from the tiny Tiki to the multipattern, high-def Yeti Pro (reviewed December 2011), hits a variety of s......Expand
A more refined and user-controllable version of a "one-knob wonder" tone tweaking plug-in sets its sights on better vocals.
Finnish developer Noveltech originally developed plug-ins for the now-defunct PowerCore DSP engines ......Expand
From start to finish, here's everything you'll need to create a professional vocal track.
The human voice is easily the most recognizable of sounds, at least to other humans. Even before we are born, we listen for, recognize......Expand
One of LA's most successful scoring mixers shares his hints for rescuing problem vocals.
Plug-ins are your "effects rack on a hard drive" -- no wiring required. Some uses are obvious, some go beyond the obvious, and new resu......Expand
Sometimes, despite everything we've discussed in the last few months, you're stuck making the best of the room you have. But all is not lost if you follow these nine handy guidelines!
An unbiased listening environment is a c......Expand