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July 2013

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July is Guitar month at RECORDING! While we bring you guitar-centric content all year long, once a year we like to get wild and crazy with a special issue full of cool gear and neat tricks for capturing unique and engaging guitar tones... and this is it!

Joe Albano has been tracking great guitars for decades in his Manhattan studio and teaching classes on the subject as well; in this issue he holds forth on everything a recording musician needs to know about capturing awesome electric guitar tones in the studio. John Fishell brings you nine fantastic guitar-recording techniques that are just a bit off the beaten track, to help you put your own unique stamp on your guitar sound.

And then there's the gear under review! In this issue we bring you reviews of a very flexible and powerful DI from Sonic Farm, a hot cabinet mic from Sontronics, and a whole bunch of guitar-friendly gear from Roland/BOSS, Sage Electronics, Radial Engineering, Zoom, and more. There's even a new spring reverb plug-in from PSP Audioware!

And if you're looking beyond guitars, we've got you covered there as well, with reviews of coaxial passive monitors from KEF and Millennia Media's latest preamp, as well as articles on choosing the best headphones for your studio work and a look at a really cool iOS build-your-own-controller app called MIDI Designer.

All this plus our regular columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. If you're into getting the best possible guitar sounds on your songs, you're not going to want to miss the July RECORDING!

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Sontronics Halo Guitar Cabinet Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A purpose-built dynamic offers interesting tonal possibilities for your favorite amp.

While dynamic mics like Shure's SM57 and Audix's i5 are often thought of as guitar cabinet microphones, they were never designed with just......Expand

Radial Engineering StageBug SB-1 and SB-2 Direct Boxes   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famed Radial DI magic reaches a whole new realm of portability and affordability.

At the last NAMM Show, I was introduced to the Radial Engineering StageBugs by Radial's founder, President, and chief madman Peter Janis. ......Expand

Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Guitar Pedal   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Gobs of processing power in a tiny package... and new tones just a wireless zap away!

In our December 2012 Gift Guide, we took a quick look at the just-arrived Zoom MS-50G, a new pedal that launched the company's MultiStomp ......Expand

Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The famed Maestro PS-1A makes a triumphant return in modern-vintage form.

We don't get to review "modern vintage" guitar pedals very often in these pages, but once in a while something truly sweet shows up on our doorstep. F......Expand

Roland GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster and GR-S and GR-D V-Guitar Pedals   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Allen Goodman

Processing each of a guitar's six strings one at a time yields some pretty incredible tones.

Since the 1970s, Roland has honed the idea of a guitar controlling electronic devices to a fine art, with highly responsive pickups......Expand

Sage Electronics SE-DI3 Mighty G Active Direct Box   |   Reviewed by Bill Stunt

This tiny DI can plug right into your guitar and utterly transform the sound to your mixer.

Of all the recording gear you can buy, few items have as little sex appeal as the lowly direct box. That's odd, seeing that the circ......Expand

Sonic Farm 2DI4 Pentode Direct Box   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Adding tube sound and interesting electronic tweaks turns the lowly DI into a cornucopia of beautiful new sounds.

Sonic Farm was founded in 2009 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The company is owned and run by lifelong friends Zora......Expand

KEF LS50 Monitor 50th Anniversary Model   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

These coaxial passive monitors offer clarity that's a breath of fresh air.

KEF was founded in 1961, in England, and has had a longstanding relationship with the BBC, early on contributing crucial parts to the BBC LS3/5, a le......Expand

Millennia HV-37 Microphone and Instrument Preamplifier   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A rackmount 2-channel preamp/DI brings the sound of Millennia's HV electronics to the masses.

The story of Millennia Media and its HV series of microphone preamps dates back twenty years, to a time when stand-alone mic pres ......Expand

iOS Music Tools: MIDI Designer   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A simple, powerful way to design your own wired or wireless MIDI control devices -- including smart pedalboards for your guitar effects.

If you're interested in exploring the possibilities of using an iOS device as a remote ......Expand

iOS Music Tools: A Tasty Pixel/Audanika Audiobus   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Routing audio between apps in real time is no longer a pipe dream.

While it's true that CoreAudio and CoreMIDI have been part of iOS since its first version, some of the elements of a computer-based music studio -- an open f......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: PSP Audioware PSP SpringBox   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Who says a spring reverb can't blow your mind... especially when it's virtual?

Spring reverb is one of the most beloved guitar effects on the planet. They're found in most combo guitar amps from the'60s until the advent of d......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 19: Headphones -- Part 2   |   Reviewed by Eric Ferguson

Last month we learned when and how to consider headphones for our studio use. Now we learn how to choose the best ones for our needs.

Last month this column outlined both the pitfalls and advantages of using headphones durin......Expand


Marty Stuart's Grammy-Winning Guitar Sounds   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Helping the famed country singer/songwriter rack up another Grammy(R), respected Nashville engineer Mick Conley shares some of his favorite guitar recording tricks.

Marty Stuart won a Grammy(R) in 2011, his fourth, this one ......Expand


A Guitar Recording Primer. Part 1: Electric Guitars   |   Written by Joe Albano

Everything you always wanted to know about recording electric six-strings, but didn't know how to ask...

Recording the guitar would seem to be among the most straightforward of tasks in the recording studio-just choose a mic......Expand

Nine Guitar Recording Ideas   |   Written by John Fishell

...and when you think you've learned all the rules, here's how to break some of them!

Working with the sound of guitars in just one of the many things that make music recording fun. From huge walls of guitar sound on a rocki......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Wes Dooley

The Acoustic Guitar Recording Legacy Of Richard Rosmini.

I give workshops and lecture about microphones around the world. Recently, I was invited to present a lecture at the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Brasil Expo. When ......Expand

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