He's worked with artists like Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Youssou N'Dour, and Stanley Clarke, and has been a voice of reason and sanity in the often-hyped world of studio monitoring for many years; in this issue we tap into the wit and wisdom of Peter Chaikin on straightforward strategies for monitoring in a small studio.
And that's not all -- we welcome four new authors this month! LA-based engineer and performer Eleanor Goldfield brings us a practical look at maintaining your studio's cabling; Boulder-based engineer/producer John McVey with takeaway tips on getting the best sound from a session that has problems; California-based acoustician Bruce Black talks about the tips and tools for soundproofing rooms; and from Arizona, Jess Repanshek shows us how a musician turned his backyard shed into a fantastic studio. And long-absent acoustics/construction contributor Matt Seiler returns with a lovely DIY piece on using drywall as a practical acoustical wall treatment.
This issue features reviews on new monitors from Emotiva Pro, a first look at Drawmer's new monitor controller, MOTU's latest audio interface, an usual mic from Ashman Acoustics, a new preamp from Sontronics, and FXpansion's latest effects plug-in, the haunting and lovely Bloom... not to mention first looks at Avid Pro Tools 11 and Apple Logic Pro X!
All this plus our regular features, an in-depth look at equalization in Eric Ferguson's Recording Fundamentals, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. If you're trying to get the best sound and the best performance out of your studio, you can't afford to miss the September Recording!
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Ribbon tweeters and an unusual cabinet design combine to deliver an impressive punch.
Back in our February 2013 issue, Mike Metlay introduced us to Emotiva Pro when he looked at the company's airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 powere......Expand
This tabletop FireWire/USB interface offers plenty of high-quality I/O and a powerful DSP engine for mixing, monitoring, and effects processing.
MOTU's new Track16 is unique in its layout and onboard controls; it's a far cry......Expand
An intriguing new mic that harkens back to well-respected vintage design principles.
Ashman Acoustics is a new company started by microphone designer Matt Ashman. Before branching out on his own, Matt studied at the feet of ......Expand
A British audio firm best known for its microphones offers an updated and flexible preamp design.
Sontronics is British company known for its line of British-designed and Asian-built microphones that are among some of the mo......Expand
Well known for its signal processors, Drawmer makes a splash with its first control-room monitoring product.
Drawmer is a British company known for its MXPro line of gates, compressors and de-essers and its 1960s Series of m......Expand
Not one but two of the major players in the DAW game have received massive updates in recent weeks. Here's a sneak peek at what to look for.
It's been about four years since Logic had a major (point-0) update, and anticipati......Expand
This powerful ambience processor creates magical space and rhythmic effects for your tracks.
Bloom is a new effects plug-in from FXpansion, makers of the Geist loop/rhythm processor (reviewed April 2011), the DCAM: Synth Squ......Expand
From his first studio dates with Stevie Wonder to his work promoting a new generation of accurate reference monitors, Peter Chaikin has a lot to teach our readers about speakers and how they interact with listening environments. Listen and learn!<......Expand
An engineer/producer has a lot to contend with, from inexperienced clients to difficult rooms. Here's a selection of tips and tricks to help get past some common production obstacles.
For this issue on improving your studio ......Expand
Don't throw away mic or instrument cables that go flaky... fix them and add to both your bank account and your store of self-confidence.
You plug in a microphone and "check." Nothing. You make sure the pre is on, and set to ......Expand
Sound gets through the tightest spaces and causes problems inside your studio and out. A respected designer gives easy-to-follow advice on improving sound isolation in your room.
So you've been put on notice-the sound from y......Expand
Some worthwhile solutions to room issues come in a box from a store, but others can be put in place before you even move in. Here's how.
Home-based recording, by its very nature, means that you're working within the preexist......Expand
A quick look at how a small building in a backyard got turned into a productive recording and mixing space.
So it is 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, and I am driving across town to Northern Phoenix to spend some time in this guy's ......Expand
Last month we learned what goes into an equalizer and why they're important... now we get to have fun with them!
Equalization is the most common form of audio signal processing. Used to adjust tone, eq can manipulate the rel......Expand