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October 2013

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October 2013 will see the Audio Engineering Society return to New York City for its 135th Convention, and Recording celebrates the AES with an issue packed full of high-end advice on tracking, mixing, and more.

Eleanor Goldfield walks us through the tracking process for a band playing live in the studio, to assure that the magic and power of a live performance gets recorded without being diluted by the perfectionism of studio tracking. Sean Shannon teaches us the basics of spectral balancing, and how the frequency content of competing instruments has to be dovetailed for a perfect mix. And Paul Vnuk Jr. explains how we can get the most out of our studio's mic locker and signal processors through gear shootouts -- not the kind we read about in online forums, but the kind we've set up ourselves with gear we already have, to match its performance to our needs.

And there's more! A great recording starts with a great room, and turning a mediocre room into a great one starts with basic principles any musician can apply. Dr. Peter D'Antonio of RPG Diffusors talks to us about the science of why rooms sound the way they do, and gives practical advice on how to make the most of your recording space. We look at a do-it-yourself mixing room on a modest budget that returned stellar results, learn about how the venerable art of tape editing applies to today's DAW world (and to those of us getting that well-loved tape sound by using, well, tape), and delve into the art and science of dynamics control in Eric Ferguson's Recording Fundamentals.

And there's great gear on hand as well, from AEA's latest stereo ribbon microphone and ADAM Audio's dual-woofer A77X studio monitors to Apogee's genre-defining Symphony I/O system and helpful studio tools from Radial Engineering. We take Slate Digital's Virtual Buss Compressors out for a spin, look at a fascinating take on audio mastering... on an iPad... and more!

With all these features and reviews, plus our regular monthly features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, the October RECORDING is simply stellar.

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AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Two R84 elements in one mic housing -- with two AEA Big Ribbons (derived from the vintage RCA 44) -- make for a great update to a classic design.

When I was reviewing the ribbon-centric RPQ 500 microphone preamp from AEA (Au......Expand

Apogee Symphony I/O 8x8 + 8 MP and Symphony | 64 ThunderBridge   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A world-class converter/interface with modular flexibility and unparalleled sound quality, now with Thunderbolt connectivity as an add-on option.

Apogee has long ago established itself as a leader in analog-to-digital and di......Expand

Radial Engineering Gold Digger and Cherry Picker   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

These rugged tabletop boxes make auditioning mics and preamps in the tracking room both easy and fun.

Radial Engineering, a Canadian company, is well known for making some of the highest-quality and darn near bulletproof dir......Expand

Echo Digital Audio Echo2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Much more than just a USB audio interface, this sexy box combines high-quality preamps, impeccable DI, and intelligent onboard control in a road-friendly design.

Echo Digital Audio has been a player in the computer-audio gam......Expand

ADAM Audio A77X Powered Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A dual-woofer design with careful attention to crossover electronics provides a listening experience that's big and honest without being overbearing. Also reviewed: the IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430 speaker isolation stands.

In Ap......Expand

Plug-In Outlet: Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

These three new software compressors start with historic circuit designs and take them into new realms.

Virtual Buss Compressors is the latest software creation by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel of Slate Digital. RECORDING......Expand

iOS Music Tools: iMusicAlbum Audio Mastering Studio   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This audio app for the iPad offers handy file conversion and processing features.

There have been a lot of claims made about what you can do with an iPad these days, and a horde of app developers seem bound and determined to......Expand


Twenty Questions On Mics And Miking: A Chat With Shure's John Born   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

Straight answers to questions on mic choice, placement, and technique, for beginners and more advanced recording musicians.

For this issue on tracking and mixing, we thought it might be fun to collect some questions and answ......Expand

Talking Acoustics With Peter D'Antonio   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

One of the founding fathers of modern studio design has strong opinions on what works and what doesn't in room design... and some of his best ideas won't cost you a penny.

Dr. Peter D'Antonio is the Chairman/CEO and Founder ......Expand


Live In The Studio   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

Why do so many bands absolutely nail it on stage, only to produce dull, drab studio recordings? Avoid this common problem and capture the live vibe in your next session.

Cheap Trick at Budokan was the band's best selling alb......Expand

The Mixing Workshop: Spectral Balancing   |   Written by Sean Shannon

You'll get better results using eq to help your mix elements coexist, if you start with a basic understanding of where in the frequency spectrum your instruments can be found.

Mixing is a balancing act. Like an acrobat walki......Expand

Gear Shootouts -- A Home-Brewed Personal Guide   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The best sort of gear shootout is one whose results you can actually use. So here's how to perform one yourself... in your studio, with your gear, for your applications.

When done in the spirit of fun and learning, gear shoo......Expand

From Room To Studio   |   Written by Jess Repanshek

A seasoned studio veteran designs a new home-studio room from the walls out.

In the September 2013 issue of RECORDING I told the tale of a shed on a musician's property that was converted into a functional studio to serve th......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 22: Compression -- Part 1   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

This month's column kicks off a look at the physics and practices of dynamics control, by explaining what compression is and why it's important.

Almost all sounds, musical or otherwise, vary in dynamics. Whether a source is ......Expand

How To Edit   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Can the principles of editing audio with a razor blade on magnetic tape really carry forward into the era of the DAW? Absolutely! Check out these tricks for natural-sounding edits, even in the trickiest situations.

When tape......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Sun Studios -- Then And Now.

In 1950, Sam Phillips had been working as a disk jockey and engineer for radio station WLAY in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, but he saw an opportunity for independent recording services in Memphis. He ......Expand

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