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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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.