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December 2013

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December -- it's time for RECORDING's Holiday Gift Guide for 2013! You'll find lots of great gift ideas for that recording musician in your life... yes, even if it's you.

REC's Gift Guide is unique in that the products featured aren't regurgitated press releases; every write-up in the Gift Guide is a review with real results, so you can buy with confidence. This year, readers can look forward to reviews of cool products from Apogee, Blue, Eventide, Gefen, ICON, Radial Engineering, Royer, Sonnox, and more. There's also a survey of cool new headphones and in-ear monitors for your listening enjoyment from firms like Shure, Reid and Heath Acoustics, Myth Labs, CAD Audio, and AIAIAI.

We also offer extensive reviews of many audio products that are sure to spark your purchasing interest. Sony's new Sound Forge 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 make a killer combination on your Windows DAW; KRK's newest Rokit monitors offer affordable audio quality; Bock's iFET is an extraordinary new take on a classic mic heritage; PreSonus offers a solid-state channel strip with a notable new preamp design; and the new QuNexus from Keith McMillen Instruments is an extraordinarily expressive controller that fits in your laptop bag. These products fill out an issue that's sure to provide recording musicians holiday cheer.

Also featured in this issue, Eric Alexandrakis walks us through the remixing of a Depeche Mode track from the band's new album; Bruce Black introduces us to a practical and useful way to control low end in our studios; and Eric Ferguson brings us a very special Recording Fundamentals.

All this plus our regular columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, make the December RECORDING an issue to remember. For great audio tips and techniques plus the best ideas for the gift-giving season, you won't want to miss it!

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Recording's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Paul Vnuk Jr.

An even dozen products for that recording musician in your life, all with real reviews so you know what you're getting! Check out the latest from Apogee, Blue, Eventide, Gefen, Icon, iZotope, Radial Engineering, Royer Labs, Sonnox, and Old Jersey ......Expand

Music To Your Ears!   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

2013 was a banner year for headphones and in-ear monitors, from affordable models for recreational listening to ultra-high-end professional designs. Whether you want a cool gift or a headphone your studio can rely on -- or both -- you'll want to r......Expand

KRK ROKIT Powered RP5 G3 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The entry-level ROKIT Series takes another leap forward in affordable sonic clarity, and we take an exclusive first listen.

Wow, time really does fly. It was all the way back in our August 2008 issue that I introduced our re......Expand

Bock Audio IFET Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A unique mic with an "Instrument/Vocal" switch that engages two different sets of electronics for different applications. Is it truly two mics in one?

The IFET condenser microphone is the latest from David Bock and his compa......Expand

Sony Creative Software Audio Master Suite: Sound Forge 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

The venerable audio editor benefits from a significantly streamlined workflow, and the upstart audio repair/manipulation program comes into its own with audio treatment features that seem like black magic.

We've been talking......Expand

Recording's Showcase of Sounds: 8Dio 8Dioboe   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

A novel approach to the sampling process produces a solo woodwind virtual instrument that is exquisitely expressive and playable.

You know about 8Dio Productions, right? Founded just two short years ago by Troels Folmann and......Expand

PreSonus RC 500 Solid State Channel Strip   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new solid-state preamp design combines with a well-respected compressor and eq to form a compact, great-sounding signal chain for the upwardly mobile personal studio.

In our August 2013 issue we took a look at the PreSonus......Expand

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This USB keyboard controller is small enough to fit in any laptop bag, flexible enough to work with everything from MIDI to software to old modular synthesizers, and boasts a playing surface unlike anything else in the world.



Fast Fashion: Remixing Depeche Mode's "Should Be Higher"   |   Interviewed by Eric Alexandrakis

The band's new album Delta Machine has an experimental bent. Here's how a team of creative musicians and engineers produced a cool single, all while under time pressure and dodging obstacles left and right.

Just because some......Expand


Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 24: Compression -- Part 3   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

Our look at dynamics processing -- and the Recording Fundamentals monthly series itself -- wraps up with a discussion of the critical issue of the Loudness Wars.

One of the more difficult aspects of working with compression ......Expand

Taming The Low Frequencies -- Helmholtz Resonators vs. Bass Traps   |   Written by Bruce Black

We all know that bass response in small rooms is a problem, and that there are several ways to attack it. But what works best under which circumstances?

The importance of having neutral acoustics in a sonically sensitive spa......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by John McVey

Is "Quitting Your Day Job" Really The Point?

During the December holidays, our thoughts often ride the line between spirituality and consumerism. For musicians, this can be particularly acute, as we wish on one hand for more......Expand

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