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January 2014

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Welcome to 2014! RECORDING is starting the New Year with a bang -- banging a drum, to be precise. Our January issue is loaded with great techniques and cool tech surrounding drums and beats, everything from miking the real thing to simulations with samples and soundware.

The centerpiece of this issue is an overview of drum miking and mixing techniques from five in-demand session players and engineers, some of whom also offer their drumming as an online service for songwriters in need of great rhythm tracks. You'll get the lowdown on everything from mic placement to favorite mix gear and strategies, from professionals who make great drum tracks for a living.

Also in this issue: Terry Wollman talks about his methodology and tools for working with sampled drums in a session, and Eleanor Goldfield gives us an engineer's-eye view of working with a click track. And on the gear-for-drum-tracks side, we have reviews of a great drum mic kit from Telefunken, the latest add-ons for XLN Audio's Addictive Drums, and a survey of interesting new loop and instrument libraries from The Loop Loft.

But if you don't have drums on the brain, there's plenty more to interest you in this issue. We ring in the new year with a collection of cool hardware and software for iOS devices, listen to the new 3-way monitors from Neumann, check out Zoom's hot new H6 portable multitrack recorder, and follow Joe Albano through an in-depth look at Avid Pro Tools 11. Joe also brings us Part 1 of a fascinating introductory article on the magic and methods of reverb.

All this plus our coverage of the recent Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more! Whether you're looking for the best solutions for capturing and creating drum tracks, or hot for the latest in great gear and cool tricks for making your music sound its best, you won't want to miss the January RECORDING!

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Reviews

Reviewed & Revisited: Avid Pro Tools 11   |   Reviewed by Joe Albano

The newest version of the famed DAW is a massive change at a fundamental level, a clean break with previous versions. How does it benefit users?


Avid's Pro Tools 11 is the upgrade that Pro Tools users have been long awaiting......Expand

Neumann KH 310 A Active Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A new 3-way design provides exemplary audio, whether in the studio or the listening room.


Neumann continues the line of monitor speakers carrying the KH moniker, harking back to the venerable Klein & Hummel brand that Sennhe......Expand

Telefunken M82 Dynamic Kick Drum Mic and DD5 Drum Mic Kit   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The latest dynamic mic from Telefunken is a fine performer in its own right, and rounds out an exceptional kit for killer drum sound.


With this month's focus on drum recording we bring you a pair of products from Telefunken ......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds: Black Velvet and Vintage Dry -- ADPaks For XLN Audio's Addictive Drums   |   Reviewed by Eleanor Goldfield

From clean retro to roaring and spacious, these new sounds for the powerful virtual drum instrument will bring great sounds to your compositions.


90% of the drums on our record were created inside the box. And probably more ......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds: Welcome To The Loop Loft   |   Reviewed by Sven-Erik Seaholm

A very musical, player-oriented approach to sample libraries shines in a variety of formats: Hunter/Harland Bunker Sessions Bundle, Simon Phillips - Studio One Session Tracks, Multitrack Drums, and Everything But Sticks Volume 1.

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

The "6" stands for six tracks of simultaneous recording; this portable recorder has four built-in mic preamps plus a selection of swappable stereo mics and other recording options.


Zoom portable recorders are legend -- we ha......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Hardware Solutions For The Recording Musician   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Devon Brent

Check out cool hardware that turns your iPad into a recording studio! Newest interfaces and add-ons from Focusrite, Sonoma Wire Works, Griffin Technology, and IK Multimedia.


Getting started recording can be a scary business.......Expand

Interviews

Miking The Drum Kit -- The Beat Goes On!   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Five engineers who specialize in great drum recordings, four of whom are also session drummers, teach us about their favorite mics and placements.


In this age of drum samples, virtual tracks, trigger pads, software that repl......Expand

Features

2013 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

The newest gear in pro audio, on display in New York City.


The 135th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society took place in New York City at the Javits Center on October 17-20, 2013. As usual, the four-day program of scie......Expand

Click Here   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

A producer's-eye view of the click track, and why musicians need to make it their ally.


I like rainbow rolls; various types of fresh fish plus avocado over a California Roll make for an easy favorite. I don't, however, like ......Expand

How I Use Sampled Drums And Percussion   |   Written by Terry Wollman

A producer's-eye view of the click track, and why musicians need to make it their ally.


I love drummers. They are possibly the coolest tribe in the musician family. Drums, along with voice, are the original instruments of hu......Expand

All About Reverb -- Part 1   |   Written by Joe Albano

In the first of two articles about the art and science of adding space to recorded tracks, we learn about the basics of reverberation and look into how it's used with drum tracks.


Reverberation -- it's all around us whenever......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

It's Not Easy... But You Can Make It Look Like It Is.


At 3 AM with a cold cup of coffee in one hand and the Pro Tools multi-tool in the other, I decided to take a break. Feeling irritable, I wrote a blog post rebutting a com......Expand

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