Our issue centers on real-world tips and techniques from professionals who are out there recording great vocal tracks every day. Respected Bay Area engineer Bruce Kaphan walks us through vocal mic choices and placements for some of his successful sessions. Colorado's John McVey has a fantastic tutorial on getting the best background and harmony vocals for your song. Eric Ferguson returns to our pages with a hard look at intonation processing in the modern studio. And from LA, Eleanor Goldfield weighs in with field-tested advice for vocalists and vocal recordists from a vocalist, on choosing mics, working with processors, and being properly prepared for the session.
Are you jonesing for information on fantastic vocal mics and useful processing tools? In this issue, we bring you in-depth reviews of the Blue Bottle Rocket Stage One, a versatile mic with interchangeable capsules for a wide variety of great tones on vocals and instruments alike, and the Pearlman TM-250, a handmade tube mic that's nothing short of magical. Also in this issue: sweet software to jazz up your vocal tracks, from iZotope's vocal-centered Nectar 2 to U-He's powerful Satin tape saturator/delay and the latest emulation from Universal Audio, the venerable Fairchild tube limiters.
And that's not all! Outside the vocal booth, we bring you reviews of new monitors from PreSonus and Samson, cool controllers from Novation, high-end interface gear from Antelope Audio and Dangerous Music, and a collection of musician-friendly iOS gear and apps. We report on the latest PreSonuSphere user conference in Baton Rouge. And Joe Albano continues his examination of reverb with a focus on, you guessed it, vocals.
Whether you're singing your heart out, or looking for the right mics and gear to capture someone who does, you'll find inspiration and great advice in the February RECORDING!
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This versatile solid-state mic comes with one of up to nine different capsules with widely varied and beautiful sonic characters. Also: Hands-on comparisons with the tube-based Bottle Rocket Stage Two, previously reviewed in our pages.
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This handmade mic brings the spirit of the famous Telefunken ELA M 250 to life in a manner that's magical to hear.
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Wait a minute... 32 channels of high-end 24-bit audio, all in one rackspace and communicating via USB? Believe it.
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Clean, clear monitoring for the desktop rig or the small control room at an unheard-of price.
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These hardware controllers and iPad apps make music composition portable, easy, inspiring, fun... and in a couple of cases, free.
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A rock vocalist and studio tech guides us through the ins and outs of a successful vocal session, from singer preparation to final tracking.
When the engineer/producer placed the Shure 545 in front of me, we had already been......Expand
A lot goes into a great backing vocal arrangement, and some of the most important parts happen before you press the Red Button. Here's a survey of some of the things to keep in mind when capturing those backing tracks.
A successful producer discusses some of his strategies for capturing great vocals.
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In the second half of our 2-parter on adding ambience to your tracks, we cover vocal reverb tricks, explain how modeling and convolution reverbs work, and look at some successful software in use today.
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If you want to find a review, interview, or feature that ran in the past year, here's where to look. Check it out in the February 2014 issue of RECORDING!