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May 2014

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May is Mics And Miking Month at RECORDING! While we feature in-depth mic reviews and miking tutorials almost every month, every once in a while we like to dig deep into the mic locker and bring you an extra-generous helping of new mic tech and trusted miking techniques. Let's see what's on offer!

Our Lorenz Rychner visited California Sound Studios and interviewed engineers Jesse and Frank Wright, whose credits range from work with Phil Spector and George Martin to a wide range of radio and TV broadcast clients. In an incisive interview, father and son discuss the tools and tricks they employ every day in their tracking rooms.

Sven-Erik Seaholm returns to our pages with an in-depth look at a recent album project for a successful musician in the San Diego area. Sven walks us through the entire album tracking process, detailing how he captured every source and laying out mic choice and placement. And moving from the broadly general to the deep and thoughtful, Eleanor Goldfield provides us with the lowdown on one of the most fun and creative miking processes in rock music: capturing the best sound from a guitar amp.

It wouldn't be a Mic Issue without mic reviews, and we've got an even dozen of them for you this month, with content you won't find anywhere else. With mics from ADK, Apogee, Audix, Coles, Neumann, RODE, sE Electronics, and Telefunken, we take first listens to hot new products, discuss applications for unusual mic designs, compare solid-state and tube electronics head to head, travel through the history books with famous old mics put up against brand-new designs, and much more.

And that's not all: in this issue we also bring you reviews of Equator Audio's newest coaxial monitors, fill out our understanding of Audio-Technica's line of new headphones, try an amazing new hi-def field recorder from Sony, and more.

All this plus Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our regular monthly features and more. With a whole lotta mikin' goin' on, you won't want to miss the May 2014 RECORDING!


ADK Custom Shop Z-MOD Z-67 and T-FET Hamburg 67-T   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The latest from the Custom Shop: a magnificently silky tube mic and a flexible, source-friendly solid-state design.

ADK is an American microphone company that has been in the microphone business since 1997. Helmed by microph......Expand

Audix VX10 and VX5 Professional Vocal Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

More than a great alternative to a dynamic mic on stage, these handheld condensers can be a singer/songwriter's secret weapons.

Based in Wilsonville, OR, Audix Microphones has a history that dates back to the mid-1980s, with......Expand

Coles 4038 and 4030L Ribbon Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A classic design that still sounds great after over 50 years on the market, and a brand-new ribbon that's within reach of any studio.

Coles Electroacoustics Ltd. is a British microphone company started in the 1960s by two ge......Expand

RODE NT1 and M5 Condenser Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A redesign and reimagining of this Australian maker's first microphone for a modern audience, and affordable excellence in a stereo-paired pencil condenser.

RODE is an Australian microphone company that has been producing microphone......Expand

Neumann TLM 107 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

State-of-the-art digital control over polar pattern, pad, and highpass filtering lends power to this modern design from the classic mic maker.

I can't think of a better place than in this mega-microphone issue to introduce o......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Apogee MiC 96k   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This high-end USB microphone now handles 24/96 audio with ease.

We first reviewed Apogee's MiC in our July 2012 issue, and enjoyed its combination of great sound quality and single-cable convenience for Mac or iOS use. It wa......Expand

Equator Audio Research D8 Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A coaxial design lends power and precision at a very affordable price.

Equator makes two distinct monitor series, the mid-field/far-field Q series (to date consisting of models Q10 and Q12), and the near-field/mid-field D se......Expand

sE Electronics Magneto Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The quality bar for an entry-level multipurpose condenser mic has just been raised by a considerable amount...

sE Electronics is a UK-based microphone manufacturer that has been releasing microphones and the like since the y......Expand

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x, and ATH-M40x Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

We recently ran a scoop review on the new ATH-M50x phones; now we're delighted to bring you its three new siblings, offering great quality at unheard-of prices.

In our March 2014 issue, I reviewed the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 and its New Capsule   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

When you change the very heart of a microphone, is the new version still the same mic? And is the new sound better than what has become a modern classic?

Back in our November 2010 issue we took a look at a new microphone in ......Expand

Sony PCM-D100 Portable Recorder   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

An intensified commitment to high-end audio brings us Sony's latest digital recorder, which can record audio up to 24/96, and also DSD.

The PCM-D100 represents the fourth generation in Sony's PCM Series of handheld digital r......Expand


Doing It Wright: Jesse Wright of California Sound Studios   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

This Orange County studio has been tracking hits for a long time, and we learn about everything from session prep to drum miking to getting the best mix.

We wanted to know what a recording musician can expect when taking a p......Expand


Miking The Magic: The Sound Of Two Pines   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

A singer/songwriter and producer/engineer team up to record an album, and we walk you through the entire project from concepts to miking to final mix.

This was not our first rodeo. Americana artist Peter Bolland and I have s......Expand

Capturing The Cab   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

Guitar amps are so much fun to mike! There are dozens of options for getting great tone, from tried and true classics to really wacky sounds... we show you how.

"It's never wrong if it sounds right." That was one of the firs......Expand

Choose Your Weapon   |   Written by Michael Schulze

Picking a mic for a project doesn't have to be trial and error. Here's a straightforward way to make decisions and quickly zero in on the right mic for the job.

When I teach my students about how to choose mics, I try to mak......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Peter Bolland

Musings On The Value Of A Truly Good Producer.

Making an album is not for the timid. It's going to cost you some sleep, and more than a little money. It's going to occupy your every waking moment for months. It'll damage you......Expand

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