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August 2014

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The sunny days of summer are upon us, and RECORDING's August issue is suitably hot! More and more bands are making their big money in live shows and associated sales... so it's time to look at miking a band to capture live magic, whether on stage or in the studio.

Our gear reviews range from stage to studio and back again. Paul Vnuk Jr. takes Cloud's new-classic 44A ribbon mic and the uniquely lovely Ear Trumpet Labs Mabel mic out for a spin. Paul also delves into the new features of the powerful, portable Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface/UAD engine, complete with a head-to-head comparison of the Neve 1073 plug-in with the real hardware!

It wouldn't be a rock show without guitars, and we review a wide variety of recording-friendly guitar gear from Hotone, Two Notes Engineering, Yamaha, ZVex, and more. And so you can hear all this great music properly, Mike Metlay talks about his studio experiences with the new Reveal 402 and 802 monitors from Tannoy.

There are as many ways to mike a band as there are bands and venues, and this month's issue brings us wisdom from pros who have been doing it successfully for years. Eleanor Goldfield gets down and dirty with the details of wiring up a live gig to record the band without messing with the venue's vibe; Michael Schulze takes us into the studio for secrets of immaculate band-at-once session recordings; Beto Hale walks us through a session for an upcoming CD release where these techniques see heavy use; and Scott Dorsey teaches a strange trick for 2-track room recording that just might save your gig.

With all these great reviews and features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and our usual slate of great features, the August issue of RECORDING is going to really sizzle!

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Reviews

Universal Audio Apollo Twin   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The powerful Thunderbolt interface/UAD engine takes on a cool portable form. Also: we review the new UA 610 Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in collection.


The Universal Audio Apollo made a big splash when it was launched into the ma......Expand

Tannoy Reveal 402 and 802 Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The Reveal name has been attached to many wonderful speakers over the years, but these new home-studio-friendly monitors are something special.


In home and professional studios worldwide, Tannoy monitors large and small have......Expand

Cloud Microphones 44-A Ribbon Mic   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

With a nod to a classic RCA design, this active ribbon mic covers new ground with its dual voicing circuitry.


It's hard to believe it's been four years already since we took our first look at Rodger Cloud's aptly named Cloud......Expand

Ear Trumpet Labs Mabel Mic   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Ear Trumpet's first multipattern design combines a cool steampunk look with a sound that could be a modern classic.


Back in our August 2013 issue we introduced you to a microphone named Edwina, from Philip Graham's Ear Trump......Expand

Yamaha THR10 Guitar Amplifier   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Michael Schulze

An amp that's small enough to sit on your table but powerful enough, both in sound and features, to complement any recording rig.


The THR10 isn't a brand-new amp, but it caught our attention at the NAMM Show in Anaheim last ......Expand

Hotone British Invasion and Purple Wind Nano Legacy Series Amplifier Heads   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

Can you fit a full-featured solid-state guitar amp head in your pocket? Now you can.


I've had the good fortune of recording with great vintage amps as well as stupidly expensive boutique amps. But it wasn't until one sleeple......Expand

ZVex Nano Head Tube Guitar Amplifier   |   Reviewed by Fernando Curiel

If you crave tube tone and don't have the room for a huge amp head, this tiny and sweet-sounding amp could be the answer to your prayers.


I've had the pleasure of using a great many guitar amps in my endless quest for tone g......Expand

Harrison 832c Filter Unit   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Eight channels of filtering from the console that made Michael Jackson's Thriller, tucked into your rack.


Nashville-based Harrison is best known for recording consoles, starting with the Series 32 debuting in 1975. Later con......Expand

Positive Grid JamUp XT and BIAS   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Between wonderfully musical multieffects and infinitely customizable amp emulations, you'll be amazed at the tone coming out of your iPad.


Thanks to interfaces like the Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 (reviewed March 2012), I......Expand

Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Reload and Wall Of Sound III   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Darwin Grosse

If you think that a load attenuator has to destroy the guitar tone you're recording... think again.


For some time now, French firm Two Notes Audio Engineering has been gaining attention for its Torpedo line of studio-friendl......Expand

Fade Out   |   Reviewed by Aaron Trumm

The Evolution Of Evolutionary Mixing.


The modern recording process has been set for quite a while. It goes:

1. Pre-Production (writing/rehearsing, etc.)
2. Tracking
3. Mixing
4. Mastering<......Expand

Interviews

Gurrisonic at The Bridge Recording   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

A jazz big band with strings records an amazing new album, almost entirely in one room—and we talk with bandleader Jose Gurria and engineer Greg Curtis about the experience.


Before we start, full disclosure: I have known J......Expand

Features

Captured a-Live   |   Written by Eleanor Goldfield

Whether on stage or in the studio, there's a secret to getting a great band recording without interfering with the artists' energy or the venue's staff.


As engineers, musicians and even fans, we've all seen it: a band has a ......Expand

Recording The Band... As A Band   |   Written by Michael Schulze

From Big Bands and the Beatles to the modern day, really great performances fight against the idea of individual players tracking their parts one at a time. Join the fray and learn how to help a band preserve its live energy in a recording studio......Expand

Recording Live to 2-Track... But Not The Way You'd Think   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Sometimes the best-laid plans go out the window and you have to make the most of a really tough live gig. This surprising method just might save your session!


The situation: you want to record an amplified, rock-style concer......Expand

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