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January 2015

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RECORDING welcomes the New Year with a bang... and a crash, and a ride, some toms, a kick, and a snare! January is Rocking Rhythms month, where we bring you a look at cool new products and time-tested methods for getting the best possible rhythm tracks.

RECORDING has not one but two exclusive first looks -- at AEA's fantastic new N8 ribbon mic, and at the stunning REDD.47 mic preamp from Chandler Limited. Drum recording fanatics will want to learn about drum mics from Sontronics, we bring readers up to date on the latest version of FXpansion's BFD virtual drummer, and we round out the issue with soundware from Ableton, Toontrack, SoundTrack Loops, and more.

As a final treat, we add to last month's Holiday Buyer's Guide with a great selection of last-minute iOS gifts, with hardware and software from PreSonus, Griffin Technology, Focusrite, Cakewalk, Korg, and others.

If you want to learn the ins and outs of drum recording, this issue will give you lots to think about. Bruce Kaphan gives a comprehensive look at drum recording setups, whether with just a few mics or a bunch, and Frank Marra gives us a double shot of great advice with an article about getting huge drum sounds and a refresher on how to get a drum kit sounding its best.

We also bring you a look at the coolest new gear from October's AES Convention in Los Angeles, and we launch a brand-new monthly series: Paul J. Stamler, educator and audio engineer/gear guru par excellence, helps demystify the basics of music recording in a great new feature we're calling First Steps. If you've been left in the dark about terms and techniques we mention in our magazine, Paul will give you all you need to know.

All this plus our regular columns, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. Whether you're miking drums, using a virtual drum instrument, or laying down loops, you'll learn lots to get you sounding your best in the January RECORDING!

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AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

There's a new Nuvo ribbon mic on the horizon, promising an exceptionally natural sound. We bring you the very first hands-on trials.

Chandler Limited REDD.47 Abbey Road Tube Mic Preamp   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A piece of the legendary console that recorded Sgt. Pepper's, ready for your rack. Here's the first proper review anywhere!

Sontronics DM-1B, DM-1S, and DM-1T Drum Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Purpose-built condenser mics for a new take on drum miking. Also: a look at Sontronics' versatile STC-1 pencil condenser.

Reviewed & Revisited: FXpansion BFD3   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A totally revamped look and lots of under-the-hood improvements continue this virtual drum instrument's run as a world-class contender.

iOS Music Tools: New Toys For The New Year   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Hardware and apps for your iOS device from Cakewalk, Focusrite, [FUSE]chicken, Griffin Technology, PreSonus, RODE, tenkettles, and Zivix.

Once Over - Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Toontrack Reggae EZX and Made Of Metal EZX for EZdrummer 2; Audix D6 Anniversary Edition dynamic mic; Ableton Live Packs: The Loop Loft Hip Hop Drums and Drumdrops A Fistful Of Drumkits.

Soundware Showcase: Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A beautiful Yamaha Piano is recorded in a world-famous room, and 50,000 samples later....

Soundware Showcase: Soundtrack Loops   |   Reviewed by Sven-Erik Seaholm

Five killer titles: Latin Percussion, Alt.Rock Remastered, Date Night RnB, R&B Acoustic, and Super Freak Studio Beats.


2014 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Los Angeles hosts AES for the first time in over a decade, and we're there to learn about the latest new gear.

One Mic Or Many: Strategies For Drum Recording   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

A history of drum miking, from single and dual mics to a completely outrageous 17-channel close-miking setup... learn it all here.

Making Drums Sound Huge   |   Written by Frank Marra

Get your room involved in your drum tracking, and find the massive sound that close-miking can take away.

Great Drum Kits + Great Drum Setup = Great Tracks   |   Written by Frank Marra

A great drum recording starts with a kit that's been properly prepped. Here's how to make sure you're ready to hit Record.

First Steps. Part 1: Let's Get Started   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Our new series for beginning recording musicians begins here! We start with some basic advice and lay out a road map for what's to come.

2014 Annual Index   |   Written by

Thrills! Chills! Spills! And reviews, and interviews, and features...

Fade Out   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

Nobody Cares About Music Any More.

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