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February 2015

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Vocals are the centerpiece of popular music and can be very tricky to record well. In the February issue of RECORDING, we're bringing you a great set of techniques and technology for creating the best possible vocal tracks.

This issue's vocal-centric review content includes great new mics from Audio-Technica, Cathedral Pipes, and DPA Microphones, as well as the brand-new reissue of the classic Neumann U47fet. In the latter review, we bring you exclusive test results from a session in Chicago with the new mic against two vintage U47fet mics.

Also in this issue: new 500 Series modules from API, a room-shaking subwoofer from PreSonus, Resident Audio's hot new T4 Thunderbolt audio interface, and more. Last but not least, we bring you a side-by-side comparison that you'll only see in RECORDING: to accompany our review of Universal Audio's new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt, we compare UA's plug-in version of the Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ against the real thing (with a tip of the hat to Manley Labs for the equipment loan)!

Michael Schulze has taught many aspiring engineers the ins and outs of studio production in his gig at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. In this issue, he schools our readers with two big articles, one on choosing mics for the best vocal results, and one on vocal recording and mix tips to get the most out of your hardware or DAW. Also in this issue, ace LA recording engineer Greg Ogan returns to our pages with a glimpse into the vocal recording techniques he's used with artists like Bruno Mars and Sean Kingston, plus a discussion of how he sets up easy-to-use templates for vocal recording in Pro Tools.

We round out February with the first installment of a new series of articles we're calling "Specs - Removing The Mystery," where we demystify the often-confusing terminology of spec sheets and teach you how to separate truth from hype.

All this plus our regular monthly features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, and more, make this issue a must-read. From vocal cords to patch cords, you'll find lots to love in the February RECORDING!

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Neumann U47fet Condenser Microphone.   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An often-imitated classic mic is reissued by its original maker, and we have all the details, from extensive recording sessions to a head-to-head comparison with the original in a famous recording studio and opinions from mic guru Klaus Heyne.

Audio-Technica AT5045 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone.   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The 50 Series, with its remarkable rectangular capsule, takes on a new form in this compact and flexible mic.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

API 505-DI and 565 Filter Bank 500 Series Modules   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

API isn't resting on its laurels; its newest tools in the widely-praised 500 Series format are bound to solve a variety of studio problems.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

Universal Audio UAD-2 Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ Plug-In and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Our favorite UAD-2 reviews are the ones where we can compare the plug-in to the real hardware, and Manley Labs was kind enough to provide us with a Massive Passive, which we're reviewing right alongside the plug-in and UA's newest DSP engine.

Resident Audio T4 Thunderbolt Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Apple's newest connectivity format is slowly gaining ground, and this compact interface represents a first step into previously unexplored territory.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A novel way to wear a high-quality mic -- it's comfortable, easy to work with, great-sounding, and... well... discreet.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

iOS Music Tools: Korg Gadget   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

This all-in-one music production app stands out for its unique and fun sequencer and a wide variety of high-quality synths and rhythm machines.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

Cathedral Pipes Notre Dame Tube Condenser Microphone.   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

If you've never heard of this boutique mic builder, this eye-popping mic will have you sitting up and taking notice in no time.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

PreSonus Temblor T10 Subwoofer   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Rattle your windows with this powerful and studio-friendly sub.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

Specs: Removing The Mystery. Part 1: Levels   |   Reviewed by Mike Rivers

Our new series on separating valuable data from hype and spin when reading spec sheets starts with a look at the numbers that form a foundation for many audio specs: signal levels.

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The Right Mic For The Right Vocal   |   Written by Michael Schulze

Here's a history lesson and a practical breakdown of the main mic types -- ribbon, dynamic, and condenser -- and how to choose and use them for the best possible vocal tracks.

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Processing Vocals -- Vintage to Modern   |   Written by Michael Schulze

The classic signal processors of yesteryear can teach us useful vocal treatment techniques that easily apply to today's more affordable hardware and plug-ins.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

First Steps. Part 2: In Your Room   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Nothing you learn will help you hear your recordings properly if you haven't tamed the inherent problems in your listening space. Here's a quick intro to what to look for and how to fix it.

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Vocal Session Tips   |   Written by Greg Ogan

A successful LA engineer who's worked with everyone from Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson to Sean Kingston and Bruno Mars shares his approach to capturing world-class vocals.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

A Vocal Recording Template   |   Written by Greg Ogan

Setting up a template beforehand lets you have a personalized yet flexible way to get right to work on creating vocal tracks and mixes in your DAW.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

Rescuing Audio From Tape Cassettes   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

They're cheap, fragile, and often nasty-sounding, but they might contain irreplaceable audio history. Here's a basic guide to getting audio out of them in the best possible shape.

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Fade Out   |   Written by Beto Hale

Vocal Performance.

Read more in the February 2015 issue of RECORDING!

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