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April 2015

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In the April issue of RECORDING, we're delving once more into one of our favorite subjects -- the tools of the recording songwriter. Not just actual tools for recording, but the mental tools that will guide you to success in turning your ideas into songs people love.

Our slate of reviews covers a wide range of handy hardware and software for the songwriter. We'll take a look at Zoom's new H5 Handy Recorder, Focusrite's Forte high-quality portable audio interface, affordable entry-level interfaces from Steinberg and Line 6, rugged portable preamps from Millennia Media, and more. If you're looking for a shot of world-class studio gear, you won't be left out... check out our reviews of PMC's twotwo.5 studio monitors and the SU-017 tube microphone from new Russian maker Soyuz.

Advice for songwriters could fill several books, and has; in this issue we bring you a variety of great ideas, on everything from getting started in songwriting with practically zero budget and making the most of social media to being prepared for your first big studio session and creating new ideas with arranger keyboards. We even celebrate April 1 with an "anti-April-fool" article debunking one of the most dangerous audio myths out there!

All this plus extensive coverage of the recent 2015 Winter NAMM Show, the latest audio wisdom from Paul J. Stamler in First Steps, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. Songwriters and would-be songwriters alike will find great tools and handy tips in the April RECORDING!

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Universal Audio UAD-2 Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The new version of the classic preamp/EQ plug-in models the hardware's analog eccentricities, and we compare it to a real AMS Neve 1073N to see how it fares.

One of the highlights of Universal Audio's Apollo Twin interface/D......Expand

Focusrite Forte   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

This high-quality USB audio interface puts premium Focusrite quality on your desktop.

As studio racks shrink into laptops, the audio interface takes on a greater role for the recording enthusiast. Where the interface used to......Expand

PMC twotwo.5 Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

These unusually designed monitors speak with a voice that belies their small size.

British firm PMC is one the most respected speaker/monitor companies in the world. As a point of reference, both of the mastering engineers t......Expand

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Is Zoom's newest portable a simpler version of the flagship H6 or a massive update to the well-liked H4n? A bit of both.

In our January 2014 issue, Lorenz Rychner reviewed Zoom's new H6 Handy Recorder, a 6-track portable rec......Expand

Soyuz Microphones SU-017 Tube Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

From the faraway land of Tula comes a remarkable new microphone from a company with a storied past.

The SU-017 is a brand new microphone by Russian mic manufacturer Soyuz, whose products are distributed here in the States by......Expand

Millennia Media HV-35P & HV-32P   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The clarity of Millennia preamplification is now available in two new packages that are as portable as they are affordable.

n October 2011 we took a look Millennia Media's HV-35 500 Series microphone preamp. The HV-35 was ba......Expand

Once Over -- Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Darwin Grosse

Steinberg UR12 audio interface; touchAble 3 remote Ableton Live control software for iPad; Line 6 Sonic Port VX and Mobile POD.

Sometimes all you need is a very simple audio interface for basic applications like solo recordi......Expand


2015 Winter NAMM Show -- A Whirlwind Tour   |   Written by Mike Metlay with Paul Vnuk Jr.

A quick look at some of the great new goodies we saw in Anaheim.

Winter NAMM rocked Anaheim's Convention Center hard this year. The recovering economy has led to more traffic and more new gear than ever before. We can't poss......Expand

Welcome To The Studio!   |   Written by Halemanu

A seasoned producer offers guidance to the songwriter going in for his first big studio session, and to the engineer who'll be welcoming him.

Congratulations! You've decided you're ready to record with a professional music p......Expand

To Be Or Not To Be? Don't Ask -- Just Do It!   |   Written by Eric Alexandrakis

Words of wisdom from a successful songwriter who started out with nothing (but a life-threatening illness), for the songwriter just getting started with his or her own recordings.

In this day and age, in order to become a pr......Expand

Writing At The Keyboard   |   Written by Malcolm Doak

Arranger keyboards have never developed the following in the USA that they have elsewhere in the world, but that doesn't make them any less powerful for the aspiring songwriter. Here are some tips on how to use an arranger to power your muse.

What's The Buzz?   |   Written by Katy Krassner

Some of the hottest social media forums for musicians are well-established, while others are brand new, and still others aren't worth your time. Here's a scorecard.

A social network is any site that provides people with a pl......Expand

First Steps. Part 4: About Microphones -- I   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

It's time to start learning about what microphones are and how they work. We start our journey by understanding mic types and polar patterns.

Over the past three months, I've introduced you to the idea of learning about audi......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Tune Into The Magic Frequency -- Not!

[Editor's note: It's customary for Recording to do a fake article or review or NAMM Show entry for its April (Fool) issue. We've fooled people a bunch of times over the years; Scott hims......Expand

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