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July 2015

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Our readers love our July issues... July means Summer NAMM, and July means guitars and more guitars! This issue is no exception, with great reviews and cool articles to get you the best sounding guitar recordings.

In this issue, we have all kinds of cool advice for recording acoustic and electric guitars. New writer Brian Marshak, owner of a successful small studio in Los Angeles, sketches out the basics of acoustic guitar recording for the singer/songwriter, and contributes a nifty article on doubling guitar tracks. Also from LA, our Beto Hale discusses his mic closet and the choices he makes when tracking electric guitar cabinets. And Frank Marra returns to our pages with a fascinating discussion on recording what he terms "atmospheric guitar parts."

We bring you the coolest guitar gear out there. Jonathan Little's genius guitar routing box, the Pepper, can do almost anything you can think of in the studio, and we bring you an in-depth study of what it can do. We also have microphones from Placid Audio and MXL, a guitarist-friendly portable interface from MOTU, studio-quality guitar pedals from TC Electronic, Strymon, and GFI Systems, virtual guitar pedals from Universal Audio, Eventide's UltraReverb plug-in, and a comparison of API's Channel Strip with the API offerings from Universal Audio.

This issue also features First Steps with Paul Stamler, the newest edition of Specs--Removing The Mystery with Mike Rivers, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our regular monthly features, and more. If you're into guitar recording... or any other kind of recording... you'll find something to love in the July RECORDING!

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Placid Audio Copperphone Mini   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This unusual microphone brings a sweet and haunting vintage vibe to your recordings.

Placid Audio is a microphone company well known for the Copperphone, a microphone with a homemade handyman look and distinct lo-fi sound. J......Expand

API The Channel Strip   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The sound of classic API modules working in harmony, built into a rackmountable all-in-one tracking solution.

For close to five decades, Automated Processes Incorporated has been creating professional studio gear. In fact, A......Expand

Plug-In Outlet: Universal Audio API Vision Channel Strip   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A modern emulation of a take-no-prisoners analog mixing desk's input signal chain, complete with a modeled preamp working with the Apollo interface hardware.

Elsewhere in this issue, we are looking at API's The Channel Strip......Expand

Little Labs Pepper   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

From DI tracking and reamplification to routing, blending, and turning effects pedals into studio-friendly processors... or turning vintage rack gear into effects pedals!... this little box does it all, and does it beautifully.


TC Electronic Alter Ego 2 and Viscous Vibe   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Whether you love delay in all its many forms or are hunting for a modern version of the famous Uni-Vibe sound, these programmable pedals have you covered.

A lot has happened since the last time we reviewed TC Electronic's gu......Expand

Universal Audio UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins Guitar Roundup   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An overview of the many guitar-centric UAD plug-ins, and reviews of the new Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 and the Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle.

When we think of UAD plug-ins, the first thing that comes to mind is mo......Expand

Strymon Deco   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The magic of tape -- thick saturation tone, flanging, double-tracking and more -- in a compact and beautiful pedal.

I realize it's only been two months since we took a look at Strymon's BigSky Reverb Pedal in our May 2015 is......Expand

GFI System Specular Reverb 2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

From halfway around the world comes a compact and utterly gorgeous reverb pedal, suitable for use in pedalboards and pro studios alike.

Longtime RECORDING readers know that when we do a guitar issue, I love to feature at lea......Expand

MOTU MicroBook II   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This pocket-sized interface is durable, beautiful, and packs surprising power.

One of the more popular form factors for modern computer interfaces these days is what I like to call the 1+1 design: one mic preamp and one guit......Expand

Plug-In Outlet: Eventide UltraReverb   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This effects suite harks back to famed algorithms from the company that wrote the book on digital reverb.

In the world of professional audio effects, Eventide sits squarely at the top. Its history of groundbreaking digital a......Expand


Acoustic Guitar For The Recording Songwriter   |   Written by Brian Marshak

Brand-new to recording acoustic guitar at home? Here's everything you need to know to get started.

Recording acoustic guitar is a love/hate relationship for me. The beauty and tone of tracking with a nice high-end acoustic g......Expand

My Mics, My Sound   |   Written by Beto Hale

Four mics, a collection of beautiful guitars, and an amp... put them together and get guitar sounds that will inspire you to build your own magic tracking rig.

In the last year or so, I've been lucky to add to my collection ......Expand

Sonic Atmospheres For Electric Guitar   |   Written by Frank Marra

They're not just effects pedals -- they're your palette for painting landscapes in sound.

You are sitting in your kitchen. There is a half-finished cup of coffee sitting in front of you. Maybe there's a cigarette slowly burn......Expand

Getting The Perfect Double   |   Written by Brian Marshak

Two guitars are often better than one... but only if they're put together properly.

Whether you are the next Guitar God or a down-to-earth singer/songwriter, it is important that you get to the point where doubling yourself ......Expand

Specs: Removing The Mystery. Part 3: Sensitivity   |   Written by Mike Rivers

It's like gain, only different, and understanding it is important in understanding how mics and speakers do their work.

The concept of gain is fairly straightforward, but in order to measure or calculate gain, you need to ha......Expand

First Steps. Part 7: The Example Session -- Miking, Stereo and Exotic Positions   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Stereo miking lets us capture a sense of place in our recordings. Here's an overview of how it can be done, where it can go wrong, and how to make it right.

At the end of the previous installment, I mentioned that for room m......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Marty Peters

What Makes A Recording A Recording?

In response to a recent query from one of this publication's loyal Readers' Tapes subscribers, I have taken to the hallowed page of the Fade Out section in order to answer the age old ques......Expand

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