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November 2015

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Your songs will only sound their best if they're tracked and mixed in a room you can trust, on monitors that tell you what you need to hear. In the November issue of RECORDING, we examine the core issue for every recording musician who wants to excel: Sound In Your Studio.

In this issue, we bring you a wide variety of products large and small, simple and complex, that will lead to better sound in your room. We start with reviews of the exciting new 8351A monitors from Genelec (wait, where's the woofer?) and the powerful MicroMain45 monitors from Barefoot Sound get a hard workout in the studio. High-quality, low-latency audio over Thunderbolt meets new-generation preamps in the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre. And we examine three easily affordable acoustics products anyone can use on guitars, drums, and vocals, from Primacoustic, Auralex, and sE Electronics.

We also feature reviews of the new AKG C314 multipattern mic, the gorgeous 286A preamplifier from new vendor Locomotive Audio, desktop interfaces from Audient, soundware from iZotope and KV331... and provide an in-depth look at the mysterious MIYO.

So much of what we think we know about room design and acoustics isn't entirely correct -- it can be based on myths and misconceptions that started out as good advice but went wrong somewhere along the way. James Lindenschmidt tackles an even dozen of these acoustics myths and explains the grains of truth within each one. Scott Dorsey looks at the difficult question of whether and when it's a good idea to EQ the response of your control room. And in an illuminating interview, respected studio designer Jay Kaufman provides great advice for musicians that want to create their own ideal spaces.

All this plus First Steps with Paul Stamler, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our monthly columns, and more. If the sound of your studio isn't all it could be, you can't afford to miss the November RECORDING!


Genelec 8351A Studio Monitor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

We don't see a genuine revolution in reference monitor design come along all that often... but this amazing speaker definitely qualifies.

Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first offering in the new Clarett Range combines incredible speed with newly tweaked preamps that summon up vintage tone.

AKG C314 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Fitting neatly between the classic C414 and the affordable C214, this mic is a real workhorse on a wide variety of sources.

Barefoot Sound MicroMain45 Active Loudspeakers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These compact, powerful 3-ways use unique technologies to deliver the impeccable Barefoot sound to smaller rooms.

Locomotive Audio Model 286A Dual-Channel Mic Preamp/DI   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new maker of hand-wired audio gear turns a venerable tape deck's tube input stage into a modern and very sweet preamp. Includes an interview with designer Eric Strouth.

Once Over -- Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Acoustics products galore! Primacoustic VoxGuard VU; Auralex HoverDeck v2; sE Electronics guitaRF.

Audient iD22 and iD14 Audio Interfaces   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The respected British console manufacturer's first foray into audio interfacing combines modern convenience with time-tested audio design.

H2 Designs MIYO   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This interface sports 24/192 I/O, dual outs with digital multichannel surround support, beautiful metering, exquisite sound... and it's the size of a cigarette lighter.


Jay Kaufman: Acoustics And Isolation In Home Studios   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

A world-class studio designer provides insight on what goes into a great-sounding room. His ideas can be applied to your home studio... here's how.


Acoustics Myths -- And Their Hidden Truths   |   Written by James Lindenschmidt

Some myths have their origins in reality. Learn lots about room acoustics in this discussion of a baker's dozen myths about room design and acoustic treatment -- each one carefully examined to find the germ of truth that gave birth to it.

Eight Steps To Better Room EQ   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Using EQ to fix room acoustics issues can hurt a lot more than it helps. Here's a common-sense approach to using EQ on the problems it can actually help to solve.

First Steps. Part 11: Put A Lid On It -- Compressors   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Dynamics control is a deep subject, but a few basic concepts will let you get started using them effectively. In this month's installment, we lay out the basics of what compressors do and how they work for you.

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

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