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January 2016

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At RECORDING, we're bringing in the New Year with a bang! It's Drum Recording month, and we're bringing you a variety of great reviews and articles on the art and science of creating great drum tracks, be they miked, virtual, sampled, or looped.

There's a great slate of product reviews aimed at drum production. We've got drum mics from Shure and Telefunken, a very cool stereo miking kit from AEA that's great for drum recording among many other uses, Spitfire's beautiful Hans Zimmer percussion sample libraries, new EZdrummer content from Toontrack, drum processing plug-ins from Zynpatiq and Sound Radix, and more.

This issue also features reviews of the ASM-6 monitors from Senal, a relatively new name in the world of pro audio; SPL's amazing Iron compressor; iZotope's amazing Iris 2 virtual instrument; a roundup of great iOS apps for the recording musician; and much more.

We also bring you great articles on drum recording and production from Sven-Erik Seaholm, who attacks the problem of bad-sounding drum tracks with hands-on solutions, and from Brian Marshak, who shares a variety of techniques to make drum samples and loops sound live and present.

All this plus a glimpse into the highlights of the AES Convention in New York City, First Steps with Paul Stamler, Readers' Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly columns, and more. If you're interested in bangin' beats, you won't want to miss the January RECORDING!

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Telefunken Elektroakustik M60 FET Condenser Mic   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Telefunken's first solid-state condenser harks back to classic sounds while breaking new ground. Also: a mini-interview with designer Ryan Loftus.

Senal ASM-6 Active Studio Monitor   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A new name in the pro audio world brings forth a truly impressive monitor with a sound all its own.

SPL Iron Mastering Compressor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This nouveau-classic dynamics processor uses unusual tubes, serious transformers, and multiple rectifier settings to handle your instruments or master bus with style.

Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio HZ Percussion   |   Reviewed by Jon Hillman

If the name Hans Zimmer doesn't make you sit up and take notice of these three extraordinary cinematic percussion libraries, their exquisite sounds surely will.

AEA Nuvo Stereo Kit   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

What do you get the well-dressed pair of ribbon mics? If they're AEA's N8 or N22, how about a carrying case with a brilliantly designed set of stereo miking tools?

Plug-In Outlet: Zynaptiq UNMIX::DRUMS   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Raise or lower the volume of the drums... from inside a fully-mixed stereo track? We try out Zynaptiq's latest plug-in for doing the seemingly impossible.

Plug-In Outlet: Sound Radix Drum Leveler   |   Reviewed by Giles Reaves

The digital world makes possible all sorts of cool ways to work with audio, and this drum dynamics control plug-in is a real eye-opener.

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

Virtual instruments galore for your iOS music-making experience, from Omenie/Wizdom Music, KV331 Audio, and iMusicAlbum.

Shure PGA98D   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

We wrap up our look at the many mics in Shure's new PG ALTA entry-level lineup with this compact and easy-to-use snare/tom condenser mic.

Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Progressive and Post-Rock EZX Expansions and MIDI Grooves for EZdrummer   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Two new sets of drum kits and grooves, one with a wide variety of complexity and timbre, the other a fascinating peek into a new way to build rhythm tracks.

Soundware Showcase: iZotope Iris 2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The original Iris made quite a splash, but this new version offers so many changes and improvements that it's basically a whole new virtual instrument.

For Your Bookshelf   |   Reviewed by Scott Dorsey

Complete Audio Mastering: Practical Techniques, by Gebre Waddell.


2105 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay, Paul Vnuk Jr., Diana Smethurst, and Giles Reaves

A quick look at forthcoming pro audio gear from the 139th AES in New York.

"My Drum Tracks Sound Like Crap! NOW What?"   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

While it would have been best to capture a great kit in a great room with great mics, sometimes we have no choice but to get clever in rescuing the drum tracks we have...

Bringing Sampled Drums To Life   |   Written by Brian Marshak

A well-established LA producer shows us how we don't always need a live drummer to create rhythm tracks that can fool -- and awe -- the pros.

First Steps. Part 13: What Do Filters And Gates Have In Common?   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Nothing, really... but we're going to quickly cover them both as we wrap up our discussion of signal processing during the tracking process. Read on!

2015 Annual Index   |   Written by

Wow, we covered a lot of ground last year! Here's a quick reference to find that article, interview, or product review you wanted to reread...

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