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May 2016

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The May issue of RECORDING covers a topic that's near and dear to our readers' hearts -- the ins and outs of instrument recording. In this issue, we take you from A to Z with ideas, tricks, and strategies for capturing the best possible instrumental tracks.

To mike instruments, you need mics! We introduce you to great new microphones from Shure, Roswell Pro Audio, and Mesanovic. We also look at the latest mounting options for the DPA Microphones d:vote 4099 miniature mic, giving it an even broader appeal for applications of all kinds.

Also in this issue: the A7X monitors and Sub10 subwoofer from ADAM Audio, Radial Engineering's amazingly flexible JDV Mk5 direct box, Zoom's UAC-2 interface, the incredible DynaMount robot mic stand, and more.

When we said "from A to Z", we meant it! Check out a fun and informative article from Joe Albano (with help from Paul Vnuk Jr. and others) about miking instruments with names ranging from Accordion to Zheng, with lots of great tips for instruments of all kinds along the way.

We go from breadth to depth with Aaron J. Trumm's miking master class for the grand piano. With detailed explanations and plenty of photos, we demystify the secrets of capturing this beautiful instrument.

All this plus First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers' Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly columns, and more. If you want to put mics on instruments and bring back beauty, you can't afford to miss the May RECORDING!

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Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Dynamic Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first really new dynamic mic innovation in years yields a mic that defies conventional ideas of what a dynamic can do.

Mesanovic Model 2 Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Made in Detroit from top to bottom, this new mic combines a ribbon's smoothness with the air and lightness of a condenser. We also interview creator Denial Mesanovic about how the Model 2 came to be.

ADAM Audio A7X Monitors and Sub10 MK2 Subwoofer   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

ADAM is now bundling a series of power-matched monitor/sub combinations for rooms of different sizes, and this one is a real treat.

Radial Engineering JDV Mk5   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

What's a DI box doing in an issue about instrument miking? When you read about this single unit can combine a piezo pickup and a miked signal with perfect phase alignment, you'll get it!

Zoom UAC-2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

USB 3.0 opens frontiers in low-latency audio for computing platforms that don't support Thunderbolt. Meet the high-speed interface that's equally happy on a Mac, PC, or iPad.

Roswell Pro Audio Aurora Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Roswell returns to the fray with an affordable dual-pattern condenser that takes on mics twice its price.

DynaMount V1 and X1-R Robotic Microphone Mounts   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Imagine a studio assistant who'll move and rotate mics by tiny increments over and over without ever complaining or slipping up, directed from your smartphone or DAW, letting you get the perfect placement from the sweet spot in the control room.........Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: DPA Microphones d:vote 4099 Clamp and Stand Mounts   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The 4099 has a stellar reputation as a specialized instrument mic -- these new mounts turn it into an incredibly versatile all-around miking solution.


Miking Instruments From A To Z   |   Written by Joe Albano

A world-spanning alphabet of useful instrument miking principles and techniques. You'll find something in here to handle virtually every instrument miking challenge that might come your way.

Caging The Beast   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

The grand piano is a huge instrument with a very complex sound radiation pattern. Learn how to get the most out of it, depending on where it is and how you want it to sound. Includes a re-examination of the Earthworks PianoMic system.

SPECS: Removing The Mystery. Part 5: Mic Specs   |   Written by Mike Rivers

Microphone spec sheets can be very confusing, and not everything you read will be of practical use. Here's a guide to what you can take away from a readthrough and really use.

First Steps. Part 17: The Digital Audio Workstation -- I   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

If you've never used a DAW before, or if you're unclear about what it brings to your studio, here's a clear and practical explanation of how DAWs work with your music.

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

It's A Big World Out There.

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