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August 2016

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One of the trickiest and most important tasks for the recording musician is capturing the sound of a live band. Whether it’s recording a live show with the best mix of energy and professional sound, or encouraging a band to play as a unit and nail its live magic in the studio, the stakes are high and the rewards are even higher! In the August issue of RECORDING, we bring you great gear and useful strategies for capturing live music.

Many of our writers record live bands, and they have fascinating perspectives on how to do it best. Bill Stunt, veteran of hundreds of live recording sessions, opens his bag of tricks to show you how to make use of your recording space to make a band sound great. Sven-Erik Seaholm shares his recent experience of recording a band in a borrowed church. And Brian Marshak runs down the details of turning a gig into a live album—what you’ll need to have with you, what you’ll need to know, and what to watch out for as you work.

There are as many ways to record live music as there are gigs! In this issue, we bring you reviews of recording gear that does great service when capturing bands live, whether on stage or in the studio. Zoom updates the stalwart H4n field recorder into the H4n Pro, and Cymatic Audio brings one-touch multitracking to any rig with the uTrack24 portable 24-track recorded. Audio-Technica launches a new line of in-ear monitors for the discerning recordist, and Aston Microphones debuts the Halo, a highly effective mic isolator. And speaking of mics, we review the Ear Trumpet Labs Josephine, a mic purpose-built for clean, beautiful onstage recording of vocals and acoustic ensembles.

This issue also includes reviews of the Eventide Anthology X plug-ins, Celemony Melodyne 4, the Maäg Audio EQ4M equalizer compared to its Brainworx/Universal Audio software counterpart, cool soundware reviews, and more.

All this plus our usual monthly features, a special report from Sweetwater’s GearFest 2016, First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, and more, makes this an issue you can’t afford to miss. Go live, go big, and go home with a great recording in hand... with the help of the August RECORDING!

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Ear Trumpet Labs Josephine (and Myrtle)   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The steampunk mic maker's first design gets a revamp, with impressive results... and one of its siblings comes over to play, too.

Cymatic Audio uTrack24   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

There's an alternative to using hardware multitrackers or a DAW when recording live music, and it's a real eye-opener.

EVE Audio SC203 Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

They're small, portable, packed with DSP goodness, and you can hook them up to just about anything: an exciting new entry into the world of desktop monitoring.

Audio-Technica ATH-E40, ATH-E50, and ATH-E70 In-Ear Monitor Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Long known for consumer in-ears, Audio-Technica steps into the pro world with impressive new designs in your choice of Cool, Wow, and Oh My Gosh.

Reviewed & Revisited: Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The H4n is a staple of many field recording toolkits, and the newest version raises the ante with improved sonics and a raft of added features.

Maag Audio EQ4M Dual Channel Mastering EQ   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A powerful and sweet-sounding EQ rack that does wonders in the extreme lows and in the rarefied heights of the "air"...

Reviewed & Revisited: Celemony Melodyne 4   |   Reviewed by Sven-Erik Seaholm

The world-famous tool for pitch and timing correction was already a miracle worker in version 3. How much farther can it go? Read on and see for yourself.

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

A bundle of 15 incredible effects from the era of classic digital magic, brought to you by the company that helped start it all.

Soundware Showcase: Heavyocity GRAVITY   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

A huge sample library combined with intuitive sound-shaping tools results in a truly amazing resource for scoring musicians and sound designers.

Soundware Showcase: KV331 Audio SynthMaster 2.8   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This virtual instrument is an open secret among discerning musicians and engineers around the world. It's time for you to join the club!

Aston Microphones Halo   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

It looks like something out of a science fiction movie... and what it does to outside noise is pretty close to science fiction, too.

Senal SMH-1200 Enhanced Studio Monitor Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

We were impressed by newcomer Senal's monitors, and these affordable and flexible studio headphones are a revelation as well.

Turn Your Next Gig Into A Live Album   |   Reviewed by Brian Marshak

If you're a musician who's just getting into recording but whose live shows pack in the crowds, you could benefit from a live recording... but it pays to know how to go about it, and what (and who) you should have handy when you do.

First Steps. Part 20: Mixing   |   Reviewed by Paul J. Stamler

Entire books and series of articles have been devoted to this subject, and the novice can be overwhelmed. Let's break down what goes into a mix, in a way that takes away the fear and opens your ears to the possibilities.


Record A Band On The Go   |   Written by Bill Stunt

When you're leaving the comfort of your studio to record a band on stage, in a rehearsal space, or other remote location, preparation is key. Here's a rundown of techniques and equipment you'll want to have close at hand.

Takin' It To Church!   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

An experiment in making use of a glorious-sounding recording space yields challenges, disappointment, and unexpected rewards.

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Recording Musician, Hear Thyself.

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