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October 2016

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What’s in your mic locker? That’s a question we’re answering in the October 2016 issue of RECORDING. Apart from monitors and room acoustics, a studio’s microphone collection determines its sound more than any other element. Recording musicians should first buy mics that are both versatile and affordable, then expand their lockers with more options as they gain experience... but which mics do they choose? REC's here to help!

It's always exciting to see and hear tried-and-true technologies coupled with the latest innovations; we'll report what these mics can do! Learn about the newest instrument mics from Audio-Technica, Aston’s multipattern Spirit, the NTR ribbon mic from RØDE, the first offering in Lauten Audio’s new Black Series, the reborn Soundelux U95, pencil condenser mics from Peluso, and the new V13 from new maker Vanguard Audio Labs.
Also in this issue: a look at the new Symphony MkII from Apogee, new and improved Scarlett interfaces from Focusrite, KRK’s ROKIT 10-3 G3 monitors, and more.

While everyone’s taste in mics is different, there are a fair number of classics that everyone can agree are great to have handy. Some are costly, but many are quite affordable... and exciting new mic technologies are turning up every day as well. In this issue, we’ll bring you a laundry list of mics worth investigating, from a huge variety of manufacturers all over the world. You’ll come away with a useful set of starting points for building your very own mic locker.

This issue also features Part 2 of Bruce Kaphan’s series on preparing for a successful mix, First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly columns, and more. If you want to get the most out of your mics, you’ll want to dive deep into the October 2016 Issue of RECORDING!

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Reviewed & Revisited: Apogee Symphony I/O MkII   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new user interface and improved I/O cards carry this world-class recording system to the next level.

Audio-Technica AE2300 and ATM230 Dynamic Instrument Mics   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

On guitar amp, toms, and snare drum, these dynamics pack a big punch into very small packages.

Lauten Audio LA-320 Tube Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first of the Series Black mics brings the essence of Lauten quality to a brand-new market.

Reviewed & Revisited: Soundelux U195 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famed condenser mic that started as a Soundelux, then became the Bock Audio 195, is now a Soundelux again, and it’s better than ever.

beyerdynamic TG D71c Condenser Boundary Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

If you haven’t felt the need for a boundary mic in your locker, this little powerhouse will change your mind in a big hurry.

Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone   |   Reviewed by George Petersen

A new mic maker brings a beautiful new tube mic to market, with a beautifully warm sound that’s not an imitation of any vintage mic.

RØDE NTR Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Australian mic giant releases its first ribbon, and the results are impressive.

KRK ROKIT 10-3 Generation 3 Powered Monitors   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

A very affordable way to bring the massive sound of 3-way midfield monitoring into any studio.

Peluso Microphone Lab P-84 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

There’s now an alternative to hunting around for vintage Neumann KM 84 mics. How authentic is the sound? Read on...

Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Ólafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

A beautifully atmospheric and tweakable piano brings instant movie-soundtrack lushness to your songwriting table.


A Rough Guide To Microphones   |   Written by Mike Metlay, Paul Vnuk Jr., and the Staff of RECORDING

Over a century of technology, 50 manufacturers, and ove 150 mics: a quick tour of the often-confusing world of mics, with excerpts from dozens of Recording reviews and suggested applications galore.

Prepare Your Mix! Part 2   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

Last month, we introduced you to the idea of a careful preparation process to speed up and improve your mixing workflow. This month, we finish the to-do list by looking at phase issues, EQ, dynamics, and more.

First Steps. Part 22: A Glance At Mastering   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

We could fill books with advice about mastering, and many great engineers already have. This month, we’re going to focus on three of the most important concepts to keep in mind about the mastering process: sequencing, trimming transitions, and the......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

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