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December 2016

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The winter holidays are coming up, and every recording musician’s dreams turn to cool new gear for the studio. Wouldn’t it be great to have a selection of recording products to choose from that have been reviewed by a trusted source and known to be great value for the money?

RECORDING’s December issue to the rescue! Our annual Buyer’s Guide is back, with a huge slate of great products. Remember that these aren’t press releases—they’re real mini-reviews, so you can buy with confidence. We’re bringing you over 30 products from (to name a few) API, Apogee, Eventide, GForce, Gibraltar, IsoAcoustics, Madrona Labs, Novation, RealiTone, Roswell Pro Audio, Samson, Shure, Tone2, Yamaha and Zoom! We’ll also have a slate of in-depth reviews of products from Avalon Design, Harrison, UBK, Ultimate Ears, and Westone, to name a few.

The gear joy doesn’t stop there: we’re also bringing you a wrap-up of the AES Convention in Los Angeles, with pages of new product announcements. And if that’s not enough, we have a double shot of Paul Stamler, with First Steps and an overview of great vintage mics that really should be brought back for an appreciative community.

All this plus Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly features, and more. Get yourself in the mood to give and receive with the December RECORDING!

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REC’s 2016 Holiday Buyer’s Guide   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay, Paul Vnuk Jr., Darwin Grosse, Gary Eskow, and Salo Loyo

Check out these mini-reviews of 25 eminently giftable products from API, Apogee, Aston, Gibraltar, Grove Hill Audio, IsoAcoustics, Madrona Labs, Modartt, Novation, Radial Engineering, RealiTone, reFuse, Roswell Pro Audio, Samson, Shure, Spitfire A......Expand

Ears On: Ultimate Ears UE Pro Reference Remastered   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Created in conjunction with the engineers at Capitol Studios, these in-ear monitors deliver stunning quality you can take anywhere.

Ears On: Westone AM Pro Series   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new approach to the problem of in-ear monitors isolating performers from their audience’s energy, with very musical results.

Avalon Design V5   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

What precisely is a DI-RE-Preamplifier? This is—and it does three vital studio jobs with plenty of style.

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

Tony Visconti pulled off an amazing studio trick when recording David Bowie in 1977... and it’s now available in plug-in form for a wide range of applications.

Reviewed & Revisited: Harrison Mixbus 32C   |   Reviewed by James Lindenschmidt

The beloved mixdown DAW now brings the sound of one of the world’s most famous consoles to Windows, macOS... and Linux?!


2016 AES Convention Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr. with Diana Smethurst

AES returns to Los Angeles for its 141st Convention, and we bring you a nice selection of new recording gear from the show floor.

I’ve Got A Little List   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

A recording engineer with decades of studio history dreams of nine mics (and one handy gizmo) that never should have gone away, and makes a holiday wish for their return.

Phase: A Primer. Part 1: What Is Phase?   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

Sound moving in air from source to microphone is simultaneously elegant and very, very messy. We unravel what’s going on inside sound waves as they travel, and why some of what we record sounds yucky until we move a mic a half inch...

First Steps. Part 24: Tremendous Trifles And Fond Farewells   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Two years of columns and a whole lot of knowledge later, our professor takes a bow and leaves us with a collection of handy hints for our recording success.

Fade Out   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

Ears Before Dollars: Listen Before You Spend.

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