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February 2017

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There are as many ways to record vocals as there are singers, and itís always invigorating to discover new tricks and research new tools for making your vocal tracks sound their best. February is Vocals Month at RECORDING, and we have a great selection of in-depth articles and revealing reviews for our recording musicians.

This month we bring you a bevy of audio products designed to elevate your efforts: Vocal microphones, like the Josephson C715, ADK Z-800, or Chandler Limitedís first foray into mic design (a world exclusive), and vocal processors like the SPL DeS 500 Series de-esser, Eiosis e2deesser plug-in, or the venerable Manley VOXBOX vocal recording chain (in a head-to-head comparison with Manleyís licensed software VOXBOX for the Universal Audio UAD-2).

And thatís not all! Paul Vnuk puts the Slate Digital Virtual Mic System through its paces in real-world applications. We also feature reviews of Grace Designís new m108 remote-controllable 8-channel mic preamp, the new generation of Scarlett interfaces from Focusrite, great software from Output, Overloud, Applied Acoustics Systems, U-He, and more.

In this issue, Sven-Erik Seaholm goes back to church... specifically the beautiful sanctuary where heís experimented with tracking in previous sessions (and written about it in our pages!). Sven tells us about some truly amazing vocal tracking sessions and how he brought them to fruition.

Jeff Hamilton, producer of We Can Do Anything, the latest album by the Violent Femmes, talks about the albumís tracking and mixing process in an exclusive interview with Paul Vnuk.

All this plus Part 3 of Eric Fergusonís series on phase, Readersí Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly features, and more. Whether youíd like cool ideas on capturing vocals, or just an inside look at the latest and greatest recording tech, youíll find something to fascinate you in the February RECORDING!

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Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A hardware mic and preamp combine with modeling software to bring you eight vintage mics and two famous preamps... at least in theory. How do they sound in the real world?

Josephson Engineering C715   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This remarkable vocal mic offers a polar pattern thatís continuously variable with no electronics needed, a unique approach to plosive and resonance control, and much more.

SPL 1503 DeS 500 Series De-esser   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This little module takes a completely unique approach to de-essing, and the results are remarkable.

Chandler Limited EMI LTD Type REDD Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Chandlerís first mic, built for EMI Abbey Road Studios, is a groundbreaking mic/preamp combination with a sound thatís a modern classic. We interview creator Wade Goeke and hear from Abbey Roadís Mirek Stiles about what itís like for EMI to have i......Expand

Universal Audio Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip Plug-in for UAD-2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Twenty years ago, we reviewed Manleyís mindbogglingly powerful channel strip, and now weíre comparing the UAD plug-in version to the real hardware.

Grace Design m108   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

This rack preamp/interface brings the pristine Grace sound to any studio... times eight.

Reviewed & Revisited: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 and 2i4 Audio Interfaces   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman with Mike Metlay

The new Scarlett Range offers improved sound quality and wireless remote control.

ADK Custom Shop Z-MOD Z-800   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The newest ADK model is voiced like the famed Sony C-800, with a bright clear sound to match its gleaming chrome body.

Plug-In Outlet: Overloud REmatrix   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

If you know how to use a mixer, youíll instantly know how to use this powerful yet simple convolution reverb. Also: a review of the Imagined Spaces IR Pack.

Soundware Showcase: u-he Hive   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

The famed virtual instrument makerís newest offering is a powerful, easy-to-use synthesizer with lots of sonic possibilities... and if you donít like programming, we include a review of the Hive Science and Catalyst sound sets.

Preview: Placid Audio Resonator A and B Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Placidís mics are famous for quirky design and unique sound, and hereís a sneak peek at two new offerings.

Plug-In Outlet: Eiosis e≤deesser   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Eiosis never does anything the way ďmost folksĒ do it, and that unique approach is now available for sibilance control.


Jeff Hamilton Records the Violent Femmes   |   Interviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Femmesí new album was recorded on tour, in borrowed studios across the USA. The albumís producer explains how it all came together.


Redemption Songs   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

Drum recording in this particular church didnít work out as planned, but a return trip for vocal tracking turned out fantastic. Hereís how it was done.

Phase: A Primer. Part 3: Practical Solutions And Musical Phase Tricks   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

We wrap up our 3-part look at the power and peril of phase alignment with some practical considerations for the recording studio.

Fade Out   |   Written by Brian Marshak

There's No Silver Bullet.

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