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May 2017

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“It’s as easy as putting a mic in front of an instrument,” right? At RECORDING, we know that there are as many ways to mic instruments as there are microphones, instruments, players, and rooms... and there are always new tricks to be learned. With that in mind, our May issue focuses on the fun and challenges of miking instruments.

Paul Bryan was kind enough to chat with us about the creation of Aimee Mann’s new album Mental Illness. He walks us through the ups and downs of capturing authentic energy in a tight space and the songwriting and recording secrets that give Aimee her unique sound.

We also have articles from Paul Vnuk Jr. and Sven-Erik Seaholm on unusual miking tricks that can really make a session, and Aaron J. Trumm talks about the DIY approach to home studio percussion tracking.

You can’t mic instruments without good mics, and we bring you a fine selection of quality offerings this month. In addition to the P-67 condenser mic from Peluso and LEWITT’s affordable, great-sounding LCT 440 PURE, we also dive deep into the incredible ADK Sigma Chi instrument miking system, and cover the multi-voiced Lauten Microphones Eden with an in-depth review and interviews with designer Brian Loudenslager and famed engineer Fabrice “Fab” Dupont, who consulted on the Eden’s voicings.

We also have reviews of new interfaces by Apogee and ESI, headphones by Audeze, elysia’s latest 500 Series compressor, and Radial Engineering’s McBoost microphone amplifier, among many other great products.

In this issue, “First Steps” author and educator Paul Stamler returns to our pages to teach us about what goes into a condenser mic and what makes it special. We also feature our usual monthly columns, Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, and more. If you’re hungry to learn more about instrument mics and miking, don’t miss the May RECORDING!

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Lauten Audio Eden LT-386   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This tube condenser mic, with its three switchable voicings, brings the essence of vintage recording to the modern studio. Creator Brian Loudenslager and producer/engineer Fab Dupont explain what went into the design process, and we review the res......Expand

3 Zigma Audio CHI Microphone System   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

CHI stands for Capsule/Head-amp Integration. What does that mean? It means that two mic bodies plus nine capsules equals infinite possibilities for instrument miking.

Apogee Element 88 and Apogee Control   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Apogee’s newest interfaces are pure preamp and conversion excellence in a box—made more affordable by leaving all of their controls in software, or on a beautiful optional remote control.

LEWITT LCT 440 PURE   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This no-frills mic brings the Austrian mic maker’s signature clarity to a previously unheard-of level of affordability.

Ears On: Audeze EL-8 Open-Back Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Planar magnetic drivers are the signature element in the phones made by this audiophile builder, now taking its first steps into the pro audio world with this amazing headphone.

elysia mpressor 500   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first single-channel 500 Series module from elysia provides exceptionally clear and flexible compression in an elegant package.

Once Over—Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

ESI U22XT and UGM96 audio interfaces; Clear Tune Monitors Vintage Series VS-3 in-ear monitors; Radial Engineering McBoost; Wasaphone Signalman microphone.

Peluso Microphone Lab P-67   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Paying tribute to the classic U 67, this tube condenser mic offers a smooth and thick sound that’s unlike other new-vintage fare.


Paul Bryan and the Making of Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness   |   Interviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The ninth album from the award-winning singer/songwriter was recorded and produced in producer/engineer Paul Bryan’s modest studio, and sounds simply gorgeous. We get the lowdown on what went into this beautiful record.


Upright Bass... Without An Upright Bass!   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This neat miking trick lets you simulate the sound of a double bass without having a double bass (or someone who plays double bass) in the studio.

Ukulele-ing It Down   |   Written by Sven-Erik Seaholm

The ukulele has made a huge resurgence in recent years, appearing in all kinds of modern music genres. Here’s a quick primer on the instrument and how best to capture its sound.

How Mics Work—Part 1   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

In the first part of this series, we learn what a “condenser” is, and what it’s doing in our microphones.

Keeping The Rhythm: DIY Drums. Part 1: Acoustic Drum Miking Tricks   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

Don’t have a huge drum room or a fantastic kit? That shouldn’t stop you from getting a great drum sound on your songs. Here are some sensible suggestions and off-the-wall ideas for miking up a great drum track even when you don’t have great drums.......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

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