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May 2013 (Digital Available)

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Spring is here and the birds are singing... and the May 2013 issue of RECORDING will have you singing as well, and tracking the best vocals you've ever captured! In this issue we bring you great reviews and fantastic features on the ever-popular topic of recording vocals.

Jim Anderson is a multiple Grammy(R)-winning engineer whose magic touch has graced records throughout the jazz world, from Branford Marsalis to John Zorn. In this issue, we interview Jim about his recording techniques for vocalist/pianist Patricia Barber's new album Smash.

We welcome a new author to our ranks, California-based songwriter/engineer Sven-Erik Seaholm, who takes us through the home recording process with an emphasis on great vocal tracks, from mic choice to final mix and with lots of great hands-on examples.

Vocal recording gear is in the spotlight as well, with reviews of the amazing new AT5040 vocal mic from Audio-Technica, the tube/solid-state LCT 940 from Lewitt, the Spark Digital USB mic from Blue, and the d:fine headset mic from DPA Microphones. New maker Moon Professional has its first preamp, the 3500MP, on test in the studio, and we look at vocal-friendly hardware and software from Toontrack, Noveltech, and CAD.

And that's not all! PreSonus has exploded into the speaker business with two new series of powered studio monitors, and we have the affordable Eris speakers up for listening tests; Eric Ferguson continues his look at the Sweet Spot in Recording Fundamentals; and we have a whole raft of other music product reviews for your pleasure.

So whether you're hunting for the best vocals or looking for other ways to improve your studio's sound, you can't afford to miss out on the May RECORDING!

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