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Holiday Buyer’s Guide

Great Gift Ideas for Recording Musicians Just Like You!

DAW’s and Windows— A Windows 10 Upgrade Walk-Through

15 New Reviews:

API • Austrian Audio • IK Multimedia • RØDE • Royer Labs • Steinberg • Splicit Reel Audio Products • TC Electronic • Thermionic Culture • UK Sound • Waves

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Therminic Culture The Kite


Thermionic Culture ‘The Kite’ Stereo Equalizer

Fly in some great attitude with this British stereo tube EQ

Thermionic Culture is a British manufacturer of tube-based (‘valve-based’ in UK parlance) audio processors. The company is perhaps best known for its Culture Vulture tube saturation box, which we reviewed last year in its limited 20th Anniversary edition, alongside the Universal Audio Powered Plugin version.

This month we’re looking at the latest Thermionic Culture device: The Kite, billed as a “Stereo Equalizer with Attitude.” Like all Thermionic wares, The Kite is an all-tube device. READ FULL REVIEW

One Amp Three Mics


One Amp Three Mics

You’d be amazed at how many different tones you can get with so few tools!

Let’s talk about guitar tone (by this of course I mean electric guitar tone—who cares about the other kind? Just kidding).

I’ve always had a thing about electric guitars and old tube amplifiers. I have a small collection of old tube amps. The oldest one is a 1959 Gibson Explorer—solid pine, tweed covered, and, since manufacturers in those days used circuits verbatim as published in the RCA tube applications book, electronically and sonically identical to a 1959 Fender Tweed Deluxe… except for the fact that I paid $300 for it instead of the $2000 I would have shelled out had it said “Fender” on it. READ FULL ARTICLE

Eventide Qvox

Eventide Releases QVox Diatonic Pitch Shifter for iOS


PreSonus Releases Studio One 4.6 with Ampire

Strymon Iridium Pedal

Strymon pushes pedal design to wrap world-class amps driving perfectly-matched speaker cabinets in great-sounding rooms

Robbie Robertson’s Sinematic combines colorful sonic textures and masterful storytelling

Robbie Robertson’s Sinematic combines colorful sonic textures and masterful storytelling

Recording’s Readers’ Tracks is where respected engineer and producer Marty Peters listens to your recordings and critiques them, pointing out where and how you can make them better. Listen to the songs, read the reviews, and submit your own materials online via upload.


Artist Name: Joanne Cooper Title: No Matter What Genre: Folk


Joanne has submitted a lovely heartfelt ballad here that utilizes some convincing software-generated sounds. The piano, delivered via PG Music RealBand software, has a full tone that compliments the lead vocal. We’re also impressed with the sound of the RealBand strings that Joanne arranged for this track. It’s incredible how far things have progressed since the bad old days of cheesy string synths! But back to the vocals for a moment—Joanne has a perfect voice for… READ THE FULL REVIEW

REC’s six monthly Sound Advice bulletins offer great advice:

  1. On Vocals: Useful advice on recording the best vocals.
  2. On Guitars: Miked or direct, electric or acoustic, ways to capture great guitar sounds.
  3. On Drums: Great techniques for recording drums.
  4. On Mastering & Mixing: Practical mastering topics for at-home users and tips on how to mix better songs.
  5. On Acoustics: Learn how to make your room sound better.
  6. On Digital Audio: All about digital and computer audio.


Sound Advice Guitars Sample
Sound Advice Digital Audio Sample
Sound Advice Drums Sample