Acoustics and Monitoring

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On Mics and Miking

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Bands, Drums, Percussion
Bass, Vocals

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Drums and Drumming

• Tuning Tips and Techniques

• Tracking Drums at Home


Our 400th Issue: Time flies when…


Make Music With Anyone, Anywhere. We’ll Show You How


12 New Reviews:

Baby Audio • Extinct Audio • Fabfilter • Fluid Audio • Heritage Audio • IK Multimedia • iZotope • Sonnox • Soyuz • T.H.E. • Toontrack

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Fabfilter Pro-Q 3 Flat Tilt


FabFilter Pro-Q 3

The ‘dynamic’ evolution of an industry  standard, top-shelf EQ plugin

Based in Amsterdam, FabFilter is widely known for creating some of the best plugins on the market. Its product line includes a range of bread and butter mixing essentials, as well as creative effects and synths.

Pro-Q has always been at the heart of the FabFilter lineup. Released in 2009 [followed by Pro-Q 2 in 2014], Pro-Q firmly established itself as an… READ FULL REVIEW

Recording Drums Then and Now


A historical walk through some of the greatest recordings of all time, and how you can recreate them today

In this article, I’m going to look at drum sounds from the hundred-year-plus history of music recording. I’ll examine some classics which set the aural standard for how we hear recorded drums. It’ll be a selective list; it will include only what I know (obviously) and what I could find information about from printed sources, album notes and photos, and of course the Internet. That’s perilous, since the information out there is often contradictory and sometimes just completely wrong. READ FULL ARTICLE

Vanguard V4 at Golden Globes

Vanguard’s V4s Sparkle For the 2020 Golden Globes

SSL Fusion TEC Award 2020

Solid State Logic Captures TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

Brad Divens

JBL Professional Announces Fixintogetmixin Masterclasses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Isoacoustics + psb speakers

IsoAcoustics and PSB Speakers Announce New Collaboration Ahead of Integrated Systems Europe 2020

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: John McCracken Title: It’s Been a Good Life Genre: Rock


John has submitted a well-written track here that features some nifty George Harrison-inspired guitar work under a great vocal performance. Over a basic but solid rhythm bed, the song comes alive via the guitars and John’s excellent vocals. The slide work is top notch here, great tone and intonation throughout the recording. Those of you who have ever attempted the melody slide style technique that George Harrison popularized can attest to the absolute precision required to avoid sour notes in performance. Adding a second part to harmonize along with it as John does here, requires some serious chops and that is precisely what John displays. Bravo! Both lead and harmony vocals are well recorded and balanced in the mix. While we are uncertain whether he used the Audio Technica ribbon or the Avantone tubeREAD 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