Acoustics and Monitoring

Room Acoustics,
Monitoring, Home Studios

On Mics and Miking

Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Bands, Drums, Percussion
Bass, Vocals

On Mastering

The Mastering Process
DIY Mastering

On Mixing

Drum Mixes
Mix Studio
Multiband Dynamics

for songwriters

Music Business
Production Techniques
Recording Demos

for your studio

From The Outside In
Studio Infrastructure

Upgrade Your Studio!

• Get big sound in your small space
• What studio furniture is best for you

Inside Abbey Road Studios—Interview with Mirek Stiles

Touring Real World and British Grove studios

15 New Reviews:

AKG • Arturia • Boss • Dynaudio • ErgoLab • ESI • Fishman • JUMPERZ • Luke Audio • Mackie • Radial Engineering • Sonarworks • Steinberg

Recording Magazine November issue cover
Arturia Audiofuse 8pre


Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre

Eight excellent preamps are just the beginning…

In our April 2018 issue, I reviewed AudioFuse, the first Arturia offering in the audio interface category. It took a while—the prototype was shown at Winter NAMM 2015—but in the end, the AudioFuse was worth the wait. Breaking the mold of conventional interfaces, it provided a wide variety of useful connectivity in a sturdy and self-contained package, as portable as it was powerful.

Perhaps the biggest AudioFuse surprise was the quality of its DiscretePRO preamps; the impressive specs on paper were matched by a truly sweet sound. In fact, AudioFuse preamp quality exceeded that of far more well-established competitors. It’s remarkable that Arturia could set such a high bar on its first release, having never built a preamp before. While AudioFuse did take three years to make it out the door, patient insistence on the best seems to have paid off for Arturia.  READ FULL REVIEW

Monitoring Room for Improvement


The basic principles of control room design start well before you start hanging acoustic treatment

Most of the articles we read on acoustic design of control rooms and studios seem to center around materials we might use to treat wall surfaces, including some tips about using those materials for fun and profit. In this article, I’d like to take a different approach, and present what I believe to be some basic principles of control room design.

You’ll find that these are actually pretty straightforward, and you can apply them almost anywhere, including your own home studio. And where you can’t apply them successfully, you’ll hopefully come to understand a little better what sort of problems you have, and how to cope with them more effectively. READ FULL ARTICLE


Osmose is available now for pre-booking at an introductory price.*

Sterling S400 and S450 Professional Studio Headphones

Sterling Ships S400 and S450 Professional Studio Headphones

PreSonus ATOM and Ableton Live Form World-Class Performance Setup

PreSonus ATOM and Ableton Live Form World-Class Performance Setup

CRAS Hosts an Evening with Legendary Pro Audio Console Manufacturer SSL

CRAS Hosts an Evening with Legendary Pro Audio Console Manufacturer SSL; Open to the Public (Nov. 20)

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: Jack Spann Title: Propaganda Man Genre: Rock


Jack’s submission is an action-packed adventure. As my dear friend Lorenz Rychner (Playback Platinum Series Editor/Producer) used to say, this one is “chockablock” full of sound sources, changing textures, and surprises in its rhythms and arrangement. As for the actual recording, things are somewhat a mixed bag. Through our monitors, we find the bass guitar to be too dominant in the mix, while the vocals exhibit compression artifacts… 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