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Miked or Modeled—Make it Great!
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TASCAM SERIES 8p Dyna
A well-connected and affordable eight-channel microphone preamp with built-in compression
The TASCAM SERIES 8p Dyna is a comprehensive eight-channel microphone preamplifier that features eight analog outputs via TRS or DB-25, dual S/MUX optical outputs, phantom power, word clock I/O, and simple analog compression on every channel. Its connectivity makes it an ideal candidate for growing studios... READ FULL REVIEW
A Beginner’s Guide to Miking Drums
Kit setup, working with the drum room, mic choice, and more!
One look at a professional multitrack track list should make the complexity and importance of capturing a good drum kit sound obvious. Even the most conservative approach to a good drum kit recording will consume at least three tracks, but more often… READ FULL ARTICLE
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: BlueRick Title: Meth Head Genre: Rock, Country, Reggae
Rock, country, reggae—that covers a lot of territory! First up, we feel the need to reassess Rick’s description of his submission. We’ve listened to a lot of reggae over the years, and none of it ever had this rhythm. Rock and country? Sure. Reggae? No. OK. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s look at some of the issues that are keeping this recording from its full potential. Sonically, there’s a large disparity between the snappiness and volume of the drums, juxtaposed with muddy bass and vocal tone, with the guitars somewhere in between. Starting with the programmed drums, the snare has a brittle sound. The tom fills, while nicely panned, are too loud in relation to the rest of the kit. The fact that the fills never vary lend a programmed vibe that could have been mitigated by occasionally changing the… READ THE FULL REVIEW
REC’s six monthly Sound Advice bulletins offer great advice:
- On Vocals: Useful advice on recording the best vocals.
- On Guitars: Miked or direct, electric or acoustic, ways to capture great guitar sounds.
- On Drums: Great techniques for recording drums.
- On Mastering & Mixing: Practical mastering topics for at-home users and tips on how to mix better songs.
- On Acoustics: Learn how to make your room sound better.
- On Digital Audio: All about digital and computer audio.