• A Family of Mics Compared
• Capturing Classical Instruments
• In the Beginning: Spot Miking
Remixing and revisiting The Replacements Don’t Tell a Soul
Signal Path Templates for Home Recording
11 New Reviews:
Antelope Audio • Arturia • Austrian Audio• Focusrite • LEWITT • Manley Laboratories• Pearlman Microphones • RØDE • Roswell Pro Audio • UK Sound
Austrian Audio OC818 Multipattern Dual Output Condenser Microphone
A new hand built Austrian mic blends classic sonics with cutting edge technology
Austrian Audio is based in Wien—also known as Vienna. For decades, Vienna was home to one of the world’s oldest and most respected microphone companies, AKG. When AKG closed their Vienna headquarters and moved production out of Austria, all 35 employees chose to continue their passion for microphone design and construction, and Austrian Audio was born.
Out of the gate, Austrian Audio has two microphones on offer: the multipattern OC818 and the cardioid-only OC18. The OC818 on review here builds on its classic Austrian heritage and looks resolutely to the future with some unique options and features. Austrian Audio also makes headphones: the ‘Hi-X55 Over-Ear’, and the ‘Hi-X50 On-Ear’. READ FULL REVIEW
Gear For Your Starter Studio
So you have a good-sounding room. What should go into it, and why?
In the predecessor to this article, we concentrated on the first and most important part of any Startup Studio: the room. Now we can finally get to the gear that goes in the room, starting with the second most important piece of the puzzle: the monitors.
Note that in this article, the Editor is supplementing my concrete recommendations with some of his own, based on recent reviews in this magazine and on the track records of our other contributors, most notably Paul Vnuk Jr. The fact is, I haven’t heard everything on the market, and I prefer to recommend pieces I’ve actually heard, or whose close relatives I’ve actually heard. And that leaves a lot of latitude for very worthy gear that might otherwise go unmentioned here. 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: Talks to Bears Title: Phone Call (With a Chance of Sand) Genre: Ballard
“Phone Call (With a Chance of Sand)” is an eclectic rock tune to which Phil and Jaya bring a sort of Steely Dan meets David Bowie meets Talks to Bears vibe. Let’s dig in and see what’s what. Starting with the drums, Phil has assembled an effective pattern that drives and swings the song. We particularly like the brush/nylon stick snare, as well as the creative tom fills (such as the one in the intro). Moving on to the bass guitar—through our monitors… 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.