For over 20 years, this longest running of Recording Magazine’s columns has brought you critiques of recording technique for audio submissions from our readers all over the world. 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. Here’s to making the best recordings possible!

James Henderson

SPOTLIGHT 137: Take Time

Phone Call (With a Chance of Sand)

Derek Mok Pastoral Elegies Ablum Art

Murron MacClannough

SPOTLIGHT 136: Gallows

Studio Image: If I Voted For You by Mike Bernier

If I Vote For You

Cover Art - Deep In The Mine

Deep in The Mine

Past Readers’ Tracks



Sure, I'm Blue album cover

SPOTLIGHT 136: Sure, I’m Blue!

Gunner Wright Same Old Windows Album Art

Same Old Windows

Water and Trees Cover Art

Water and Trees


Graffiti Tree - album image

SPOTLIGHT 135: Anyday Now

Gretsch drum kit

Girl of My Dreams

Chapter V (Freedom)


Dave Hamon Mixed Emulsions Album Art

SPOTLIGHT 134: Dreaming of You

Cliff Jordan

Those Louisville Blues

Wayne Wilson

Song With No Name


Reminder-Merritt Harriss/Mountains & Valleys

SPOTLIGHT 133: Reminder


Highrise Sunset


The Wallpennies-Ooh La La

SPOTLIGHT 132: Ooh La La

readers' tracks

Raul Luccian – “Overseas”

Rockit Writer Art

Rockit Writer


Mr. Limbus "Wonderful" Cover Art

SPOTLIGHT 131: Mr. Limbus “Wonderful”

John W. Andrews / Richard D’Ambrosio - "Sweet Nicole"

John W. Andrews / Richard D’Ambrosio – “Sweet Nicole”

Margaret Medlock - "Absent Alibi"

Margaret Medlock – “Absent Alibi”


SPOTLIGHT 130: Nathanaries – “Moon”

Trace The Sidewalk - "Simply Livin"

Trace The Sidewalk – “Simply Livin”

Seth Jackson - "There Is No California"

Seth Jackson – “There Is No California”


SPOTLIGHT 129: Olita Duo - "Kitty Trot"

SPOTLIGHT 129: Olita Duo – “Kitty Trot”

Derek Mok - "Murron McClannough"

Derek Mok – “Murron McClannough”

Lewin Barringer - "Let's All Drive"

Lewin Barringer – “Let’s All Drive”



SPOTLIGHT 128: TolbertToz - "Good For The Night"

SPOTLIGHT 128: TolbertToz – “Good For The Night”

Feline Beacon - "Far Behind Me"

Feline Beacon – “Far Behind Me”

Aelyth and Leigh - "Liberty Wakes"

Aelyth and Leigh – “Liberty Wakes”


SPOTLIGHT 127: World Class Basement - "Soldiers"

SPOTLIGHT 127: World Class Basement – “Soldiers”

Jerico Niezen - Sea Walker

Jerico Niezen – “Sea Walker”

Thomas Lenihan - "Empress Of The Corn"

Thomas Lenihan – “Empress Of The Corn”


Phillip Broussard - Just Wanna Believe

Phillip Broussard – “Just Wanna Believe”

Paul Hodes/Calamity Jane - "I'm Holdin' Out"

Paul Hodes/Calamity Jane – “I’m Holdin’ Out”

SPOTLIGHT 126: BZ - Kills

SPOTLIGHT 126: BZ – “Kills”


Readers Tracks Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas All Our Dreams 1969

Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas – “All Our Dreams (1969)”

Readers Tracks Emma Howl

Emma – “Howl”


Al Duane psychosexuAL On The Outside

Al Duane/psychosexuAL – “On The Outside”

Mark Tabeling Don't Let Go

Mark Tabeling – “Don’t Let Go”


SPOTLIGHT 123: Lee Harry - "I'm Not Angry Anymore"

SPOTLIGHT 123: Lee Harry – “I’m Not Angry Anymore”

Tony Morgan Summer Love

Tony Morgan – “Summer Love”

David Newell I Know Your Secret

David Newell – “I Know Your Secret”


SPOTLIGHT 122 Pieces Second Hand Man

SPOTLIGHT 122: Pieces – “Second Hand Man”

David Howe The MAD Project Hurry Up And Wait

David Howe / The MAD Project – “Hurry Up And Wait”

John Bowen Twilight Side Of Morning

John Bowen – “Twilight Side Of Morning”


Frederick Crounse Tsadzu Loup Garou

Frederick Crounse / Tsadzu – “Loup Garou”

Patrick Palmer Innocent Mind This Life

Patrick Palmer / Innocent Mind – “This Life”

SPOTLIGHT 121 Nick Smith Wes Montgomery

SPOTLIGHT 121: Nick Smith – “Wes Montgomery”


SPOTLIGHT 120 Peter Hanmer Jenine Around Town

SPOTLIGHT 120: Peter Hanmer / Jenine – “Around Town”

Jerico Niezen Sea Blue

Jerico Niezen – “Sea Blue”

Kevin Hanna The John Toms Dilemma When The Going Gets Tough

Kevin Hanna / The John Toms Dilemma – “When The Going Gets Tough”


SPOTLIGHT 119 Clint Morrison Bow Chicka Wow Wow

SPOTLIGHT 119: Clint Morrison – “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”

Mark Bolton Big News Today

Mark Bolton – “Big News Today”

Joe Livengood Good Thing (Nod To Mott)

Joe Livengood – “Good Thing (Nod To Mott)”


SPOTLIGHT 118 Daniel Goldstein and Sara Umansky In Cobwebs

SPOTLIGHT 118: Daniel Goldstein and Sara Umansky – “In Cobwebs”

John Lewitt - The Reason Why

John Lewitt – “The Reason Why”

Readers' Tracks February 2018

Brian Roach – “Out of the Ether”


Readers' Tracks January 2018

Randy Prentice – “Sun Goes Down”

Alan and Alison Bews - A Dark Red Sky

Alan and Alison Bews – “A Dark Red Sky”

SPOTLIGHT 117 Larry Benigno Epiphone

SPOTLIGHT 117: Larry Benigno – “Epiphone”



SPOTLIGHT 116 Nate Morton Kenwood Anderson Rhinoceros Foxtrot

SPOTLIGHT 116: Nate Morton and Kenwood Anderson – “Rhinoceros Foxtrot”

Dave Simerick Different Kinda Perfect

Dave Simerick – “Different Kinda Perfect”


SPOTLIGHT 115 Ian Soelins So Far

SPOTLIGHT 115: Ian Soelins – “So Far”

Dan Depolito Make Your Own Kinda Music

Dan Depolito – “Make Your Own Kinda Music”

Robert Spencer When Im Bad Im Better

Robert Spencer – “When I’m Bad I’m Better”


SPOTLIGHT 114 Tim Franklin The Howdy Pilgrims Russian Gun

SPOTLIGHT 114: Tim Franklin / The Howdy Pilgrims – “Russian Gun”

Jamie Robinson Lucky 13

Jamie Robinson – “Lucky 13”


Readers' Tracks

Dan Crawford – “Great Shape For The Shape I’m In”

Jeremiah Brewer The Lights Of Love

Jeremiah Brewer – “The Lights Of Love”

Readers' Tracks

SPOTLIGHT 113: Stephen Henriques – “On My Way”


Sebastien Tardif and Mathieu LaBerge Big Western Ashville

Sébastien Tardif and Mathieu LaBerge / Big Western – “Ashville”

SPOTLIGHT 112 Tony Richards Hairy Johnny

SPOTLIGHT 112: Tony Richards – “Hairy Johnny”

Carlos Gomez SpeedyGeez Shes Gonna Miss You

Carlos Gomez / SpeedyGeez – “She’s Gonna Miss You”


SPOTLIGHT 111 Bobby Roberts Travis Smith If I Were You

SPOTLIGHT 111: Bobby Roberts / Travis Smith – “If I Were You”

Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas All Alone

Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas – “All Alone”

Darow Han Scorpion

Darow Han – “Scorpion”


SPOTLIGHT 110 Steven James King The Sun

SPOTLIGHT 110: Steven James King – “The Sun”

Roland Nipp Angels

Roland Nipp – “Angels”


Kevin Richard Touched

Kevin Richard – ” Touched”

SPOTLIGHT 109 Rant and Sly The Vehicle Butterflies

SPOTLIGHT 109: Rant and Sly / The Vehicle – “Butterflies”

Readers' Tracks

Ringo – “Burrito Time”


SPOTLIGHT 108 Todd Fifield Make it Like The First Time

SPOTLIGHT 108: Todd Fifield – “Make it Like The First Time”

Dan Davis Remembrance

Dan Davis – “Remembrance”

Mike Ringler Come Walk With Me

Mike Ringler – “Come Walk With Me”


Kevin Selph Suitcase Of Love

Kevin Selph – “Suitcase Of Love”

Alex Vann A Better Me

Alex Vann – “A Better Me”

SPOTLIGHT 107 Scott Owens String It Down

SPOTLIGHT 107: Scott Owens – “String It Down”


Rick Harper

Rick Harper – “Pretty Fool”

SPOTLIGHT 106 Peter Hanmer Distant Horizon

SPOTLIGHT 106: Peter Hanmer – “Distant Horizon”

Sjur Zeiner Gundersen Country State Of Mind

Sjur Zeiner-Gundersen – “Country State Of Mind”


Rick Grande Lost And Alone Again

Rick Grande – “Lost And Alone (Again)”

SPOTLIGHT 105 Andrew Zimmerman Zach Short Oceanic

SPOTLIGHT 105: Andrew Zimmerman / Zach Short – “Oceanic”

Mike Bender Mercedes in Hades

Mike Bender – “Mercedes in Hades”