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Whether it’s Blues, Rock, Country, Soul or Pop, the electric guitar holds a special place in the world of music, whatever the genre. Catching its character is a never-ending challenge for recording musicians, and our July 2019 issue is all about the tools and techniques they need to record their axe’s greatness!



There are dozens of microphones well suited to record guitar cabs. Which one is best for you?  We go right to the source by asking 37 of the industry’s top microphone manufactures what their mic choice is to capture that illusive tone. [GET IT HERE]


A guitar issue needs reviews of guitar gear and we have it. We go beyond the pedal board and into the studio with effects pedals from Boss, GFI Systems and Strymon.

Reviewer and guitarist Alex Hawley looks at IK Multimedia’s new AXE I/O 2×5 guitar-focused audio interface, and he also dives into the world of virtual amp modeling with STL Tones from STL Tonality. We also get a quick once over of IK Multimedia’s iRig Stomp.

In addition, Editor Paul Vnuk Jr. gives us his impressions of Lauten Audio’s new LS-308 microphone as well as the new LCT-40 Match pencil condenser from LEWITT. We round out our reviews this month with a dual review from Paul and mastering engineer Justin Perkins with their thoughts on the new A17-M monitors from PSI Audio.


We have three guitar-centric interviews this month! First we chat with Engineer Vance Powell on capturing classic rockabilly sounds on the brand new album 40 by the Stray Cats — their first new album in 26 years.

Then author Sam Blanchard talks to twenty year-old blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and his production team about his debut album on Alligator Records, Kingfish.

Next in line is Mike Metlay’s discussion with producer/engineers Howard Benson and Mike Platnikoff about how they brought their favorite guitar sounds to the STL plug-in mentioned above. [GET IT HERE]


Deal With The Devil

From the dawn of early microphone technology and recordings, author Sam Blanchard takes us on a journey through the history of blues recording and today’s resurgence of this vintage sound in modern music. [GET IT HERE]


And There’s More…

This issue also features Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, our regular monthly features, and more. Whether you’re looking for the best possible guitar sounds or elevating your game in other recording areas, you can’t afford to miss the July 2019 issue of RECORDING!