Recording December Issue Cover

Holiday Buyer’s Guide

If purchasing that unique studio-focused gift for the audio engineer or musician in the family fills your relatives, loved ones, and friends with fear, fear not! The 2019 December issue of RECORDING is here for the holidays!


This month 56 audio manufacturers come to the rescue with fun, useful, and great gift suggestions for the recording musician in your life. The one thing that usually gives my family and friends pause when shopping for audio toys for the holidays is price. We capped our gift suggestions at $350, with many ideas falling well below that in the stocking stuffer range. Time to get your wallet out! [GET IT HERE]

The January 2020 Windows 7 support deadline is looming. This month our resident PC expert Devon Brent walks us through everything we need, and need to know about upgrading to Windows 10. [GET IT HERE]


Fifteen reviews this month cover a range of products for both modest budgets with items like the new MicroLab 25-key Controller from Arturia, the IK Multimedia UNO Drum Machine, and the SM21 AxeMount Dual Mic Clip from Royer Labs. We also have something special for those with champaign tastes with a look at the 2448 Mixing Console from API courtesy of Daniel Holter and Wire & Vice Studios.

In between, we look at the TC Electronic series of Icon Controllers and plugins, Dorico scoring software from Steinberg, and the new Abbey Road Studio 3 plugin from Waves. Scott Dorsey reviews the new Capture Series 914 analog audiotape from Splicit Reel Audio Products.

For microphones this month we have reviews of the Austrian Audio OC18 and the PodMic from RØDE.

Last, but certainly not least, we have reviews of The Kite valve-eq from Thermionic Culture and the 276 Dual FET Compressor from the UK Sound division of BAE.

And There’s More…

Engineer Marty Peters is back with Readers’ Tracks, Scott Dorsey tells us the recorded tale of Tubby The Tuba…no really!

There is a lot to unwrap in the December issue of RECORDING Magazine!