Welcome to the New Year! As they say, “The Beat Goes On,” and this month, we focus on it! Whether miking up an acoustic drum kit, programming your trusty beat machine or firing up your favorite virtual drum software, the January issue of RECORDING brings you the tips, tools and techniques you need to lay the rhythmic foundations of your latest masterpiece.


We have 14 product reviews this month, starting with the new and highly affordable PreSonus DM-7 drum mic set. To get the most out of your microphones, we look at two microphone preamps, the API 312 50th Anniversary Edition 500 series preamp and the Crescendo duo from SPL. For your ears, we listen to the Hi-X50 headphones from Austrian Audio.

In the drum machine department, we have the new Roland TR-06 Rhythm Performer, a modern take on the classic TR-606. We also look at the Roland TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer. While not a drum machine, the new Arturia KeyStep Pro can help get your sequences and beats dialed in.

We get deep into three reverbs this month, the Rooms stereo reverberator pedal from Death By Audio, Paragon, a true convolution reverb plugin from NUGEN Audio and a new AI-based smart:reverb from sonible. Also, in software, we have the new Parallel Aggressor plugin from BABY Audio, the Backbone Drum Re-synthesizer from Steinberg and big news from our friends at Ableton!

Finally, in the virtual drummer category, we have the latest Eddie Krammer Legacy of Rock SDX library for Toontrack Superior Drummer.

RECORDING Magazine Cover January 2021


For our interview this month, we go in the studio with one singer-songwriter/guitarist, one multi-instrumentalist/producer and one arranger/composer, who together make up the band Bright Eyes. Editor Paul Vnuk Jr sits down with Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott to learn about how the band crafted their latest album Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. [GET IT HERE]

Our second interview comes by way of Mark Hosnby’s Inside The Studio column as Mark interviews Carl Baldassarre about their work together on Carl’s latest string of releases. [GET IT HERE]




Kicking off this month, Session Log! Noted producer and engineer Marc Urselli returns to RECORDING with a monthly in-depth look at the making of AngelHeaded Hipster, a 26 song T.REX tribute album produced by the late Hal Willner, featuring U2, Elton John, Nick Cave, Joan Jett and many many others. This month it’s all about the drums. [GET IT HERE]

Joe Albano has drum replacement tips, tricks and suggestions in his Inside The Box column, engineer Marty Peters has new Readers’ Tracks, and Scott Dorsey keeps it clean! [GET IT HERE]

We got the beat in the January issue of RECORDING!