Recording Magazine May Issue Cover


The May issue of RECORDING is all about great microphones and preamps. 



For preamps we sit down for a round table discussion with seven of the industries most respected preamp designers to let us know “What is a microphone preamp and why should I care?” [PURCHASE] Our look at preamps is rounded out with a brief preamp history from our own Scott Dorsey. [PURCHASE]

We have two great miking articles this month: Michael Nickolas offers our readers a how-to on stereo recording techniques [PURCHASE], and we have a story from our friends at Shure profiling musician Brian Holl, of Foreign Fields and Boy Bjorn, who used a single Shure Beta 87A microphone to record his entire album. [PURCHASE]

Two additional features focus on room acoustics with Part Two of James Lindenschmidt’s “Small Rooms, Big Sound” [PURCHASE], and Part Four of Bruce Black’s “Four Tools Of Acoustical Design.” [PURCHASE]


On the microphone side we have the return of one of the most famous microphones in history: The newly reissued Neumann U67 complete with side-by-side comparisons of two vintage specimens from the microphone locker of Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago, IL. We’ll also be looking at the Aston Stealth, an active dynamic microphone for studio and stage. From Vanguard Audio Labs, we’re evaluating the V4 Multi-Pattern FET condenser and its stereo cousin the V44S, and we’ll also be checking out the P-414, Peluso’s take on the classic 1970’s version of the AKG C414.

We also have a trio of preamps under review in the May issue: The Cranborne Audio Camden 500, the Useful Arts SFP-30 Microphone Preamplifier, and the MTP-66 Motown Tube Preamp from ACME Audio.

Additional reviews include a look at two models of Fostex headphones: the T60RP and TH909, and Presonus’ new ATOM pad controller.


We round out the issue with Darwin Grosse’s Part 17 of his Studio 101 Series [DOWNLOAD HERE], Readers’ Tracks with Engineer/Producer Marty Peters, and more!