The December Issue of RECORDING means that the holiday season is upon us, and with that, we get super-duper sales and the giving and receiving of gifts. It’s often difficult for musicians and engineers to articulate our gear desires and needs to our civilian friends and family, especially for someone interested in piecing together their first recording setup.
RECORDING’s annual Holiday Buyers’ Guide is here to help!

The 2020 RECORDING Buyers’ Guide

This year we focus on the gear you need to kick start your studio – Interfaces, Microphones and Headphones. We ask the Pro Audio industry: What is the best entry-level interface, microphone or headphone in your lineup and why. Come find out what they recommend! [GET ITHERE]


We have twelve reviews this month to unwrap. In microphones, we have the new TF11 from TELEFUNKEN-Electroakustik, the WA-87 R2 from Warm Audio, the CM47LE from Advanced Audio, and the Stellar X2 and X2 Vintage from TZ Audio. We get up close and personal with the Strymon Nightsky pedal, and a brand new analog-tape echo, the EF-X2 from Echo Fix in the effects department. In other hardware, we have the PreSonus ioStation 24c audio interface/controller, a brand new audio interface from our friends at Avid and the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter. For software, we find out what’s new in the RX 8 software suite from iZotope, and then we look at the super-fun, super unique Super VHS plugin from Baby Audio.

RECORDING Decmber 2020 Cover


Our interview this month focuses on The Dirty Knobs. We spoke with bandleader, guitarist and songwriter Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Mudcrutch) about recording the band’s debut album Wreckless Abandon at Mike’s home studio with legendary producer George Drakoulias and noted engineer Martin Pradler. [GET IT HERE]



This month in our Inside the Box column Joe Albano offers his timely advice for picking out the best audio interface for your needs. [GET IT HERE] Producer Mark Hornsby reminds us the people hear what they see in his Inside the Studio column [GET IT HERE], and engineer Marty Peters has a new section of Readers’ Tracks, and more!
Be part of the holiday cheer in the December 2020 issue of RECORDING!