Recording - January 2013 - 4

PUBLISHER: Thomas Hawley ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Brent Heintz

EDITOR: Lorenz Rychner ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Mike Metlay EDITOR AT LARGE: Beto Hale MÚSICO PRO EDITOR: Fernando Curiel

EDITORIAL

CONTRIBUTORS Paul Vnuk Jr., Darwin Grosse, Joe Albano, Eric Ferguson, Mike Rivers, Marty Peters SOCIAL MEDIA Brent Heintz, Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Ears Have It Or do they? You’d think that everybody has their monitoring sorted, for tracking in the control room, for letting performers hear what they’re doing while they’re doing it, for mixing—especially for mixing! But, to our neverceasing amazement, we get too many entries to our venerable Readers’ Tapes column and web feature where folks don’t mention monitors on the equipment list they submit. If something is not right in their mix and no monitors are listed, is there a connection? We suspect so. Now if the percentage of monitor-delinquent Readers’ Tapes is that high, can we deduce that a similar percentage of the overall readership has similar problems? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, it never hurts to be educated about something as important as hearing what you’re doing. So we put monitors and monitoring front and center for this issue. Joe Albano parses out what types of playback systems there are and how best to use them in the studio. Eric Ferguson continues his Recording Fundamentals series, this month again addressing monitors, from mains to minis to the famous (notorious?) Yamaha NS-10M. Mike Rivers goes into useful detail on the topic of headphone amps—an often overlooked studio tool that comes with many intricacies; get the right one and you’re set, get the wrong one and Frustration becomes your middle name. We’re starting the year on a high note when it comes to sticker prices for some monitors, headphones, and a headphone amp we review. Not safe for impulse buyers, the Trident HG3 monitor cabinets, the Sennheiser HD800 headphones, and the Grace Design m903 headphone amp are luxury items when viewed from the vantage point of the regular recording musician. Mike Metlay prefaces his Sennheiser review with the words “The headphone equivalent of borrowing the keys to the Bugatti for the weekend”... And Mike doubles up in the de-luxe department with the AKG K702 65th Anniversary headphones. Alfa, or Lancia? Mercedes, or Porsche? But while we do like to look at next-step-up gear, we’re also looking after readers with smaller monitor budgets who still need quality audio. This month we also bring you two ADAM Audio monitors that are reasonably priced—featuring ADAM’s innovative folded ribbon where other cabinets have circular tweeters—with a sidebar on audio-friendly speaker stands from IsoAcoustics. Paul Vnuk Jr. highlights in-studio uses for items that you might think are only aimed at the stage—Shure’s SE215 sound-isolating in-ear monitors. This generous survey of monitors and headphones rounds out our yearround effort to inform you about these indispensable studio tools. We began 2012 with a review of the Neumann KH120 (KH as in Klein + Hummel, now owned by Sennheiser/Neumann), and followed with monitoring products from KRK, Sonodyne, Shure, Pelonis, Cerwin-Vega!, Radial Engineering, Alclair, AKG, CAD—and that’s just the last twelve months. Didn’t they fly by, these last twelve months? With the AES show barely behind us (check out our report in this issue, starting on page 10), we’re already ramping up for NAMM in January. Stay tuned. This nominal January issue reaches a great many readers well before the holidays in December, so allow me to first point last-minute gift buyers to our iOS Tools reviews on page 58, and then to repeat the sentiments we offered in the December issue last month: Happy Holidays, and may you reach your goals in the New Year! Happy Recording!

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recording - January 2013

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Fade In.
Table of Contents
Talkback.
2012 AES Convention Report.
Universal Audio Apollo.
ADAM Audio F5 and F7 Monitors.
Earthworks ZDT 1022 Mic Preamp.
Trident HG3 Close Field Monitoring System.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition Headphones.
Grace Design m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier.
Monitors & Monitoring.
Lauten Atlantis FC-387 Condenser Microphone.
Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 13: Monitors Part 2.
PreSonus BlueTube DP V2.
Getting Into Your Head.
Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones.
Readers’ Tapes.
iOS Music Tools: Last-Minute Audio Gifts!
Sennheiser HD800 Headphones.
Advertiser Index.
2012 Annual Index.
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Recording - January 2013 - Fade In.
Recording - January 2013 - 5
Recording - January 2013 - Table of Contents
Recording - January 2013 - 7
Recording - January 2013 - Talkback.
Recording - January 2013 - 9
Recording - January 2013 - 2012 AES Convention Report.
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Recording - January 2013 - Universal Audio Apollo.
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Recording - January 2013 - ADAM Audio F5 and F7 Monitors.
Recording - January 2013 - 25
Recording - January 2013 - Earthworks ZDT 1022 Mic Preamp.
Recording - January 2013 - 27
Recording - January 2013 - Trident HG3 Close Field Monitoring System.
Recording - January 2013 - 29
Recording - January 2013 - AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition Headphones.
Recording - January 2013 - 31
Recording - January 2013 - 32
Recording - January 2013 - 33
Recording - January 2013 - Grace Design m903 Reference Headphone Amplifier.
Recording - January 2013 - 35
Recording - January 2013 - Monitors & Monitoring.
Recording - January 2013 - 37
Recording - January 2013 - 38
Recording - January 2013 - 39
Recording - January 2013 - Lauten Atlantis FC-387 Condenser Microphone.
Recording - January 2013 - 41
Recording - January 2013 - Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 13: Monitors Part 2.
Recording - January 2013 - 43
Recording - January 2013 - PreSonus BlueTube DP V2.
Recording - January 2013 - 45
Recording - January 2013 - Getting Into Your Head.
Recording - January 2013 - 47
Recording - January 2013 - 48
Recording - January 2013 - 49
Recording - January 2013 - Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones.
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Recording - January 2013 - Readers’ Tapes.
Recording - January 2013 - 57
Recording - January 2013 - iOS Music Tools: Last-Minute Audio Gifts!
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Recording - January 2013 - 60
Recording - January 2013 - 61
Recording - January 2013 - Sennheiser HD800 Headphones.
Recording - January 2013 - Advertiser Index.
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Recording - January 2013 - 2012 Annual Index.
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Recording - January 2013 - Fade Out.
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