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What's in YOUR locker?
It's always fun when I can open one of my
editorials with a couple of cool photos.
Paul Vnuk Jr. has been at it again, as you
can see. First there's a star array of ribbon mics
from (clockwise from the top right) AEA,
Cascade Microphones, Royer Labs, Cloud
Microphones, and sE Electronics. This comparison was done as part of the review process for
the mic at the very top: the new VL37 ribbon
from Samar Audio Design, which gave a pretty remarkable account of itself in the studio.
See page 48 for more.
Next, it's large-diaphragm condenser time!
This array features mics from the ultra-affordable
to the princely. At the top and at the bottom right
are the PGA27 and PGA181 from Shure, part of
the new entry-level PG ALTA line and reviewed
on page 60. On the bottom of the array are the
recently-reviewed Roswell Pro Audio Mini K47
and the well-loved Shure KSM44, and facing off
across the middle are the classic Neumann U 47
fet on the right, and the beautiful Saint Jean
Baptiste mic from Cathedral Pipes on the left
(reviewed on page 44).
Not shown in these photos: Audix's HT5 and
HT7 headworn mics, ADK's vibrant new Z-251
and Cremona 251-T, or the Lewitt DGT 650
mic/interface-which I got to test under fire and
enjoyed enough to feature in a selfie. All of these
mics are reviewed in this issue, which we've subtitled "Build Your Mic Locker."
While mixing consoles may be more photogenic (see my musings from last month), mics are
the iconic tools of the recording engineer. Mics
turn sound into electricity, and how that happens
dictates the quality of every note we record. The
combination of the perfect mic for the task, and the
one who knows how to use it, is a magical thing.
Note that "the perfect mic for the task" is not always the most expensive mic in the
locker, the one with the most cachet, or the one that worked on the last ten tasks you
used it for. The key to a great mic locker is diversity-a variety of different designs, each
with its own areas of strength. It's sensible to start building up your mic collection with
a couple of inexpensive ones that you'll never outgrow, and then flesh out from there.
Sven-Erik Seaholm and I walk you through the process on page 24.
Of course, the most expensive mic in the world won't help you if it's not placed properly. In our special report from NRG Studios in North Hollywood that begins on page 16,
Eric Ferguson returns to our pages after a much-needed vacation (two straight years of
Recording Fundamentals columns was a daunting task!) to chronicle mic choice and
placement for a jazz session. One warning, though: if you're a lover of vintage guitars,
have a hanky handy when reading....
Also in this issue: a slate of other great reviews, First Steps with Paul J. Stamler (see
page 68), and an enlightening mini-interview with gear goddess EveAnna Manley on
the development process for the new Manley CORE channel strip (see page 40). There's
one particular article, however, that merits extra-careful reading.
In "Studio Deliverables" on page 54, Aaron Trumm faces us with a painful truth: of all the
possible products that an artist can take out of a recording studio, the finished stereo mix
that's ready for the CD is probably the least valuable... and all too often, the stuff that's more
valuable isn't offered by the studio or asked for by the client. This article is essential reading, both for recording musicians who want the most from their studio time and for engineers
looking for ways to easily deliver products that their clients will find incredibly helpful.
As a final note, I'd like to welcome to our pages the readers picking up this issue at
the 139th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society in New York. Stop by our booth
and say hello, I'd love to meet you!
Enjoy the issue.

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