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RECORDING MAGAZINE OCTOBER

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Once More, With NRG.

The up-and-coming maker of mics that are as stunning
to look at as they are to listen to premieres its first
solid-state design.

A jazz session at North Hollywood's famed NRG
Studios begins with mic choice and mic placement.
Follow along as we delve into the details of how
the magic's captured.
BY ERIC FERGUSON

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BY SVEN-ERIK SEAHOLM AND MIKE METLAY

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REVIEWS BY MIKE METLAY

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First Steps. Part 10: Beyond The Boost-
Mic Preamps II.

Samar Audio Design VL37 Ribbon Mic.
A unique look and a sparkling new sound hint at a
fresh direction for ribbon mics.
REVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.

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Retro Instruments Doublewide 500
Series Tube Compressor.
This variable-Mu compressor packs in so much tube
goodness, they had to make it twice as wide...

BY AARON TRUMM

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Gibson Pro Audio Les Paul 4 and Les
Paul 6 Reference Monitors.
Behind the sexy flamed-maple fascia lurks a powerful,
competent monitor worthy of any small studio.

Studio Deliverables.
If a band walks out of the studio with a finished
track ready for a CD and nothing else, they've been
cheated out of many more useful products they
should be taking home. Essential reading for
recording artists and studio owners alike!

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REVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.

Build Your Mic Locker.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Here's a buyer's
guide to mics from under $100 to over $3000, broken
down by mic type and application. There's a little of
everything!

Cathedral Pipes Saint Jean Baptiste
Vintage FET Microphone.

REVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.

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There's a lot more to a good preamp than adding gain
to a signal; in this column, we'll go deeper and look at
all the other functions preamps bring to the table.

Audix HT5 and HT7 Over-Ear Condenser
Microphones.
Stage and speaking gigs require a mic that mixes
reliable audio with unobtrusive looks and comfort.
REVIEWS BY PAUL VNUK JR.

BY PAUL J. STAMLER

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Lewitt DGT 650 and Lewitt Recorder
for iOS.
Many products claim to be complete USB/iOS
recording solutions, but this package puts it all
together in spectacular fashion.

Apogee Groove.
High-quality digital audio playback doesn't get
much smaller or handier than this.

REVIEWS BY MIKE METLAY

REVIEW BY MIKE METLAY

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ADK Custom Shop Z-MOD Z-251 and
T-FET Cremona 251-T.

These two solid offerings showcase the new PG
ALTA line of entry-level mics.

The tube Z-MOD and solid-state T-FET mics say
"Yello!" with a pair of designs that echo the iconic
Telefunken ELA M 251.

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REVIEWS BY PAUL VNUK JR.

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Focal Trio6 Be Monitors.
These 3-way monitors combine world-class performance
with a hidden trick... they're also 2-way monitors!
REVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.

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Shure PGA27 and PGA181 Condenser
Microphones.
REVIEWS BY PAUL VNUK JR.

regulars
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Fade In.

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Talkback.

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Fast Forward.

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Readers' Tapes.
BY MARTY PETERS

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Manley CORE Reference Channel Strip.
We test out this new preamp/compressor/EQ/limiter,
and interview EveAnna Manley about the design
decisions that led to the CORE's combination of low
cost and exceptional quality.
REVIEW AND INTERVIEW BY PAUL VNUK JR.

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Fade Out.

COVER DESIGN BY SCOTT SIMMONDS
COVER PHOTO BY PAUL VNUK JR.

The Making Of West Side Story.
GUEST EDITORIAL BY SCOTT DORSEY

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Contents
Recording - October 2015 - Intro
Recording - October 2015 - Cover1
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Recording - October 2015 - 1
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