Writer-musician Dave Hunter has published a new book, The Home Recording Handbook, ($29.99), through publisher Backbeat Press and distributed through Hal Leonard Books.
With a microphone, some headphones and monitors, says Hunter, “anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release.” Hunter’s book aims to help the reader “harness all that vast potential” for putting the prosumer recording gear to good use.
Hunter details how to make “pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets” or off-site studios, stepping readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering processes, and showing how to do it with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.
2012 NAMM Show: Recording microphone manufacturer MXL has announced the upcoming release of the Trio, the latest in the iPad-compatible USB condenser microphones. The Trio, which also works with PC and Apple computers, is specially designed to also work with both versions of the iPad (1 and 2).
Made with a rugged all metal design, the Trio is designed with the traveling recording artist in mind, as well as podcasters and consumers who want web chat using services like Skype, with high quality voice reproduction.
The Trio allows users to record on-the-go into their iPad using the Camera Connector Kit. A zero latency headphone jack is built into the body of the microphone. The user plugs their headphone directly into the mic to monitor their recording, a feature not all USB mics have.
PC and Mac® OS compatible
Ideal for vocals & podcasts, web & video chats
Built-in high fidelity headphone jack
The MXL Trio will be available in late January 2012, with an MSRP of $99.95.
Apogee Electronics has introducedMike, described as “the most compact studio quality USB microphone available for iPad, iPhone and Mac”.
No love for Windows users, apparently.
Here’s what Apogee has to say about Mike:
Mike by Apogee is an extremely portable, easy-to-use and powerful microphone for use with GarageBand on your favourite iOS devices.
Finally, you can capture your best take with incredible quality, wherever your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to vibraphones, acoustic to lap steel guitars, pianos to percussion and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad with GarageBand. With the unique flexibility to also plug Mike into your Mac, the possibilities of recording are endless.
“With Mike, GarageBand and an iPad,” says Betty Bennett, CEO of Apogee Electronics, “Customers can record vocals and acoustic instruments with their iOS devices anytime, anywhere, and sound fantastic.”
IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.
C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.
VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.