Steve Vai in the studio.
Fans of the ’90s classic Allen Sides Microphone Cabinet reference CD-ROM have reason to rejoice: It’s now available for your iPhone. Produced by legendary guitarist, songwriter, and producer Steve Vai, using Sides’ microphone collection at Ocean Way Recording studios in Hollywood, the Ocean Way Microphone Locker app makes it a snap to find the ideal microphone for your tracking project. “When the app revolution hit, I remembered that great CD-ROM and knew it would make an extraordinary app,” says Vai, who secured the rights for the CD-ROM contents and worked with renowned engineer and microphone authority Allen Sides, along with Metal Sidecar, LLC to build the app. “You can actually access Allen’s mic collection and match them with a complete range of musical instruments. You get tips on the best miking techniques and can listen to samples played by top session cats like Hal Blaine on drums.” The app demonstrates ways to pair the right microphone with the right instrument, along with optimum placement, and includes a comprehensive list of 66 microphones and 33 instruments, with diagrams and specs. Ocean Way Microphone Locker is available for $9.99 at iTunes.