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October 2008

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In our October 2008 issue we look at the state of modern DAW software, with update reviews, commentary, and in-depth discussions of seven major systems. There’s also a hands-on article about templates in Pro Tools, really cool mix tricks for vocal tracks and drums, a slew of cool reviews, Readers’ Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. You won’t want to miss it!


Song Production in Pro Tools Part 10: Mixing Instruments   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

Our mix of our demo song continues... from the drums (last month) to the vocal (next month), we take care of everything in between.

Recording’s Vocal Column   |   Written by David Alexander

Our look at the basics of vocal mixing continues with time-based effects.

Recording’s Bass Column   |   Written by Dave Martin

Part 2 of our analysis of famous bass tracks takes us to 1982, and Toto’s “Rosanna.”

Recording’s Drum Column   |   Written by Marc Urselli

More major-studio techniques for small studios—this time, for mixing.

State Of The DAW   |   Written by Darwin Grosse, Kevin Fletcher Tweedy, Devon Brent, Mike Metlay, Bob Emmet, Giles Reaves, Mark Hornsby, John Rossi III, and Jim Combs

It’s late 2008. Do you know where your audio software is? Upgrade and status-quo reports on ACID Pro 6, Cubase 4, Live 7, Logic Pro 8, Pro Tools 7.4, and SONAR 7, plus a full review of Digital Performer 6.

State Of The Operating System   |   Written by Devon Brent and Darwin Grosse

And while we’re at it, what’s in the crystal ball for Windows and Mac OS X?

In The Studio: Setting Up A Session Template In Pro Tools   |   Written by Greg Ogan

A Pro Tools engineer with a star-studded résumé explains his secrets for being fast and creative right out of the starting gate.

The Best Of Both Worlds   |   Written by Rick Barrio Dill

In Part 4 of our ongoing series, it’s Old School vs. New School in a battle to bring out a cool “chatter” element in a snare track....Expand


Apogee Symphony System   |   Reviewed by Justin Peacock

A high-powered PCIe card and flexible routing software turn any Mac Pro into a world-class multichannel audio machine... with latency so short it breaks the sound barrier.

Little Labs Lmnopre Mic Preamp   |   Reviewed by Paul J. Stamler

Exceptional specs and a smooth, musical sound make this modern design a standout.

Plug-in Outlet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Nick Casares

Chandler Limited/Abbey Road TG12413 compressor/limiter; Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp.

Kel Audio HM-2D   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

A large-diaphragm condenser with an unusual warm character.

Blue Snowflake   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

A portable, convenient, fine-sounding, and terribly cute USB mic.

Recording’s Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow and Devon Brent

Art Vista Virtual Grand Piano 2.0; Tone2 Gladiator.


The Making of Ocean Way Drums   |   Interviewed by Jorge Patrono

Ocean Way, famed studio of multiple Grammy winner Allen Sides, hosted a number of amazing drum recording sessions with the intent of creating the finest drum sample library ever. Session engineer (and Grammy nominee) Steven Miller explains how it ......Expand

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