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September 2009

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This September, we get caught up on the world of recording software with a comprehensive look at the multitrack DAW packages currently on the market. It's hard to keep up on this stuff, so we combine reviews of recent upgrades to some of the major players -- Cubase, SONAR, and Pro Tools -- and talk about the current state of the art for many other players. You'll read about newcomers to the DAW world and some less-known but remarkable options available to recording musicians, including a walking tour of Acoustica Mixcraft 4, a strong contender at the entry level for Windows PCs.

We also discuss current trends in computer hardware, mention upcoming OS trends, offer a great article on drum replacement in Pro Tools using Beat Detective, and talk about moving audio projects between DAWs. We even have reviews on computer interfaces, control surfaces, and an inexpensive and unusual product that costs less than $30 but could save you thousands...!

If you're not all that into computer recording, fear not... there's a marvelous article on getting the famous Mark Knopfler/Robert Cray bluesy Strat sound in your recordings, over a dozen reviews including new speakers and an intriguing new large-condenser microphone, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, an interview with a home-studio ace who's now scoring not one but two major TV series, and much more. Whether or not you make your music with a computer, you'll find stuff to make you think, try new ideas, and come away smiling... all in the September RECORDING!

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Reviews

PreSonus FireStudio Tube   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

Tube preamps add character to a flexible FireWire interface.


Building a project studio can entail a lot of purchases. A minimal “modern” system needs a number of different products: computer audio interfaces, several differe......Expand

M-Audio Studiophile CX5 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

A new biamplified monitor brings big sound to budget rooms.


The bi-amped and magnetically shielded CX5 sits in the middle of the Studiophile range from M-Audio, a new design that supplements but does not replace the company’......Expand

Gauge ECM-87 Microphone   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

A classic look at an affordable price—does the sound deliver?


Quick—take a look at this mic. Can you tell me what it is? Surprise—you are looking at the Gauge ECM-87. With a body shape (and even a model number) meant to remi......Expand

Acoustica Mixcraft 4: A Walking Tour   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

This entry-level DAW packs one heck of a punch, and we have a fully-mixed song created in our first two hours to prove it!


I was first introduced to Mixcraft at Winter NAMM in 2008. From the time that I got to play with it t......Expand

Korg nanoSERIES Controllers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Real control that fits in your laptop bag


Let’s say you have a successful computer recording rig and you’re interested in going mobile. You want to be able to offer some of the same services you have in your home studio to y......Expand

Echo Indigo DJx and IOx   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

The Indigo experience—slimmer, faster, sexier


Many recent articles in Recording Magazine have discussed mobile applications of recording. Given that most laptops are fully outfitted with USB and FireWire ports, the mobile en......Expand

KB Covers   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Educate yourself, protect your Mac


KB Covers are just that: covers custom-fitted for recent-model Apple keyboards, made of soft silicone that drapes over the keys to keep out dirt, liquids, and debris. They’re available in a......Expand

Interviews

From Home Studio To Network TV—An Interview with Jan Stevens   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Jan Stevens creates audio for everything from Scrubs to Samantha Who?, and he does it all from home. How? We ask -- he tells.


The music you hear on television these days rarely was recorded on the “sound stage” of yesteryear......Expand

Features

The DAWs of 2009   |   Written by Paul Vnuk Jr., John Rossi III, Mark Hornsby, and Mike Metlay

It's all here -- upgrade reviews for Cubase 5, SONAR 8, and Pro Tools 8, an overview of current computer-recording offerings, a look at future prospects, and a quick survey of developments in hardware and operating systems. A snapshot of the state......Expand

RECORDING's Drum Column   |   Written by Mark Hornsby

In this month’s Drum Column we start a 2-part look at making drums behave in your Pro Tools DAW. Mark Hornsby’s ready with the enlightenment...


Of the numerous ways to edit drums in Pro Tools, the most immediate one that com......Expand

RECORDING's Guitar Column   |   Written by Joe Albano

We wrap up our series on famous guitar tones with a sound made famous on many blues and rock hits. Let’s get out... of phase, that is.


This month we’re going to look at one very specific tone from one specific guitar—the fam......Expand

DAW Details   |   Written by Gary Eskow

In this month’s DAW Details, Gary Eskow does a friend a favor, and finds out the hard way that moving files from one audio program to another isn’t always trivial....


Are you one of those highly experienced engineer types wh......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Tears Of Blood And Rage.


Recently I was discussing an upcoming computer upgrade with my systems-administrator friend Mike Beebe and asked for feedback on what to expect. Mike looked at me for a moment and then said in the so......Expand




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