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September 2011

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Computers are everywhere these days, including the vast majority of our studios -- but for all the power and creativity they unleash, they can be frustrating, too. In the September issue of RECORDING, we bring you hands-on advice and solid reviews to take the pain out of your DAW work.
New contributor Jim Stamper takes us step by step through not one but three upgrades: rebuilding his PC, moving to 64-bit Windows 7, and upgrading his DAW to Cakewalk SONAR X1. Normally any one of these upgrades would terrify a novice, and doing three at once was a major project... but Jim's PC ended up as a screaming-fast system that could tackle formerly impossible music projects without breaking a sweat. Learn what worked and what didn't, and how you can accelerate your music making experience in your studio!
Another way to improve the sound quality and creative options in our computer-based DAW is with plug-ins, those handy and powerful add-ons that let us do all manner of amazing musical tricks. In this issue, we bring you over a dozen product reviews, including iZotope's amazing Stutter Edit, a look at cool new features in Spectrasonics Omnisphere, and as a special treat, a collection of four different approaches to software reverb. Plug-ins from companies like 2C Audio, Audio Damage, EastWest, PSP Audioware, Little Endian, Softube, Tone2, ValhallaDSP, and Vienna Instruments are among those we'll be breaking down in detail for your listening pleasure.
And that's not all! Ace arranger/orchestrator Gary Eskow talks about wrapping your head around sound libraries that can contain many Gigabytes of data and millions of samples; we review mics from Earthworks and Audix; the new Universal Audio 4-710d rack preamp/dynamics processor gets taken out for a spin; and we have some fun with Zoom's cute and powerful new R8 tabletop recorder/interface/rhythm machine.
All this and lots more will have you happily tracking and mixing, with or without your computer... and you'll find it all in the September RECORDING!
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Reviews

Zoom R8   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The R Series packs more punch into less space than almost any other computer-recording device out there... and the newest addition is the smallest and handiest yet.


We first reviewed Zoom's R16 in October 2009. When it first......Expand

Universal Audio 4-710d   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The TwinFinity preamp times four, with dynamics control, digital interfacing, and much more.


Although primarily known for its ubiquitous 1176LN and LA-2A compressors, as well as the UAD system of DSP engine-powered plug-ins,......Expand

Plug-In Outlet   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Mike Metlay

PSP Audioware N2O; Softube Tube-Tech Classic Channel; Tone2 Warmverb; Little Endian SpectrumWorx.


N2O is the chemical symbol for nitrous oxide (laughing gas), but it is also the latest plug-in from the software wizards at PS......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman

New features, new sounds, and fantastic new control options (including remote iPad control) enhance this genre-defining virtual synthesizer.


When we first visited Spectrasonics' Omnisphere virtual synthesizer (May 2009), thi......Expand

iZotope Stutter Edit   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

As much a musical instrument as an effects processor, this fascinating plug-in lets you play DJ-style musical edits from a controller keyboard.


Stutter Edit is an interactive plug-in designed by iZotope in partnership with f......Expand

Make Room For Your Music   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Every song needs a little space-add your own with 2C Audio Breeze, Audio Damage Eos, ValhallaDSP ValhallaRoom, and EastWest Quantum Leap Spaces.


When we record vocals or instruments in a room, the room impresses itself upon ......Expand

Once Over -- Reviews in Brief   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Audix M1280B miniature condenser mic and Micro Boom 24; Earthworks PM40 and PM40T PianoMics.


Some years ago (September 2004) I took an in-depth look at Audix's lineup of miniature microphones known as the Micros. While minia......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Instruments Pro and Dimension Brass.


You own one or more components of the Vienna Symphonic Library and you're considering purchasing the new VI Pro sample player? Stop considering -- you're b......Expand

Features

Surviving A Triple Music Computer Upgrade, 2011 Style   |   Written by Jim Stamper

A new computer, a new OS, and a new DAW, all at once -- and the results are spectacular. Here's how to survive (and prosper in) such a world-shaking set of changes.


Early this year I tackled my biggest DAW upgrade ever -- a ......Expand

Managing Large Sample Libraries   |   Written by Gary Eskow

When libraries have tens of thousands of samples over tens of Gigabytes, you'd better have a strategy for staying on top of them.


Ah, the good old days of sampling technology -- the early 1990s, say. They sucked, didn't they......Expand

It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights. Chapter 18: Digital Distribution Issues   |   Written by Todd Gascon with Bruce Kaphan

The business model for music payment is trying hard to get into the 21st Century... here's what you need to know about the new standards and practices out there.


Despite one of the worst recessions in recent U.S. history, th......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

Can There Ever Be Too Much Music?


The good news is, as you can see from the pages of Recording Magazine, that there are many tools available that make music creation a simple and easy process. The bad news is that there are ......Expand




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