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June 2012

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It's the Summer of Soundware at RECORDING -- our June issue is packed full of great reviews on virtual instruments, sample libraries, and notation software for your studio and stage needs.

Notation software has come a long way from the bad old days of cutting and pasting notes on a staff. Modern packages make arranging charts and scores a breeze, and come with powerful, great-sounding sample libraries that let you hear what you've notated in fantastic quality. Lorenz Rychner begins an ongoing survey of the current offerings with in-depth look at Finale and its associated Garritan libraries.

Virtual instruments make huge strides every year, and you can't turn around without running into a new sample library to suit any genre or application. Whether you work with straight samples, or prefer to work with libraries in Kontakt, ENGINE, Ableton Live, Alchemy, M-Tron Pro, or other sample playback engines, we have something for you in June. Check out reviews of the latest and greatest from MOTU, Steven Slate Drums, Toontrack, Applied Acoustics Systems, Camel Audio, Best Service, and more!

And that's not all. Stepping outside the realm of soundware, we bring you fantastic reviews of Sennheiser's new MK4 condenser mic, portable audio (and video!) recorders from Olympus, intriguing mics from Swedish maker Milab, and an in-depth look at new features in PreSonus Studio One version 2.

Add in fascinating interviews, technique articles on everything from choosing mics to jumping between analog and digital recording, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and our regular monthly features, and you have an issue that's guaranteed to knock your socks off. In the virtual world or miking instruments in the studio, the June RECORDING has just what you need!

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Reviews

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This new physical modeling plug-in takes percussion design to a new level. Also: The KitNetix sound expansion set.

Physical modeling synthesis is a technique that uses scientific equations to create playable computer models of both ......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: PreSonus Studio One 2.0   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

What a difference an update makes -- from exciting newcomer to serious DAW contender.

We introduced our readers to Studio One in our August 2010 issue. In that review, I noted that while the computer-music world was full of DAWs, th......Expand

Toontrack EZkeys Grand Piano   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Songwriters in need of a good piano, and a good player to turn chord charts into music, take note.

Toontrack established a reputation for plug-ins that provide tremendous flexibility and power, like the Superior Drummer virtual drum......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Gary Eskow

A cornucopia of content! Check out these great sound expansion libraries by Best Service, Detunized, Camel Audio, Ilya Efimov, and GForce.

Just one example of what's in this article:

Detunized is a German soundware fi......Expand

Steven Slate Drums 4.0   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The acclaimed drum sample library is back with an all-new playback/mix engine.

We have looked at quite a variety of Steven Slate products over the past few years, both in the areas of hardware (the Dragon dynamics processor, reviewe......Expand

Sample Magic Electro and Hed Kandi: Disco House Samples   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A well-established soundware maker says goodbye to DVD releases... and hello to polyester bellbottoms?

Having established itself in the market as far back as 2006, UK-based Sample Magic has distinguished itself as a one-stop shop fo......Expand

MOTU MachFive 3   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

This powerful sample player's new version adds so much content and workflow improvement to an already great platform, it's practically a new program.

Samplers have come a long way in a relatively short time. It wasn't long ago that ......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: audiobro LA Scoring Strings 2.0   |   Reviewed by Gary Eskow

This marvelous string library has come a long way, with very cool new features.

We reviewed LA Scoring Strings in our September 2010 issue, and found much to like about this plug-in. Clearly aimed at composers looking for the dramat......Expand

Milab DC-96B and DC-96C Condenser Microphones   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Classic sound or new transformerless clarity -- take your choice, they're both winners.

Swedish microphone manufacturer Milab's roots lie in the designs of Rune Rosander and his original company Pearl Microphone Laboratories, founde......Expand

Sennheiser MK 4 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An all-German-made condenser combines solid performance with a sweet price tag.

Sennheiser has been famous for its dynamic mics and high-end small-diaphragm condensers for a very long time -- think of the omnipresent MD421 and the w......Expand

Olympus LS-20M and LS-100 Portable Recorders   |   Reviewed by

Audio plus hi-def video or multitrack audio recording, these pocket-sized wonders have it covered.

Olympus's LS lineup of Linear PCM recorders is aimed at capturing quality audio for recording musicians-we first reviewed the LS-10 i......Expand

Interviews

Mark de Clive-Lowe   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

This hitmaking producer shares his studio secrets, from mixing real drums with loops to banging out the perfect bassline.

Mark de Clive-Lowe is an artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, and DJ based in Los Angeles. Original......Expand

Features

Finale 2012 As A Tool For Sample Playback   |   Written by Lorenz Rychner

Modern notation programs do way more than just put dots and lines on staff paper. In the first of a series of articles, we demystify the connection between notation and your favorite sound libraries, starting with MakeMusic's Finale 2012 and the G......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 6: Introduction to Microphones-Part Three (From Proximity To Plosives)   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

We wrap up our introduction to microphones by discussing a whole host of small but important topics you'll want to master before you press the big red button.

For the past two months, Fundamentals has focused on microphone basics, i......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Solutions Are Easy -- Finding The Right Problem Can Be Tricky!

In this issue, we've talked about a wide variety of soundware and software, the latest wave in a deluge that will likely never slow down, much less stop. It's often frus......Expand

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