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August 2012

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Summer is hotter than ever at RECORDING, and our August issue touches on a very hot subject: Plug-ins and support software for your DAW. We take a look at how you can extend the power and capability of your DAW in a variety of ways.

Not all content libraries are created equal. Many different manufacturers seek to control the quality of their content and how users access it by making it available through special player engines... in this issue we'll introduce the major players and lay out some of the differences between them.

If you're working with session musicians or trying to compose for a large group on your own, notation software is vital, and a lot of sweat and effort can be saved if you can hear what your compositions sound like before folks play them. In this issue, we walk through a composition using Avid Sibelius and its internal sounds, and touch on how one composer moves his work from Makemusic Finale to Steinberg Cubase.

And then there are plug-in reviews! There are new takes on beloved old classics, like Universal Audio's improved 1176 plug-in for the UAD-2 DSP card and Softube's emulations of hardware from Summit Audio, Tonelux, and Trident. And there are new ideas from the appealingly sensible (the united-we-stand ethos of the Plug-in Alliance) to the totally radical (the seemingly impossible UNVEIL from Zynaptiq... a plug-in that claims to remove reverb from recorded tracks!).

If you're looking beyond plug-ins and software, we've a lot to offer in this issue for you too. AEA's newest preamp is taken for a test run, along with a powerful audio interface from PreSonus, a fresh look at a beloved ribbon mic, and the promise of the Peavey MuseBox, which puts the world of plug-ins into the hands of musicians who don't trust computers on stage (or, maybe, anywhere else).

Bruce Kaphan gives us a peek into his latest recording project, Recording Fundamentals continues exploring music production and those involved in the process, Scott Dorsey gets serious about terminology, and much more. In or out of the box, there's something fun and enlightening to be had for just about everyone in the August RECORDING!


Reviewed and Revisited: Universal Audio 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-in Collection   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first and most popular UAD plug-in gets a major facelift -- in no less than three new formats.

Legendary engineer Bill Putnam Sr., founder of Urei and Universal Audio, created the 1176 back in the late '60s, and it becam......Expand

PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This USB audio interface leverages the power of the StudioLive digital consoles' effects to make your tracks sound great.

PreSonus has provided a variety of interesting innovations in computer audio over the past several yea......Expand

Peavey MuseBox   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This portable, convenient DSP engine offers a palette of great plug-ins with easy use and reliability that give conventional computer setups a run for their money.

Peavey's new MuseBox, developed in partnership with Muse Res......Expand

AEA RPQ500   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new 500-Series preamp offers clean gain that's good for more than just ribbon mics. Also: Revisiting AEA's now-classic R84 ribbon.

Wes Dooley's Audio Engineering Associates (AEA) is known for its line of high-end ribbon mi......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: Softube's Newest Emulations   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Software versions of the famous Trident A-Range EQ, Tonelux Tilt EQ and Summit TLA-100A Compressor.

This trio of plug-ins from Swedish software maker Softube continues its tradition of spot-on recreations of both classic and......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: Zynaptiq UNVEIL   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Does a plug-in that can actually remove reverb from audio seem like science fiction? Science, yes... but fiction -- not any more!

Every once in a while a music product comes along that simply claims to do the impossible. We ......Expand

Plugin Alliance BIG 4 Bundle   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This collection of compressor and eq plug-ins from elysia, Brainworx, SPL, and Vertigo Sound combines fantastic sound and features with a customer-friendly new approach to licensing.

The Big 4 Bundle is a suite of plug-ins f......Expand


Sibelius 7 As A Tool For Sample Playback. Part 1: The Sibelius Sounds And Mixer   |   Written by Jerome Gilmer

We continue our look at the integration between modern scoring software and powerful new sound libraries, this time examining the built-in sounds in Avid Sibelius.

These days the sound libraries in notation programs seem to ......Expand

The Player's The Thing   |   Written by Mike Metlay

In a digital-music world where content is king, how you deliver your content is critical to success. Here's a quick look at how the landscape is changing.

In the world of plug-ins and virtual instruments, we are seeing a shi......Expand

Computer Composition -- A Workflow Report   |   Written by Gary Eskow

A well-respected composer talks about how his projects move from score paper to scoring software to DAW for great results.

Several years ago the equipment required to pull off convincing orchestral mock-ups carried a price tag that ......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 8: The Music Production Process -- Who Does What?   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

From songwriter to mastering engineer, many roles are being played in the completion of a record, and traditional job descriptions have given way to new ones. You may wear more than one hat in this process, but how are these hats defined?

The Making of QUARTET   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan

An accomplished engineer and producer sets aside time to actually do an album of his own music for once, and there are great lessons to be learned by following the production process.

I'm in my mid-fifties. It is said that i......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

Misused Words.

When I was a kid in Hawaii, I learned video production from a fellow named Mr. Fordham, who was famous for yelling at people and throwing ashtrays at them when they used the word "filming" to mean "vid......Expand

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