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September 2012

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It's been a great summer so far, and as we head into fall, we look ahead to exciting new technology for the recording musician. Our September issue delivers the goods on a topic that's vital to the musicians we serve: The state of the DAW in 2012.

Nothing is constant but change, and music creation software today has to do different things than were expected of it even a few years ago. We gather the most important and trend-setting changes in the world of DAWs and lay them out in earily understood terms. This is combined with a first look at the most hotly-anticipated new DAW of the year-the mindblowing Auria, that provides multitrack recording, plug-ins, mixdown, drum replacement, and more... all on an iPad.

Our look at DAWs and music creation on iOS continues with reviews of portable-studio and multitrack recording apps, as well as a couple of extremely powerful sample-playback instruments with impressive onboard libraries. Look for reviews of products by Camel Audio, IK Multimedia, and Retronyms. And for your computer DAW, we review soundware from U-He, Cinematic Strings, Best Service, and more.

Away from the world of DAWs, there's a spread of fascinating articles, interviews and reviews for every recording musician. We look at new microphones from Audio-Technica and Cascade, a portable and affordable audio interface from Focusrite, and a hands-on test of Yamaha's powerful new 01V96i digital console/interface/control surface. Accomplished LA-based producer Jim Roach shares his secrets for bringing out the best in recorded performances. And Eric Ferguson takes us down the recording signal chain in Recording Fundamentals.

All this and more makes for a fascinating reading experience. Whether you're keen to know the newest DAW tech or eager for timeless knowledge on tracking and production, there's something to love in the September 2012 RECORDING!

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Reviews

WaveMachine Labs Auria   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

The iPad's first fully-professional DAW... plug-ins and all.


Auria raised a lot of eyebrows at last January's NAMM show when it was shown in early prototype form. A real multitrack DAW for the iPad, complete with third-party......Expand

Cascade Microphones Fat Head II Active/Passive Ribbon Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The world's first mic that lets you choose between active convenience and passive character, with a flick of a switch.


While Royer's R-121 and the AEA R84 often get cited as the microphones that re-ignited the ribbon resurge......Expand

Audio-Technica ATM25/LE Dynamic Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

For the firm's 50th Anniversary, a classic kick-drum mic makes a triumphant return.


It's not often that microphone companies resurrect discontinued models, but this month we take a fresh look at a classic and respected kick ......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Yamaha 01V96i   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The tried-and-true digital console's latest incarnation features tight integration with your DAW.


It's hard to believe that it has been over 14 years since we introduced our readers to the original Yamaha 01V digital mixer (......Expand

Reviewed and Revisited: Adobe Audition for CS6   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

Last year's cross-platform rollout was just the beginning: the newest Audition supports hugely improved workflow and adds much-requested features.


When I last covered Adobe Audition (the CS5.5 version in our October 2011 iss......Expand

iOS Music Tools: IK Multimedia SampleTank for iOS   |   Reviewed by John Rossi III

A full-featured sample player with a hefty library of classic sounds.


SampleTank for iPad is a Core MIDI and iOS 5 compliant professional-quality sound application for the iPad, produced and distributed by IK Multimedia. Sa......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Retronyms Tabletop   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This composition studio for the iPad combines great tools with a fun and intuitive layout.


Retronyms has taken a fun and easy-to-understand approach to the idea of a "studio you can tuck under your arm" with Tabletop, a very......Expand

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This portable, affordable USB audio interface delivers Focusrite sound quality.


Best known for classic recording desks and the renowned ISA and Red Ranges of mic pres, eqs and compressors, England's Focusrite has also built ......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent

An iPad-friendly user interface and remote control of the Mac/PC version of Alchemy makes this app a head-turner.


If you've been around the PC and Mac VSTi scene for any length of time, you may know about (or already own) Ca......Expand

RECORDING's Showcase of Sounds   |   Reviewed by Devon Brent, Gary Eskow, and Mike Metlay

U-He Diva; Cinematic Strings 2.0; Best Service Galaxy X.


U-He (shorthand for the main coder's name, Urs Heckmann) should be no stranger to the readers of Recording. We've previously reviewed the MFM2 and Uhbik effects proces......Expand

Interviews

Jim Roach   |   Interviewed by Beto Hale

An established producer in the tough but rewarding Los Angeles music scene discusses the musical tools and people skills that brought him success.


Jim Roach is a Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentali......Expand

Features

State of the DAW 2012   |   Written by Mike Metlay

Today's DAWs are going places and doing things that were unheard of even a few years ago. A look at the hottest trends and future directions in the DAW world.


As music recording technology changes, so do our expectations of ......Expand

Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 9: Signal Flow - Part 1   |   Written by Eric Ferguson

How audio gets from the room to your recorder is a complex process, and understanding it is key to getting the best sounds you can. Let's get started!


Understanding signal flow is like riding a bike. It's difficult to learn,......Expand

When A Musician Needs A Music Video   |   Written by Bruce Kaphan and David Cilberti

A blow-by-blow account of how a quartet session in a studio tracking room became a beautiful series of music videos... format issues, digital clapboards, dollar signs and all.


In the August issue you read all about the makin......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Jon Bare

Engineering Quiz -- How Do You Measure Up?


Being a great engineer is no easy task. There's a lot to do. Sometimes we get involved in one aspect of engineering while completely ignoring other things that are painfully obvious......Expand




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