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June 2014

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June is Digital Audio Month at RECORDING! It's time for us to consider some of the new trends in the digital world that will have a direct impact on you and your studio. We'll teach you about new and interesting technologies, and provide a huge variety of reviews of hardware, software, and soundware that you should know about.

One of the hottest trends in modern digital audio is networking -- multiple computers connected to one another and sharing audio at high speed in high resolution, letting a studio work smarter, not harder. Ray Legnini gives us a musician-friendly introduction to the popular Dante networking protocol, and Sean Shannon teaches how to set up multiple control points for your DAW so you can move around your studio and capture your creative moments without being chained to your computer desk.

On the gear side, this issue is overflowing with reviews! We'll bring you updates on the latest and greatest versions of Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk SONAR, and Ableton Live, as well as interfacing solutions from PreSonus, Radial Engineering, and SPL, new ways to create killer drum tracks from Toontrack and WaveDNA, the latest and greatest new features in iZotope's RX 3 audio restoration software and the MakeMusic Finale scoring/composition package, hot new effects plug-ins, soundware, iOS virtual instruments, cool computer add-ons, and much more. And if you're wondering how you're going to hear all this cool stuff, check out Paul Vnuk's in-depth review of the smashing new Genelec M040 monitors.

And that's not all -- we also include a field report from a fascinating all-night church session with some of the best digital miking gear in the world, a report on working with the Spacial SAM streaming software, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and much more. In or out of the digital world, if you want your tracks to be the best they can be, you won't want to miss the June RECORDING!

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Reviews

Toontrack EZdrummer 2   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This isn't just an updated version of the popular virtual-drummer software, it's a whole new program inside and out.


For nearly 20 years now, I've followed the submissions to our Readers' Tapes column, looking for relationsh......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Steinberg Cubase 7.5   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

New navigation and organization features, fantastic new software instruments... and the return of an old favorite.


It has been just about a year (our June 2013 issue) since I had the pleasure of introducing our readers to Cu......Expand

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Mixer   |   Reviewed by Sven-Erik Seaholm

AI stands for Active Integration, and the under-the-hood power it brings to this compact console is groundbreaking.


When PreSonus introduced their StudioLive 16.0.2 digital mixer (reviewed November 2011), I saw it as a golde......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Cakewalk SONAR X3   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman

New effects suites and an unparalleled library of plug-in effects and virtual instruments take this flagship Windows DAW to the next level.


Having used one iteration or another of Cakewalk's sequencing/DAW software ever sinc......Expand

Plug-in Outlet: SoundToys Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A software reimagining of the infamous Shure Level-Loc limiter brings you surprisingly musical and flexible audio destruction.


SoundToys is a software company based in Burlington, Vermont; the core of the firm's design team ......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: iZotope RX 3 Advanced   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The genre-defining audio restoration suite adds tools for ambience control and dialogue cleanup that are nearly magical.


Now it's time to talk audio cleanup and restoration, as we take a look at iZotope's latest version of t......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Ableton Live 9.1 and Push   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

From dual-monitor support to a host of great new Push features, this live-performance/composition DAW is maturing beautifully.


We last reviewed Ableton Live in its long-awaited upgrade to version 9 a year ago (June 2013). Th......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Genelec M040 Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The musician-friendly M Series adds a bigger, heftier model with solid low end and an uncompromising audio presentation that will benefit any studio.


A few issues back we took a look at the new M030 monitor speakers from Gen......Expand

MakeMusic Finale 2014   |   Reviewed by Lorenz Rychner

More than just a notation program, this composition powerhouse lets songwriters go from notes on paper to fully realized and great-sounding arrangements.


You read that right -- recording musician! With this article I'm not l......Expand

SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface/Monitor Controller   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Everything the small studio might need in a compact, user-friendly desktop package, with powerful monitoring and routing options and impeccable sound.


From the original and often-imitated Transient Designer to a wide variety......Expand

Spacial SAM Broadcaster   |   Reviewed by Diana Smethurst

Streaming audio presentation is everywhere; if you want to do it professionally, you need the right tool for the job.


For this issue on all matters Digital Audio, our Editor asked me to weigh in on the software I use for my ......Expand

WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm and Livid Instruments Base   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

With or without the help of the highly configurable Base controller, this new rhythm creation program offers a depth of control that's almost surreal in its power.


Every once in a while a program comes along that totally bli......Expand

Digital Grab Bag   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay with Allen Goodman, Sven-Erik Seaholm, and Devon Brent

A little bit of everything! Hardware, software, and soundware from Arturia, Cakewalk, Editors Keys, EZQuest, Korg, Radial Engineering, Samson, and Waldorf.


In recent issues, we've covered topics like vocal recording, getting......Expand

Interviews

Digital Church   |   Interviewed by Lorenz Rychner

Ace engineer Mike Pappas tells us about an all-nighter in a Denver church with an exquisite pipe organ, a talented player, and a surround recording rig with state-of-the-art digital mics.


5961 Organ Pipes vs. 8 Neumann Mics ......Expand

Features

Room With A View   |   Written by Sean Shannon

It's surprisingly easy to turn your control-room DAW into a network of virtual workstations that follow you into your tracking rooms. Here's how.


If you are the musician and also the engineer, you have probably found yoursel......Expand

Dante For Beginners   |   Written by Ray Legnini

Audio networking may seem futuristic, but it's here now and solving previously impossible problems. Learn about what your studio's future may look like.


Most of us now find recording and mixing digitally a common occurrence ......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

The Pressure Zone Mic: From New Fad To Nearly Forgotten.


One of the great banes of the live recording engineer's life is slap echo from surfaces. Actors on a big flat wooden stage, singers on stage singing in a hall with a r......Expand




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