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June 2015

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Computers -- love them or hate them, we rely on them for a lot of the studio duties that were once done by dedicated hardware, and for a lot of tricks that are impossible otherwise. In this issue, we look at some of the coolest new hardware and software and discuss topics relevant to the computer recording musician.

The June issue is jampacked with reviews large and small, of interfaces, controllers, peripherals, plug-ins, and soundware. Look forward to coverage of the latest from companies like Ableton, Angelbird, Best Service, CME, Eventide, iConnectivity, iZotope, One Red Dog Media, RTW, Sonnox, and Zoom.

We bring you reviews of the latest upgrades to Steinberg Cubase and Cakewalk SONAR, a fascinating comparison between WaveMachine Labs Drumagog and Steven Slate Drums Trigger in the drum replacement arena, and for studio owners in search of the ultimate rackable analog mixing solution for DAW studios, we take a look and listen to Great River's gorgeous MixMaster 20.

This issue also covers a variety of topics to help out the recording musician who wants to get the most out of his system. Michael Nickolas gives ten useful hints on avoiding the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death in Windows-based audio platforms. We feature an interview with Angelbird's Roman Rabitsch, who dispels myths and explains hard truths you'll need to know for the switchover from hard disks to Solid State Drives. Eric Alexandrakis teaches about the genesis of a technology that appears in every electronic music device we use, from DAWs to cell phones. And for a quick breath of fresh air away from the computer, Grammy-winning Marc Urselli brings us a look at the South By Southwest 2015 festival and what it can do for the indie player.

All this plus First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more, makes the June RECORDING an issue no recording musician will want to miss!

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Reviews

Great River MixMaster 20   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Incorporating a summing mixer, four preamps, extensive routing, monitor control, and metering, this remarkable device can serve as a DAW studios one-stop centerpiece.


St. Paul-based Great River Electronics is well known for ......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Steinberg Cubase Pro 8   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A large slate of new features and content characterizes this latest version of the well-liked DAW, but the real news is how heavily optimized its audio engine has become.


I've been using Steinberg Cubase since the days of SX......Expand

Zoom TAC-2R Thunderbolt Audio Converter   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Portable, compact, and blazing fast, this new interface brings the benefits of Thunderbolt to any Mac.


Thunderbolt is the high-speed connection protocol introduced on Apple computers in 2011. Now available in two versions, ......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: iZotope RX 4 Advanced   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The newest version of iZotopes audio restoration software includes exceptional tools for dialog, voiceover, broadcast standards, and more.


RX 4 Advanced is a comprehensive set of audio restoration tools available as a standa......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec V3   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Back in November 2011 we took our first look at the Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in from Sonnox. Pro-Codec was created to provide the best-quality lossy conversion in both MP3 and AAC formats. I know the words "best" and "lossy" don't necessarily go ......Expand

Reviewed & Revisited: Cakewalk SONAR Platinum (Cambridge)   |   Reviewed by Allen Goodman

No more version numbers? A membership program? What's happened to SONAR... besides all of the cool new features, bundled content, and interface upgrades, that is?

For the latest iteration of Cakewalk's flagship DAW software SONAR, C......Expand

Soundware Showcase: Best Service Altus, Cantus, and Shevannai   |   Reviewed by Jon Hillman

A good soundtrack for film, TV, or game needs vocals to focus the audience and connect them with the action. These three vocal instruments do just that, believably and beautifully.


In all of music, few elements are as evocat......Expand

The Digital Grab Bag   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr.

Our computer-recording issue rounds out with a collection of short reviews: iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+ and iConnectMIDI4+, CME Xkey37 and One Red Dog XK-1, Ableton OSCiLLOT by Max for Cats, and RTW TM3-Primus and Mastering Tools.

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Interviews

Roman Rabitsch of Angelbird: The Promise Of The SSD   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

In an extensive interview, the founder of Austrian firm Angelbird explains the benefits of Solid State Drives in music computers and how they affect modern working styles. Also included: a review of the Angelbird SSD wrk and SSD 2go pocket SSDs.Expand

Features

South by Southwest 2015   |   Written by Marc Urselli

The epic celebration of music, film, and interactive technology is bigger than ever. Here's what you missed, why you should try to go next year, and what to do when you get there.


Ah, South By Southwest, how I've missed you!......Expand

The Tools And Tricks Of Drum Replacement   |   Written by Pat Bautz

A studio drummer and engineer specializing in great drum tracks takes a walk through WaveMachine Labs Drumagog and Steven Slate Drums Trigger, teaching us the strengths of each drum replacement program.


As a mix engineer and......Expand

The Blue Screen Of Death!   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

It's every Windows users worst nightmare... but you can learn to understand it and prevent it. Here are ten tips on making the BSOD go away and stay away.


The dreaded Blue Screen Of Death, or BSOD -- a sight no music creator......Expand

Why Watermarking Matters   |   Written by Eric Alexandrakis

Twenty years ago, our author was in at the creation of the first-ever watermarked audio CD. The technology in that first session has grown to encompass the entire world.


I believe it was during Christmas break in 1994 when I......Expand

First Steps. Part 6: The Example Session -- Mic Placement   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Much of our introductory series has been based around an audio clip that incorporates plenty of lessons to learn. This month, we start to examine the tracking session and learn the reasoning behind every choice.


At long last......Expand

Fade Out   |   Written by Brent Heintz

Stealing Is Wrong -- And That Includes Bits And Bytes.


At the past NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, I caught up with Robert Sermeno, the Marketing Director for Steinberg North America. The company was exhibiting at the show......Expand



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