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June 2017

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In our June issue, RECORDING goes digital in a big way! We’re bringing you articles and reviews with a heavy focus on creating the best tracks in the software-based studio. Everything from interfaces and DAWs to plug-ins and soundware is on display, along with great advice on how best to use them.

Joey Waronker is a session drummer and music producer who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, and Roger Waters to Beck, R.E.M., and Badly Drawn Boy. In an exclusive interview, we get Joey to open up about some of his recent sessions and tell us his tricks for creating great tracks in and out of the box.

We also bring you great ideas for crafting unique drum tracks in software, hands-on tips for parallel compression in Pro Tools, and an examination of why there’s no pro audio explosion in the Android smartphone/tablet world to match the one taking place in iOS.

Our slate of in-depth hardware product reviews covers everything from entry-level tools to high-end studio masterpieces. We bring you the Goliath interface/DSP engine from Antelope Audio, Merging Technology's Hapi networked audio interface, and the affordable and expandable Zoom U-44. Our hardware coverage is rounded out with a look at the new PreSonus FaderPort 8.

On the software side, we look at the latest versions of Steinberg Cubase and Line 6 Echo Farm, review plug-ins from Eventide and Wholegrain Digital Systems, give you a guided tour of soundware from Spitfire Audio and UVI, and examine Neutron, the intriguing new channel strip from iZotope—can a plug-in actually teach you how to mix better?

Also in this issue, “First Steps” author and educator Paul Stamler continues his examination of condenser mics. We also feature our usual monthly columns, Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, and more. With all this great content at your fingertips, you’re not going to want to miss out on the June RECORDING!

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Antelope Audio Goliath   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This massive interface earns its name, with insane amounts of connectivity and powerful realtime effects processing and mixing.

Plug-In Outlet: Eventide Structural Effects Fission   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The first of a new series of plug-ins that separate and process sound transients and sustained tones in different ways, this multieffects processor is great for both problem-solving and sound design.

Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Tundra   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

This stunning orchestral sound library showcases a unique timbre and inspiring music creation tools, creating a boon for songwriters and composers for the visual media.

iZotope Neutron   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Can a channel strip plug-in listen to your music and make sound suggestions on how to tweak it for better results? This one can.

Universal Audio API 2500 Bus Compressor for UAD-2 and Apollo   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

This famed compressor does wonders for the coherence and spatial definition of mixes, and now it’s available in software for your Universal Audio engine. We check it out on its own and against the real hardware.

Reviewed & Revisited: Steinberg Cubase Pro 9   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The latest upgrade to this flagship DAW is more stable, more feature-rich, and offers one special addition that had our reviewer snapping it up as soon as it launched. Find out what it was!

Line 6 Echo Farm 3.0   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

This beautiful suite of AAX delay modeling plug-ins adds flavor to any Pro Tools session.

Soundware Showcase: UVI Vintage Vault   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Packed with samples from literally dozens of synthesizers, keyboards, and drum machines, this easy-to-use bundle puts a veritable museum’s worth of classic sounds well within reach.

Zoom U-44 Handy Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Modular expandability in an entry-level desktop interface makes this recording solution unique.

Merging Technology Hapi   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Named for an Egyptian god, this incredibly powerful rackmount conversion/mixing solution brings world-class audio to any studio or portable recording rig.

PreSonus FaderPort 8   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The popular and long-lived desktop fader/transport module has a new descendant that’s way more than eight times as powerful.

Plug-In Outlet: Wholegrain Digital Systems Trio DynPEQ and Quartet DynPEQ   |   Reviewed by Darwin Grosse

These plug-ins offer an intriguing mixture of dynamics processing and EQ that offers a new level of nuanced track and mix control.


Joey Waronker Drums In Two Worlds   |   Interviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This award-winning producer, engineer, and session drummer talks about how he bridges the realms of acoustic drumming and electronic rhythm hardware and software.


Parallel Compression in Pro Tools   |   Written by Bill Stunt

This technique lends punch and presence to drums, bass, and more, but what if your favorite plug-in doesn’t offer one of those handy Mix knobs? Never fear, it’s easy to set up anyway.

Keeping The Rhythm: DIY Drums. Part 2: Programming Pointers   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

Last month we covered using anything at hand to play and record drums. This time, we get our DAW involved in our quest for truly original rhythm parts...

Hold The Phone!   |   Written by Mike Rivers

Android phones and tablets are everywhere. Why aren't they used for pro audio more often?

How Mics Work—Part 2: Getting Your Head Around Head Amps   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Now that we know how a condenser mic capsule works, we’ll learn why it’s useless on its own... and why a head amplifier is a vital component in mic design.

Fade Out   |   Written by Scott Dorsey

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