This September, we get caught up on the world of recording software with a comprehensive look at the multitrack DAW packages currently on the market. It's hard to keep up on this stuff, so we combine reviews of recent upgrades to some of the major players -- Cubase, SONAR, and Pro Tools -- and talk about the current state of the art for many other players. You'll read about newcomers to the DAW world and some less-known but remarkable options available to recording musicians, including a walking tour of Acoustica Mixcraft 4, a strong contender at the entry level for Windows PCs.
We also discuss current trends in computer hardware, mention upcoming OS trends, offer a great article on drum replacement in Pro Tools using Beat Detective, and talk about moving audio projects between DAWs. We even have reviews on computer interfaces, control surfaces, and an inexpensive and unusual product that costs less than $30 but could save you thousands...!
If you're not all that into computer recording, fear not... there's a marvelous article on getting the famous Mark Knopfler/Robert Cray bluesy Strat sound in your recordings, over a dozen reviews including new speakers and an intriguing new large-condenser microphone, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, an interview with a home-studio ace who's now scoring not one but two major TV series, and much more. Whether or not you make your music with a computer, you'll find stuff to make you think, try new ideas, and come away smiling... all in the September RECORDING!
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