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Every year, the world of soundware -- sample libraries and virtual instruments that let us simulate or recreate instruments we don't have in our studios -- gets richer and more diverse. It's a rapidly growing field, and the products just keep getting deeper in features, better in sound quality, and more affordable. In this issue of RECORDING, we bring you a glimpse into the world of soundware in 2011.
The centerpiece of this issue is its reviews... and there are a lot of them to choose from! Over a dozen soundware products are slated for inclusion in this issue, from famous names like Synthogy, Applied Acoustics Systems, MOTU, FXpansion, WaveMachine Labs/Drumagog, and Big Fish Audio/Vir2 Instruments, and important up-and-comers like Audio Damage, XILS-lab, Slate Digital... and Zildjian, which startled the audio world with its new gen16 digital cymbal library. All this and more will be laid out in detailed and authoritative reviews that leave nothing to chance. We also bring you a hard look at SONAR X1, the new incarnation of Cakewalk's genre-defining DAW software.
If software isn't your thing, fear not -- we also include a review of Blue's new Spark microphone and an in-depth test of the JDK Audio rack processors from industry legend API. We interview Chris Cox on his work remixing Michael Jackson, delve into the problems and solutions of latency, and our music-business series "It's Your Music -- Know Your Rights" begins its look at the complex and evolving role of the Producer in modern music.
From drum replacement and virtual synthesis to old-school analog gear and the people who make or break a studio session, the April RECORDING has it all. You won't want to miss it!