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It's the Summer of Soundware at RECORDING -- our June issue is packed full of great reviews on virtual instruments, sample libraries, and notation software for your studio and stage needs.
Notation software has come a long way from the bad old days of cutting and pasting notes on a staff. Modern packages make arranging charts and scores a breeze, and come with powerful, great-sounding sample libraries that let you hear what you've notated in fantastic quality. Lorenz Rychner begins an ongoing survey of the current offerings with in-depth look at Finale and its associated Garritan libraries.
Virtual instruments make huge strides every year, and you can't turn around without running into a new sample library to suit any genre or application. Whether you work with straight samples, or prefer to work with libraries in Kontakt, ENGINE, Ableton Live, Alchemy, M-Tron Pro, or other sample playback engines, we have something for you in June. Check out reviews of the latest and greatest from MOTU, Steven Slate Drums, Toontrack, Applied Acoustics Systems, Camel Audio, Best Service, and more!
And that's not all. Stepping outside the realm of soundware, we bring you fantastic reviews of Sennheiser's new MK4 condenser mic, portable audio (and video!) recorders from Olympus, intriguing mics from Swedish maker Milab, and an in-depth look at new features in PreSonus Studio One version 2.
Add in fascinating interviews, technique articles on everything from choosing mics to jumping between analog and digital recording, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and our regular monthly features, and you have an issue that's guaranteed to knock your socks off. In the virtual world or miking instruments in the studio, the June RECORDING has just what you need!