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Summer is hotter than ever at RECORDING, and our August issue touches on a very hot subject: Plug-ins and support software for your DAW. We take a look at how you can extend the power and capability of your DAW in a variety of ways.
Not all content libraries are created equal. Many different manufacturers seek to control the quality of their content and how users access it by making it available through special player engines... in this issue we'll introduce the major players and lay out some of the differences between them.
If you're working with session musicians or trying to compose for a large group on your own, notation software is vital, and a lot of sweat and effort can be saved if you can hear what your compositions sound like before folks play them. In this issue, we walk through a composition using Avid Sibelius and its internal sounds, and touch on how one composer moves his work from Makemusic Finale to Steinberg Cubase.
And then there are plug-in reviews! There are new takes on beloved old classics, like Universal Audio's improved 1176 plug-in for the UAD-2 DSP card and Softube's emulations of hardware from Summit Audio, Tonelux, and Trident. And there are new ideas from the appealingly sensible (the united-we-stand ethos of the Plug-in Alliance) to the totally radical (the seemingly impossible UNVEIL from Zynaptiq... a plug-in that claims to remove reverb from recorded tracks!).
If you're looking beyond plug-ins and software, we've a lot to offer in this issue for you too. AEA's newest preamp is taken for a test run, along with a powerful audio interface from PreSonus, a fresh look at a beloved ribbon mic, and the promise of the Peavey MuseBox, which puts the world of plug-ins into the hands of musicians who don't trust computers on stage (or, maybe, anywhere else).
Bruce Kaphan gives us a peek into his latest recording project, Recording Fundamentals continues exploring music production and those involved in the process, Scott Dorsey gets serious about terminology, and much more. In or out of the box, there's something fun and enlightening to be had for just about everyone in the August RECORDING!