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March 2013 (Digital Available)

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It's March, and we're springing into the world of plug-ins and virtual instruments in this month's RECORDING! Come along and get schooled on the latest and greatest audio software for effects processing and virtual instrument performance, with a hefty helping of tutorial information that will have your DAW humming along nicely.

Trying to get a Windows PC to run audio software smoothly can be a daunting process; Devon Brent takes you through the process of refining and optimizing your PC for maximum power, pointing out potential pitfalls and guiding you around them to musical success.

We got a gaggle of plug-ins and virtual instruments reviewed in this issue. Paul Vnuk Jr. provides in-depth examinations of the latest Universal Audio plug-ins, emulating gear from Shadow Hills and providing an easy implementation of famed mastering engineer Bob Katz's K-Stereo ambience processor, and does a one-to-one comparison of Kush Audio's Clariphonic parallel equalizer in its hardware and software forms; Devon Brent examines new plug-ins from 2C Audio, Eventide, and Rob Papen; and we add products from Massey Plug-ins, iZotope, PSP Audioware, and more.

And that's not all! John Rossi III checks out all the improvements in Acoustica's Mixcraft 6 DAW, Paul Vnuk Jr. takes Steinberg's sexy new CMC controllers out for a spin, and on the hardware side, we review MXL's newest affordable mic, and there's an in-depth look at the powerful and affordable Behringer X32 digital console.

The issue rounds out with a new Mixing Workshop with Sean Shannon, Recording Fundamentals with Eric Ferguson continuing its look at the acoustics of the studio "sweet spot", Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. Whether you're a novice trying to get plug-ins to run smoothly in your DAW, an expert looking for the newest products and tweakiest tips, or a recording musician in need of knowledge and advice on everything from mixers to mics, you won't want to miss the March RECORDING!

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