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The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) continues to grow and evolve, giving recording musicians more options and flexibility to create better music. In our June issue, we celebrate the new DAWs of 2013 and bring you a fascinating slate of reviews and articles on the subject of computer musicmaking.
In this issue, we offer updates on the lastest developments in five major DAW platforms: Ableton Live 9 (with a look at the new Push control surface), Cakewalk SONAR X2, MOTU Digital Performer 8, PreSonus Studio One 2.5, and Steinberg Cubase 7. Our reviewers live and work with these programs every day, and bring you a professional's perspective on what really makes the new versions worth investigating, underneath the sexy new features that dominate the marketing.
There's more to this topic than reviews, of course. Also in this issue, Devon Brent helps de-mystify the fiercely complex world of CPUs, motherboards, peripherals and more, for recording musicians who want to get the most from their audio PC systems with the least heartbreak. And sound library designer Yuval Shrem explains the myths and realities of getting virtual instruments to sound like the real thing.
And that's not all! Paul Vnuk Jr. reviews the newest Universal Audio LA-2A plug-in by comparing it to the real thing (also by Universal Audio) and teaches readers about the history and the magic of this legendary limiting amplifier. We review a handmade preamp from Ingram Engineering, the high-quality Quartet interface solution from Apogee, soundware products from Arturia, Rob Papen, Modartt, Tone2, and more.
All this plus Recording Fundamentals, our Readers' Tapes column, a look at the 2013 SXSW Festival, and more. Whether you're way into computer recording or just getting your virtual feet wet, you won't want to miss the June issue of RECORDING!