Jump to content

Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

The April Issue of RECORDING: The DAW Issue––Soundware, Plugins & Interfaces

Recommended Posts

Welcome to the April issue of RECORDING. This issue's focus is the not-so-humble centerpiece of every modern studio––the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Sketch, compose, process, shape, twist, tune, edit, mix and master––if you can musically dream it, the modern DAW can probably do it. Of course, it can also operate like a simple multi-track digital tape machine if you are so inclined.


We have so much DAW-flavored goodness on tap for you; we can't wait for you to dive in.




We have 13 reviews loaded up this month, including four new DAW updates (see, this is why it's our DAW issue). From Steinberg, we showcase the latest features in Cubase 13. Next up, our resident Ableton expert David Blascoe digs down into Live Version 12. David also checks out what's new in the AI-focused RipX DAW from Hit'n'Mix. Our final DAW review looks at FL Studio 21 from Image Line.


Every DAW needs a solid interface, and to that end, we review the well-connected AudioFuse 16Rig from Arturia. And to take control of your DAW, soft-synths and more, we have a play with the Native Instruments Kontrol S88 MK3 MIDI keyboard controller.


On the audio processing front, we check out Serato Pitch 'n Time Pro 3.1smart:EQ 4 from sonible, and a creative recreation of the old-school TELEFUNKEN Echomixer spring reverb from Audiopunks.


In the soundware department, we have the newest orchestral installment in the Spitfire Abbey Road One series––Soaring High Strings, and we get our bass on with the new Moog Mariana Bass Synthesizer.


Our final review this month, fresh from the halls of NAMM 2024, is the latest HD 490 PRO headphones from Sennheiser, along with a look at the dearVR MIX-SE plugin from Dear Reality.




For our headline feature this time, we reached out to our editorial team of recording musicians, producers and engineers and asked them to tell us about My Favorite DAW.


Find out what they use and why, complete with some favorite workflow tips and favorite features found in many of the industry's top digital audio workstations.


In last month's Studio 101Joe Albano began teaching us all about dynamics processors. In part two, Joe finishes his look at compressions and limiters and moves into gates and expanders.


This month, we welcome a new writer as noted video game composer Chase Bethea walks us through how he uses the Arranger Track in Cubase to create adaptive, interactive and dynamic music for video games and why those things are essential.


In this issue's edition of RECORDING's Field Notes, Giles Reaves brings us his DAW-centric thoughts and observations that DAWs can do so much more than just song creation. Mark Hornsby is back in his popular Inside The Studio column with the topic, So Many DAWs, so Little Time, and Dave Martin offers his thoughts on this month's Readers' Tracks.


Finally, Immersive audio/Dolby Atmos expert Will Kennedy is back with some closing thoughts in this issue's Fade Out.


No April Fools here––From interfaces to plugins to soundware, controllers, and more, we hope you will join us in our "DAW-tastic" April issue of RECORDING Magazine.


Screenshot 2024-04-15 at 11.23.35 AM.png

Editor - RECORDING Magazine

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

The April issue of RECORDING Magazine is truly a treasure trove for anyone interested in digital audio workstations (DAWs) and the tools surrounding them. Here's a rundown of what you can expect in this DAW-focused issue:


Explore the latest updates and features in four popular DAWs: Cubase 13, Live Version 12, RipX DAW from Hit'n'Mix, and FL Studio 21.

Discover the AudioFuse 16Rig interface from Arturia and the Kontrol S88 MK3 MIDI keyboard controller from Native Instruments.

Dive into audio processing with reviews of Serato Pitch 'n Time Pro 3.1, smart:EQ 4 from sonible, and the TELEFUNKEN Echomixer spring reverb from Audiopunks.

Check out the newest soundware offerings: Spitfire Abbey Road One Soaring High Strings and the Moog Mariana Bass Synthesizer.

Learn about the latest headphones from Sennheiser, the HD 490 PRO, and explore the dearVR MIX-SE plugin from Dear Reality.


Discover the favorite DAWs of RECORDING Magazine's editorial team, along with their workflow tips and favorite features.

Dive deeper into dynamics processing with Joe Albano's exploration of gates and expanders.

Explore how video game composer Chase Bethea uses the Arranger Track in Cubase to create adaptive music for video games.

Read Giles Reaves' thoughts on the versatility of DAWs beyond song creation, and Mark Hornsby's take on the abundance of DAW choices available.

Don't miss Dave Martin's insights into this month's Readers' Tracks and Will Kennedy's closing thoughts on immersive audio and Dolby Atmos.

From interfaces to plugins, soundware, controllers, and more, the April issue of RECORDING Magazine promises to be a "DAW-tastic" journey for music enthusiasts and professionals alike.




  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...