Audio Software

by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/22/2021
A complete and unified system for electronic music production, Akai Professional’s MPC Studio merges purpose-built hardware and potent DAW software, offering fluid creativity and intuitive workflow to all beat makers, remixers, and producers. So, give your mouse a break and stop squinting at your screen; use MPC Studio to take control of your artistic processes while experiencing a new level of power and speed
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 05/27/2021
Lovers of authentic plug-in emulations and real-life hardware will rejoice at Solid State Logic’s UC1, a hardware control surface that combines an old-school workflow with the only SSL plug-ins modeled in-house at Solid State Hardware headquarters. If you have ever found yourself frustrated by using the mouse to control your SSL channel strip or bus-comp plug-ins, the UC1 is for you. Solid State Logic UC1 Hardware
by Jason T ·Posted 10/29/2020
The other day, a musician friend sent me a new version of a track we have been working on together so I could check out a new piano part that he added. I complained that it was taking several minutes to download the track to my phone, and then realized he had sent me an 80MB WAV file in lieu of the fairly customary, high-quality MP3 file that is normally sent between the producers and musicians I work with for simple reference purposes. I wasn’t connected to Wi-Fi, and it was taking forever to download a file that size. When I asked him why he
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 09/04/2020
People who love to mangle sound with software—and sample instruments with profound realism—we bring you joy: Native Instruments KOMPLETE 13 is now available at B&H, in your choice of Select, Standard,
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 07/16/2020
Novation has always been in the forefront of MIDI controller technology. The first version of the Remote SL promised a supreme command over your chosen DAW, complete with scribble scripts and a smart programming interface, which allowed you to control not only software, but hardware MIDI devices, as well. Novation has been pushing the boundaries of controller technology with its flagship SL MK3 MIDI controller, which adds a boatload of advanced features and functions, but with a premium price tag. So, what’s a struggling musician supposed to
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If you've always wanted to start a podcast, but have no idea where to begin, you've come to the right place! AB has compiled a complete guide to the ins and outs of podcasting. He guides you through gathering the equipment needed for both a solo and a multiple-microphone podcast, shares audio recording tips and software suggestions, demonstrates audio-editing software, and takes you through the final steps toward publishing your podcast.  After getting started with AB, turn to our 
by Jason T ·Posted 04/04/2019
When I first started engineering and producing music, I was, strictly speaking, a complete and utter mess. I would often lose project files, samples, preset libraries—I couldn’t keep track of anything. Sometimes I’d find what I was looking for by sheer luck, other times it would be gone forever. After several frustrating years of data loss, I decided to get serious about organizing all my music production audio and files, and regularly backing up my projects. And, what do you know? My productivity increased, my system ran more smoothly, and I
by Jason T ·Posted 03/26/2019
For in-the-know musicians, engineers, and producers, going Windows for your production setup is the best-kept secret in town for two big reasons: price and power. But, with great power comes great responsibility. Often, people go out and buy Windows machines that are well within their DAW’s system requirements, only to come home and find that they’re experiencing lackluster performance. The problem is that Windows is optimized for a wide variety of uses out of the box, and has some default settings that don’t favor the kind of processing power
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/24/2019
On the plug-in side, it wouldn't be a proper NAMM without Steven Slate announcing new plug-ins for his upcoming... slate (sorry). This year, the digital impresario doesn't disappoint, because he's announcing four new additions into the fold—additions that, we at B&H, are happy to welcome. First is Lustrous Plates, fashioned in conjunction with Liquid Sonics. Using Temporal Acoustic Spectral Mapping, Lustrous Plates recreates seven classic plate reverbs in painstaking detail, down to the apparent depth of their decay times. This technology
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/24/2019
Slate Digital is famous for its analog emulative software but, at NAMM 2019, the company will unveil the next generation of a famed piece of hardware—the Raven. Already home in many commercial and project studios alike, the Raven reimagined the analog mixing board as a sort of tablet, providing a tactile experience for the modern, knobless world. With the Slate Raven MTZ, users will experience a 43" projective-capacitance, no-bezel
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/21/2019
Ambisonics seems all the rage these days—and, why wouldn’t it? A format that lets you hear utterly immersive audio, one that expands the capabilities of VR, video games, and more? Yes please! To that end, ZYLIA, a relatively new company, has fashioned a simple solution for capturing Ambisonic recording: the ZM-1, a microphone with 19 capsules that allows for 24-bit digital recording. Combine this mic with ZYLIA software, and you can record music, Foley, sound design, and more in an immersive way. This software, along with the mic, is available
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/24/2019
Offered just in time for NAMM 2019, the AXE I/O is IK Multimedia’s answer to an age-old question: “How can we make the perfect audio interface for electric guitar players?” This is a 2-in/5-out interface and controller providing seamless integration with AmpliTube 4 Deluxe, one with an input stage that helps guitarists get the tones they crave.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 07/24/2018
With its RX line of plug-ins, iZotope has crafted a suite of modules that can clean up nearly any audio hiccup you might have. Indeed, countless pros in television, film, Web, radio, and podcasting often turn to iZotope RX to remove extraneous noise, to eliminate clicks and pops, to fix bursts of distortion, and more. With RX Elements, iZotope has taken essential processes from this post-production suite and placed them in a wallet-friendly format, one that’s very easy to use. Just how simple is it to get started? Look at these videos to see
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 05/22/2018
The latest explosion of new software from PreSonus will come as a welcome shock to creators in music and video production, whether in your home or at the studio. From plug-in emulations of classic analog equipment to bold innovations in functionality, PreSonus aims to make what you do easier, more inspiring, and sonically pleasing by offering a host of new Fat Channel plug-ins and the impressive
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/29/2018
At NAMM 2018, Ableton announced the new iteration of its loveable DAW. Yes folks, Live 10 is finally here, and we at B&H are pleased to enumerate its many virtues. The DAW is famous for plug-ins and synths whose timbres you can’t find anywhere else, and in keeping with this aesthetic, Ableton has loaded the software with more modules destined to be future classics. Wavetable is the new virtual instrument, and it delivers on the ability to shape, morph, and stretch