The DAW Issue

Interfaces, Plugins, Soundware and Controllers


Welcome to our yearly DAW issue, where we surf the digital seas, focusing on the software and hardware to make your recordings their best. Computers, interfaces, plugins, virtual instruments, Bluetooth technology and headphones – all this and more await you in the July issue of RECORDING magazine.


Our ten product reviews begin with a look at what’s new in Steinberg Cubase 12. In the plugin realm, we have the unique Volcano plugin from FabFilter, Core Compressor from KIT Plugins and the Linda IronVerb from Audified. In virtual instruments, we check out the CR8 Creative Sampler and the handy and free COSMOS Sample Finder from Waves, and we crank up the rhythms with the just-released EZdrummer 3 from Toontrack.

We have the U108 Pre audio interface from ESI Audio and the Revolution 2×2 from Black Lion Audio to channel your sounds in and out of the digital realm.

To hear your tracks better, we listen to the BX4 BT Bluetooth speakers from M-Audio. Last but not least, we get our hands on the UC1 Advanced Plug-in Controller from Solid State Logic.

RECORDING Magazine Cover July 2022


We have two interviews this month. We sit down with engineers Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5, 3 Doors Down, The Replacements) and Will Kennedy (U2, AOR, Andy Grammer, The Jacks) to talk about their move into the immersive world of Dolby Atmos mixing.  The duo talks about their DIY approach, their choice of Kali Audio monitors, setting up and dialing in their space, mix-checking at Capitol Studios and the challenges and successes of mixing for spatial audio. [READ IT HERE]

Our second interview is with electronic musician Alexis Georgopoulos who records as Arp. Alexis shares the details on crafting his latest release New Pleasures, the second chapter in the ZEBRA trilogy. [GET IT HERE]


In Inside-The-Box, Joe Albano dives into audio latency. [GET IT HERE] Producer Mark Hornsby shares some of his favorite delay and reverb plugins in Inside The Studio. [GET IT HERE] In this month’s Session Log, producer-engineer Marc Urselli takes us outside the studio, for some remote recording in the wild.[GET IT HERE] Marty Peters is back with Readers Tracks, and Aaron J. Trumm talks about nit-picky mastering semantics in the July issue of RECORDING Magazine.