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INSIDE THE BOX with Joe Albano
FREE AND ENTRY-LEVEL DAWS
the top-of-the-line version, but serves as
a good introduction to working in the
Studio One universe, and it comes free
with most popular PreSonus interfaces
and mixers.
Pro Tools or who needs to collaborate
with Pro Tools-equipped producers or
studios. The UI is the same as the bigger
version(s), making Pro Tools | First an
ideal way to get used to working in that
DAW. While Pro Tools | First handles
basic audio and MIDI recording, editing
and mixing well enough, it has limited
I/O (four physical ins and outs) and
limited track count, fewer virtual instruments
and effects plugins, and various
other missing features. Still, it's a good
choice for those who'll want-or need-
to eventually get into Pro Tools.
Steinberg Cubase LE and
Cubase Elements 11
Cubase LE is a free scaled-down version
of the venerable Steinberg Cubase
Pro 11. Up from that is the affordable
Cubase Elements 11. These editions
provide varying levels of effects, instruments,
track counts, and editing features.
Like many of the above, it's only
available bundled with select hardware
purchases.
Audacity
Ableton Live Lite
There are a couple of entry-level options
for Ableton Live 11. Live Intro is
a low-cost version, while Live Lite is a
free version that is only available bundled
with select hardware products.
Once again, there's a limited I/O and
track count, and far fewer instruments
and effects. However, the entry-level
version(s) do include Session View, automatic
Warp capability, and of course
they do provide the distinctive Ableton
Live workflow, making this an ideal entry
point into music production.
PreSonus Studio
One 5 Prime
PreSonus offers a free version of its
popular Studio One 5. Studio One 5
Prime is an entry-level version that omits
some features and effects compared to
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Audacity is a free open-source Editor
/ DAW, but it's strictly audio, unlike
the others in this roundup. There
are some minimal MIDI features, but
there are no virtual instruments or any
of the usual MIDI capabilities such as
quantization. Audacity is primarily an
audio editor, providing audio recording,
editing, and processing, and in
this role it's more capable than many
typical entry-level DAWs, incorporating
advanced processing tools like audio
repair and time/pitch shift. Audacity is
ideal for dialog (think podcasts) as well
as simple music projects, such as singer/songwriter
demos. It's also great for
mastering finished mixes.
Beyond Entry-Level
Years ago, Cakewalk created one
of the first programs to marry MIDI sequencing
with audio, eventually evolving
into a powerful, popular DAW
called Sonar. When the company folded,
BandLab-a maker of online music
production software-picked up Sonar,
rebranded it Cakewalk by BandLab,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of December 2021

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RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
Arturia: MiniFuse 2
AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
Genelec 8361A
Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Intro
December 2021 - Cover1
December 2021 - Cover2
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December 2021 - Fade In
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December 2021 - Fast Forward
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December 2021 - RECORDING’s 2021Holiday Buyer’s Guide
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December 2021 - Arturia: MiniFuse 2
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December 2021 - AKG: Ara Professional Two-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone
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December 2021 - A day in the head of Still Woozy: Making modern pop and beyond
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December 2021 - Austrian Audio: Hi-X15
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December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Black Rooster Audio OmniTec-67A
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December 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Free and Entry-level DAWs
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December 2021 - ART: Project Series USB Pre IV Audio Interface
December 2021 - 47
December 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Reverb Foundry Tai-Chi
December 2021 - 49
December 2021 - Audeze: Euclid Closed-Back Planar Magnetic In-ear Monitors
December 2021 - 51
December 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 12 Mastering and Beyond: The Final Steps…
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December 2021 - 55
December 2021 - Genelec 8361A
December 2021 - 57
December 2021 - Focusrite: Clarett+ 8 Pre
December 2021 - 59
December 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby From the Studio to The Stage
December 2021 - 61
December 2021 - Pioneer DJ VM-80 Active Monitor Speaker
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December 2021 - Fade Out: Don’t Wait—Create!
December 2021 - Cover3
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