Software / Plug-Ins


Revenge Of The MIDI

Date: 11/10/2015

In 1983, the Dow Jones average closed at 1,258.  MORE

Software: The State Of The Software

Date: 10/14/2015

Yes, these are challenging times—and times that are difficult to quantify.  MORE

The Ever-Evolving Subscription Model

Date: 09/10/2015

It seems like only yesterday we covered changes in subscription software—last March, to be exact. But, in “computer years,” six months can be an eternity, and the subscription model continues to evolve and mutate.  MORE

Will Windows 10 Take It To Eleven?

Date: 09/09/2015

One of the big surprises at Summer NAMM was Microsoft’s courtship of the audio industry, with both a general overview in the Davidson Ballroom, and a later A3E session that took a deeper, and more specific, dive.  MORE

When The Fans Are All Making Music, Who’s Listening?

Date: 09/09/2015

A story like this issue’s feature on Propellerhead’s new portable platform may give rise to a “Why is this in PRO Sound News?” query.  MORE

Propellerhead Proffers Pocket Production

Date: 09/08/2015

Propellerhead, the Swedish software developer behind such products as Reason, Re- Cycle and ReBirth, has launched a new social music-making platform that enables musicians worldwide to collaborate.  MORE

AES139 Tech Program Set

Date: 08/25/2015

The Audio Engineering Society has lined up its most in-depth technical program yet for this year’s 139th International AES Convention, being held October 29 – November 1, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  MORE

P&E Wing To Clarify Hi-Res

Date: 07/01/2015

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has embarked upon the creation of a series of Hi-Res Production Guidelines, clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing high-resolution music.  MORE

Can You Be Replaced by a Software Algorithm?

Date: 06/29/2015

For decades, mastering was considered an arcane, difficult art capable of being mastered (sorry about the pun) only by those with Jedi-level skill sets.  MORE

You Say You Want A Convolution

Date: 06/09/2015

Reverb used to be simple: a room with a mic and a speaker.  MORE

Trending At Frankfurt Musikmesse

Date: 06/04/2015

The biggest news in Frankfurt was the Messe hierarchy shakeup and subsequent schedule changes.  MORE

The Big Ten

Date: 04/09/2015

Did you get your questionnaire from Apple and Microsoft about what audio/video-oriented features you wanted in their latest operating systems? Neither did I, so as usual, we cross our fingers that the next OS to which we upgrade will fix more things than it breaks.  MORE

Avid CEO Talks Pro Tools 12, Expansion

Date: 03/20/2015

by Frank Wells. “As this industry changes, it impacts us just like it does an artist or a producer, a mixer, and our role as a member of the family, as the technology expert in the family, is to use our expertise to help move the family forward,” opined Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avid Technology, sitting down to talk to PSN during Winter NAMM 2015. NAMM saw the introduction of Avid Technology’s new flagship DAW, Pro Tools 12, with a basic companion DAW package, Pro Tools First. Pro Tools 12’s primary new features center on the Avid Everywhere concept, allowing access to music marketing and distribution tools, enabling collaboration and offering new software licensing models. Pro Tools First is a free software package, also conceived with collaboration in mind. Creating music “isn’t the whole problem anymore,” said Hernandez. “[The problem is] creating a way to sustain what you love doing. The tools have gotten simpler, but the environment’s  MORE

Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite

Date: 03/19/2015

Loading the new Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite ($299 street)—comprised of the Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor—was like getting back in touch with long-lost friend.  MORE

The Subscription Model Gathers Momentum

Date: 03/18/2015

This column covered the subscription model in June 2013—but a lot has happened since then, and now our industry has followed Adobe’s lead.  MORE

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