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Reviews

WSADK Frankfurt 49T

Large‑diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

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ADK's take on the classic Neumann M49 may lack the original's valve circuitry, but the desirable vintage character is all there.

WSAllen & Heath ME1

Personal Monitor Mixer

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Monitor mixing is riddled with compromises, but Allen & Heath hope to change all that with their intuitive ME1 personal foldback mixer.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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Rhythm Studio very neatly bundles a step sequencer, mixer, and a variety of sound and rhythm generators into one ridiculously low‑priced app, and also provides virtual interconnectivity and a fair amount of touch‑screen control. 

Audient ASP880

Microphone Preamplifier

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Audient have updated their popular eight-channel preamp design to provide more features at a lower price.

WSCredland Audio Big Kick

Formats: Mac & PC AAX 64‑bit, VST; Mac AU

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Big Kick is one of those specialist plug‑ins that, as soon as you install it, makes you wonder how you ever managed without....

Drumdops Mapex Heavy Rock Kit

Kontakt Instrument

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So far in the pages of SOS we have looked at two Drumdrops products — the Vintage 1963 Premier kit and the Rogers Big R Dub...

WSEve Audio SC408

Active Midfield Monitors

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If you need serious bass, and you've got the control room to handle it, Eve's flagship monitors might be just the ticket.

WSFishman TriplePlay

Wireless MIDI Guitar System

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Need a fast-triggering MIDI guitar system that frees you from the constraints of cables? Look no further!

IK Multimedia Master EQ432, EQ73 & EQ81

Format: T‑Racks Custom Shop modules

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IK Multimedia add three new EQ modules to their T‑Racks Custom Shop series.

Impact Soundworks

Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar Kontakt Instrument

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Some guitar sound libraries sample lots of different instruments so that the end user can choose what sort of sound they are...

Korg Pandora Stomp

Multi-effects Pedal

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Korg's Pandora series first appeared almost 20 years ago, but the range has evolved with the march of technology. Today's...

Kush Pusher Magnetic DSP Colorbox

Formats: Mac AU & VST; Windows VST

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Though it has a control panel that looks like a Klingon's duvet cover and an introduction that suggests it was inspired by an alien abduction, the aptly named Pusher is at heart a rather elegant enhancement device.

WSM-Audio Trigger Finger Pro

MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

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Can M-Audio's ambitious pad controller offer something new in the era of hybrid beat workstations?

WSMcDSP AE400

Active Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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McDSP's latest plug-in is an intriguing hybrid between an equaliser and a compressor.

WSMonitor Stands & Decouplers

Spotlight

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Almost as important as where your monitors are is what they're standing on. We round up some of the best available options.

WSNative Instruments Monark

Software Synthesizer

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The Minimoog is not exactly short of software tributes. How does NI's measure up?

WSOrchestral Tools Berlin Strings

Sample Library

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A new strings library sees a major European symphonic sampling project move one step closer to completion.

WSPolar Studios Polar 160

Stereo VCA Compressor

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The bus compressor installed in ABBA's Harrison console is now available 'to go'.

WSPresonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI

Digital Mixing Console

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Presonus' attempt to make digital mixing feel like analogue pays dividends in this new flagship model from the popular StudioLive range.

Rhythmic Robot Spark Gap

Kontakt Instrument

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From Rhythmic Robot, the instrument that goes 'boing'. I'm trying to think who else would collect 38MB of samples of a 1920s laboratory tuning fork?

WSRob Papen Blue 2

Software Synthesizer

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Rob Papen's venerable soft synth gets a comprehensive update.

WSRode NT1

Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

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Aussie mic makers Rode aim to bring the sound of classic vintage mics within reach of the home studio. Have they succeeded?

WSRoland FA08

Synth Workstation

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Roland have condensed their considerable synthesizer workstation expertise into a single, affordable instrument.

Sample Shop | Media

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WSSchertler Jam 150

Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

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This miniature PA from pickup specialists Schertler offers a striking combination of quality, portability and affordability.

Seymour Duncan Vapour Trail

Analogue Delay With Effects Loop

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Pickup experts Seymour Duncan have revamped their effects line-up for 2014, introducing the Vapor Trail analogue delay.

WSStudio Electronics Boomstars

Analogue Synthesizers

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Studio Electronics' new synth modules come in a range of different colours, each with its own distinctive filter and identity.

The Foley Grail: The Art Of Performing Sound For Film, Games & Animation

Book Review

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Much of the enjoyment and realism (or hyper-realism) of films, TV shows, radio programmes and computer games relies upon the skilful use of Foley.

Ueberschall Upright Bass

Elastik

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As its title suggests, Upright Bass offers around 1GB of solo upright bass loops — just over 400 in total — covering a range...

Ultra Satan Drive

SD Card Drive For Atari ST

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Solid-state mass storage for my beloved Atari !

WSWaves Reel ADT

Automatic Double-tracking Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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An effect invented by Abbey Road engineers has become a studio staple. Waves have painstakingly recreated its original implementation.

People + Opinion

WSInside Track: Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dani Castelar

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Engineer and producer Dani Castelar accompanied Paolo Nutini through three years and 11 studios to make his acclaimed new album Caustic Love.

WSMetronomy

Joseph Mount & Ash Workman: Recording Love Letters

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Despite having mastered sample manipulation and digital editing, Metronomy's Joseph Mount felt there was something missing — so he went cold turkey on computers...

WSPeter Gabriel 'Sledgehammer'

Classic Tracks

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When Peter Gabriel made the transition from prog to pop with 'Sledgehammer' he did it on his own exacting terms...

Site For Sore Ears

Leader

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Here at Sound On Sound we always try to help out with readers' queries whenever we can, and if we get enough questions on the...

Sounding Off

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Games music needs to be bolder...

WSThomas Troelsen

Writing & Producing K-Pop

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The dazzling world of South Korean pop music confuses many Westerners — but Denmark's Thomas Troelsen has become one of its leading producers and songwriters.

Technique

WSDesigner Sounds

Sound Design For Visual Media

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You have the skills and the gear, but how should you tackle your first sound-for-picture projects?

WSEngineering A Band Competition

The Final Frontier

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Thirteen acts playing two sets each, in an historic venue, with minimal changeover time? It's all in a day's work for our intrepid live‑sound engineer.

WSGate Expectations

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We get creative with Live's often overlooked Gate processor.

WSGetting Shreddy

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Use Sonar's editing tools to tighten up your guitar solos.

WSGlorious Technicolour

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Use Reaper's SWS Extensions to automatically add colour and icons to your tracks.

WSLost & Found

Logic Tips & Techniques

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If you're having problems navigating in Logic Pro X, we can help you find your way again.

WSMacro Bionic

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One's macros can take the legwork out of repetitive tasks.

WSMonster Tracks

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The first step to setting up a Pro Tools session is to understand what its different track types are for.

WSSession Notes: Duo Melodika

Baroque‑music duo

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Duo Melodika: This month one of our engineers aims to augment the natural beauty of a baroque‑music duo playing in a church.

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WSThe Big Squeeze

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Make your Cubase mixes pack more punch with master‑bus compression.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month we're listening to Coldplay, Sam Smith, Paolo Nutini and our Classic Mix is Elvis Presley 'Hound Dog' from 1956.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The greatest enemy of original music in TV and film is, well, the original music.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Jimmy Iovine used to sweep up recording studios. Can he clean up the record business?

WSStudio File

State Of The Ark, London

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Though its design consciously looks back to the '60s, State Of The Ark has only been open to the public as a commercial studio for seven years.

Sound Advice

Q How can I rid my PC of annoying background noises?

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I've recently added some new gear to my PC-based studio and now get low-level whistling noises through my loudspeakers that...

Q Why does the instrument input of my audio interface always clip?

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I've been searching to find a sensible answer to this question to no avail. Using my Focusrite USB interface, even with a ...

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