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Reviews

Analogue Watch

Spotlight On Analogue Mixers

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Digital desks are all well and good, but analogue consoles still have their place, especially for smaller gigs.

WSAntelope Audio Zen Studio

USB 2 Audio Interface

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If small is beautiful, then Antelope Audio’s latest product is the Mona Lisa of multi-channel audio interfaces.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month, the new iPhone 6, Rode Grip and Triqtraq sequencer app.

WSAvid Sibelius 7.5

Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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The first new release of Sibelius in three years comes from the program’s relocated home in California. Is this much-loved notation package still in safe hands?

Big Fish Audio Cinematic Motion

Apple Loops, REX & Acidised WAV

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Cinematic Motion is a multi–format collection of loops for the budding composer of high-octane drama, whether for the...

WSCrane Song Falcon

Valve Compressor

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If anyone can tease ‘that’ valve optical compressor sound out of a single-width 500-series module, Dave Hill can...

WSDirect Sound Extreme Isolation EX25 & EX29

Closed-back Headphones

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These cans aim to provide maximum isolation from outside sources, and could prove ideal for foldback when playing loud instruments.

WSFabfilter Pro-Q 2

EQ Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Fabfilter’s Pro-Q already did everything an EQ should do — so what can they have added in version 2?

WSGarritan CFX Concert Grand

Virtual Piano Instrument

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Garritan’s latest library raises the bar for virtual piano instruments.

Groundology Earth Connection Plug

Safety Earthing Plug

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With the tiniest bit of DIY, this could banish the gremlins from a ‘floating’ recording setup.

WSHeritage Rock

Retrozone: The Lowrey Heritage Deluxe

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It might have lacked drawbars and tonewheels, but, sonically, the little–known Lowrey Heritage Deluxe was a match for any Hammond organ.

WSHK Audio Pulsar PL112FA & PL118 Sub A

Active PA System

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We put this compact new system from HK to the test at a festival stage in Malvern.

WSMackie DL32R

Digital Mixer With iPad Control

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Mackie crown their DL series of app–controlled mixers with this full–featured stagebox–format model. Find out what’s new in our exclusive review!

WSManley Core

Reference Channel Strip

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Billed as their ‘greatest hits’ package, Manley’s Core packs a lot into a package that’s less expensive than their previous offerings.

WSMeeBlip Anode

Synthesizer

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Its open-source design means that this small box is bursting with possibilities.

WSOverloud Rematrix

Convolution Reverb Plug-in For Mac & PC

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Overloud are on a mission to prove that convolution reverb can be brash, bold and, above all, big!

WSPropellerhead Reason 8

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Is there more to the latest version of Reason than a pretty face?

WSRetro Instruments Sta-Level

Variable-mu Compressor

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Is Retro’s recreation of the legendary Gates Sta-Level more than just a reissue?

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Is Retro’s recreation of the legendary Gates Sta-Level more than just a reissue?

Sample Logic Cinematic Keys

Kontakt Instrument

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Sample library creators are always trying to come up with fresh ideas for products, and this is possibly why Sample Logic...

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WSShadow Hills Oculus

Monitor Controller

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What does this stylish-looking passive monitor controller offer that its competitors don’t?

WSShure Beta 181

Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

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With its side-address capsule and compact body, this handy little mic can reach the places other mics can’t!

Sonokinetic Celesta

Kontakt Instrument

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Indelibly associated with magic, sugar plum fairies and, inevitably, Harry Potter, the celesta (or celeste) is a keyboard--operated idiophone resembling a small upright piano.

WSSonoris Mastering Compressor

Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Sonoris’s mastering-oriented plug-in is designed to make dynamic control as unobtrusive as possible.

WSSony PCM-D100

Portable DSD, PCM & MP3 Recorder

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Unlike most compact recorders, Sony’s all-new design supports DSD recording. Is that enough to justify the price?

Studiobricks One

Modular Vocal/Instrument Booths

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This neat modular system slots together in no time at all, and is surprisingly effective.

WSUnity Audio Pebble & Bam Bam

Active Monitors

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Unity revive some unusual ideas about speaker design to come up with this innovative and effective monitor system.

WSWaldorf Streichfett

String Synthesizer

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Is the world ready for the return of the string synthesizer? Waldorf seem to think so...

Zoom H5

Handheld Recorder

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Zoom’s H4 has been hugely popular, and with the H5 it seems its few shortcomings have been ironed out.

WSZoom TAC-2

Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Zoom’s TAC-2 is the cheapest Thunderbolt interface currently available, but is premium quality really possible on a budget?

People + Opinion

A Tale Of Obsession

Leader

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Just because I work for Sound On Sound, it doesn’t mean that I’m immune to gear obsession and the spending of...

WSInside Track: Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Patrick Leonard & Jesse E String

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In search of reality, Leonard Cohen convinced his producer Patrick Leonard to abandon his hang-ups about using sampled instruments.

Sounding Off

Dennis Wilkins has his say.

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When it comes to plug-ins, sometimes less is more...

WSTour De Force: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Elliot Mazer & Stanley Johnson: Recording & Mixing CSNY 1974

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Forty years on, one of the most famous tours in history is now the basis of an epic live album.

Technique

WSAce of Bass

Engineering Bass Guitars Live

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They form the foundation of most bands, but getting them right can be tricky. We explore the many ways to deal with bass guitars on stage.

WSDone Deals

Logic Tips & Techniques

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With Logic Pro X, there’s no excuse for leaving your music unfinished!

WSDrum Mechanics

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live offers plenty of tools to perk up insipid rhythms.

WSFrom Stage To Screen

How Nashville Built Live Music Into TV Drama

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To make a splash with a new season of musical drama Nashville, the producers opted for a high-risk strategy: live music segments, performed as the show aired.

WSGate Expectations

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Use Sonar’s Sonitus Gate to achieve pumping reverb effects.

WSIn The Fast Lane

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase’s Track Lanes system is great for speedy comping, but Track Versions brings plenty more to the party...

WSIn The Pink!

Mixing To A Pink Noise Reference

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Could this neat little trick save you time and frustration on each and every mix?

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WSMix Rescue

Our Experts Tranform Your Tracks

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Alex Kamburov: We coax different sounds from identical guitar recording setups and try to inject some attitude into a ‘70s rock track.

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WSOff The Mark

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools’ Quick Start dialogue does exactly what its name suggests!

WSPink Floyd 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'

Classic Tracks

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Engineer Brian Humphries tells the story of recording Pink Floyd’s nine-part lamentation to their lost colleague, Syd Barrett.

WSSession Notes

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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Tracking lead vocals: We demonstrate why the element that demands most listeners’ attention also demands most of the producer’s...

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These files accompany the Session Notes article in the December 2014 issue.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Power corrupts. And absolute power terrifies...

WSOff The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Under new leadership, the AES could once again find itself at the vanguard of technology.

WSStudio File

Maarweg studio2 Cologne

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We take a look at the former EMI Electrola studios in Germany.

Sound Advice

Q What gear should be burnt in before use?

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Is ‘burning in’ studio equipment (monitors, headphones, tube gear, and so on) of benefit to certain types of...

Q What makes a vocal part's harmonics louder than the fundamental pitch?

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I’m recording a singer whose pitch is pretty good, but on higher notes the sound gets a little harsh. Looking at the...

Q When and how should I use reference tracks?

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I keep reading that it’s a good idea to use reference tracks when mixing, but when should I be referencing other mixes...

Q Will a Shure SM58 sound better on vocals than a condenser mic in a lively room?

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I have to record a vocal track in a fairly live–sounding room. I’ve got a couple of reasonable condensers,...

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