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Hardware Controller For Live
Ableton have released major new versions of their two flagship products, Live and Push. Live 9.5 is free to owners of Live 9. Meanwhile, and more importantly, there is a new Push controller.
Can new pads and a step sequencer keep Akai’s MPD pad controllers top of the class?
Making Music On The Move
Two more iOS apps reviewed: Futronica SAMMI Synth Multi-instrument • Xynthesizr Synth & Sequencer.
Formats: Mac & PC AAX & VST; Mac AU
Bayou Media are a new software company founded by plug-in developer Mike Collins, whose first product brings some fresh...
Mixer, Interface & Multitrack Recorder
This compact console offers an enticing set of features for both live and studio use — and does so at a highly appealing price.
Fuse is a Kontakt instrument that serves as a music ‘workstation’, but with a distinctly urban slant.
Cakewalk’s Rapture soft synth has been completely reworked and re-imagined: introducing Rapture Pro.
Valve Microphone Preamplifier
Can Chandler’s resurrection of one of the most revered preamps of all time help you get that classic Abbey Road sound?
Multitrack Recorder For Midas & Behringer Consoles
Behringer’s X32 consoles aren’t light on features, but they’ve never offered stand-alone multitrack recording — until now...
Auto-accompaniment Stomp Box
Every so often, an innovative and easy-to-use piece of technology comes along that makes me (and everyone that I show it to) grin from ear to ear...
Modular Audio Processor
This novel 500-series module has the potential to be any processor you want!
This fastidiously sampled instrument could be the only Rhodes you’ll ever need.
E-H's overdrive pedal uses MOSFETs as non-linear elements to create distortion, and actually performs as well as many boutique pedals despite being very modestly priced.
Eve have taken the technology from their existing monitors and shrunk it down to produce these diminutive desktop speakers.
The GIK Acoustics Evolution PolyFusor is a combination of a polycylindrical diffuser and an absorber merged into a single 600 x 1200 mm unit.
Formats: Mac OS & Windows VST, RTAS & AAX
Multimedia’s T-Racks mastering suite is a modular program: basic core functionality is free, and users build up a collection of tasty processors by making in-app purchases from the company’s Custom Shop.
Formats: Mac & PC AAX Native, AAX DSP, VST; Mac AU
McDSP’s SA2 Dialog Processor is based on hardware originally conceived by Academy Award winning re-recording mixer Mike Minkler...
Grand pianos can sound fantastic, but many of us cut our teeth playing old uprights in homes and schools and still want that kind of sound for our recordings from time to time.
Formats: Mac & PC VST; Mac AU
Question: What’s the difference between Carmen Electra and Carbon Electra? Answer: One is a glamour model and performer, the other is a four-oscillator subtractive synth that will work as a plug-in within your DAW.
Digital technology has helped PMC’s monitors go from strength to strength — and now they’re using it in their subwoofers, too!
USB Capacitor Microphone
USB mics are becoming increasingly common and affordable, but the quality varies. The Rode brand name, though, is one which...
Analogue & Digital Synthesizer
With a large, well–equipped control panel and a gratuitously laden effects rack, the JDXA could be Roland’s most ambitious, hands–on synthesizer in many years.
Active Ribbon Microphone
When you already make some of the best ribbon mics in the world, improving on them isn’t easy — but Royer have done just that.
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These files accompany the Sample Library articles in the December 2015 issue of SOS.
Sample Logic’s Cinematic Guitars Infinity proves to be a lot more than the sum of its parts.
Analogue Tremolo & Dynamics Processor
Gate, limiter, compressor, tremolo, volume pedal — is there nothing the Sonuus Voluum can’t do?
Digital Wireless Microphone
With so many affordable, high-quality options around, there’s never been a better time to go wireless. We check out Sony’s latest offering.
Digital Audio Workstation [Mac OS/Windows]
Nuendo 7 inherits all the new features Steinberg debuted in Cubase 8, and adds sophisticated functionality for producing audio for film, TV and games.
Valve Capacitor Microphone
Can a valve mic for under £200 really deliver the goods? We put this one up against AKG’s premium C12VR to find out...
Monitor Control System
Does TC’s latest post-production tool have anything to offer the music-making market?
Formats: Mac & PC VST; Mac AU
Tracktion’s Master Mix plug-in is a simple but sophisticated one-stop mastering processor at a remarkably affordable price.
Thunderbolt Audio Interface For Mac
UA’s new Apollo 8p boasts eight channels of the company’s Unison–powered preamps.
Orbit is a Kontakt 5 instrument designed to be a source of evolving or pulsing textures. Unusually, you access it via...
Multi-channel Field Recorder
Once in a while, a high-quality, affordable product comes along that makes the professional competition look overpriced...
People + Opinion
Recording So There
Fans of singer–songwriter Ben Folds expect piano music — but a full–on piano concerto is certainly a new development!
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Carlo ‘Illangelo’ Montagnese
Engineer, mixer and producer Carlo Montagnese likens his work with the Weeknd to painting — and he’s not afraid to use plenty of colour!
We talk guitar recording and more with Grammy-nominated engineer Michael Ilbert, based in Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios.
Tired of derivative movie sound design? Console yourself...
There are many benefits to modern recording technology, but for our Editor In Chief one of the greatest remains the sheer convenience of being able to open a project and pick up exactly where he last left off.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Originally developed by Camel Audio, Alchemy is the most exciting new virtual instrument to be bundled with Logic for a long time. It is one of the most feature–packed synthesizers on the market, and includes many different synthesis types...
Cubase Tips & Techniques
Your Cubase project is recorded, mixed and mastered... but is it secure?
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
As of version 12.2, all Pro Tools users now get powerful features like VCA Master tracks, Advanced Metering and the Disk Cache.
Producer: Martin Hannett • Engineer: Phil Thompson
Engineer Phil Hampson didn’t even like punk rock — yet, with an inexperienced Martin Hannett, he recorded one of the defining records of the era.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Even complex audio recordings can be conformed to Studio One’s timeline — with very useful results.
Pitching New Ideas
Pitch-correction software has lots of uses besides putting vocals in tune! We uncover the creative roles to which today’s pitch processors can be employed.
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Fred’s House: Our engineer overcomes lashings of speaker bleed as he massages a vocal–heavy mix into shape.
Hear For Yourself
These files accompany the Mix Rescue article in the December 2015 issue of SOS.
Reason Tips & Techniques
Reaktor and other NI plug-ins have been staples in most of my musical efforts. This month I’ve brought together a bunch of tips for getting started working with these alongside Reason.
Spotlight: Live Sound Gadgets
Looking for some inspiration for your Christmas list? Check out our round-up of live sound gadgets.
Tracking A Big Band On A Budget!
Only big studios have the space, skills and equipment to track a full big band, right? Not necessarily...
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You are walking through a wild garden towards a beautiful late-19th-century mansion. Through an open basement door, you catch a glimpse of a magnificent discrete Neve console.
TV Music From The Inside
All TV people lose faith in their abilities sometimes, but at least no–one blames the composer when things go wrong.
Music & Recording Industry News
In this day and age, major recording studio complexes rarely survive the sale of the buildings they inhabit — but is there hope for Avatar?
I’m using a Yamaha EMX 5000-20 for live sound and I seem to be unable to get the foldback working for some sources, even though it works for others. Am I missing something obvious?
When does one need a headphone amp? I have some Shure 1840s, which are great, but I’ve read about headphone amps and want to be sure I am getting the most from the cans.
I have a Casio PX310 digital piano. When jacks are inserted into the (quarter-inch) line out sockets, the onboard speakers are not muted. They are muted when headphones (or a jack) are inserted...
I’ve read that pro gear should use balanced connections, but I’ve been looking for a mixer recently and find that most have unbalanced insert points. My interface uses balanced I/O, as does most of my outboard gear. What gives?