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Reviews

WSAcidlab Bassline 3

Analogue Synthesizer

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We don our smiley t‑shirts and our baggiest trousers and put Acidlab's 303 clone to the test.

WSAffordable Digital Mixing Consoles

Spotlight

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With the cost of entry-level digital mixers having dropped sharply over the last few years, there's never been a better time to invest in a digital mixing console.

WSAppworks

Making Music On The Move

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iConnectivity MIDI Interfaces For iOS

Justifiably described as 'hyper‑connective', the iConnect...

WSBlackstar ID:Core Stereo 40

Stereo Guitar Amplifier

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Can you really enjoy super-wide stereo sound from such a tiny amp?

WSElektron Analog Rytm

Drum Machine

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The Analog Rytm combines analogue drum synthesis with sample playback. Is it the ultimate beatbox?

WSElysia Xfilter

Stereo Equaliser

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What secrets have Elysia hidden inside this modest‑looking rackmount case?

FMR Audio RNC500 & RNLA500

500-series Dynamics Processors

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FMR have improved on their classic designs as they turned them into 500-series bargains!

WSLewitt LCT 550

Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

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Austrian manufacturers Lewitt continue to plough their own furrow, with the latest in their innovative studio microphone range.

WSM‑Audio BX6 & BX8 Carbon

Active Monitors

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M-Audio's latest budget monitors punch way above their weight.

WSNative Instruments Molekular

Modular Multi‑effects Software

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By designing a signal processing environment that offers endless modulation and routing options, Native Instruments hope to reinvent the way we use effects.

WSNeve Genesys Black

Large-format Analogue Console

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Classic, yet unashamedly modern, Neve's latest analogue console promises seamless integration with the software studio.

WSPeluso P49

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

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In their ongoing quest for authentic vintage tones, US mic makers Peluso tackle the classic Neumann M49.

Playback

Reader's music reviewed

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This month we review albums from Stark, Smoking Grace and The Goddamn Wallbangers.

WSPrism Sound Titan

USB Audio Interface

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Prism Sound's latest interface looks set to dwarf even their legendary Orpheus...

WSRME Fireface 802

Firewire & USB 2 Audio & MIDI Interface

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The Fireface 802 picks up where its highly successful predecessor left off.

WSRoland HandSonic HPD20

Hand Percussion Pad

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Roland bring their HandSonic percussion range bang up to date with the HPD20.

WSSample Logic Arpology

Arpeggiator & Sample Library

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Arpology combines Sample Logic's wealth of sampled sounds with a sophisticated arpeggiator to create a unique virtual instrument.

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Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda

Kontakt Instrument

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Every dog, so the saying goes, has its day. It's also true for keyboards. We all know apocryphal stories of Mellotrons that...

sE Electronics Space

Acoustic Mic Screen

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How have sE improved on their innovative Reflexion Filter?

WSSE Electronics X1T

Valve Microphone

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SE give their popular X1 a valve boost, while keeping the price within reach of the masses.

Soniccouture The Attic

Kontakt Instrument

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The Attic is a Kontakt instrument from Soniccouture crammed with the sort of dusty old gear many of us would love under our...

WSSoundcraft Si Performer 1

Digital Sound & Lighting Console

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With the new Si Performer range, for the first time ever you can control lighting and sound from the same desk. But what's it like to use in practice?

WSTC Helicon VoiceSolo FX150

Active Stage Monitor

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This compact monitor combines Tannoy speaker technology with TC Helicon's renowned reverb and vocal processing.

The Alternative Workbook — Or How To Pimp Your Practice Room

eBook Review

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This book offers refreshingly concise advice on how to make great rock & pop recordings on a budget.

WSTree Audio The Branch

Valve Channel Strip

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Have Tree Audio gone out on a limb with their vintage-voiced valve channel strip?

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Have Tree Audio gone out on a limb with their vintage-voiced valve channel strip?

WSVir2 Acou6tics

Virtual Acoustic Guitar Instrument

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Having done electric guitars, Vir2 turn their attention to acoustics, but the inexplicable '6' remains intact...

WSWaves Vitamin

Multi‑band Sonic Enhancer Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows

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Waves' clever enhancement plug‑in offers several ways of making your music bigger!

YRG Radius

Radiused neck for You-Rock-Guitar

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Regular readers may recall my enthusiasm for the You Rock Guitar used as a MIDI controller in my review back in August 2011...

People + Opinion

Fount Of All Knowledge

Leader

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Just occasionally we receive emails asking what credentials qualify us to dispense wisdom on the methodology of recording or...

WSInside Track: Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Steve Fitzmaurice

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When an unknown act such as Sam Smith hits the big time, there's often an experienced producer behind the scenes — like Steve Fitzmaurice...

WSJoey Sturgis

Metalcore Producer & Engineer

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From humble beginnings, Joey Sturgis has become a leading producer in the highly technical metalcore scene.

Sounding Off

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All work and no pay: is working for free always wrong?

Technique

WSAux Talk

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Perhaps the most versatile track type in Pro Tools is one that you can't even record to!

WSBeat Ripping

Cheat Your Way To The Perfect Beat

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Learn how to extract the rhythmic elements from your favourite tracks and apply them to your own sounds and compositions.

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Cheat Your Way To The Perfect Beat

Audio Examples

WSEasy As A-D-T

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Automatic double-tracking is a doddle in Reason.

WSGet Pitch Quick!

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase's built-in VariAudio pitch processor isn't just for vocals...

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Cubase's built-in VariAudio pitch processor isn't just for vocals...

WSGoing Electric

Miking Guitar Amps On Stage

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Electric guitars are one of the cornerstones of modern music, but miking them up can prove tricky. We round up some top tips from professional engineers.

WSReaktion Time

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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NI's Reaktor is the perfect partner for Live...

WSRepeat After Me

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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The ability to sync delay times and other Studio One parameters to tempo is a fertile source of inspiration.

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The ability to sync delay times and other Studio One parameters to tempo is a fertile source of inspiration.

WSSession Notes

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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Ajimal: Guy Massey shares tips and tricks as he records the winners of Focusrite's Dream Recording competition at AIR Studio.

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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.

WSTip Advisor

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Save time and effort with these power-user techniques for Sonar.

WSTop 10 Hits

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Need to give your productions a shot in the arm? Here are 10 ways to make a beat in Logic Pro X.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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We might be used to rapid technological change – but is our audience?

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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First mastering went online, now it's becoming automated. Should we be afraid?

Studio File

Snap Studios London

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Building a high‑end recording studio has always been an ambitious goal. A studio is a complex organism, and substantial...

Sound Advice

Q How can I give my mixes a sense of space and transparency?

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I listen to a lot of well-produced material and it all has an inherent sense of space and positioning.

Q What does a compressor's auto-release control do?

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I know it changes settings according to the source material, but how does the 'automatic recovery' function on a compressor work.

Q What happens when audio is converted from AIFF format to AAC and back again?

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I understand that data-compressing audio files is really just chopping out frequencies we think we don't need, but I don't understand what encoders do to go the other way.

Q Will my mic preamp work with my Shure SM7B microphone?

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I have a Focusrite Trackmaster mic preamp, and I'd like to know if it will work properly with my Shure SM7B dynamic mic?

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