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Worth over £2600, this is your chance to win one of the last-ever production run examples of this superb channel strip. The unit will be signed by Focusrite Chairman Phil Dudderidge, making it a real collector's item not to be missed. Closing date: 31 January 2010
Active Three-way Monitors
As well as a distinctive design, these huge nearfield monitors offer a frequency and time-domain performance that compares with the best.
WAV⁄REX⁄Apple Loops⁄Stylus RMX
WAV/REX/Apple Loops/Stylus RMX
DAW Software For Windows
Its not touted as version 9, but the list of improvements certainly makes this years upgrade to Cakewalks Sonar DAW a big deal.
The latest product of Doepfers modular know-how is the Dark Energy: a compact, powerful and hands-on desktop analogue synthesizer.
Software Synth Suite
FXpansions first foray into the soft-synth world yields some unexpected but welcome results...
Recording in a live environment demands simplicity and stability, and this intriguing new product from SADiE co-founder Joe Bull is designed to offer both.
The fifth version of Absynth introduces even more sound-mangling features and aims to be far more user-friendly than its predecessors. Has it succeeded? Read on...
Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The new TLM102 embodies everything weve come to expect from a large-diaphragm Neumann studio mic — except the price!
After an extensive programme of selective breeding, Novation have created the Nocturn 25 — an affordable, touch-sensitive controller keyboard.
Software Bass Instrument
Spectrasonics new STEAM-driven bass module bundles 34GB of electric, acoustic and synth basses into one package. We delve deep and give you the lowdown.
Leading Models Compared
Whether recording or mixing, which set of headphones will work for you? We compare a selection of the best models.
Firewire Audio Interface
Compact and bijou it may be, but the Impact Twin offers 14 channels of simultaneous analogue and digital I/O and is chock-full of TCs clever DSP technology.
Summing might not sound very rock & roll, but Thermionic Culture have added a little attitude of their own to this impressive and unique design.
Plug-in Effects Suite [ Mac OS/Windows]
There are countless reverbs, EQs and delay-based effects out there, but U-hes new Uhbik collection brings some fresh thinking to familiar sounds.
Acoustic-modelling Guitar Headphone Amp
Vocal Levelling Plug-in [Mac OS/Windows]
No matter how many compressors we own, when it comes to getting vocal levels right, theres no substitute for faders and hard work. Until now...
People + Opinion
Readers Music Reviewed
More of your submitted recordings undergo the SOS 'Juke Box Jury' treatment.
With musical instruments, its the interface that counts...
Recording Speech Therapy
It took rapper Speech Debelle years to find a producer who could bring to life the sounds in her head. The answer, as Wayne Bennett discovered, was to record her music as if it were a folk album.
Detective Phil Manchester
Noisy, muffled, incoherent recordings are an audio engineers worst nightmare, but all too often they contain vital evidence in criminal trials. Its the job of the forensic audio specialist to extract that evidence.
A brief guide to what factors should be considered when choosing replacement speakers for your guitar amps.
Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques January 2010
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Many long-term Pro Tools users still rely on Beat Detective, but the newer Elastic Audio often produces better results in half the time.
Ableton Live Notes & Techniques
Live 8s Looper is ideal for quick, fun composition.
Logic Notes & Techniques
For every destination you might have for your mix, theres a correct audio output format. We explain the options.
Mixing & Recording Advice
This month we look at ways to manipulate transients and make use of those all-important send effects, as we take on Jay Menon's ballad, 'Through My Eyes'.
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS January 2010.
Producers: The Bomb Squad • Engineer: Nick Sansano
Hank Shocklees 1988 collaboration with Public Enemy brought a new aggression to hip-hop — both sonically and politically...
Reason Notes & Techniques
Boost your Reason productivity with indispensable keyboard shortcuts that make everyday jobs quicker and easier.
Inside Track: ‘When Love Takes Over’
When French DJ David Guetta and American singer Kelly Rowland combined to produce one of the biggest crossover hits of 2009, the hands on the faders belonged to Veronica Ferraro.
Apple provide great entry-level music software in the shape of Garageband, so why is Mac hardware shedding features that help entry-level musicians?
Setting Up A Dual-Purpose Studio
What do you get when you cross a recording musician with a photographer? A nice-looking studio that serves a dual purpose, thats what...
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
VST Expression, introduced in Cubase 5, enables you to extract the best from multi-articulation sample libraries.
If your plug-in synths sound a bit cold and clinical, there are plenty of ways to inject some life...
TV Music From The Inside
No-one likes having their work criticised, especially when the criticism is baffling, surreal and second-hand. But thats the lot of todays composer for the media.
In this pre-Christmas holiday podcast, Editor in Chief Paul White and Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns comment on gear they are currently testing for coming editions, and in the Sound Advice section pass on Recording Vocals tips about mic choice, positions, processing and acoustics. News Editor Jules Harding highlights recent new product announcements like VOG and Hollow Sun's sampling of the 70-year-old Hammond Novachord, plus Features Editor Sam Inglis introduces what's in the forthcoming magazine.