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Reviews

5Pin Media MIDI Focus Modern House Beats

Sample Library

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Modern House Beats is a slightly different take on the usual downloadable sample packs I'm asked to review, as it is as...

Akai MPX8

Sample Player

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Akai could be on to a winner with their cheap and compact sample player.

Allen & Heath QU16

Digital Mixing Console

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The market for compact digital desks is hotting up. Has Allen & Heath's latest contribution got what it takes to fend off the competition?

API The Box

Analogue Console

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How much of API's legendary large-console technology and sound have they managed to pack into this smaller sibling?

Appworks

Making Music On The Move

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With so many wonderful music apps for iPhone and iPad out there, the tiny internal speakers on those devices can become a serious limitation to sound quality, and not everyone wants to use earphones all the time.

Audient ID22

Audio Interface & Monitor Controller For Mac OS

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Audient have brought their respected ASP-series preamps to the masses in the form of a new USB audio interface.

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer

Music Production Software For Windows

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As well as improving Sonar itself, Cakewalk have brought in some heavy-hitting third-party content. Does X3 have what it takes to tempt buyers away from other recording software?

Clavia Nord Lead 4

Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

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Nearly 20 years after the original, Clavia's Nord Lead has become a studio synth staple. Can its latest incarnation keep the flame alive?

Equator Audio D8

Active Monitors

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Equator prove that real quality needn't cost a fortune, with their new active, coaxial D8s.

Focal Spirit Professional

Closed-back Headphones

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Focal have made a strong impression in the studio monitor market. Can they do the same in the competitive world of headphones?

HH Tessen TMP108A

Active PA Speaker

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Wooden PA speakers usually sound better than their plastic equivalents, but they've also been more expensive — until now.

HOFA IQ Reverb

Convolution Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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HOFA claim that their IQ Reverb combines the realism of convolution with the editability of algorithmic reverbs.

iZotope Nectar 2

Vocal Processing Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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With up to 13 different processing tools available, if Nectar 2 can't make your vocal track sound good, nothing can!

Kaotica Eyeball

Microphone Screen

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Can this small ball of foam really take the room out of the equation when recording vocals?

Luxonix Toys In Wonderland

Sample Library

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As any parent with very young children knows, toys can be very noisy things, in a crude, lo-fi kind of a way. Toys In...

Milab BDM01

Kick-drum Capacitor Microphone

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Boutique Swedish manufacturers Milab have made possibly the most expensive kick-drum mic ever. But is its quality equal to the price?

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Multitrack DAWs For iPad

Spotlight

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Thinking of turning your iPad into a mobile recording studio? Check out our round-up of multitrack recording apps first!

Novation Launch Control, Launchpad Mini & Launchkey Mini

MIDI Controllers

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Novation expand their controller range as they serve up a three-course Launch. We check out what's on the menu.

Nu Desine AlphaSphere

Software Instrument & Controller

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If you fancy a break from traditional musical interfaces, or merely want a fetching accessory for the dashboard of your spaceship, the AlphaSphere could be just the thing.

Orchid Electronics Amp Interface

Reamping Box

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Orchid's low-cost approach to DI and reamp box doesn't cut any corners when it comes to quality.

Playback

Readers' music reviewed

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Joe Matera, Obsidian Kingdom, The Flickers.

Radial Engineering PZ-DI

Variable-load Active DI Box

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Piezo-pickup equipped instruments have unique requirements when it comes to DI boxes, and this product is designed to get the best out of them.

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Sample Shop

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Schertler Magnetico AG6

Multicoil Magnetic Pickup For Acoustic Guitar

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Can you really obtain a realistic acoustic guitar sound from a pickup? With Schertler's latest offering, it seems that you can...

Soniccouture Clav

Sample Library

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Clavinets are a bit like Marmite. We love to own them, to play them, and to listen to them, but we hate storing them and...

Sonnox Codec Toolbox

Codec Auditioning & Batch Conversion Tool For Mac & PC

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Preparing audio for online distribution can be tedious and frustrating. Sonnox's affordable utility takes the pain away!

Strymon Big Sky

Stereo Reverb Pedal

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Does Strymon's latest offering finally deliver studio-quality reverb for the guitarist?

Summit Audio Everest

Analogue Channel Strip

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Featuring a built-in push-button patchbay, it seems that this channel strip is scaling new heights...

Toontrack EZX Metal!

Sample Library

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Toontrack seem to be going through a bit of a metal phase at the moment with their latest EZ Drummer expansion kit being...

Unity Audio Avalanche

Active Subwoofer

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First the Rock, then the Boulder, now the Avalanche: Unity's monitor range expands, with the launch of this powerful new sub.

People + Opinion

Auxiliary Spend

Leader

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I'm going to let you into a secret that could put our entire industry out of business ­— but trust me, that won't happen...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Chris Godbey

Inside Track

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Two massive hit albums in a year was a pretty good return on 20 days' work for Justin Timberlake, producer Timbaland — and engineer Chris Godbey.

Sounding Off

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Have cheap delivery formats destroyed music's value?

Technique

Apple Notes

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Apple have ditched the feline theme and gone Mavericks, but what does that mean for you?

Building A Drum Riser For Your Electronic Kit

Rise & Shine

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Electronic drum kits are not silent, so what can you do to tame their thumps and rumbles?

Dubstep Drums

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Dodge & Fuski's Rob Talbott explains how he creates the band's dubstep drum beats in Cubase.

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Engineering Drums Live: Part One

Kit Parade

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Although the techniques for amplifying drums over a sound system are similar to those that an engineer would use in the studio

Fade Away

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We look at crossfading, Live's secret sound-design weapon.

Get Smart

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Work smarter not harder with Smart Controls in Logic Pro X.

New Additions

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We scrutinise two Rack Extension additive synths and look at how to add harmonic complexity to any source.

PC Notes

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They boast faster boot times, total silence and greater durability ­— but is a solid-state drive right for you?

Plugging Away

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MOTU's Digital Performer 8 includes some neat new plug-ins — many with applications beyond the obvious.

Session Notes

Thomas Rumbold: Recording Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

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Our recording engineer tackles the challenge of recording a singing guitarist, and weighs up the merits of several mic techniques.

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Our recording engineer tackles the challenge of recording a singing guitarist, and weighs up the merits of several mic techniques.

Shirley Bassey 'Goldfinger'

Classic Tracks

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Engineer Eric Tomlinson recorded a host of classic soundtracks during his 40-year career, not to mention what's...

Side FX

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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From de-essing to complex drum processing, side-chain access in Studio One opens up many new possibilities.

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Sides Splitting

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Learn to set up M/S matrixing in Pro Tools and you open up a world of creative processing possibilities.

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Learn to set up M/S matrixing in Pro Tools and you open up a world of creative processing possibilities.

Star Quality

Phil Ramone & The Secrets Of Vocal Production

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Producer Phil Ramone was legendary for getting great vocal sounds. Here's how he did it — and how you can do the same.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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The Mix Review in Sound On Sound This month we analyse hits from Biffy Clyro, Armin Van Buuren and Duke Dumont, and take a look back at a classic mix, Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, from 1990.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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We all want our names to be associated with famous TV programmes, right? Well, it depends what they're famous for...

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Vinyl resurgence; surprisingly good classic-rock tribute bands on tour; Live Nation buying and burnishing the old Fillmore live-venue brand; the pining for music's past seems like it's in full swing.

Studio File

The Magic Shop, New York

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The Magic Shop is not the oldest studio in New York, yet it is one of the few major recording venues left in Manhattan. Over...

Sound Advice

Q Are back-electret mics any good?

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Is there any practical difference between a conventional capacitor microphone and a back-electret type? I always get the...

Q Can I plug my keyboards into my audio interface's line-level inputs?

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I am looking for a USB audio interface that I can connect all of my instruments to, and I have been considering a Focusrite...

Q Why are Reflexion Filters used behind the mic if the mic picks up sound from the front?

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I've noticed that a lot of companies now market a variation on the curved screen theme to go behind a vocal mic, with the...

Q Why won't my mixes translate better?

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Sound On Sound Q and A SOS January 2014 Why won't my mixes translate better? Should I buy a digital clock? Can I plug my keyboards into my audio interface's line-level inputs? Why are Reflexion Filters used behind the mic picks up sound from the front? Are back-electret mics any good?

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