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Reviews

Boss GT Pro

Guitar Effects Processor

Thumbnail for article: Boss GT ProThe Boss GT Pro is more than just a guitar effects processor — in fact, with its dual COSM-based processing engines, it's two. But when it comes to guitar tone, does the GT Pro put Boss in charge?

Crowley & Tripp Naked Eye

Ribbon Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Crowley & Tripp Naked EyeOne of the most welcome developments of recent years in the microphone market is the growing availability of ribbon mics. This new model takes its place in the middle ranks of price but has a far from mediocre sound...

Digidesign DV Toolkit 2

Post-production Tools For Pro Tools LE

If you want to do serious post-production work in Pro Tools but you can't stretch to an HD system, Digi's new DV Toolkit 2 could be the answer.

Edirol R09

Compact Digital Recorder

Thumbnail for article: Edirol R09The Edirol R09 is one of the most stylish and compact digital recorders on the market - but is it as accomplished as it is good looking?

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

Kong Audio Chinee

Chinese VST Instruments For PC

Five new evocative sampled Chinese instruments in virtual instrument form at a seriously low price.

Korg D888

Digital Recording Studio

Thumbnail for article: Korg D888This simple digital eight-track might appear a bit feature-light, but it could have hidden appeal for DAW users wanting a flexible multitrack audio capture machine.

Korg STR1 & OASYS v1.1

Plucked String Synthesizer Expansion & Software Upgrade

An amazing new string-modelling synth is added to Korg's flagship workstation.

Lexicon Lambda

USB Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac OS X / Win XP]

Thumbnail for article: Lexicon LambdaLexicon's latest addition to their alphabetically inspired soundcard range is friendly to both your desktop space and your wallet .

Masterwriter

Songwriting Tools [Mac OS X / Windows]

Computers may have taken over every aspect of the recording process, but they still can't help you write a good song. Or can they? The people behind Masterwriter certainly think so...

Novation Remote 25 LE

MIDI & USB Controller Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Novation Remote 25 LENovation's Remote LE range offers a healthy selection of features from their popular Remote controller keyboards at a cut-down price.

Plug-in Folder

Latest Plug-ins tested

Another batch of hot plug-ins get installed and tested.

Sample Libraries

Sample Shop

Our monthly round-up and evaluation of what tickled our fancy from the newest Sample Library releases.

Sonalog Gypsy MIDI

Motion Capture MIDI Controller Suit

Thumbnail for article: Sonalog Gypsy MIDIWant to turn movement into sound? Sonalog's 'mocap suit' is probably the world's first wearable MIDI controller.

Steinberg Halion Symphonic Orchestra

Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

We find out how well Steinberg's new take on the virtual orchestra conducts itself...

Violet Amethyst

Studio Capacitor Microphones

Thumbnail for article: Violet AmethystAre the Amethysts a bit of a jewel in the studio, or only semi-precious? We find out.

Virtuosoworks Notion

Notation & Performance Software [Mac / PC]

Ever wondered how your composition would sound played by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios? Virtuosoworks' notation package gives you the opportunity to find out.

People + Opinion

10 Years Of Native Instruments

Industry Profile

As Native Instruments celebrate their 10th anniversary SOS goes behind the scenes at the company, remembers the highlights, and looks forward to the next decade in software instrument design.

Breaking The Upgrade Cycle

Paul White's Leader

Crosstalk: Your feedback

Readers' Writes

John Cale

Artist/Producer

Thumbnail for article: John CaleAs a solo artist, producer and member of the Velvet Underground, John Cale has had a hand in some of the most influential records ever made.

Roger Nichols: Across The Board

The Current State Of Affairs

Recording engineers are finding it tough to get jobs. But have they really tried all the options out there?

Sounding Off

Paul Nagle

Sound unseen...

Technique

Apple Developer Conference

Apple Notes

It was all happening at this year's Apple Developer Conference, where an Intel-based Power Mac replacement and a new Xserve were showcased and Apple Notes was in the audience for the first demonstration of Tiger's spotty successor, Leopard...

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Band 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

Producers: The Band, John Simon • Engineers: John Simon, Robbie Robertson, Tony May

The origins of The Band as Bob Dylan's backing group are well known, but with songs like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' they forged their own unique American sound.

DP 5.1 Universal Binary for Intel Macs

Digital Perfromer Notes & Technique

MOTU have released DP 5.1, a Universal Binary version of Digital Performer that allows owners of Intel Macs to finally make the most of the application on their new machines. But while this is a crucial piece of the jigsaw in enabling DP's use on the Intel platform, it's going to be a while before you can recreate a fully loaded G4 or G5 setup. Here's the low-down...

Eradicating PC Audio Clicks & Pops

PC Musician

Cicks and pops can ruin a recording, not to mention causing vast amounts of annoyance and wasted time. Tracking down their causes can be far from easy — but our step-by-step troubleshooting guide is here to help.

Mix Rescue

Remixing 'No Logo'

This month we overhaul rock band No Logo's mix in pursuit of a bigger and more commercial sound. Listen to Audio examples

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

MP3 Audio examples

Mixing Essentials

The Fundamentals Of Mixing

For the newcomer, mixing a multitrack recording can seem overwhelmingly complicated. The key is never to lose sight of the basic principles...

Networking Macs: Using Nodes In Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

Logic allows you to multiply the processing power of your studio system by networking multiple computers together. But how well does this actually work in practice?

Podcasting — How To Create Your Own Podcasts

Sound Workshop

Podcasting is a powerful new communications medium that could help you get your music out to the masses — and it's accessible to pretty much anyone with a home studio and a broadband Internet connection.

Processing Acoustic Guitars

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

The acoustic guitar has its place in almost every style of contemporary music. So how can you use the processing tools of SX to help find the right place in your mix for all that strumming and picking?

Studio SOS

Paul Roy

Paul Roy's studio is rearranged to improve the mixing environment.

USB Ports

PC Notes

All USB ports are not created equal, as PC Notes finds out this month...

Using Region Groups In Pro Tools 7

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The new Region groups feature in Pro Tools 7 enables us to work with multiple Regions as though they were a single object. In this month's workshop we also take a look at two new training resources from Digidesign.

Working With Video In Sonar 5

Sonar Notes & Techniques

As video becomes more accessible, Cakewalk have taken notice, adding a lot of video-friendly features to Sonar 5. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to combine the worlds of audio and video within the program.

Music Business

Big George's Big Mouth

Recording '(Is This The Way To) The World Cup'

This month sees the return of iconoclastic composer, DJ and music industry commentator Big George to the pages of Sound On Sound — and you thought we'd sacked him for good...

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