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Akai MPK25

MIDI Controller Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Akai MPK25The tiny MPK25 goes beyond knobs and buttons alone, offering MPC-style drum pads for added versatility.

Apple Logic Pro 9

Music Production Software [Mac OS]

Thumbnail for article: Apple Logic Pro 9Apple have made over 200 improvements to their flagship music production bundle. Can they win over new friends while keeping Logic’s core user base happy?

Artioli Designs Voice Capo

Chord-forming Capo

Edax EQP2E

Dual-mode Stereo Equaliser

This equaliser may be based on the Pultec EQP1A, but Edax have been very active in tweaking that classic passive design to give their version some unique features.

Equator Audio Q8

Active Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Equator Audio Q8Coaxially-mounted speakers may seem a bit old-school, but there’s nothing wrong with the theory — and a touch of DSP can make them very modern indeed!

Eventide ModFactor & PitchFactor

Effects Pedals

Thumbnail for article: Eventide ModFactor & PitchFactorThese flexible effects pedals from the makers of the original Harmonizer are equally at home on stage and in the studio, with guitar, keys or even a mixing desk.

Korg SV1

‘Stage Vintage’ Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Korg SV1The brand new Korg SV1 rejoices in a collection of retro keyboard sounds and lovingly sampled acoustic pianos. Read all about it in our world exclusive review!

Lexicon Ionix U82S

USB Audio Interface

Thumbnail for article: Lexicon Ionix U82SLexicon’s Ionix range trades Firewire connectivity for USB and moves from the rack to the desktop.

Mackie Onyx 820i

Firewire Audio Mixer

Thumbnail for article: Mackie Onyx 820iIn many ways, the Onyx 820i is exactly what you’d expect from a Firewire Mackie mixer, except for one thing: it’s Pro Tools compatible.

PreSonus Studio Live

Digital Mixer & Audio Interface

Thumbnail for article: PreSonus Studio LiveCan this digital mixer perform equally well in both recording studio and live sound worlds?

Propellerhead Record

Music Production Software [Ma/PC]

Thumbnail for article: Propellerhead RecordIt’s been a long time coming, but Propellerhead have finally unveiled their take on computer-based audio recording and mixing.

Rain Recording Solstice PC

Music Computer

You might expect a specialist audio PC to come with an intimidating price tag, but — as the Rain Recording Solstice range proves — that need not be the case...

Softube Bass Amp Room

Bass Amp & Cabinet Emulation Software

SonicCouture Tremors

WAV, REX & Apple Loops

Ueberschall Chillers Joint

Elastik Loop Library

Universal Audio New UAD Plug-ins

Processors & Effects For UAD1 & UAD2 Cards

Universal Audio have given their UAD2 DSP platform extra appeal with yet more accurate recreations of classic studio hardware, and a new version of the card that works with laptop computers.

Violet Design Wedge

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Violet Design WedgeDoes the sound of this distinctive-looking mic live up to its striking exterior? Read on to find out...

VSL Vienna Imperial

Sample Library

Thumbnail for article: VSL Vienna ImperialThe new piano from VSL takes dynamic sampling to a higher level. Could this be the ultimate sampled grand?

People + Opinion

A True Visionary: Les Paul

Leader

Editor-in-Chief Paul White pays tribute to the passing of a true recording legend — guitar innovator Les Paul, the man who introduced the record-buying public to the joys of an overdubbing technique that became known as ‘sound on sound’.

Freemasons

James Wiltshire: Producer & Remixer

We cross-examine James Wiltshire of the Freemasons to uncover the secrets of their phenomenal success as a production and remix team.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da Genius

Kid Cudi: ‘Day ’n Nite’

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da GeniusRecorded and mixed in a modest home studio, ‘Day ’n Nite’ has made stars of singer/rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius.

Sounding Off: The Thrill Has Gone

David Ricard

The thrill is gone: or why buying gear ain’t what it used to be...

Technique

Digital Performer: Cleaning Up Noisy Tracks

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Digital Performer has a great range of features to help you avoid and clean up noise in your recordings.

Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ | Classic Tracks

Producers: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte • Engineer: Juergen Koppers

Thumbnail for article: Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ | Classic TracksThe pioneering electronica of ‘I Feel Love’ didn’t just revolutionise disco, it changed dance music forever. This is the story of how it was made...

Dream Studio SOS: Craig Sellwood

LIMS prizewinner

The Studio SOS team pay a visit to the lucky winner of the spectacular £30,000 SOS Dream Studio giveaway we ran at this year's LIMS show, to help him get his unbelievable studio prize up and running.

Great Loops With LoopMash

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Breathe new life into your loops with Cubase's LoopMash.

Live 8: Groove Matters

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Get into the groove with the new tools in Live 8.

Logic Studio

Apple Notes

We speculate on Apple’s direction for music, as revealed by the launch of the new Logic Studio suite.

Mix Rescue: Alex Giddens

Adding clarity to ‘grime’

Even ‘grime’ mixes need clarity! This month we get our hands dirty cleaning up the mud in Alex Giddens’ track.

Mix Rescue: Alex Giddens | Audio Files

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue October 2009

Links to the accompanying audio files.

Recording A Light Orchestra

Miking & Recording Techniques

Just how do you mike up and multitrack a large ensemble in a less-than-ideal recording space, and then produce an effective mix of the resulting recording?

Remastering The Beatles

Guy Massey, Paul Hicks & Steve Rooke

Remastering projects don’t come much bigger than this: a team of engineers spent four years in Abbey Road studios creating the definitive Beatles collection. Here's their story...

Sonar: Punchy Percussion with PX64

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Get to grips with Sonar’s brand-new PX64 percussion strip, which offers all the processors you need for treating drums.

Splitting Sessions

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Working on lots of songs within one project can be annoying. Why not use Pro Tools' advanced features to create a tailor-made Session for each one?

Using Your Graphics Card To Process Plug-ins

PC Notes

If your PC struggles to run the plug-ins you want to use, how about shifting some of the load to its graphics card?

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

All too often, faking it represents the easy way out for the media composer. But if you can put in the effort to keep it real, you’ll reap the rewards.

Sound Advice

SOS Podcast 017

20:30 mins

Paul and Hugh round up the latest gear news, including Propellerhead's Record software, before moving on to deliver advice on the basics of studio acoustics. They finish with a look at what's covered in the October 2009 issue of Sound On Sound magazine.

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