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Reviews

API 527

'Lunchbox' Compressor-Limiter

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Could API's latest 500-series module be an essential purchase for Lunchbox users?

Blue Encore 300

Handheld Condenser Microphone

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Designed as a hand-held live vocal mic, this mic has a cardioid pickup pattern, and seems very robustly engineered.

Cartec EQP1A

Mono Valve Equaliser

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British 'boutique' outboard manufacturers seem to be rather thin on the ground these days, but if this Pultec clone is anything to go by, newcomers Cartec look set to make a big impression.

DPA PPC4000

Phantom Power Checker

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The classic nightmare scenario for anyone involved in setting up microphones, whether for a studio or location recording or...

ESI Rekord M

Portable Stereo Recorder

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Hardly a month goes by that a new handheld stereo recorder doesn't turn up at SOS Towers, but the Rekord M has to be the...

Faderfox MIDI Controllers

DJ3 DL3 DX3 FX3 FT3

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The Faderfox controllers are bijou and boutique, and theres five of them to choose from.

Fishman Aura Spectrum

Acoustic Imaging DI Pedal

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How do you make a piezo-miked acoustic guitar sound like a real miked acoustic? Fishman have improved on their already impressive answer to that question...

JamHub

Personal Monitor System

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For low-volume rehearsals and jam sessions, most options to date have been quite limited, particularly for creating separate monitor mixes. The JamHub range aims to make the whole process that little bit easier and more immediate.

Magix Samplitude Pro 11

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

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With the latest version of their unique object oriented DAW, Magix are targeting both mastering and recording engineers.

Prodipe TT1

Dynamic Microphone

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Prodipe say they wanted to offer a high-quality, live-sound, cardioid-pattern dynamic mic at a very affordable price.

Propellerhead Reason 5

Audio Production Software For Mac & PC

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The latest version of Reason incorporates new arrangement tools and two powerful new instruments, and even lets you record samples. Meanwhile, sister application Record continues to develop too...

Scan 3XS Performance

Laptop Computer

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Scans new laptop is as powerful as many desktop computers and aims to eliminate the unreliability so often characteristic of off-the-peg machines.

Soniccouture Novachord

Sample Library

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You wait 70 years for a Novachord, then two come along at once... 

Sontronics Saturn

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

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Sontronics mics usually sound as distinctive as they look - and this one looks more distinctive than most!

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Condenser Microphone

These audio files accompany the Sontronics Saturn review that featured in SOS October 2010.

Steinberg Nuendo 5

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac & PC

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With Steinberg continuing to focus on features for audio post-production, is Nuendo still a relevant option for those working strictly in music?

Tannoy Reveal 601A

Studio Nearfield Reference Monitors

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Building to a price inevitably entails compromises. The art is in choosing the right ones...

Toontrack Beatstation

Sampling Software Instrument

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Toontracks new sampling software instrument is simple to use, but also far deeper than it initially appears to be...

Toontrack EZX Electronic

EZ Drummer/Superior Drummer Expansion

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Toontrack's EZ Drummer and Superior Dummer have proved hugely popular, in part because of the availability of expansion...

USB Acoustic Toy Museum

UVI Workstation

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Acoustic Toy Museum is one of the more bizarre offerings from Ultimate Sound Bank, and is volume 10 of the UVI Soundcard range.

Vermona Mono Lancet

Analogue Synthesizer

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The peculiarly named Mono Lancet is an analogue synth of the old school, boasting two oscillators, a filter with a debilitating debt to Moog, and knobs galore!

VSL Vienna Choir

Sample Library

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The Viennese maestros celebrate 10 years of sample creation with a foray into the world of vocals.

XILS Lab PolyKB

Software Synthesizer

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Anyone with a passing interest in synthesizers, especially of the unfinished, unobtainable and commercially disastrous variety, knows of the RSF Polykobol II. Few have ever played one — but now theres PolyKB...

Zero-G Disco Gold

Sample Library

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Zero‑G's Disco Gold provides over 800 loops presented in a 24‑bit, 44.1kHz stereo format, with some 1.7Gb of sample material in all.

People + Opinion

Jon Burton: Mixing & Recording The Prodigy Live

Interview | Engineer

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As the Prodigy's chief live sound engineer, Jon Burton gets to unleash untold kilowatts of bass power on an unsuspecting world. He has also made multitrack recordings of every show on their 26-month world tour.

Justin Paterson: What's the difference between education and training?

Sounding Off

What's the difference between education and training?

Mike Strange Jr: Eminem Recovery

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Eminem's Recovery has been one of the biggest hit albums of the year, spawning two number one singles — all recorded and mixed by Eminem's long-term engineer, Mike Strange.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Trousseaux * Dizraeli * marky:boyofdestiny * Eileen Daly & The Courtesans

Respect The Computer!

Leader

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Where does the time go? It seems like I just took down the Christmas cards, glanced out of the window five minutes later to see a few green buds on the trees, and now I'm already watching the summer fade away!

Silver Apples: Early Electronica

Interview | Band

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Silver Apples jammed with Jimi Hendrix, counted John Lennon as a fan, and produced extraordinary electronic music — with nothing but a drum kit and a pile of electrical junk.

Technique

A Logical Reason

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Logic and reason dont just form the basis of rational thought — they also make for inspired composition...

CPU Throttling

PC Notes

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There seems to be a nasty bout of CPU throttling going around. But don't despair: we may have a cure...

Creating A Step Sequencer | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 4

Primer

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In the final part of this short series, we investigate a more advanced use of scripting to create a simple step sequencer. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3

EQing With Multi-band Compressor

Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

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When is a multi-band compressor not a compressor? When it's an equaliser!

Follow Actions

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We explore a cunning workaround to enhance Ableton Live's already powerful 'Follow Actions' feature.

Improving Audio MIDI Setup

MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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Digital Performer version 7.1 has been out for a while, but we're still feeling the love for some of its new features...

Mix Rescue: Kate Ockenden

Mixing & Recording Advice

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In a wallet-friendly departure this month, we rescue a reader's track with nothing more than careful use of Logic Pro's built-in plug-ins...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS October 2010.

Parameter Modulation

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Use parameter modulation to create clearer mixes.

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Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

These project files accompany the Reaper Technique column that featured in SOS October 2010.

Project Templates

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Creating your own project templates is one of those useful housekeeping jobs you can do when you’re in a less creative mood.

Resolving Hard Drive Problems

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Does Pro Tools sometimes take an unwarranted dislike to one of your hard drives? Here's how to deal with it, and how to let non-admin users join the Pro Tools party.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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The SOS team are confronted by a confusion of speakers this month, and opt for a cost-effective DIY approach to sorting out Tony Rigg's studio acoustics.

The Green Studio

Alternative & Recycled Studio Acoustic Materials

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Traditional acoustic materials from mineral and synthetic sources are subject to environmental concerns and possible health issues. Now there are affordable, green alternatives, but how suitable are they for the home studio?

Updated Mac Pro Finally Here!

Apple Notes

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We've had some goodies from Apple recently, but now it gets serious: the updated Mac Pro is finally here!

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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You might think that being a TV composer is a life of parties, beautiful women, fame, glory and dongles, but the reality is rather different. This unique chronological study plots the lifespan of a typical project.

Video Media

5 Best Buys

The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

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New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three categories will get you started.

AB Soft Neat Video

Noise-reduction plug-in

Neat Video is designed to deal with the kind of chroma (colour) and luma (black and white) noise that appears in digital video...

Going Steady

Stabilising Handheld Camerawork

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Handheld shots can look great, but too much camera shake can give the viewer a headache! We take a look at three budget rigs for keeping shots steady, and find out whether electronic image stabilisation can help.

LCDVF

Viewfinder for DSLR

With the ever-increasing number of users turning to DSLR still cameras for video, more and more accessories are being released...

Magic Bullet Colorista 2

Colour Correction Plug-in

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With so many different bundled and third-party colour correction plug-ins available, do Colorista 2s new features offer anything special?

Rotolight Interview Kit

LED Lighting Kit

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Rotolight enter the competitive LED lighting market with a compact, battery-powered offering and plenty of accessories.

Rycote Universal Camera Kit

Shotgun mic mount for video

Rycote made waves in the studio world recently with their universal shockmount, which improved on the ageing 'cat's cradle'...

Video Copilot Optical Flares

After Effects plug-in

Picture this: you're working in an edit suite and the director comes and looks over your shoulder. "Let's try a lens flare”,...

Sound Advice

Q. How should I mount a pair of AKG C414s?

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I've been trying to use a pair of AKG C414s in a coincident X-Y mode, but am finding it physically difficult to mount the...

Q. How should I record an upright piano?

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I have a pretty basic recording setup and, up until now, have just been making vocal and guitar recordings using an Audio‑...

Q. What pocket recorder should I buy to record my music?

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I'm interested in buying a small digital stereo recorder that I can use to record my band in a variety of situations,...

Q. What's the right type of Rockwool?

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I'd like to use some Rockwool in my studio to improve the acoustics, but this is the first time I'll have used it, so I could...

Q. Where's the best place to mount a large monitor screen?

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I'm using a big desk with a shelf on the back as my studio workstation. Being partially sighted, I need my screen fairly close...

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