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Competition

SUBSCRIBE & WIN Inta Audio PC-based/M-Audio computer recording studio

Deadline: 2005-01-05

If you've ever considered taking out a subscription to Sound On Sound, now is definitely the time to do so, as anyone purchasing a new subscription over the next three months could win a complete computer recording system courtesy of Inta Audio and M Audio. Existing subscribers are also eligible ? simply fill out the entry form.
The DAW at the centre of this prize is an AMD Opteron-based system designed and assembled by Inta Audio. It features a 200GB, 7200rpm hard disk, 1GB of DDR RAM, a DVD writer and a 17-inch TFT monitor and, alone, is worth £1299.
The peripherals that make up the rest of the recording system have all been kindly provided by M Audio, and include a Firewire 1814 audio and MIDI interface, a Luna microphone, a pair of BX5 active nearfield monitors, a Keystation Pro 88 controller keyboard and a copy of Ableton's Live 4 sequencing software.

WIN Focusrite Liquid Channel

Deadline: 2004-12-31

The Liquid Channel offers accurate emulations of vintage preamps and compressors, plus a digital EQ, in a 2U rack. The unit normally retails for £2344, but Focusrite are generously offering SOS readers the chance to win a Liquid Channel in this competition.
Prizes kindly donated by Focusrite +44 (0)1494 462246. < href=\"http://www.ffliquid.com\">www.ffliquid.com\n

Reviews

AAS Tassman v4.0

Physical Modelling Synth (Mac/PC)

Tassman is not the oldest 'virtual modular' software synth, but it's always been one of the better ones around. We check out the latest version...

ADAM ANF10

Passive Nearfield Monitors

ADAM's new passive nearfields combine proprietary ribbon tweeters with doped-paper woofers to provide high-precision monitoring on a budget.

AKG C414B XLS & XLII

Capacitor Microphones

One of the all-time classic microphones gets a 21st-century makeover.

Allen & Heath WZ316:2

Analogue Mixer

Allen & Heath's Mix Wizard range of multi-purpose analogue mixers has just been redesigned and re-released. But is the old magic still there?

Apple Logic Pro 7

PREVIEW: MIDI + Audio Sequencer (Mac OS X)

When Apple bought Emagic two years ago, the question on everyone's lips was 'What will they do with Logic?' Now they have unveiled perhaps the most radical overhaul the sequencer has ever seen, with improvements ranging from new instruments and effects to a networking system that could eliminate CPU restrictions completely. We explain what's changed in this PREVIEW (full in-depth review will follow next month).

Cakewalk Kinetic

PC Software Studio

With pattern-based sequencing, plenty of \npresets and a powerful analogue-style synth, Cakewalk's affordable soft studio package could be a valuable compositional tool.

Fishman Aura

Acoustic Guitar Preamp

This digital processing unit promises a whole new level of realism from acoustic guitar pickups. Although primarily aimed at live performance, could it be a serious option for the studio too?

Korg CR4

Cassette Multitracker

Korg, one of the main manufacturers of digital workstations, have just released another multitracker, but this time it's cassette-based!

Latest Sample CDs

Hot Releases Tested

Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs:
Tekniks Xtreme House 2 ***** MULTI-FORMAT
PMI The Emperor ***** MULTI-FORMAT
Tekniks Ghetto Grooves 2 **** AUDIO+WAV
PMI The Old Lady ***** MULTI-FORMAT.

Plug-In Folder

Latest Plug-ins Tested

We test and report on another crop of highly insertable software Plug-ins:
Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium
Formats: Mac RTAS, VST & Audio Units; PC RTAS & VST
TC Electronic TC30
Formats: Mac & PC Powercore

SE Electronics Icis

Valve Microphone

This strikingly styled new valve mic offers a sound inspired by vintage classics.

Steinberg Cubase SX 3

MIDI + Audio Sequencer (PC & Mac OS X)

Cubase SX 3 is the latest incarnation of one of the best-known brands in sequencing software, offering many new features and tying up the loose ends from previous generations of Cubase. But with increased competition, most notably from Apple and Cakewalk, can Steinberg maintain their cross-platform advantage?

TC-Helicon Intonator HS

Pitch-correction Plug-in (TC Powercore)

A Powercore version of Antares' ubiquitous Auto-Tune pitch corrector was announced in 2001, but it never appeared. Is TC's new Intonator HS plug-in a viable alternative?

Voyager By Bob Moog

Version 2 OS Updates • Anniversary Edition • VX351 • CP251

Since the release of the Voyager analogue monosynth last year, Bob Moog's company have been busy producing OS updates, special-edition versions, and accessories. We bring you up to date with a look at the lot.

Zero-X Beat Quantizer

Multitrack Beat Slicer & Quantizer (PC)

If you are an avid slicer of beats, then Zero-X's latest offering might just appeal. With its support for multitrack slicing and quantizing, is Beat Quantizer the best thing since sliced bread?

People + Opinion

AIM: Association Of Independent Music

Alison Wenham • Steve Johnston

We would all like to make a living from selling our own music — but how would you actually go about it? The UK-based Association Of Independent Music offer some thoughts on how to cope with the opportunities and pitfalls of the modern music industry.

Bill Szymczyk

Producer

From unlikely beginnings as a naval SONAR operator with no musical training, Bill Szymczyk became a legendary producer and engineer whose work with The Eagles would define the hi-fi sound of '70s rock.

Business End

Listen & Learn from Reader Tracks

Listen online to the tracks while you read what the MPG (Music Producers Guild) members thought of the latest batch of SOS readers' submitted recordings.

Crosstalk: Your Communications

Readers Writes

Replies to more of your emails, faxes and letters.

Keeping Hardware Alive

Leader

SOS Editor In Chief, Paul White, believes that if the manufacturers of studio hardware outboard equipment still want to be building it in significant numbers in five years' time, then a system similar to the one he proposes in this article is the only thing he can see that will keep them in the game. Read on...

Mark Nevers

Producing Lambchop

Fed up with being treated badly by spoilt divas, engineer Mark Nevers abandoned the country music establishment to start his own studio, and has made a name for himself on the 'other side' of Nashville.

Secrets Of House & Trance

Darren Tate's Production Tips

Darren Tate is one of Britain's leading house and trance producers with nine Top-40 hits under aliases including Jurgen Vries, Angelic and Citizen Caned, his latest success being the DT8 Project's summer anthem 'The Sun Is Shining (Down On Me)'. He reveals the personal production tricks which make his records stand out.

Sounding Off

Duncan Williams

Is entry-level software killing musical creativity?

The History Of Roland

Part 1: 1930-1978

The Roland name is almost synonymous with music technology — there can't be an SOS reader who has not made use of their instruments at some time. As founder Ikutaro Kakehashi approaches his 75th birthday, we begin a journey through the company's extraordinary history...

Technique

Audio Pitch and Tempo Manipulation in Performer

Digital Performer Notes

A guide to DP's options for audio pitch and tempo manipulation is on the agenda for this month's instalment of Performer Notes.

Choosing A PC Audio Interface: The SOS Guide

PC Musician

There are now so many sizes, types and formats of audio interface available that it can seem well-nigh impossible to find the one that best suits your needs. We sort out the spec features that are really important.

CLASSIC TRACKS: Sade's 'The Sweetest Taboo'

Producers: Robin Millar, Sade Adu, Mike Pela, Ben Rogan

Sade's ice-cool vocals and sophisticated, jazz-tinged instrumentation defined a new kind of soul music for the '80s. Engineer and producer Mike Pela describes the organic recording process that produced one of the singer's most memorable hits from 1985.

Demo Doctor

Reader Recordings Diagnosed

Think your own music is good? Listen to these tracks from SOS readers and see if you agree with the good Doctor's prognosis...

Einstürzende Neubauten

Alexander Hacke: Recording Phase 1 & Perpetuum Mobile

After more than 20 years making uncompromising industrial records, pioneering German band Einstürzende Neubauten escaped a creative and financial crisis through an Internet project which allowed their fans to influence the recording of their latest album.

Investigating Core Audio Performance Under Mac OS X

The Ins & Outs Of X

In recent months, SOS's online Mac Music forum has highlighted the difficulty with achieving the same number of channels of audio I/O under Mac OS X and Logic that were possible under OS 9. We investigate the problems and provide some solutions.

Marquee Tool Tips in Logic

Logic Notes

Once you find out all the things you can do with the Marquee tool, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it, so this month's column offers some advice on how to put it to work in your projects.

Organising Tracks & Plug-ins in Sonar

Sonar Notes

Organise your tracks with Sonar 4's Track Folder feature, nudge them into place with sample accuracy, and reclaim older plug-ins for use in newer versions of Sonar.

PowerBook Power; New iMac; OS X Tips

Apple Notes

We discuss Apple's brand-new iMac, investigate how much power a musician can really expect from the latest Powerbooks, and explain how to save some hard disk space when installing Mac OS X.

Reason: Alternatives To 4/4 Time

Reason Notes

Reason seems firmly fixed in a 4/4 time signature — but clever use of the Redrum and Matrix pattern-based devices allows you to explore more unusual signatures. This month we explain how, as well as bringing you the essential news and tips.

Should Musicians Install XP Service Pack 2?

PC Notes

The Windows XP Service Pack 2 is out, and it offers valuable bug fixes as well as enhanced Internet security measures. But as reports of a few audio-related problems surface, should musicians go ahead and install it?

Solving Computer Audio Problems

Banish Them For Good

Many of the unwanted hums, clicks, and whirrs that compromise the performance of your computer studio are nothing to do with software. We take a look at what causes them, and how to banish them for good!

Studio SOS

Tony Global

Tony Global's background is in the dance-music/DJ scene. The SOS team help him to polish his vocal sounds and improve his mixes.

SX Embracer, Tonic & Monologue Plug-ins

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

We take a closer look at the Embracer, Tonic and Monologue plug-ins that come supplied with Cubase SX.

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