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AEA RPQ

Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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AEA have tweaked the design of their TRP ribbon-mic preamp, already something of a favourite, to create a device thats much more versatile — and without compromising on quality.

AudioMulch 2.0

Modular Audio Software [Mac/PC]

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AudioMulchs unique take on music creation and sound design already has many loyal fans. Will the new version 2, which adds Mac compatibility for the first time, win it a fresh army of admirers?

B-Band Ukko Pack

Contact Mics For Drums

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The ability to mount mics on drum shells is nothing new, but actually being able to build them into the shells, as you can with the Finnish Ukko system, is not so common. Could this alternative method put an end to multi-miking of drum kits?

Bob Kilgore’s Harmonic Capo

Harmonics-generating Capo

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One of the more novel guitar accessories I saw at this year's Summer NAMM show was the Bob Kilgore Harmonic Capo, which is a ...

DACS HeadMaster

Headphone Amp & Monitor Controller

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The jobs done by DACS latest high-quality problem solver are essential, if not glamorous. Could the HeadMaster take charge of your studio?

Eigenlabs Eigenharp Alpha

Advanced Controller Instrument

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Its makers describe the Eigenharp as “the most revolutionary new musical instrument in 60 years”. Could this bold claim be justified?

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP

Firewire Audio Interface

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Focusrite expand the Saffire range with their new Virtual Reference Monitoring technology.

Grace Design SpaceBar

Microphone Mounting Bar

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Microphone mounting bars seem to come in two different varieties, namely 'cheap and cheerful' and 'well engineered but...

JBL LSR 2300

Monitor Speakers

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JBL have a reputation for clinically precise monitors, but this time theyve come up with something a little smoother...

M-Audio Axiom Pro 49

MIDI Controller Keyboard

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The Axiom Pro showcases M-Audios controller keyboard know-how and debuts their brand-new Hyper Control technology, which is designed to make adjusting software parameters quicker and easier.

Morevox Retroverb 3

WAV Impulse Responses

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Retroverb 3 is a 24‑bit/44.1kHz library of 450 Impulse Responses that can be used with any convolution reverb plug‑in....

MXL R77

Ribbon Microphone

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Is this mics sonic performance as brilliant as its polished gold and chrome exterior?

Silent Peaks Peakulizer & SPK Isolator

Acoustics Accessories

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Silent Peaks are a relatively new Welsh company who specialise in affordable acoustic treatment, aimed mainly at the...

Steinberg The Grand 3

Sample Library

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Steinbergs one-stop piano shop gets an overhaul from the ground up.

T-Rex Gristle Pedals

Stomp-box Effects

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Judging by the names of some of their products, the designers at T‑Rex have got a thing about the less attractive elements of...

The New Stereo Soundbook (Third Edition)

Book Review

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Something that seems to interest and intrigue almost everyone involved with audio recording at some point is the topic of...

Tonehammer Francesca

Kontakt

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Tonehammer are building a strong reputation for beautifully recorded and inventive sample libraries, but Francesca, the first...

Toontrack New York Studio Legacy Series Vol 2

Superior Drummer 2.0 Expander

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The original Superior Drummer 2.0 featured a modest collection of drum pieces (although they sounded excellent and were...

Ueberschall Club Electro

Elastik Loop Library

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Ueberschall have been steadily building up their catalogue of both Liquid and Elastik‑based sample libraries. The former, '...

Waldorf Largo

Software Synthesizer

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Waldorf continue their Bond (Blofeld, etc) theme with their first software synth, Largo.

Waves Eddie Kramer Collection

Plug-in Bundle [Mac OS/Windows]

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Waves latest plug-in collection attempts to bottle the genius of Eddie Kramer, for our benefit!

People + Opinion

Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson

Legendary engineer on Thriller

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Bruce Swedien has been the engineer of choice for Michael Jackson and his producer Quincy Jones, among many others. In a rare interview, he lays bare the techniques behind some of the superstars biggest hits.

Full Metal Racket!

Leader

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Editor-In-Chief Paul White recommends we all keep that live vibe in our recordings...

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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With a backlog of recorded material to wade through, the intrepid SOS crew brandish their Strictly Come Dancing judges' outfits and proffer their personal verdicts on another bunch of masochistic readers' hard-crafted recordings...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith

Inside Track: Tinchy Stryder

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Producer and songwriter Fraser T Smith has made the unlikely journey from prog rock to grime. With Tinchy Stryder, his broad experience has paid off in the shape of three massive hit singles.

Sounding Off: Vintage Synths

Jem Godfrey

Vintage synthesizers: can you love them too much?

Technique

Digital Performer: Alternative Versions

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

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When you need to tweak or re-work a track to produce alternative versions, DP has features that make it easy.

Extreme Metal

The SOS Guide To Recording & Producing Modern Metal

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Extreme metal music demands, and expects, extreme skills from producers and engineers. In Part 1 of this in-depth masterclass, we explain the techniques that go into crafting modern metal sounds.

Extreme Metal masterclass | Videos

Video interviews from Extreme Metal production masterclass [Part 1]

The following video interviews accompany this month's Extreme Metal: Recording Metal Music (Part 1) masterclass.

Intel's New i5 & i3 CPUs

PC Notes

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Powerful CPUs seem to get cheaper by the day, as evidenced by Intels new i5 and i3 series, which promise enough grunt for even demanding musicians, but with a lower price tag than the popular i7 range.

Logic | Using Flex Time on Vocals

Logic Notes & Techniques

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Part 1: Try out Logic 9s show-stopper addition, Flex Time, which lets you manipulate audio timing as never before.

Make Your Music Pay

Apple Notes

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As Apple and Spotify mark out the boundaries of the sharing culture, copyright owners are still looking for ways to make their music pay in a digital age.

Mix Rescue Audio

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue November 2009

Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue of Bobby Nobody's song 'Stitch Up'. You can listen to...

Mix Rescue: Bobby Nobody

Going beyong the mix

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Being a mix engineer isnt only about mixing, as we show when revamping Bobby Nobodys track, Stitch Up.

Optimum Vocals with VX64 Vocal Strip

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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Sonar 8.5s VX64 Vocal Strip offers new possibilities for vocal processing.

Reason To Record

Reason Notes & Techniques

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We help you to bring your old Reason songs into the Record era.

Region Control

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The Region List in Pro Tools is easy to overlook, but provides the most powerful way to keep track of what's in your Session.

REM ‘Radio Free Europe’ | Classic Tracks

Producers: REM, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon

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REMs first single wasnt just an embryonic form of the style and sound that would later make them so successful, it was also a gem of the American new wave. But it took a long time coming...

Studio SOS

Taming a reflective room

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This month, we tame a reflective room, tweak vocal compressors and slay the Blue Screen Of Death.

Technique Workshop | Audio

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Links to Audio files which accompany this month's Cubase techniques article.

The Cable Conundrum

Choosing guitar cables

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At one time, you'd buy a guitar cable and if the plugs didn't fall off or short out, it was a good cable, right? Now we have...

VariAudio: Extracting MIDI From Audio Files

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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More than just a pitch-correction tool, Cubase's VariAudio offers a means of extracting MIDI data from audio files.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The global financial meltdown would never have happened if only KPMG had modelled themselves on KPM.

Sound Advice

Q. Can I achieve a better kick sound?

I want to replace the kick drum on our drum kit with a MIDI kick pad, as our kick drum sounds rubbish, and we're now using...

Q. How could I use Giga-format libraries in the future?

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Over the last few years I've collected quite a few sample libraries in Giga format, but now that Tascam have discontinued...

Q. What’s special about star-quad cable?

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I've just read up about star-quad cable, which has internal cores that cancel each other's interference — like a humbucker?...

Q. What’s the best way to get started with mastering?

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I run a cheap and very cheerful recording studio in Cambridgeshire, England, and I am constantly asked whether I do mastering...

SOS Podcast 018

17:32 mins

Editor-in-Chief Paul White and Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns kick off with a look at hot topics in the November 2009 issue of Sound On Sound magazine, especially the Eigenlabs MIDI controller, before discussing more of the interesting recording gear from the AES New York show. Tips on bass recording, studio isolation and soundproofing complete this worthy podcast.

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