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Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier
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.
Modular Audio Software [Mac/PC]
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?
Contact Mics For Drums
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?
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 ...
Headphone Amp & Monitor Controller
The jobs done by DACS latest high-quality problem solver are essential, if not glamorous. Could the HeadMaster take charge of your studio?
Advanced Controller Instrument
Its makers describe the Eigenharp as “the most revolutionary new musical instrument in 60 years”. Could this bold claim be justified?
Firewire Audio Interface
Focusrite expand the Saffire range with their new Virtual Reference Monitoring technology.
Microphone Mounting Bar
Microphone mounting bars seem to come in two different varieties, namely 'cheap and cheerful' and 'well engineered but...
JBL have a reputation for clinically precise monitors, but this time theyve come up with something a little smoother...
MIDI Controller Keyboard
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.
WAV Impulse Responses
Retroverb 3 is a 24‑bit/44.1kHz library of 450 Impulse Responses that can be used with any convolution reverb plug‑in....
Is this mics sonic performance as brilliant as its polished gold and chrome exterior?
Silent Peaks are a relatively new Welsh company who specialise in affordable acoustic treatment, aimed mainly at the...
Steinbergs one-stop piano shop gets an overhaul from the ground up.
Judging by the names of some of their products, the designers at T‑Rex have got a thing about the less attractive elements of...
Something that seems to interest and intrigue almost everyone involved with audio recording at some point is the topic of...
Tonehammer are building a strong reputation for beautifully recorded and inventive sample libraries, but Francesca, the first...
Superior Drummer 2.0 Expander
The original Superior Drummer 2.0 featured a modest collection of drum pieces (although they sounded excellent and were...
Elastik Loop Library
Ueberschall have been steadily building up their catalogue of both Liquid and Elastik‑based sample libraries. The former, '...
Waldorf continue their Bond (Blofeld, etc) theme with their first software synth, Largo.
Plug-in Bundle [Mac OS/Windows]
Waves latest plug-in collection attempts to bottle the genius of Eddie Kramer, for our benefit!
People + Opinion
Legendary engineer on Thriller
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.
Editor-In-Chief Paul White recommends we all keep that live vibe in our recordings...
Readers’ Music Reviewed
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...
Inside Track: Tinchy Stryder
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.
Vintage synthesizers: can you love them too much?
The Cable Conundrum
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...
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
When you need to tweak or re-work a track to produce alternative versions, DP has features that make it easy.
The SOS Guide To Recording & Producing Modern Metal
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.
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.
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 Notes & Techniques
Part 1: Try out Logic 9s show-stopper addition, Flex Time, which lets you manipulate audio timing as never before.
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.
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...
Going beyong the mix
Being a mix engineer isnt only about mixing, as we show when revamping Bobby Nobodys track, Stitch Up.
Sonar Notes & Techniques
Sonar 8.5s VX64 Vocal Strip offers new possibilities for vocal processing.
Reason Notes & Techniques
We help you to bring your old Reason songs into the Record era.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
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.
Producers: REM, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon
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...
Taming A Reflective Room
This month, we tame a reflective room, tweak vocal compressors and slay the Blue Screen Of Death.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Links to Audio files which accompany this month's Cubase techniques article.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
More than just a pitch-correction tool, Cubase's VariAudio offers a means of extracting MIDI data from audio files.
TV Music From The Inside
The global financial meltdown would never have happened if only KPMG had modelled themselves on KPM.
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...
Over the last few years I've collected quite a few sample libraries in Giga format, but now that Tascam have discontinued...
I've just read up about star-quad cable, which has internal cores that cancel each other's interference — like a humbucker?...
I run a cheap and very cheerful recording studio in Cambridgeshire, England, and I am constantly asked whether I do mastering...
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.