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This year, Audio Engineering Associates are celebrating their 25th year in the ribbon microphone market and are kindly giving away one R84 Silver Limited Edition (SLE) model, worth 1225 US dollars, to the lucky winner of this SOS competition.
To celebrate their first quarter of a century in business, Quested are kindly giving the winner of this SOS competition a pair of S7R nearfields, worth £1450.
Every once in a while a key product is developed that transforms music. To mark our 25th anniversary, we list the most influential products to emerge during SOSs lifetime.
Modelled Brass Instrument
The new version of Arturias Brass instrument attempts to create realistic-sounding trombones, trumpets and saxophones, so just how successful is it?
Stereo Condenser Microphone
There's more to this variation on Audio-Technica's flagship microphone than the simple addition of a second capsule...
Audio Interface & Monitor Controller For Pro Tools HD
Avids new interface might look like the baby of the HD range, but theres a lot more to it than meets the eye...
John Walden examines the new collection of 62 construction kits from BFA.
Martin Walker examines the 49 Kontakt instruments of Crystal Glasses Vol 2.
A-D & D-A Converters
Should digital converters always be ultra-transparent? Burl think they should offer a little more character...
Dynamics Processor [Mac & PC]
Cytomic have gone to great lengths to mimic the sound of the famous SSL bus compressor, with its unique ability to glue things together. How does their plug-in compare with established offerings from Waves and UA?
Dynamics Processor [Mac & PC]
These audio files accompany the Cytomic The Glue review that featured in SOS November 2010.
DI & Re-amping Box
Isn't it refreshing when a manufacturer cuts out the frills and just delivers something that's robust and quietly gets on with the job, leaving you free to focus on more important things? Matt Houghton investigates the latest offering from DAV Electronics.
Distortion, filth, grime and grit abound in EastWests new library. Rubber gloves at the ready, we go in search of splendour in the dirt.
Reverb Plug-in Suite
Lexicons flagship PCM Native Reverb bundle is highly desirable, but also costly. The cut-down LXP Native Reverb offers a more affordable, yet still powerful, alternative.
Mellotron Sound Module
If you want Mellotron sounds in a rackmountable unit, theres only one option: introducing the Memotron Rack...
The Vitous brand has a great reputation in the world of orchestral samples. Does this brand-new library live up to it?
Everybody, as Fatboy Slim so wisely notes, needs a 303. However, with originals becoming ever more scarce and expensive, the dream of universal 303 ownership was starting to look unlikely — until now...
Handheld Stereo Recorder
Sam Inglis reviews the latest pocket-size stereo recorder from Olympus.
Chris Korff checks out a product designed to eliminate the need for an amp or mic when jamming on electric guitars.
Paul White explores the capabilities of the understated-yet-powerful Studio Pro M2.
Electronic Drum Kit
The TD20KX (known as the TD20SX in the States) is Rolands flagship electronic drum kit — but how does it measure up against other big hitters?
Rolands deluxe V-Piano has evolved, courtesy of a free software update...
Schoeps make some of the most revered mics on the planet, so when they release a commercial version of the mic preamp they use for testing, you have to take it seriously...
The following charts, made using an Audio Precision Analyser, accompany our review of the Schoeps VSR5 microphone preamplifier.
Mastering Processor [Mac & PC]
The idea that loud digital masters can retain real dynamics seems like a contradiction in terms, but its exactly what Slate Digital are claiming for their new mastering plug-in.
Simon Langford explores the Middle Eastern vocal library from Sonokinetic.
Is there a place for small analogue mixers in the project studio these days? Actually, we think there is...
Valve Summing Mixer
Join us, as we take Thermionics new bird for a test flight...
This is the first in a new series of libraries for Tonehammer, relying on field and instrument recordings instead of synthesizers.
People + Opinion
Paul White offers his take on why SOS is as relevant today as it was back in 1985.
SOS 25 Years
SOS has been forward-thinking for 25 years, so it's time we had a look back at the early days...
Some of the friends we've made over the years share their congratulations on our 25th birthday!
The Shape Of Things To Come
CD technology? Eight-note polyphony? Things were getting pretty exciting back in 1985.
Interview | Music Production
The man behind the biggest UK single of the year — 'Pass Out' by Tinie Tempah — is 21-year-old musical prodigy and maverick Labrinth.
One of electronicas most adventurous spirits, Markus Popp has returned with an album that sounds surprisingly... musical. But is everything as it seems?
Readers' Music Reviewed
The Penny Sweets * Lovethyself * Bleak Angel * Wave Constructed * Graveyard Dirt * Pins And Needles * Jesus In India * Samsara * Death Of The Elephant * Tony Alderman
Revolutions in music technology have always gone hand in hand with changes in the way records sound. To mark SOUND ON SOUND's 25th anniversary, we list the most influential productions to emerge during the magazines lifetime.
In theory, 64-bit operating systems allow us to use as much RAM as our software demands. So should we all be using them?
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
Despite self-imposed limitations, the multitrack sessions for Arcade Fire's latest album grew to epic proportions. Craig Silvey nevertheless mixed it on a vintage desk with no automation.
Apple Logic Tips & Techniques
Create a dubstep bass sound using the ES2 synthesizer and Logic's effects.
Apple Logic Tips & Techniques
These channel strips accompany the Logic Technique column that featured in SOS November 2010.
If your hard drives are overflowing, whats the best way to add extra capacity? PC Notes investigates...
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Knowing how to interpret and act on Cubase's level meters can help you to make better mixes.
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
DJs can really get clever with Ableton Live. We explain how.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Like any hardware mixer, Pro Tools' Mixer can be used to give the musicians on your session exactly what they want...
Mixing & Recording Advice
With a bit of hard work to counter unwanted masking effects and muddiness, everything becomes clear...
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS November 2010.
Do recent updates to Apples musical armoury hint at a move toward the music-streaming subscription model?
Tips & Techniques
Just how does 'stereo' work? And how can you manipulate a stereo audio signal to your mix's advantage?
Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques
Snap it up! Transform your music with snapshot effects automation.
Your Studio Problems Solved
There are more home studio widows out there than we usually like to admit, so when one sent out an SOS of her own, we just had to help, if only to assuage our sense of guilt!
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
We show you how to emulate Reason's Dr OctoRex loop player with Reaper's Takes and Items.
As the first issue of SOS hit the shops in October 1985, Talking Heads were already climbing towards their highest UK chart position. The song was 'Road To Nowhere'. Engineer Eric Thorngren tells the story of its recording.
Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
We bring you up to speed on tempo flexibility and Reason 5's new transport bar.
TV Music From The Inside
Its lovely to be appreciated — up to a point...
Audio Visual Production Software
Adobes latest Creative Suite comes in a variety of flavours, including the video-focused Production Premium package. We take a look at its most important components for video production.
This useful tool can help you achieve professional results on an amateur budget.
The Gear To Get You Filming Fast
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.
A Simple Guide
Whether youve shot a live music video with a mobile phone or a slick promo with a DSLR camera, hosting it on the Internet is a great way to show it to the world.