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The UFX is a 1U, rackmount, multi-channel interface for us with both Mac and PC. The competition is prize worth 1,700 GB Pounds and kindly donated by RME.
Competition prize kindly donated by boutique British manufacturer Thermionic Culture. Worth 2,200 US Dollars.
Recording & Mixing Software For Windows
The key features of Acoustica’s Mixcraft have always been affordability and ease of use. Version 6 builds on these strengths but also adds a new Pro Studio edition.
USB Audio Interface For Mac
This sleek four-channel interface and monitor controller embodies all the quality and style we’ve come to expect from Apogee.
Making Music On The Move
This month we look at iOS products from: VirSyn Addictive Synth, MicW i825 and the Wizdom Music SpaceWiz.
Stomp Box Distortion Effects
Compact Line Array
Need a compact and discreet PA that still delivers quality sound? Then the FBT Vertus might just be for you...
Valve Guitar Combo With DSP Effects & USB Interface
With a valve power-amp stage, a DSP modelled preamp and effects section, and direct-to-computer recording, this amp is brimming with promise. Can it deliver?
USB Audio Interface
The Forte is Focusrite’s attempt to build the best compact USB audio interface possible. Have they hit this ambitious target?
Active Nearfield Monitors
Don’t let their diminutive size fool you: these are serious monitors that punch way above their weight.
Analogue Mastering EQ
Costing almost as much as a small car, you’d expect that nothing could cut like a Knif. Find out what made our reviewer invest in a Soma...
Dynamics & Distortion Plug-in For Mac & PC
Does Kush Audio’s expertise in designing analogue equipment translate into the plug-in realm?
Digital Mixer With Multitrack Recording
Can you really make a complex, DSP-packed mixer that even musicians with no engineering experience can use? Line 6 think they can...
Microtech Gefell mics have long been revered for their sonic performance in the studio — so why not use them on stage too?
Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone
Almost a decade of experience has only reinforced my appreciation of this unassuming little mic.
Controller Keyboard For Reason
Propellerhead’s Reason gets its first dedicated MIDI keyboard and control surface. What can it offer that your mouse can’t?
500-series Mic Preamp
The preamp from Neve’s “ultimate analogue console” is now available ‘to go’...
Novation go back to their portable synth roots with a compact gem that reworks the Ultranova synth engine and adds a few extras...
Sound On Sound was given an exclusive sneak preview of the first production units in advance of the official product announcement on October 12th.
Ribbon mics have long been known for their smooth high end, but can sometimes sound a little on the dull side. Enter the SE X1R...
DAW Control Surfaces - Roundup
Tired of navigating complex audio software with just a mouse and keyboard? Then a control surface might be just what you need. Here’s our selection of current models, with links to the SOS review where available.
Virtual Analogue Synthesizer
Studiologic’s new Waldorf-powered polysynth is here and it’s very yellow indeed. Put your sunglasses on and meet the Sledge...
EZ Drummer/Superior Drummer
There are many VCA compressors available, at a range of prices, but very few employ a fully discrete gain-reduction element. So what exactly does this design feature bring to the table?
Console Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC
Waves are the latest manufacturers to try to package the sound of large-format mixing consoles in plug-in form.
People + Opinion
Who are the most successful British synth manufacturers of all time? Hint: they’re alive and well — and busier than ever...
By Paul White, Editor In Chief.
Readers' Music Reviewed
This month we review: Lois, LTS, Three Little Words, The Paul Hegley Band, Sea Stacks and Jabi Shriki
When does a favour become a chore?
Barrington Haynes asks the question.
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers:
Steve Greenwell knew he wanted a live feel for Joss Stone’s second album of soul covers, but finding the right mix was more of a challenge.
Great little apps
This month, we take a look at some great little apps for problem solving.
Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
As we wait with bated breath for the release of DP8, let’s revise some core DP techniques…
The abandoned Soviet mining village of Pyramiden provided Efterklang with a unique recording venue — and the constant threat of being eaten by polar bears.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Learn how to import and combine Environment layers to create new MIDI facilities for your projects.
Cubase Tips & Techniques
These simple steps in Cubase 5 will make your programmed acoustic drum tracks sound more authentic.
Cubase Technique: Audio Examples
The SOS Drum-layering Masterclass
Whether you’re programming electronic beats, or reinforcing rock drums, there’s more to drum layering than meets the ear.
The SOS Drum-layering Masterclass
For many, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? is Oasis’s masterpiece. Producer and engineer Owen Morris tells us the story of its creation.
Sonar Tips & Techniques
Fix vocal pitch in Sonar without nasty correction artifacts.
Reason Tips & Techniques
It’s a Reason reverberation extravaganza this month, as we look at the tools available and how to use them.
The Practical Craft Of Recording
When you’re recording away from the studio and under time constraints, you need to get the big decisions right — and not become bogged down in detail.
The Practical Craft Of Recording
Ableton Live Tips & Technique
We see why there’s much more to Live’s Frequency Shifter effect than meets the eye...
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Pro Tools’ template system, and its undocumented Track Presets feature, can help your sessions get moving faster.
Joe Matera in Victoria, Australia sent out the call.
With a little cunning and resourcefulness, you can improve the sound of nearly any studio — even when it’s on the other side of the world!
We examine the production of some recent hit records to help you brush up your listening skills.
This month's tracks are from Madonna, Justin Bieber, Elbow, Maroon 5 and Flo Rida.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Sometimes Studio One expresses itself differently to other DAWs, but don’t let that put you off...
Now that Windows 8 supports touchscreen operation, manufacturers are getting inventive with their hardware formats...
TV Music From The Inside
The viewing public never get to see — or hear — the messy side of TV production. But that’s where the fun is.
Music & Recording Industry News
Recording budgets have been getting lower for some time. Are the technical standards we’ve come to expect from records being eroded too?
Abbey Road Studios, London
We take a look inside one of the most famous studios in the world.
How To Become A Pro Live Sound Engineer
Live-sound employment is now more competitive than ever, so how can you stand out from the crowd? We asked some of the leading teachers and employers in the industry for their advice.