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Reviews

Apple Mac Pro

Desktop Workstation Computer

Thumbnail for article: Apple Mac ProWith 64-bit quad-core processing in every model and the ability to run both Mac OS X and Windows, is the Mac Pro the computer all musicians have been waiting for?

Book Review: Recording The Beatles

By Brian Kehew & Kevin Ryan

Could this book be the definitive guide to the Beatles' recording sessions?

Cakewalk Sonar 6

MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows]

Another major upgrade for Cakewalk's DAW software adds powerful new features, and provides hands-on control at a touch.

Carillon TI Plus PC

Music Computer

Carillon's new TI series sees them incorporating affordable, no-nonsense music PCs into their familiar rackmount cases.

Charter Oak SA538 & 538B

Multi-pattern Tube Microphones

Thumbnail for article: Charter Oak SA538 & 538BCan mics at this price really compete with the classics? Sound On Sound puts them to the test...

Cwejman VM1

Analogue Voice Module

Swedish designer Wowa Cwejman has built a reputation for exclusive analogue synths. Now he's going modular, starting with the VM1 Voice module...

Dave Smith MEK

Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Dave Smith MEKPushing at the boundaries of synthesis, as ever, Dave Smith's Evolver range continues to, er, evolve...

Digidesign Strike

Pro Tools Virtual Drummer Plug-in

A new drum-based instrument from Digidesign combines instant gratification with a huge sound library and plenty of potential for editing.

DPA 3521

Modular Stereo Microphone set

DPA's innovative modular design, combined with diminutive parts, means that the 3521 gets to the parts other mics can't reach...

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 I/O

Firewire Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 I/OFocusrite take their Firewire interface range to a new level with the competitively priced Saffire Pro 26 I/O.

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

• Graphtech Ghost piezo and MIDI pickup system
• Intelli IMT 500 clip-on Chromatic Tuner
• Guitar technology news

Korg Micro X

Synthesizer

They say that good things come in small packages — but just how much synthesizer can Korg cram into the tiny Micro X?

M-Audio Black Box

Guitar Processor & USB Audio Interface

Thumbnail for article: M-Audio Black BoxThe guitar modelling revolution continues apace with M-Audio's latest interface.

MOTU Ethno

World Music Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

This new software instrument majors on lively and evocative loops and phrases that can be flexibly combined to create convincing world-music atmospheres.

Sample CDs

Sample Shop: Mini Reviews

• Sample Magic Funky House Grooves
• Sample Logic Ambience Impacts Rhythms
• VSL Percussion & Harps
• Soundlabel Piano Attack

SM Pro M-Patch 2

Passive Monitor Controller

Monitor controllers can offer a handy solution to monitor level control in the mixer-less studio. SM Pro Audio's M-Patch 2 offers a whole lot more...

Steinberg Cubase 4

MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows/Mac OS X]

Thumbnail for article: Steinberg Cubase 4The new version of Cubase is all about big ideas, including a completely new way of working with tracks, plug-ins and virtual instruments.

Submersible Music Drumcore 2

Groove Library/ Audition Engine

Is it a loop librarian? Is it a sample library? Is it a drum-sample playback engine? No - it's all of these, and it brings along its own roster of hyper-famous drummers too...

True Systems P-Solo

Microphone Preamplifier

Can this mic preamp really deliver 'expensive' sound quality at a mid-market price?

Zoom H4

Portable Stereo/4-track Recorder

Thumbnail for article: Zoom H4We've seen affordable field recorders from Edirol and M-Audio. How does Zoom's H4 compare?

People + Opinion

Crosstalk: Your Feedback to SOS

Readers' Writes

Another collection of useful feedback/critique and our responses...

Gnarls Barkley & The Atlanta Sound

Ben Allen

Thumbnail for article: Gnarls Barkley & The Atlanta SoundTheir combination of Southern soul and hip-hop gave Gnarls Barkley one of the biggest hits of the year, thanks in part to the mixing wizardry of Ben Allen.

Who Pays For Progress?

Paul White's Leader

Editor In Chief Paul White wonders why we value software so little...

Will Plug-ins Replace Hardware Instruments?

Sounding Off: Stephen Bennett

Will plug-ins really ever replace hardware instruments?

Technique

Audio Editing Essentials In DP5

Digital Performer Notes & Technique

We take a look at a variety of audio-related techniques, from the staples of soundbite editing to DP5's new Soundbite Volume feature.

Can You Still Make Music With An Elderly PC?

PC Musician

Many of us feel compelled to regularly change our PCs in line with the demands of the latest software. But, depending on our requirements, an older PC may still be more than capable of doing a great job, as PC Musician discovers this month.

Classic Tracks: ORBITAL 'Chime'

Producers: Paul & Phil Hartnoll • Engineers: Tim Hunt, Orbital

Orbital were renowned for their amazing live shows, and the story of 'Chime', the track that launched their career, shows how they brought their 'live' approach to electronic music to the studio and into the charts.

Mix Rescue

Sound Workshop

No, it's not the Naked Chef, just Sound On Sound getting busy in the kitchen to salvage some old tape recordings... Note: there are no audio files accompanying this article

OS X RAID: Any Good For Audio?

Apple Notes

With the new Mac Pro offering increased internal data storage, we investigate whether using the software RAID functionality built into OS X has any benefits for audio applications.

PC Notes

Firewire Chips To Win XP Media Center

From rogue Firewire controller chips to Windows XP Media Center Edition, the strangest things can cause problems with PC audio...

Quick Punch & Track Punch

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Pro Tools offers punch-in features designed to make it work like a tape machine - except that you can change your mind later about where, when and what to drop in...

Recording Latin Percussion

Miking & Mixing Techniques

Latin music is popular all over the world, but it has its own unique assortment of quirks and exotic instruments. Four of the genre's leading engineers explain what it takes to make a conga sing and timbales talk.

Refurbishing Your Old Equipment

Workshop

Musicians, producers and engineers continue to discover the delights of all things vintage and retro, but why settle for classic gear that works but looks tatty when you can restore its appearance, too?

Simultaneous Multitrack Audio Exports & Flexible Routing

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Limitations to Cubase's audio routing and audio export facilities have always been frustrating, and are still present even in Cubase v4. Thankfully, there are some free or inexpensive third-party solutions...

Studio SOS

Sweetening the mixing environment and sorting out the bass end is this month's task - but there's much more to do than adding a bit of rockwool!

Using Reason Live

Part 2: Live Electronic Performance

In the second part in our series, we're exploring ways to use Reason in a live electronica performance, laptop DJ set or jam session.

Using Waveburner: The Basics

Part 1

Waveburner is bundled free with Logic Pro and offers some significant power in the mastering department. We take a look at the hidden jewel in Apple's crown.

Vocal FX

Creative Vocal Processing

Tired of the same old vocal sound? Time to get creative with your plug-ins, FX pedals and anything else you have!

Warping 101 In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Technique

It's back to basics for this month's Live workshop, with an overview of Live's time-warping technology.

Music Business

Big George's Big Mouth

Solitaire?

Big George takes a critical look at what seems to be the only game in town: solitaire.

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