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To accompany this month's DIY Studio Acoustics article, we look at four useful accessories.
Live Performance & Video Soundtrack Editing Software
Apples Logic Studio bundle certainly offers a great deal for very little money. Do the bundled live performance and soundtrack tools make it worth buying even if youre not a Logic user?
Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows
How can you improve a MIDI + Audio sequencer thats already as comprehensive as Sonar? Cakewalk have added some impressive new plug-ins, but theyve also gone back to basics to take MIDI editing to new levels of flexibility.
MIDI Keyboard Controller
The CME VX8 is a particularly ambitious keyboard controller, with an ambitiously low price tag. It's a balancing act — so can CME pull it off?
The Direct Resolution Studio Plus is a high-performance, low-noise audio PC that enjoys a cheaper price tag than many of its competitors. Interested? Read on...
Digital Multitrack Recorder
Fostex's new recorder is the lowest-cost digital 16-track currently on the market. How have they made it so affordable?
Active Studio Monitors
KRK aim at the market for top-quality monitoring with these heavyweight new contenders.
Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]
The Mackie Satellite is an audio interface with a unique two-piece design — but is it genius or gimmickry?
Amp Modelling Software & Controller
Native Instruments have repackaged their powerhouse amp-modelling package with a new, stage-friendly interface, not to mention four new amps and a pile of vintage effects.
Readers’ Music Reviewed
This month we review CDs by StrangeA, Ted McLoone, tRUEMAN, Nomadiqa, Simon Scardanelli, Michael Lindner and Column:Inches.
Mini-reviews: PC VST
• Musicrow PianoBoy • Bluenoise My Drumset
Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]
What does it take to make a Firewire audio interface stand out from the crowd these days? How about eight mic preamps, 26 channels of I/O at 24-bit/96kHz and some heavy-duty routing functionality...
Part 2 - The Results
Last month we introduced the mics; this month we put them to the test. Find out which model is the best way of adding ribbon character to your studio.
Part 2 - Hear For Yourself
Here are links to the audio files from December 2007's RIBBON MICROPHONES article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs.
The latest in Roland's pioneering VG range could qualify as the best guitar synth ever made.
• Garritan Concert & Marching Band • Garritan Gofriller Solo Cello • Big Fish Audio Dread Roots Reggae • Soniccouture Synthi AKS
RTAS & Audio Units Plug-ins
It's not often you encounter plug-ins that combine detailed emulations of analogue classics with a wealth of new tricks, but Sound Toys' Native Effects do just that.
Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]
With impressive new automation features and free mixer routing, have Steinberg taken their flagship audio application to the top of the class?
People + Opinion
Metal Machine Music
Classical interpretations of guitar music might not be new — but when the guitar music in question consists of 64 minutes of deafening feedback, it takes a lot of interpreting!
Software instruments are great, if you can set them up...
Paul White's Leader
What is the most important skill you need to develop to make good recordings?
Your digital audio's passage through the PC may not leave it unscathed: even if you avoid Windows performing sample-rate conversion behind the scenes, other factors can compromise 'bit transparency'. We explain.
GarageBand is perhaps the most successful entry-level music software ever created, and this month we take a closer look at the latest version supplied with iLife '08.
Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
We've all been in that situation — desperate to add one more plug-in, but with a computer on the verge of collapse. We explain how to wring that last ounce of power from your Pro Tools rig.
With the massive strides software has made in recent years, there are now more ways to...
Logic Notes & Techniques
Many Logic users have external hardware processors and effects units, which can easily be used inside projects. Read on to find out how...
The rescue mission this month is to bring coherence and polish to the disparate elements of Solivern's interesting instrumental composition...
Hear For Yourself
Here are links to the audio files from December 2007's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs.
A Guide To DIY Studio Acoustics
Are the acoustics of your studio letting down your music? Improving the sound of your room needn't cost much and pays dividends in better recordings and more transportable mixes. Read on for the SOS guide.
A Guide To DIY Studio Acoustics
To accompany this month's Acoustics article, open this page and download this MP3 of a Bass Staircase test sequence, then audition it on your own monitors.
Inside Track: Kanye West's 'Stronger'
Eleven mix engineers tried their hand at Kanye Wests Stronger before Manny Marroquin finally turned it into a record. He was rewarded with one of the biggest hits of 2007.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Early notes, late notes, stacked notes... There's a range of problems that could stem from MIDI timing issues — but fortunately we have solutions to offer.
Epic in every sense of the word — unning to 21 songs, involving more than 120 musicians and taking almost two years to complete — Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life was in many ways the high-point of an already illustrious career. This is the story of how it was created.
This month we look at monitor placement, tighten stereo imaging and tackle what was probably the world's smallest vocal booth!
Reason Notes & Techniques
There's a lot to get to grips with in the latest version of Reason — but we begin by looking at the basics of the giant new semi-modular synthesizer, Thor.
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
Propellerhead's Reason software studio offers some great instruments and makes a good partner for DP - but there are various things to be aware of if you want to create the most hassle-free partnership. Our in-depth look at using the two applications together explains it all.
How Your Music Earns You Money
With album sales in free fall, alternative revenue streams are becoming ever-more important. We explain where todays songwriters can look to earn money from their music.
I'm looking at buying a pair of drum overheads as an upgrade to the AKG C451s I've had for a couple of years. I'll probably...