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It's no mean feat designing a new instrument from the ground up, but that's exactly what Eigenlabs decided to do. We have 3 Eigenharp Picos up for grabs.
SUBSCRIBERS-ONLY (Feel free to subscribe and then enter.) We've got a Cakewalk VS700 system, complete with the company's Dimension Pro, Zeta and Rapture software instruments and the latest version 8.5 of Sonar to give away to one very lucky subscriber.
Studio Reference Monitors
Adam make the leap to a three-way speaker design that seems to pay dividends in clarity and separation.
Analogue Mixing Console With Fader Automation
Audients latest analogue console has turned the DAW-controller concept on its head, taking advantage of mainstream DAW software to provide fader automation and recall.
Cabinet-mounted Microphone Stand
Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier
Benchmark strive to make their products exactly that: something against which the competition should be judged. So how does their new preamp measure up?
Pitch & Time Processing Software For Mac & PC
In its new Direct Note Access, the latest version of Celemonys Melodyne introduces what might just be the most hotly anticipated piece of music technology ever. Will mixing and remixing ever be the same again?
From Celemony Melodyne Editor December 2009
Inta Audios i5 system offers high performance and very low acoustic noise levels at a competitive price.
The phenomenally successful Microkorg brought simple, affordable synthesis to the masses. Can Korgs Microsampler do the same thing for sampling?
Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones
We put this good-looking brace of mics from new UK company Maroon Audio to the test.
Multi Resonant Filter Pedal
The latest Moogerfooger pedal combines the two previous MuRFs and adds MIDI.
Novation have brought their control surface expertise to bear on Ableton Live. The result is the Launchpad: a low-cost, colourful and pleasingly idiosyncratic way to get hands-on with Live.
3 worthy plug-ins tested
• Softube Spring Reverb & Tube Delay
Stereo Field Editor
Weve already reviewed a few of Mr Neves Portico devices in SOS, and have been impressed by the quality — but as well as offering some of the designers distinctive sonic flavour, this unit also gives you something a bit different.
Score-writing Software[Mac OS/Windows]
The latest and greatest version of the popular score-writing package incorporates some advanced concepts from modern word processors, plus a healthy dose of magnetism...
People + Opinion
Where did this year go?
Making An Album Solo
Imogen Heap travelled the world to write songs for her new album — and recorded it in her childhood playroom, with the help of some unusual toys!
Readers Music Reviewed
The editorial team audition another crop of your submitted tracks. Is yours one of them?
Inside Track: Jay Z's The Blueprint 3
Behind every rap megastar, theres a very talented engineer. Young Guru was at the desk throughout the recording and mixing of Jay-Zs latest smash-hit album, The Blueprint 3.
When it comes to gear, old is good, but new is better.
An account of an acoustic newbies journey from bare walls to a well-balanced, sonically pleasant space.
Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques December 2009
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
DP7 includes enticing new features ideal for guitarists. Heres a quick-start guide to the best of them.
Logic Notes & Techniques
Part 2 focuses on using the magic of Flex Time for easier quantising of multitracked drums.
Getting fit for the mix
Getting your recordings fit for the mix is crucially important, but it is something that nearly all Mix Rescue candidates seem to overlook to a greater or lesser extent.
Audio Examples From Mix Rescue December 2009
Hear for yourself the before and after mix elements.
The SOS Guide To Extreme Metal Production: Part 2
In the second part of our masterclass on the production of modern metal music, we explain what makes a great metal mix.
From Mixing Metal December 2009
MP3 audio files to accompany this month's Mixing Metal (Part 2) article.
Producer: Todd Rundgren • Engineer: Jack Douglas
The fact that they achieved little commercial success didnt stop the New York Dolls from making one of the most influential albums in the history of pop music.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
We delve once more into the power hidden in Pro Tools' unassuming Region List window.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
We examine the potential of Cubase's Groove Agent One for drum replacement.
Have you wondered how well Apples solid-state drive option for their MacBook Pro and MacBook Air actually performs? This month we put it to the test.
Sonar Notes & Techniques
We explain some of the tricks and composition methods opened up by Sonar 8.5s new Matrix view.
Live & Dangerous
Some tips to help you and your laptop survive in the brutal world of live music.
To buy or not to buy? That's the question, as Windows 7 finally makes its debut.
TV Music From The Inside
As they say oop north: where theres virtual brass, theres muck.
Paul and Hugh chat about setting the correct gain structure in a DAW, and the tendency of many engineers to record too hot in the digital domain. News Editor Julian G Harding talks about the future of multi-touch screen technology, plus Features Editor Sam Inglis discusses the Extreme Metal article in SOS December magazine, and the exciting world of forensic audio.
In this pre-Christmas holiday podcast, Editor in Chief Paul White and Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns comment on gear they are currently testing for coming editions, and in the Sound Advice section pass on Recording Vocals tips about mic choice, positions, processing and acoustics. News Editor Jules Harding highlights recent new product announcements like VOG and Hollow Sun's sampling of the 70-year-old Hammond Novachord, plus Features Editor Sam Inglis introduces what's in the forthcoming magazine.