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Bettermaker are a Polish company who have forged an enviable reputation with their EQ232P. Worth £2,640 GBP ($3,750 USD)
Virtual Percussion Synthesizer
Tired of standard percussion sounds? Chromaphone lets you create your own.
You can’t buy these in-ear monitors in shops, as each pair is custom-made — but if you need outstanding comfort and noise rejection, the extra time and money might just be worth it!
Making Music On The Move
Yonac Magellan synth, Apogee MiC and the PPG WaveGenerator Synth App.
Virtual Electric Piano
The Wurlitzer electric piano has proved a tough nut to crack in software. Can Arturia rise to the challenge?
Large-capsule Capacitor Microphone
Rather than rely on established designs, Audio-Technica have used some genuinely innovative thinking to come up with this unusual, multi-diaphragm vocal mic. How does it perform?
Handheld Capacitor Microphones
Looking to improve the sound of your live vocals? One of these premium mics from US company Audix might be just the ticket.
Universal XLR Connector
The Bryant boffins have come up with a totally unique XLR connector which could be a huge time saver in the studio or live.
500-series Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier
Chandler's Little Devil preamp takes the warmth and mangling side of things to another level.
Thinking of investing in a compact PA? Then you might want to consider a mini line-array system! Here’s a selection of current options, with links to SOS reviews where available.
Designed to meet very specialised needs, mastering consoles can be scarily expensive. Crookwood’s modular system offers faultless sound quality at a surprisingly affordable price.
Active Nearfield Monitors
In the D5, Equator have employed the same innovative technology they use in their premium models — but at a remarkably low price.
Testers & Signal Generators
Useful affordable testers built into an XLR plug.
Processing Plug-in For Mac & PC
Izotope have improved the formula of their ‘do everything’ mixing plug-in. Is this new Alloy platinum sterling, or pinchbeck?
USB MIDI Controller
Keith McMillen’s idiosyncratic controllers go from strength to strength — and in this case do so with a spectacular blaze of colour...
Monitor Control System
A good monitor controller is invaluable — but ‘good’ doesn’t have to mean complicated...
Active Stage Monitor
This compact ‘wedge’ speaker uses a coaxial driver to deliver broad stage coverage and a sound that cuts through.
Stereo Mic & Preamp Set
Lindos, known for their test and measurement equipment, have started making products for musicians and engineers. We put their versatile new stereo mic/preamplifier kit to the test.
Book & DVD
Logic Pro For Recording Engineers & Producers is written for the benefit of those who may not yet be familiar with Logic Pro, but who already know through experience of other products what a modern DAW can be expected to do.
Pro Tools Interface Card For Lynx Aurora
The latest firmware update for Lynx's LT-HD card enables their highly regarded Aurora 16 and Aurora 8 A-D/D-A converters to emulate Avid's HD I/O converters
Score Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows
MakeMusic’s Finale score-writing software has been helping composers and publishers for a quarter of a century. What does its 2012 incarnation bring?
USB & Firewire Interface For Mac & PC
MOTU have brought their expertise to bear on a new desktop audio interface, the Track 16.
Reader's music reviewed.
This month's artitsts: Gish, Michael Egan, Rough Citizen, Give Her The Gun, Crumbs For Comfort, Laetoli Steps, Zeni Danussi and Mike King.
Rhythmic Robot, Loopscape, Universal Audio, MXR Flanger/Doubler, Waves NS1
SOS/Realpiano Preamp Comparison: Results & Analysis
When we compared eight mic preamps with very different designs and price tags, we found it hard to tell them apart. Could SOS readers do better?
Having reinvented the 500-series rack with their Workhorse, Radial are now offering a smaller, more portable version...
Electronic Drum Kit
Roland have updated their celebrated electronic drum kits with an improved brain and their patent Supernatural Sound technology.
USB Controller Keyboard
The Graphite is Samson’s first foray into the world of keyboards — and it’s an impressive debut.
The interview-style text is divided into 30 chapters, each comprising a mini interview-format documentary on the making of a classic album. Edited by Kylee Swenson Gordon, a well-known US music journalist.
Valve Distortion Processor
When it comes to valve distortion, few want it more than guitarists— and few know more about it than Thermionic Culture...
Multi-format 'mood'-themed collection
People + Opinion
Producing Bat For Lashes & Everything Everything
David Kosten is one of the UK’s most sonically adventurous producers, but insists that the song is king — no matter how twisted the recording.
Musical Director For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert
Mike Stevens has worked with some of the world’s biggest pop acts at countless high-profile live events, including the Queen’s recent Diamond Jubilee concert.
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: 2012 London Olympics
Underpinning the biggest spectacle of 2012 London Olympic Games was probably the largest multitrack recording ever made. Just how do you mix a thousand-track project?
The computer is no more than a passing fad.
The computer is no more than a passing fad.
Paul White's thoughts on what the difference is these days between project studio and professional studios.
Audio editor roundup.
This month we take a stroll throught the Mac audio editor market and pick up a few bargains along the way.
Producer: Voyle Gilmore • Engineer: John Palladino
In 1956, Frank Sinatra revived his flagging career with an album that would define the swing sound and go on to become one of the most highly regarded in history. John Palladino, now in his 92nd year, was at the controls...
Logic Tips & Techniques
Get to grips with Logic’s handling of external MIDI synths.
Samplitude Tips & Techniques
Samplitude Pro X has several powerful tools for compiling the perfect performance from multiple takes.
Samplitude Tips & Techniques
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Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
We show you how to disassemble tracks for creative reworking in Live.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
You can back up a Pro Tools session like any other file, but will it still be readable in 10 years’ time? Here’s how to make sure.
Sonar Tips & Techniques
Discover Sonar X2’s Quick Groups and Auto-Zoom updates — and become more efficient.
Cubase Tips & Techniques
If you want to overdub programmed parts to a performance that varies in tempo, Cubase has all the tools you need.
Reason Tips & Techniques
Reason is becoming a much more rounded DAW, and one of the main areas to benefit is mastering.
Old-school Rock Production Techniques
This month, our engineer remixes a Pink Floyd-inspired track, and in the process shows that there’s still a place for old-school rock production techniques!
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Assist & Adapt
Pioneering work in assistive technology is transforming the lives of people who are unable to play conventional musical instruments.
With the Windows 8 release date fast approaching, we look at real-world performance results from beta users.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Want to fake a 12-string guitar in Studio One, or create the perfect octave-divider effect? Keep reading…
Reaper Tips & Techniques
Reaper’s pitch tools can be creative — or corrective.
Tracking A Big Band On Location
This month, we record a jazz big band on location, tracing the project from the planning stages through to delivering edited multitracks to the mix engineer.
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Commercial Productions Analysed
This month: Newton Faulkner, Paloma Faith, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay and Rita Ora.
TV Music From The Inside
A modern media composer’s repertoire needs to encompass everything from fugues to farmyard noises.
Music & Recording Industry News
With the future of AM radio in the US hanging in the balance, we take a look at what effect it has had on the music industry over the decades.
The recording studio where the likes of David Bowie, Lou Red and Steely Dan made their albums.
SOS contributor Mike Senior offers some advice.
SOS contributor Mike Watkinson replies.