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Reviews

Audient Centro Master Section

Stereo Monitor Controller

Thumbnail for article: Audient Centro Master SectionAs more people leave behind their mixing desks, many find they still need a good monitor controller.

Boss Micro BR

Portable Digital Multitrack Recorder

Thumbnail for article: Boss Micro BRAs Boss introduce their tiniest ever portable studio, we discover just how much can be packed into such a small box...

Cwejman Synthesis Modules

DLFO Dual LFO • RM2S Stereo Ring Modulator • VCEQ3

We conclude our three-part exploration of Wowa Cwjeman's new range of exclusive analogue synth modules.

Desert Island Plug-ins

Sound On Sound's Favourite Effect & Processing Plug-Ins

Which effects and processing plug-ins do the Sound On Sound staff and product reviewers love the best? We asked, they answered...

Digidesign M Box 2 Mini

USB Interface For Mac OS X & Windows

Digidesign have shrunk the M Box to give us the most compact and affordable Pro Tools interface ever. How good is it?

Fatar Studiologic VMK176 Plus

MIDI Controller Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Fatar Studiologic VMK176 PlusThis controller comes from a range that, unusually, takes the concept of a quality weighted action into the realm of the shorter keyboard — and offers hands-on knobs and sliders for software control to boot.

Groove Tubes Convertible

FET Condenser Mic

If you're sceptical about manufacturers claiming their mic is suitable for both stage and studio applications, maybe this one can change your mind...

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

• Kahler 2300 Series Locking Tremolos
• IK Multimedia Stealthplug USB guitar interface

Korg Kaoss Pad 3

Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler

Thumbnail for article: Korg Kaoss Pad 3Korg's tactile effects processor benefits from a major overhaul - so is the third generation the Kaoss Pad you always wanted?

Native Instruments Massive

Software Synth [OS X & Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Native Instruments MassiveIs Native Instrument's new stand-alone soft synth as big as they say it is?

PSP Neon

Linear Phase Equaliser Plug-ins [Mac OS X & Windows XP]

PSP's new linear phase equaliser plug-ins offer mastering quality at a project-studio price.

Quested VS2108

Near/Midfield Active Monitor Speakers

Thumbnail for article: Quested VS2108Big or small, Roger Quested's monitor designs always deliver the goods. His VS2108 actives are no exception.

Sample CDs

Mini Reviews

• Loopmasters Disco House Sessions
• Synthogy Ivory Italian Grand
• Ueberschall Hip Hop Underground
• Bela D Media Anthology Volume 1: Celtic Wind

Sony Vegas 7

Multitrack Audio & Video Editing Software [Windows]

If your needs tend more towards looping and video editing than MIDI, Sony's distinctive multitrack recording package could be just what you're looking for.

Tascam GVI

VST Instrument/Stand-alone Soft Sampler for PC

Giga Virtual Instrument gives you Tascam's Giga sampling engine as a plug-in for the first time.

TL Audio Fat Man

Valve Processors

Thumbnail for article: TL Audio Fat ManTL Audio's latest additions to their popular Fat Man range are more versatile than their names suggest.

To USB Or Not To USB?

Rode-MXL-SE: three-way USB Microphone Shootout

Thumbnail for article: To USB Or Not To USB?We discuss the merits of mics featuring a USB port and compare recent arrivals from Rode, MXL and SE.

People + Opinion

Ken Freeman & The Birth Of String Synthesis

Retrozone

Ken Freeman couldn't afford a Mellotron to play his string parts, so he invented a new kind of electronic instrument. But though the world would eventually embrace string synthesizers with a passion, he never got the credit he deserved.

Martin Rushent: from Punk to Electro

Producer

Martin Rushent managed the rare double feat of working at the artistic cutting edge and having colossal success — until disaster struck.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

SOS editorial staff audition your demos and offer their opinions...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Phil Tan

Inside Track

Phil Tan, one of the leading mix engineers specialising in urban music, dissects his mixes for two worldwide hit singles from Rihanna: the apty-named 'SOS' and 'Unfaithful'.

Sounding Off

Paul Farrer

Look beyond the limelight...

The Buying Game

Paul White's Leader

Editor In Chief explains why offering definitive advice to readers' queries is... well, difficult at times.

Tori Amos

Inside her Martian Engineering Studio

Thumbnail for article: Tori AmosOver the last decade, some extraordinary music has emerged from Tori Amos's Martian Engineering studio. A new box set collects together the highlights, while the studio itself is soon to open to paying customers.

Technique

CLASSIC TRACKS: Depeche Mode's 'People Are People'

Producers: Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones • Engineer: Gareth Jones

Released in 1984, 'People Are People' perfectly combined Depeche Mode's love of pop music and experimentalism, and gave them their first US hit single.

Designing Synth Pads

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Creating your own synth patches is one way to add a unique element to your music projects. This month we look at how you can get started designing your own pad sounds using the VST Instruments supplied with Cubase.

Digital Interfacing

Connections And Clocking For Digital Audio

Getting the jitters about your digital clocking? Don't know your AES from your EBU? Then read on.

Exploring Audiosnap in Sonar 6

Sonar Notes & Technique

One of the biggest new additions in Sonar 6, Audiosnap, is a powerful time-stretching audio toolkit promising better-quality stretching and enhanced controllability. This month we'll explain the basics of using the new tools, following up next month with some real-world applications.

Integrating MIDI Hardware with Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Technique

This month, we look at how to connect, control and record hardware MIDI instruments using Live.

Mix Rescue

Remixing 'Leaf'

This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

Mix Rescue: Leaf

AUDIO EXAMPLES are here for newsstand readers

This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

Pitch Correction with Logic

Logic Notes & Technique

Automatic tuning is synonymous with many things, good and bad. We take a look at Logic's Pitch Correction tool and then examine what Auto-Tune can add.

Running Windows On Intel Macs

Apple Notes

We take another look at running Windows on Intel Macs and consider how Apple's latest acquisition will affect their professional video and audio software.

Specifying & Building A Dual-core Desktop PC

PC Musician

If you haven't yet taken the dual-core plunge, there's an alternative to either buying an off-the-shelf mainstream model that may not be quite right for music or paying a premium for a custom-assembled music PC: choose the components and build your own.

Studio SOS

David Crane

Would you let two strange men drill holes in your house? USA-based SOS reader David Crane took the risk! Enough to let Paul and Hugh at his walls with a drill to solve his cabling issues...

Using Fades & Crossfades

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

If you edit audio in Pro Tools, you need to know about fades and crossfades. As well as being vital editing tools, they can also be used in surprisingly creative ways...

Using Intel Mac Audio Hardware with Digital Performer 5

Digital Performer Notes & technique

We update you on changes to new Macs' built-in audio hardware, then take a look at how Bundles can help users of older and current Macs alike to easily reconfigure their audio I/O.

Using Reason Live

Part 3: Live Looping With Dr:Rex

This month we look at a Combinator building project that allows you to mix and manipulate loops on the fly.

Windows Vista — Upgrade Or Wait?

PC Notes

After a long wait, the new Windows Vista OS is actually on the horizon — so should we all be rushing to upgrade?

Music Business

Big George's Big Mouth

Music Industry comment

This month Big George examines the cut of the music industry's new clothes...

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