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Audient Centro Master Section

Stereo Monitor Controller

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As more people leave behind their mixing desks, many find they still need a good monitor controller.

Boss Micro BR

Portable Digital Multitrack Recorder

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As 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

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

Desert Island Plug-ins

SOS's Favourite Effect & Processing Plug-Ins

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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 Audio Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

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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

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This 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

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

Kahler 2300 Series Locking Tremolos • IK Multimedia Stealthplug

Guitar Technology

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

Korg Kaoss Pad 3

Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler

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Korg'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]

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Is 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/WinXP]

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

Quested VS2108

Near/Midfield Active Monitors

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Big or small, Roger Quested's monitor designs always deliver the goods. His VS2108 actives are no exception.

Rode - MXL - SE: To USB Or Not To USB?

Three-way USB Mic Shoot-out

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We discuss the merits of mics featuring a USB port and compare recent arrivals from Rode, MXL and SE.

Sample Libraries On Test

Mini Reviews

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• 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 Editor [Windows]

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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 [PC]

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

TL Audio 2 Fat & Fatfunker

Valve Processors

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TL Audio's latest additions to their popular Fat Man range are more versatile than their names suggest.

People + Opinion

Inside Track: Rihanna 'SOS' & 'Unfaithful'

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Phil Tan

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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'.

Ken Freeman & The Birth Of String Synthesis

Retrozone

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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: Producer

From Punk To Electro

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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

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

Sounding Off: Paul Farrer

Look Beyond The Limelight...

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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

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Over 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 'People Are People'

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

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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 Cubase Synth Pads

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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

Designing Cubase Synth Pads | Audio Files

Hear For Yourself

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

Digital Interfacing

Connections & Clocking For Digital Audio

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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

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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

Live Notes & Technique

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

Mix Rescue: Leaf

Guitar Pop

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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

Hear The Differences Yourself

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

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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

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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

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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

Bedroom Studio Makeover

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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

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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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 DP 5

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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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

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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

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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

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

Sound Advice

Q. Are office dividers effective as acoustic treatment?

I record in three untreated rooms and I'm aware that some sort of acoustic treatment would be handy. I recently bought an...

Q. How do I adjust Velocity values of drum sounds in Cubase?

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I'm using Cubase and have I just bought the BFD plug in. I've programmed in all the MIDI notes for the...

Q. How do I mike-up a 'Keith Moon' drummer?

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My problem is that I'm recording something of a Keith Moon impersonator. He plays very fast, very busily and very loud,...

Q. How do I transfer an old tape to CD?

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I have an old Scotch magnetic tape from the '60s that needs to be transferred on to CD. I have no idea how to do this, but...

Q. How do we keep the sound inside our rehearsal garage?

We have a rehearsal room in a large garage that is 22 x 8 x 16 ft (WxHxD). The problem is that we need to build a room...

Q. Will my Digi 001 work with my new PC?

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I have a Digidesign Digi 001 interface, which I have been using for some time. But I recently purchased a new PC with an...

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