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3 superb prizes: (1st) MXL Genesis tube condenser; (2nd) MXL V89 large-diaphragm condenser; (3rd) MXL 550/551R mic bundle. Prizes kindly donated by Musictrack, the UK distributor of MXL products: www.musictrack.co.uk
2.1 Monitoring System
If you demand brutal and revealing precision from your monitors, read on...
Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ
The Nord C2 takes the Hammond, Farfisa and Vox emulations of its C1 predecessor and plunges headlong into the Baroque with a very impressive pipe organ.
Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor
Empirical Labs, purveyors of some of the most versatile compressors around, apply their dynamics expertise to a mic preamp.
Mic Preamp & Distortion Processor
Hell-bent on achieving truly demonic distortion, we put Evol Audios oddball processor through its paces.
WAV & Kontakt 2/3
For Mac OS & Windows
The inventive spirit of one of the industrys true individuals, Stephen St. Croix, lives on in Intelligent Devices unique effects plug-ins.
Notation Software [Mac OS/Windows]
MakeMusics popular notation package strides forward into a new decade, adding a host of useful features.
Real-time Programming Toolkit For Ableton Live
Ableton Lives devices offer powerful tools for mangling sounds in live performance. But what if you could mangle the devices themselves?
Modelled Virtual Piano
Pianoteq tackles the virtual piano problem in megabytes rather than gigabytes, and offers flexibility that its multisampling competitors cant match.
Its got a bigger sample library and some whizzy new features, but what Kontakt 4 really wants to do is make your life easier...
3 vital plug-ins
• Elysia Mpressor • GSI VB3 • PSP Old Timer
Microphone & Acoustic Shield
SE aim to deliver a complete vocal recording package for the project studio on a budget — do they deliver?
Audio Editing Software For Windows
Sonys heavyweight audio production package celebrates reaching double figures with the addition of DAW-style event editing and CD compilation.
Virtual Drum Instrument
Drumcores come a long way, and version 3 makes it easier than ever to use pro drummer performances on your tracks.
Elastik Loop Library
Software Instrument Host
Ensemble Pro opens up VSLs hosting technology to third-party instruments and allows 32-bit and 64-bit Mac and Windows systems to communicate over a network, spreading the software instrument load.
People + Opinion
Producing Arctic Monkeys
As frontman with Queens Of The Stone Age, Josh Homme is arguably the biggest name in rock music. So how would he tackle a move into the producers chair with British indie superstars Arctic Monkeys?
Readers Music Reviewed
Editor-in-Chief Paul White ponders where 2010's new tools will lead us...
Music technology forums: the case against.
The Sound Of Tubes, Tape & Transformers
Analogue warmth seems to be the Holy Grail in these digital days. But what is it, why does it hold such appeal, and how can you use it to enhance your recordings?
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Automation in Pro Tools goes way beyond the usual volume, pan and mute controls. We look at what else you can automate, and what's changed in Pro Tools 8.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Last month, we introduced Cubases VST Expression facility. Now its time to build your own multi-articulation instrument.
Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques February 2010
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
DP7s new guitar plug-ins offer a fresh set of tones, and a contrasting approach to third-party alternatives.
Logic Notes & Techniques
There are sure to be times when you need to export multitrack Logic files to other platforms. We explain the options.
Find that elusive synth preset when you cant remember its name, generate music from your own images, and catch up with the latest PC news bites.
Technique: Bass Guitars In The Mix
10 concise tips to achieving a better bass sound in your mixes.
Some of the musical iPhone apps now available are much more useful than their tiny prices suggest...
Producers: Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna, Glen Kolotkin • Engineer: Glen Kolotkin
Joan Jetts heartfelt reworking of the Arrows I Love Rock & Roll became an international hit in 1982 and turned her career around. Glen Kolotkin tells us how it happened.
Mixing & Recording Advice
We go hip-hop this month, as we aim for a Dr Dre-style sound with Preslin Davis' track 'Side Effects', and highlight the importance of artist-engineer dialogue.
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS February 2010.
Reason Notes & Techniques
Build sophisticated multi-tap and modulated delay treatments using Reasons flexible devices.
Inside Track: Muse 'The Resistance'
Britains biggest name in mixing, Mark Spike Stent has achieved international success in almost every genre. With Muses latest album, The Resistance, he was dealing with rock at its most epic.
Sonar Notes & Techniques
Recording a solo performer requires a different approach from recording a band, and different ways of using Sonar.
EQ, Compression & Reverb
This month, we tame a strange space, record a sitar and dispense a little wisdom on EQ, compression and reverb, as we sort out Dominik Johnsons home studio.
TV Music From The Inside
It doesnt do to get too precious about audio quality. In fact, sometimes a bit of lossy compression might be just what your music needs.
The team gaze into their crystal ball for our first podcast of the new decade and highlight some personal favourites from new gear released at winter NAMM 2010. Paul and Hugh offer sound advice on analogue warmth, choosing microphones, reverb usage and preamp quality, while Sam Inglis rounds things off with a teaser demo of the Intelligent Devices plug-ins.