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The legendary MPC brand is reborn in a form that aims to marry its famous hands-on ethos with the unlimited possibilities of the software world. Does the combination work?
Making Music On The Move
Apps: Korg iPolysix synthesizer, Audiobus audio router, Samplr sample manipulation.
Dynamic Microphone Set
Most mic bundles economise on their included models, but Audix’s BandPack series features some of their leading designs. John Gatski takes a look.
Stomp Box Effect
Electro-Harmonix' Superego effect is a spin-off from their Freeze pedal, which was itself derived from one of their 'infinite...
Three-way Active Monitors
Could Eve’s DSP-based approach to monitor design tempt users away from the more established brands?
Analysis & Mastering Software [Mac OS/Windows]
If you want to know how your mixes match up to commercial masters, Harbal will show you!
Active PA System
With its compact dimensions, the Nano certainly lives up to its name, but does it live up to HK’s reputation for quality sound?
Electronic musician Ian Boddy's latest work, Analogue Workshop 1, promises to be the first in a series of libraries, each one focusing on a particular aspect of modular synthesis.
We're told repeatedly that the future of music is in downloads, and a primary source of downloaded music is Apple's iTunes
Analogue Drum Machines
Analogue drum machines are a rare species these days, so it’s a huge relief that a breeding pair have been found in Berlin...
Reader's music reviewed
Silken Ladders, Rake Wickman, 21st Sentry, Angels In Architecture, Cat & Cage, Al Fleeman, Music To Drive Tanks To, Jon Durant.
Tubey or not tubey? That is the question you can answer with the help of these affordable preamps!
Loudspeaker Equalisation System
Real Sound Lab’s innovative speaker correction system provides high-precision equalisation tailored to your monitors and your room.
The Integra 7 might at first glance seem to be a Jupiter in rack form, but it turns out there’s more to it than that — much, much more...
Analogue Wah/filter Effects Pedal
With a pair of digitally controlled analogue filters, the Wahoo promises to provide the full spectrum of wah and filter effects, including something completely new...
Audio Editing Software For Mac OS
One of the giants of the Windows audio world has made it to the Mac at last. Was it worth the wait?
Orchestral Sample Library
Rising from the mist of old England comes the successor to Spitfire’s flagship orchestral library.
MADI A-D / D-A Converters
Is there a place for MADI audio interfacing in the project studio? SSL believe there is, and offer a range of interfaces to fill it.
Music Production Software [Mac OS/Windows]
Steinberg's DAW software has received perhaps its biggest shake-up to date, with a redesigned mixer and some clever chord functions.
If you value quality monitoring, it’s worth investing in a good pair of headphones. Here’s a selection of premium models from some of the leading manufacturers, with links to the SOS review where available.
Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor
Almost three years since we reviewed the original version of Vic Keary’s impressive summing mixer, it’s time to test-drive Version II — and a special Limited Edition.
Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor
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Expansion kit for EZDrummer
Warm Audio are a relatively new Texas-based company who have set out to produce a world-class preamp for rather less than a world-class price.
It might look like a simple analogue desk, but beneath the MGP16X’s familiar exterior lies some extensive digital processing.
Reverb Removal Plug-in For Mac & PC
The Holy Grail of location recording is the ability to isolate the sound of a source from that of the space in which it was recorded. Have Zynaptiq found it?
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Janus: Gravedigger Then And Now
Signed to Harvest, Janus made one album — and hated the way it sounded. Four decades later, they finally got the chance to mix it properly...
Recent Q&A seminars with readers have proved enlightening...
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Producer Jack Douglas
Their latest album saw Aerosmith return to their roots, with Jack Douglas in the producer’s chair. But it wasn’t all retro...
Music Has Many Languages
Music is not the universal language. You’re thinking of Esperanto.
The Sound In Your Head
In-ear monitoring is becoming a practical option for musicians and engineers at all levels. Is it time you made the switch?
iPad Recording & Production
Can you record and produce entirely on your iPad? Let’s examine the ins and outs...
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Studio One’s automation model might not seem very straightforward, but it can be extremely flexible...
Reason Tips & Technique
Take a guided tour of Reason’s automation armoury.
Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
DP8 for Mac has finally arrived — so here’s an upgrader’s guide to some of its new features.
Reaper Tips & Techniques
The Jesusonic collection might not be the prettiest of Reaper’s plug-ins, but there’s more to them than meets the eye.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Pro Tools can integrate external hardware into its mixer, and even compensate for the delay that this introduces.
The Real Benefits
Parallel compression is a powerful mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. Read on to find out what it really does — and how it can help you make better mixes.
Early adopters of the Microsoft Surface could be frustrated by cut-down software and uncertain support from third-party app developers.
Richard Symons, Simon Bishop & Bob Clearmountain
Documentary films stand or fall on the strength of their soundtracks — and when you are recording the emotional outpourings of a world leader, there are no second takes.
Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs
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This month, our engineer gets roped into the writing and arrangement process as he tracks cello parts in a living room.
Ableton Live Tips & Technique
From the conventional to the chaotic, Live’s Operator synth does it all.
SOS Awards Prize-winner
Like a bird on the wing, we travel over the sea to Skye to help last year’s SOS Awards prize winner set up his brand-new studio!
Commercial Productions Analysed
We examine the production of some recent hit records by Alex Clare, DJ Fresh, Wiley, Cheryl, Loreen and The Saturdays.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Part 2: Having built our own beat repeater in Logic last month, let’s now see what more we can do with it...
TV Music From The Inside
TV composers usually work at a safe distance, but you can’t beat the excitement of a big live spectacular.
Music & Recording Industry News
Traditional and home studios haven’t always seen eye to eye, but there may still be room for both types in this ever-changing industry.
We take a look at the renamed Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) studio.
I have to edit eight tracks of drums on six songs. Generally there are four to six takes. I'm using Cubase 5 and would like to...
A recording of mine is suffering from excessive sibilance, so I have tried processing it using a de-esser. The problem is that...
I've been wondering: when was recording to a click first used? And when did it start to become widely used?
I often read recommendations to mix with compressors/limiters in the main bus so we can adjust to the effects of mastering...