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Fantastic chance to Win RME MADIface XT in February's Issue Competition.
As another classic analogue processor is resurrected, we ask what made it so special, and find out how faithful the latest incarnation is to the original.
Converter, Audio Interface & Monitor Controller
This complex, multi-faceted device offers more than you’d imagine at first glance...
Music Production Software For Mac OS
The latest version of Apple's entry-level music software draws heavily from Logic Pro X. Is this the return of Logic Express?
Making Music On The Move
Apple iPad Air • Mellotronics M3000
Arturia’s new Brute is even smaller than the last and, quite frankly, very cheap indeed. What’s not to like?
If you don’t need a large control surface, these two racks offer compact and affordable ways to harness Behringer’s X32 mix engine.
Looking for a set of headphones that offer good isolation? Here’s our selection of models from some of the leading brands, with links to the SOS review where available.
Drumdrops 1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit Kontakt Instrument
The tiny 8 Step Program is capable of all sorts of creative CV control.
Virtual Drum Instrument
BFD2 was always going to be a hard one to top, but that hasn’t stopped FXpansion from trying. Have they succeeded?
Can a pop filter sound completely transparent? With some clever design, yes it can...
Heavyocity’s latest contender delivers a winning one-two combination.
Audio Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows
The latest version of iZotope’s RX restoration suite does more than before — and does it faster!
JBL’s new LSR3 series brings technology from the company’s premium monitor range within reach of the home studio.
Does this in-depth guide tell you everything you need to know?
One-shots, transitions, drops, sweeps and swooshes are all types of effects that add those last finishing touches to a track.
By the look of it, a great deal of time and effort has gone into designing NI's Kinetic Metal interface to ensure that it functions as a very flexible sample-manipulation tool.
Readers' music reviewed
This month we comment on releases from Seth Lakeman and The Cuckoo Clocks
Capacitor Microphone Pair
Making quality stereo recordings has never been cheaper, thanks to the launch of Rode's new M5 mic set.
Audio files to accompany the reviews.
Schoeps's unusual new vocal mic could give some of the long-established studio stalwarts a serious run for their money.
Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows
Steinberg have packed a lot of new functionality into their bargain upgrade to Cubase.
Solid State Guitar Amplifier
Can this tiny amplifier really sound as good as a full-sized amp?
Action Cuts is the latest addition to Ueberschall's Elastik-based 'Inspire' series of sample libraries.
Waldorf have followed up their '90s blockbuster with a sequel — the Pulse 2.
People + Opinion
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
When I first looked at the Jake Bugg sessions, I was like, 'Wow, this is really stripped-back.'
Proving that not every pop star is a manufactured creation, John Newman is as at home in the studio as he is on TV.
Management speak is taking over the world.
Ask pretty much any musician planning to make a record what mastering is all about and they'll probably include 'making it sound loud' as one of the more important mastering tasks.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Create custom impulse responses using Space Designer.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Studio One’s virtual guitar amp offers a surprisingly wide range of tone-shaping options.
The Internet is changing every facet of the music business — including live performance. There's never been a better time to take to the cyber-stage.
It didn’t make the headlines, but a quiet revolution is happening in Mac OS Mavericks...
Producers: Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne • Engineer: Richard Dodd
While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s writing partnership was certainly successful, it was the partnership between Jeff Lynne and engineer Richard Dodd that gave the records their distinctive sparkle.
Following on from last month’s article about drum miking, here we’ll discuss the various ways you can mix and process your drum-kit mics.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
We introduce some of the best free plug-ins for Pro Tools 11.
Reason Tips & Techniques
When it comes to step sequencing, Reason 7 has all sorts of tricks up its sleeve.
Our engineer figures out how to apply just the right amount of polish to an indie-rock track with a DIY aesthetic.
Hear For Yourself
Audio files to accompany the article.
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Live enters a state of flux as we get to grips with morphing.
With '8 hate' remaining strong, Microsoft haven't had the best of years. Is that all about to change?
Sound On Set
Even with the simplest of setups, audio recording for film is no easy task — especially when the whole picture has to be shot in a day.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
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Sonar Tips & Techniques
Use Melodyne Essential, included in Sonar X3 Studio and Producer, to turn your audio into MIDI.
The New Normal
As the nails are being hammered firmly into the coffin of competitive loudness processing, we consider the implications for those who make, mix and master music.
Commercial Productions Analysed
This month we analyse hits from Storm Queen, The Reflektors and Lorde plus our classic mix 'Roxanne' by the The Police.
Our story begins with one of the most famous names in the history of recorded music: Bill Putnam.
TV Music From The Inside
The world is full of products that promise to make our music better. But will clients or audiences notice the difference?
Music & Recording Industry News
Nashville is fast becoming the US's capital of music, but it risks losing its identity in the process.
I recently bought an old analogue mixing desk, where all the channel and bus insert points are unbalanced, which is quite common, I think. But all my outboard gear has balanced inputs and outputs!
I keep reading advice that it's bad for a padded line signal to be run through a mic preamp input, and that it's better to use a dedicated line input
I have double glazing but it's quite old, and I notice that other people's double glazing seems to cut out more sound.