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Competition

WIN SSL XLogic G-Series Compressor

Deadline: 2004-04-30

Solid State Logic are offering SOS readers the chance to win one of the new G-Series stereo compressors, worth approximately £2467.
Prize kindly donated by SSL www.solid-state-logic.com

Reviews

Harbal

PC Visual Mastering Software

Harbal enables you to shape the EQ of your mastered mixes to match any reference track, and by compensating for the loudness changes involved in doing so, it provides a truly neutral means of comparing the original and the treated master.

ADAM S3A

Active Studio Monitors

ADAM combine Hexacone woofers with advanced high-frequency ribbon drivers to create a competitive professional monitoring system.

AMS Neve 1081 Classic

Mic Preamp & Equaliser

AMS Neve have reissued one of the most revered of the '70s Neve designs, but can it still compete in the 21st century?

Apogee Rosetta 800

8-channel A-D/D-A Converter

This new top-flight digital converter not only provides eight channels of simultaneous A-D/D-A conversion, but also includes soft limiting, UV22HR dithering, and flexible routing functions.

Behringer MIC100

Mic Preamp

A small preamp with a deceptively classy sound.

Brauner Valvet

Dual-pattern Tube Capacitor Mic

The elegant new Valvet provides a choice of omni and cardioid polar patterns, as well as delivering the kind of transparent valve sound for which German mic technology is renowned.

Korg ESX1

Music Production Sampler

Rack studio samplers may be pretty much a relic of the past, at least in terms of manufacturers producing new examples, but it's not quite all software and computer RAM yet -- not if instruments such as this new one from Korg are anything to go by.

Korg Microkontrol

MIDI Controller Keyboard

MIDI controller keyboards were a minority interest a few years ago, but as more studio duties have been taken on by computers, the popularity of controllers has soared. Korg's Microkontrol adds some new tricks to the well-established concept...

Latest Sample CDs

Sample Library

• Project SAM Trumpets * Score = 5
• PLP Essential Dance Collection * Score = 4
• Samplecraze Drumm * Score = 4

Lexicon Omega

PC/Mac USB Recording Interface

It's been nearly four years since Lexicon last produced an audio interface. Does their new USB-based Omega system have what it takes to challenge the likes of Digidesign, Edirol and M Audio?

M Audio Firewire 410

Mac & PC Firewire Recording Interface

M Audio have broken a price barrier with their Firewire 410, which is easily the most affordable Firewire recording interface on the market.

M Audio Luna

Capacitor Microphone

This affordable new large-diaphragm cardioid mic benefits from an open sound with a hint of transformer warmth.

Plug-in Folder

Software Plug-ins

Brief appraisals of another selection of software Plug-ins.

Rocktron Xpression

Multi-effects Processor

This versatile effects processor has not only been designed for guitarists and bassists, but also for the home studio owner.

Roger Linn AdrenaLinn II

Filter, Effects, Amp Modeller & Drum Box

Roger Linn Design have updated their versatile instrument processor, which still produces an array of unusual effects not normally available from a single box, but is now claimed to be easier to use.

TL Audio Ivory 2 5000

Valve Microphone & Preamp

TL Audio's new valve mic and preamp package takes the unusual step of integrating the preamp into the mic's power supply unit. So why take two boxes into the studio, when you can just bosh and go?

Triple P Pyramid

Passive Monitors

These new monitors may look good, but they're actually meant to sound bad! Specifically, they are designed to replace the Auratone 5C and Yamaha NS10M as the discerning mix engineer's 'grot box' of choice.

Vienna Symphonic Library

Orchestral Cube & Performance Set Pro Editions

The eagerly awaited upgrade from the VSL team breaks all records for size, depth and scope. Is it the be-all and end-all of orchestral sound libraries?

Vocaloid Leon & Lola

Singing Synthesis Software For Windows

Technology has threatened to put drummers and guitarists out of work, but until now, singers have been safe. Is Yamaha's Vocaloid going to change all that?

Yamaha 01X

Firewire Interface, Digital Mixer & Control Surface

Yamaha's 01X is a digital mixer, hardware controller, audio and MIDI interface that promises an unprecedented level of integration with PC/Mac computer-based DAWs. But can this one silver box really do it all?

Live Sound

On-stage Monitoring

Sound On Stage

Learn how to choose and use on-stage speaker or headphone monitoring systems. After all, if you can't hear what you're doing, then your live performances are going to suffer.

People + Opinion

Call in the Professionals!

Sounding Off

Modern technology has made DIY recording a reality, but there still comes a time when you have to defer to the professionals...

Crosstalk

Readers' correspondence

Replies to a few more of your faxes and emails.

John Frye: Recording Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Recording Outkast

Groundbreaking Southern rap duo Outkast head into 2004 with a fistful of Grammy nominations and a chart-topping double LP to their name. Their principal engineer and studio manager John Frye pulls back the curtain on one of the year's best records.

Music Producers Guild Assessments

Business End

Members of the UK's MPG (Music Producers Guild) offer their constructive comments about a selection of SOS readers' recordings...

Nitin Sawhney: Cultural Expansion

Composer/Producer/Remixer

From hit solo albums to film soundtracks and remixes, Nitin Sawhney has turned his hand to almost every aspect of music production -- and his music is equally diverse, blending Indian and Western classical styles with rock, hip-hop and dance.

The Point Of 5.1

Paul White's Leader

Surround sceptic Paul White finally sees the point of 5.1...

Technique

Classic Tracks: The Police's 'Every Breath You Take'

Producers: The Police, Hugh Padgham • Engineer: Hugh Padgham.

The Police's final studio album was both a technical and artistic tour de force, and yielded one of their most memorable hit singles. Yet the three members were unable to play in the same room without a fight breaking out, so the recording sessions proved tough going for engineer and co-producer Hugh Padgham...

Composing Theme Music For Royal Gardeners

TV Theme Music

Is writing TV show theme music as easy as it might seem? To find out, we follow the progress of David Lowe and Paul White's music for a recent BBC series on gardeners.

Demo Doctor

Reader recordings analysed

Another batch of lucky SOS readers' demos wait nervously for the Doctor's prognosis. What is the verdict? Listen while you read on...

Digital Microphones: A New Approach?

Cutting Edge

When is a digital mic really a digital mic? Cutting Edge looks at the hybrid digital/analogue technology we already have and suggests a radical new approach.

G5 Xserve

Apple Notes

Apple continued to demonstrate a commitment to music in January at both the San Francisco Macworld and LA Winter NAMM shows, as well as releasing G5-based Xserve machines. And this month we continue exploring the G5's performance in a musical context.

Logic: Working To Picture

Logic Notes

This month we show you how best to set up Logic for working to picture.

Page File: The Great Controversy

PC Notes

We return to the great Page File controversy of 2003... as well as keeping you stocked with the usual cocktail of PC news and tips.

Q & A: solutions to your problems

Reader advice clinic

Every day the SOS team answer dozens and dozens of phone and email questions from readers about all sorts of problems. Q & A brings together a collection of our best solutions and advice.

Recording Vocals In The Computer Studio

Masterclass

However much you rely on a computer to provide sounds and help create arrangements, if you want to include vocals, you still need to know how to mike and record them properly in what may be a less than ideal room. We offer some tried and tested solutions...

Sampling MOTU's Mach Five

Digital Performer Notes

MOTU finally have their own soft sampler, Mach Five, which is ideal for use with DP, but doesn't always work exactly as you might expect. Read on for the Performer Notes primer...

Signal Routing

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

While Cubase's graphical environment makes the application easy to use, it's not always clear exactly where signals are being routed. This month, we open the virtual bonnet and take a look at signal routing in the VST 2.3 audio engine used in both Cubase SX and Nuendo 2

Studio SOS

Nigel Helm-Nurney & Pombokiwi

The intrepid SOS team travel to Nigel Helm-Nurney's London studio to help his band Pombokiwi do battle with unwanted spill, uninspiring guitar sounds, and masses of egg boxes!

Syncing VST Effects in Sonar

Sonar Notes

Sync your VST effects perfectly with Sonar tempo, find out when snapshot is better than dynamic automation, and catch up with the latest Cakewalk software news.

Synthesizing The Rest Of The Hammond Organ: Part 3

Synth Secrets

We conclude our analysis of the fabulously complex beast that is the Leslie rotary speaker.

Tempo-shifted Vocals

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

All Pro Tools systems now come with a bundle of extra software: Reason Adapted, Live Digidesign Edition, Amplitube LE, Sampletank SE and T-Racks EQ. This month we use Live's powerful time-warping features to run tempo-shifted vocals alongside a remix.

Using Hardware Effects With Your PC Software Studio

PC Musician

Do you use a software studio with plug-in effects but crave the effects quality that your favourite hardware processor used to provide? Well, you can have the best of both worlds... as this article explains.

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