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This month, a competition with a difference: five lucky readers can get up to three tracks professionally mastered for free (a service that would usually cost £1000) by one of the UK's most respected mastering engineers, Jon Astley.
Thanks to Jon Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering & Post Production for supplying the fabulous prize.
Tel: +44 (0)208 892 9236 www.closetotheedge.biz
Antares Auto-Tune 5 & Celemony Melodyne Plug-in Pitch-correction Processors
Auto-Tune has been the industry standard pitch-correction tool for many years, and version 5 introduces many new features, but it faces its strongest competition yet from the new plug-in version of Celemony's Melodyne. So which one should you buy?
Surround Sound Headphone System
If you thought you couldn't hear surround sound on headphones, it's time you thought again.
Electric Piano Instrument For Pro Tools
Digidesign's march into MIDI sequencing territory continues with the launch of a plug-in emulating classic electric piano sounds.
Amp Modeller, Multi FX & Audio Interface
• Digitech RP250 Amp Modeller, Multi FX and Audio Interface • Tips: DIY Guitar Lube... plus news of TC Electronic's Classic Pedals.
If you want a unique approach to hardware sequencing or a charming accessory for the bridge of your alien mothership, the Genoqs Octopus could be just what you're looking for...
Microphone & Instrument Preamp
Well, it looks and feels as solid as a brick, hence the name. But there's more to this tube-based preamp than the gimmick. Let's find out...
Touch-sensitive MIDI Controller
Jazzmutant's Lemur combines both touch-sensitivity and a completely customisable interface, to create an entirely new breed of MIDI controller.
Orchestral Sample Library
This complete orchestral library is the jewel in its maker's crown, but are we talking Tiffanys or Ratners?
Should Korby's KAT be in your kit bag? We put it to the test...
High-resolution DSD Master Recorders
SOS were invited to take an exclusive first look at Korg's powerful new 1-bit high-resolution master recorders. It wasn't an invitation we could resist!
Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac/PC]
Line 6 first made their name with the Amp Farm plug-in, but since then they've concentrated on hardware products, and Gearbox Plug-in makes their latest range of amp and effects emulations available in a plug-in for the first time.
Analogue Mixer & Firewire Audio Interface
This neat little unit offers great flexibility for both studio and stage work.
Native Plug-in Bundle For Pro Tools
McDSP's Project Studio Bundle provides an affordable way for Pro Tools users to get their hands on versions of all the company's acclaimed effects and processors.
USB 2.0 Audio Interface [Mac/PC]
Native Instruments' new hardware offering has a few unusual features that may just find it a niche in the crowded audio interface market.
Digital technology opens up a world of possibilities when applied to Neumann's classic KM-series microphones.
Audeon UFO • Musicrow Vinyl Boy • URS Classic Compressors
Another bunch of enticing plug-ins get the full-blown insert treatment and rough handling to see how they perform.
Mic Preamp & A-D Converter
A useful studio workhorse that does just what it says on the tin.
• Sonivox Flying Hand Percussion• Davide Carbone's Drum & Bass Masterclass • Zero-G Kocktail Kollection
Analogue Filter & Signal Processor
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro; introducing Schippmann's über filter box...
In the last few years, Solid State Logic have been concentrating a lot of effort on the project studio market, and this new Alpha Channel makes their high-end console technology available in an affordable rackmounting channel strip.
The first electronic instrument to reach a mass market, the Selmer Clavioline pioneered many of the basic concepts of synthesis, along with a few features that are still remarkable today.
People + Opinion
Paul White's Leader
Editor In Chief Paul White explains why the cynics who believe SOS " never seems to give anything a negative review" are plain wrong.
The Making Of Love
When The Beatles' record company tempted their producer out of retirement for one last project, no-one had any idea how radical the resulting album would be.
Readers' Music Reviewed
More of your recordings scrutinised by the SOS crew...
Imagine A World Without Undo...
Apple-Z, control-Z, step backward, or just simply Undo is a feature that is ubiquitous in technology today, but taken for granted by us all. How has it changed the way we record?
With little new from Apple for musicians and audio engineers at the recent Macworld and NAMM shows, announcements from other manufacturers will allow Macbook Pro owners to take advantage of more sophisticated audio and DSP hardware while on the road.
Sonar Tips & Techniques
Sonar's Audiosnap time-stretching tools offer some mind-boggling possibilities, including REX-like beat slicing and sophisticated audio quantising.
Producers: The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven • Engineers: Alan Douglas, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
'The Eton Rifles' captured both Paul Weller's growing talent as a songwriter and the raw power of his band the Jam, and gave the group their first top 10 hit.
Unlike Logic, DP doesn't have any sort of distributed processing scheme, but by using additional Macs in your DP setup, with a network connection between them, you can achieve a similar result. Here's how it's done.
Logic Notes & Techniques
We attempt to demystify the EVOC20 vocoder plug-in and suggest ways in which it could be useful in all kinds of music, not just as a tool to produce silly robot noises!
Reason Notes & Techniques
If Remote support has not been added for your favourite MIDI controller, consider doing it yourself.
As a PC user, one job you're almost sure to have to do at some point is a clean install of Windows, whether because you've built your own PC, as outlined in last month's issue, have suffered a serious crash, or have decided to change to a new OS. Here's what you need to know...
Overcoming A Muddy Mix
When you're aiming for an in-your-face rock epic, the last thing you want is a muddy mix! Krys Baxter's Afterglow gets the Mix Rescue treatment...
Hear The Difference
Here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the March 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.
Cubase Tips & Techniques
Cubase's Play Order Track is a powerful, but often overlooked, facility that is a Godsend for songwriters, composers and remixers alike.
Inside Track: John Legend's 'Save Room'
John Legend's silky, R&B-tinged sound has revitalised soul music. Mix engineer Tony Maserati explains how he crafted that sound for Legend's hit 'Save Room'.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
It takes five minutes to set up your Pro Tools Preferences, but getting them right can smooth your workflow and even allow you to run more tracks from your hard drive.
A Drum Recording Room
The SOS crew help drummer Darren Williams sort out a better space in which to record drums and operate as a remote session drummer.
Theory & Practice
Knowing your cardioid from your omni can help you to achieve better recordings. If you're confused about what it all means, our guide to mic polarity should be a step in the right direction.
More Vista-related musings, advice on 'boot management' for multi-partition setups and the usual handy tips — all in this month's PC Notes.
I recently bought an old Trident VFM mixing desk, but I was disappointed to discover that it only offers unbalanced line...
I'm taking the leap into recording drums. I already have a basic drum mic kit, but I want to get some professional mics to...
I am a hypnotherapist, and I'm searching for a tool that will allow me to record sessions with my clients and put them onto CD. I need a recorder which is portable and allows me to record with no hiss and other noises in the background.
I'm looking to create a home studio so that I can make beats and improve my DJ and production skills. My current set up is...
I want to start playing my drums on a real controller, rather than with my fingers. I've been looking at a few electronic...