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Reviews

ADAM P11A

Active Monitors

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This revealing new monitor provides a surprising degree of low-end punch given its size.

Audient ASP008

Microphone Preamp

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Eight channels of clean and transparent preamplification, complete with input impedance switching and flexible digital output options.

Celemony Melodyne 3

Pitch & Time Correction Software [Mac/PC]

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Melodyne has always worked miracles with the pitch and timing of monophonic audio, but Celemony's new version 3 turns its attention to full polyphonic mixes.

Digitech Jam Man

Loop Recorder & Phrase Sampler Stomp Box

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Add high-capacity Compact Flash storage and USB transfer to a real-time looper's facilities and you've got a host of new potential applications. What could the Jam Man do for you?

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

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• Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup • Compensating for Volume Control treble loss • Radial Engineering Plexitube, Hartke AC75/AC150, TC Electronic G Sharp, Zoom G7.1ut/G9.2tt

HV Design Total Tassman

Instrument Library for AAS Tassman

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Do you like AAS's Tassman but are a bit baffled when it comes to programming? Check out some of Harm Visser's ready-made instruments...

JBL LSR4328P

Auto-EQ Active Studio Monitors

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These active monitors can automatically EQ their frequency response to compensate for your room acoustics. But how effective is this technology in practice?

Korg Radias

Synthesizer & Vocoder

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The Radias is described by Korg as a synth and vocoder, but that's somewhat modest — it manages to cram analogue modelling, S&S, FM and formant synthesis into its stylish frame, plus a host of sound-shaping and triggering facilities. Plus that vocoder...

M-Audio Prokeys 88

88-note Stage Piano

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M-Audio have applied the same economies of scale to this digital piano that they have to their controller keyboards, with the result that the Prokeys 88 retails for well under £500, with the cut-down Prokeys 88SX costing far less.

Mackie C4

Mix Control Surface

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Mackie's C4 controller has been a long time coming, but now that it's here, it provides real-time control for a variety of supported sequencers and their plug-ins, including Apple's Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, and Mackie's own Tracktion.

Microtech Gefell M300

Condenser Microphone

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This new high-resolution small-diaphragm condenser mic offers high SPL handling and a warm tone.

Prism Sound ADA8XR

Multi-channel A-D/D-A Converter

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Exceptional A-D and D-A conversion, digital audio interfacing in multiple formats, plus Firewire connectivity make this high-end workhorse something for any studio owner to aspire to.

Sample Libraries: On Test

Hot New Releases

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• Big Fish Audio Hip-Hop High: Multi-format • Garritan Jazz & Big Band: Kontakt Instrument • Sample Lab Broken Beats: WAV+REX+Apple Loops • Sonic Implants Symphonic Harp: Gigastudio

Sonic Implants Complete Symphonic Collection

24-bit Orchestral Library

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The addition of woodwind and percussion libraries rounds out Sonic Implants' Complete Symphonic Collection, bringing their three-year symphonic project to a close.

Sound Toys Echoboy

Pro Tools Effects Plug-in [Mac OS X]

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The former Wave Mechanics team set out to create the ultimate classic echo unit emulator, and ended up with a plug-in that does much more.

Soundscape 32 & Editor v5

Recording & Editing System [PC]

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Soundscape have always been renowned for the stability of their DSP-based PC recording systems. Their latest development is a unique new way of integrating native CPU power into the Soundscape environment.

Stedman Proscreen 101

Pop Shield

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Like a number of pop shields on the market today, the Stedman Proscreen 101 uses metal grille, as opposed to nylon mesh, to remove those annoying plosive sounds...

Tascam DVRA1000

High-resolution Stereo Digital Recorder

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This new stand-alone recorder from Tascam records a variety of high-resolution audio formats directly to DVD discs.

Worsesounds Total Cacophony

Sample Library

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While the sampling world has warmly embraced the drive towards superb sonics, Dagenham-based Worsesounds have made their mark with cheap-but-cheerless sound libraries aimed at the undiscerning...

Yamaha mLAN16E

Motif ES mLAN Expansion Card

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Sometimes, a small interface board can make all the difference! We check out the card that allows you to send up to 16 channels of audio from your Motif ES synth (and all your MIDI data) via one Firewire cable...

People + Opinion

Crosstalk: Your Feedback

Readers' Writes

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SOS staff respond to your feedback, criticisms and advice...

New Tricks

Paul White's Leader

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More musings from SOS's esteemed Editor In Chief, about our new Mix Rescue series.

Red Bull Music Academy

Music School

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Every year, the Red Bull Music Academy brings together DJs, musicians and producers from around the world in a whirl of caffeine-fuelled creativity.

Roger Nichols: Across The Board

The Current State Of Affairs

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Celebrated producer and engineer Roger Nichols begins his new Sound On Sound monthly column with the fruits of bitter experience archiving digital audio...

Sounding Off: Vintage Samplers

Jem Godfrey

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One man's burning devotion to vintage samplers serves as a cautionary tale...

The Matrix

Writing & Producing in LA

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The success of Avril Lavigne's debut album Let Go catapulted The Matrix to the front rank of songwriters and producers. Since then, they've moved in ever wider musical circles, culminating in their work with nu-metal pioneers Korn.

Technique

Achieving Flexible Tempo In Digital Performer

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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If you favour the feel of music that results from real people playing real instruments, the strict-tempo approach of a sequencer can feel like a straitjacket. But DP offers many ways of breaking out, and this month we explore them, as well as bringing news of the major update that is Digital Performer v5.

CLASSIC TRACKS: Big Star 'September Gurls'

Producer: Big Star • Engineer: John Fry

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Three decades after they disappeared into obscurity, the cult of Big Star continues to grow. John Fry was the engineer and studio owner at Ardent, who oversaw the recording of their now-classic albums #1 Record and Radio City.

Intel Macs & Music

Apple Notes

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With another major transition occurring in the Mac world this year, it's time to consider the real ramifications of moving from Power PC to Intel-based Macs for musicians and audio engineers.

Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 5

You Got The Commission — Now What?

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So, you've been commissioned to write the score for something. What should you do next? We provide some suggestions, with real-world scoring examples for you to download and try.

Mix Rescue: Punchier Drums/Meatier Guitars

Taxi

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We overhaul Bristol band Taxi's mix sound in search of punchier drums, meatier guitars, and a more polished lead vocal.

On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 2

The Follow-Up

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A new business model for mastering houses allows you to submit tracks via the Web and pay on-line. Last month, we embarked on a unique test of these services. This month: the results are in...

Quiet Please: Advanced PC Silencing

PC Musician

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If you have to record in the same room as your PC, the acoustic noise the computer produces can be more than a mere irritant: it can also compromise sensitive recordings. We take a look at what you can do to restore peace.

Setting Up Pro Tools For Surround Sound

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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More and more post-production work is ending up in surround-compatible formats, such as DVD. We explain how to set up your Pro Tools system to do that work, and give some guidelines on recording and mixing in surround.

Studio SOS: Drum Recording

Simon Kusnierek • Jon Kent • Nate Lewis • Dan Edney

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Drum recording problems face the Studio SOS team this month, as they sort out two Bristol-based studios at once.

Useful Sonar Features You May Have Missed

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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In a program as complex and feature-rich as Sonar, it's almost inevitable that there are useful little facilities that could make your life easier, which you have somehow overlooked or forgotten. We turn the spotlight on some of the best.

Using Hardware Controllers with Reason 3

Reason Tips & Techniques

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In all the excitement about Reason 3's Combinator device, the powerful new Remote hardware control functionality has been sadly overlooked — so let's remedy that situation with this article...

Using REX Files In Ableton Live

Live Tips & Techniques

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Ableton Live 5 doesn't work with REX files, right? Well, technically speaking, it does not support the 'official' REX file format. But not only can you create your own REX-style slicing within Live, the 'do it yourself' stretching method we describe in this article can be surprisingly flexible.

What's New In Logic v7.2

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Although the new version of Logic is billed just as a Universal Binary crossgrade, it does more than simply allow the sequencer to run on the new Intel-based Macs. Read on...

Windows Vista

PC Notes

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If you're thinking about a new PC, do you need to make sure it's ready for the forthcoming Windows XP replacement: Vista? We examine the relevant issues for the musician.

Write In Cubase, Mix In Pro Tools

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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If you like Cubase's sequencing capabilities but prefer to mix your projects in another application (eg. Pro Tools), we show you how to get your soft-synth parts from one app to the other.

Sound Advice

Q. Can you suggest a decent all-round keyboard for live use?

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I am in a band that plays live every week. Is there a keyboard out there that concentrates primarily on piano, electric piano, clav and other funky sounds that you would generally want to use in modern tunes?

Q. How do I get rid of the buzzing noises in my home studio?

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Each time I record audio I get a continuous buzz and high-frequency noise recorded along with any music. It is clearly audible during intros, quieter passages and outros. However, when my screensaver comes on, this noise drops considerably...

Q. How do I stop comb filtering when recording in stereo?

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I have been reading the book Mastering Audio by Bob Katz. In it he addresses the issue of the detrimental occurance of comb filtering when recording in stereo and then combining the signals in a single track...

Q. What are 'construction-kit' sample libraries?

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Could you please explain what construction kits are? I've come across them on sample CDs but don't know how they differ from normal loops...

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