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Competition

WIN KRK VXT6 monitors

Deadline: 2008-04-30

This month, thanks to KRK's UK distributors Focusrite, we've got two pairs of VXT6 monitors (which normally cost £678 per pair) to give away.
Prize kindly donated by KRK's UK distributor Focusrite.

Reviews

Aphex 207D

Dual-channel Mic Preamp

Thumbnail for article: Aphex 207DCan a two-channel preamp at this price really give you the best aspects of tube and solid-state circuitry?

Audio Ease Speakerphone

Speaker Simulation Plug-in [Mac/PC]

Convolution technology can place your sound in almost any acoustic space, with stunning realism. Speakerphone uses the same principles to reproduce the vagaries of hundreds of loudspeakers — good and bad...

Clavia Nord C1

Digital Combo & Tonewheel Organ

Thumbnail for article: Clavia Nord C1With the demand for (and prices of) old combo and tonewheel organs rising all the time, a keyboard that emulates both at a reasonable cost seems like an excellent idea - but can the Nord C1 cut it when compared to its ancestors?

Digital Performer v6 — New Feature Preview

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

The days are getting longer and Spring is definitely springing, but with so many exciting product announcements recently — including Digital Performer 6 — DP users might well feel like it's Christmas all over again.

Eiosis E2 De-esser

Sibilant Processing Plug-in [Mac/PC]

Intrusive sibilants can ruin an otherwise good-sounding vocal track, and conventional de-essers are often of limited use. Can Eiosis's radical new design do any better?

Euphonix MC Mix

DAW Control Surface

Thumbnail for article: Euphonix MC MixThe new Artist series brings Euphonix's innovative EuCon technology to the project studio market. Does the MC Mix put existing fader controllers in the shade?

EWQL Gypsy, Voices Of Passion & Stormdrum 2

Sample Libraries [Mac/PC]

We catch up with the latest instalments in the eagerly awaited 'Play' series of sample libraries.

Fender Princeton

Recording Guitar Amp

Thumbnail for article: Fender PrincetonIs this the ultimate recording solution for fans of the classic Fender tube sound?

Guitar Technology

News & Tips

Mackie Control Pro

DAW Control System

Mackie have updated their popular control-surface system. We find out what's new.

Magix Samplitude 10

DAW Software [Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Magix Samplitude 10What do you add to the DAW that has everything? In the case of Samplitude 10, a complex new mastering compressor and some excellent automation features are among the highlights.

MOTU MachFive 2

Software Sampler

Thumbnail for article: MOTU MachFive 2With software samplers playing such a crucial role in many modern styles of music production, competition amongst the major players is hotter than ever. Does MOTU's redesigned MachFive 2 have what it takes?

Sample CDs On Test

Hot sound library new releases

Samplebase Satellite Pro

Software Sampler

Thumbnail for article: Samplebase Satellite ProSatellite Pro may look like just another soft sampler, but it has a unique sample-library philosophy and a particularly attractive price tag...

SSL XLogic VHD Pre

Four-channel Mic Preamp

Some people love the sound of SSL's modern consoles, while others prefer the 'dirt' of their older models. The VHD Pre aims to offer you the best of both worlds...

Tannoy Precision 8iDP

Active DSP Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Tannoy Precision 8iDPThe latest iteration of Tannoy's Precision 8 includes an intriguing on-board DSP room-correction system.

TC Electronic Studio Konnekt 48

Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

The Studio Konnekt 48 is an appealing package, benefiting from extensive use of TC's trademark DSP technology and a remote control — but is that enough to secure its place in the audio interface race?

Telefunken USA AK47

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Telefunken USA AK47Will this young gun fire the imagination like the Telefunkens of old?

People + Opinion

Crosstalk

Your Feedback

Replies from the editorial team to more of your valued feedback.

Pick & Mix

Leader

Paul White proffers more sage words...

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

More of your tracks get the aural objectivity test from the SOS crew. Sponsored by www.breed-media.co.uk

Recording XFM Radio Sessions

Chris Denman

Working straight to DAT, with a minimum of equipment, Chris Denman records more bands in a year than most engineers manage in a lifetime.

Sounding Off

Joe Deller

Is landing a studio job a numbers game?

The Story Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Founded in 1958

50 years ago this month, the most celebrated electronic music studio in the world was established. We trace the history of the Radiophonic Workshop, talking to the composers and technical staff who helped to create its unique body of work.

Technique

Building Bass Sounds With Prologue

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

There's more to Prologue than its presets — and it doesn't take long to create some excellent and unique patches.

Customising Sonar's SFZ Files

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Understanding how to program SFZ files opens up lots of ways to better exploit what Sonar's bundled soft synths have to offer. Don't panic: it's easier than you might think...

Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax' | Classic Tracks

Producer: Trevor Horn • Engineers: Steve Lipson, Julian Mendelsohn

Thumbnail for article: Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax' | Classic TracksThe debut single from Liverpool's Frankie Goes To Hollywood was the result of adventurous production and enjoyed massive chart success - as well as creating a great deal of controversy.

Happy Birthday Vista: How Was It For You?

PC Notes

Vista's now a year old — but is it loved or loathed by musicians?

Logic's Best-kept Secret: Hyper Editing

Logic Notes & Techniques

Logic's Hyper Editor is a powerful way of creating and manipulating MIDI data, but it's often overlooked. We give you the low-down in this advanced workshop, and suggest some ways of using the Hyper Editor in your music.

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

Take a listen...

Here are links to the audio files from APRIL 2008's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent/bookstore and don't wish to type in all the long filenames.

Mix Rescue: Jazz-Trio

Jesper Buhl

We help a home recordist on a budget to add that elusive polish to his jazz-trio recordings.

Phase Demystified

Understanding Phase Cancellation

Phase interactions are well known for their ability to destructively interfere with recorded signals, but an understanding of the process can turn it into one of the most powerful creative tools available to you.

Reason 4: Advanced Arpeggiation

Reason Notes & Techniques

Delving beneath the surface of Reason 4's new RPG8 arpeggiator reveals a treasure trove of rhythmic modulations and variations.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Renaud Letang

Feist: '1234'

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Renaud LetangAided by its memorable video and starring role in an iPod ad, Feist's '1234' has been a refreshingly different worldwide hit. Renaud Letang was behind the (vintage) desk during the recording and mixing sessions.

Studio SOS: Stu Evans

Lacklustre Drum Sounds

Reader Stu Evans has a smart studio but a lacklustre drum sound. Can the team breathe life into it?

Templates & Real-time Backups

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The focus is on better project management in this month's Pro Tools workshop, as we explain the advantages of using template Sessions, and look at some tools that can help you avoid data loss.

Why Won't 32-bit Plug-ins Work In 64-bit Apps?

Apple Notes

Have you ever wondered why Power PC plug-ins can't run in Intel applications, or why your 32-bit plug-ins won't work in 64-bit applications of the future? Apple Notes explains all.

Sound Advice

Q: How do you connect a mixer to a PC?

Referring to your article in Q&A from SOS January 2007, regarding a basic home recording setup, can you connect the Yamaha MG102C, which you suggest, to a PC directly? If so, how?

Q: How do you record a Leslie speaker?

The crack team of Paul White and Hugh Robjohns have travelled the world solving readers' problems. Here, they put aside the Hob Nobs and answer some of your recording queries.

Q: Is there a difference between native and platform-based plug-ins?

I've noticed a price disparity between the Native and Powercore plug-in offerings from Sonnox. Native versions (Audio Units in my case) are much cheaper than the Powercore versions, but do they differ in quality? If so, are these differences typical of the plug-in market at large? I don't use Pro Tools but have noticed similar price differences between RTAS and TDM plug-ins. Are customers here paying for the privilege of offloading processor burdens to DSP cards, or are the plug-ins better somehow? Is there, perhaps, different algorithmic encoding involved)? I've been running native plug-ins for a while with this on my mind, and I'm hoping you might clear it up for me.

Q: Should I mix on high-end headphones or low-end monitors?

I don't really want to get into a discussion about whether or not you should mix on headphones, but I'm wondering whether I'd be better off with a pair of Sennheiser HD600 (or similar) headphones instead of some low-end monitors? At the moment my 'studio' is just the corner of my bedroom and there's a huge peak around 150Hz, so it's not ideal for mixing. My current monitors are Blueroom Minipods, which are not the best thing for monitoring. So most of the time I mix on Sennheiser HD497s and check later on the monitors.

Q: What's so good about a Lunchbox?

I'm seeing more and more new units for the API Lunchbox. Why is this, and what's so special about the format?

SOS Podcast 002

More NAMM 2008 gear

The Sound On Sound team discuss some of the new products announced at the NAMM show, answer reader questions, and discuss the topic of phase, which is covered in the April 2008 issue of SOS.

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