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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.
Dual-channel Mic Preamp
Can a two-channel preamp at this price really give you the best aspects of tube and solid-state circuitry?
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...
Digital Combo & Tonewheel Organ
With 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 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.
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?
DAW Control Surface
The 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?
Sample Libraries [Mac/PC]
We catch up with the latest instalments in the eagerly awaited 'Play' series of sample libraries.
Recording Guitar Amp
Is this the ultimate recording solution for fans of the classic Fender tube sound?
News & Tips
DAW Control System
Mackie have updated their popular control-surface system. We find out what's new.
DAW Software [Windows]
What 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.
With 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?
Hot sound library new releases
Satellite Pro may look like just another soft sampler, but it has a unique sample-library philosophy and a particularly attractive price tag...
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...
Active DSP Monitors
The latest iteration of Tannoy's Precision 8 includes an intriguing on-board DSP room-correction system.
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?
Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone
Will this young gun fire the imagination like the Telefunkens of old?
People + Opinion
Replies from the editorial team to more of your valued feedback.
Paul White proffers more sage words...
Readers' Music Reviewed
More of your tracks get the aural objectivity test from the SOS crew. Sponsored by www.breed-media.co.uk
Working straight to DAT, with a minimum of equipment, Chris Denman records more bands in a year than most engineers manage in a lifetime.
Is landing a studio job a numbers game?
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.
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.
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...
Producer: Trevor Horn • Engineers: Steve Lipson, Julian Mendelsohn
The 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.
Vista's now a year old — but is it loved or loathed by musicians?
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.
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.
We help a home recordist on a budget to add that elusive polish to his jazz-trio recordings.
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 Notes & Techniques
Delving beneath the surface of Reason 4's new RPG8 arpeggiator reveals a treasure trove of rhythmic modulations and variations.
Aided 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.
Lacklustre Drum Sounds
Reader Stu Evans has a smart studio but a lacklustre drum sound. Can the team breathe life into it?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I'm seeing more and more new units for the API Lunchbox. Why is this, and what's so special about the format?
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.