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Competition

WIN Audient BB4 Modular Channel Strip worth 1450 GBP

Deadline: 2009-04-30

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Deadline: 2009-05-31

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Reviews

Alesis Master Control

Firewire Audio Interface & Control Surface

Thumbnail for article: Alesis Master ControlAudio interface, control surface, monitor controller — the Alesis Master Control does it all. Could it be the perfect companion to your DAW?

Audio-Technica AT2035 & 2050

Condenser Microphones

Thumbnail for article: Audio-Technica AT2035 & 2050Industry stalwarts Audio-Technica introduce two new microphones that offer a similar character to their popular AT2020, but with better performance and additional features.

Camel Audio Alchemy

Software Synth [Mac/PC]

Truly original and innovative software is a rare thing these days, but Camel Audio’s latest is exactly that. Find out what it is that sets Alchemy apart from the soft-synth crowd...

CEntrance AxePort Pro

USB Guitar Interface

Focal CMS65

Active Nearfield Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Focal CMS65Focal control everything from design to manufacture in their factory in France — and this approach appears to be paying off.

IK Multimedia T-Racks 3

Master Processing Suite [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: IK Multimedia T-Racks 3IK’s original T-Racks invented the idea of ‘one-stop shop’ software for master processing. Do the improvements in version 3 keep it ahead of its rivals?

Imperfect Samples Braunschweig

Piano Sample Library

The inaugural product from Imperfect Samples is a sampled piano with a difference...

Line 6 Pocket Pod Express

Modelling Guitar Processor

Loopmasters KJ Sawka

Multi-format

Markbass Studio 1

Bass-guitar Amp Emulation

Nine Volt Audio Taiko

Sample Library

4*

SE Electronics SE4400a

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

Small size and a choice of polar patterns make this mid-priced, large-diaphragm mic a very versatile performer.

Sonic Reality Ocean Way Drums

Virtual Drum Instrument

Thumbnail for article: Sonic Reality Ocean Way DrumsOcean Way Drums offers 19 drum kits, recorded in a world-famous studio by a world-renowned engineer. Is this the best drum sample library money can buy?

Soniccouture Bowed Piano

EXS24 & Kontakt 2/3

Sony Acid Pro 7

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

Acid Pro has always offered a fabulous environment for loop-based music creation, but version 7 sees it making a bid for fully fledged DAW status.

Toontrack Jazz EZX

EZ Drummer Expansion

Universal Audio Twin-finity 710

Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier

Thumbnail for article: Universal Audio Twin-finity 710Which is best, tube or solid state? When it comes to investing in a preamp, that’s a question you may no longer need to ask...

Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard

Digital Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Waldorf Blofeld KeyboardWaldorf build on the success of their Blofeld synth by adding not only a keyboard, but also sample RAM.

Waves Maserati Collection

Plug-in Bundle [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: Waves Maserati CollectionMost of us cannot afford to have Tony Maserati mix our tracks — but thanks to Waves, we can now use his personal effects and processing chains in our own mixes.

People + Opinion

Kevin Burleigh & Glasvegas: Recording A Snowflake Fell

Christmas In Transylvania

For most bands and most record labels, trekking to the wilds of Eastern Europe to record a Christmas album would be a project that would remain filed under ‘Nice idea, but...’ Glasvegas, however, are not your ordinary guitar band.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

The editorial team audition another crop of your submitted tracks.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jochem van der Saag

Seal: Soul 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jochem van der SaagWhen Seal decided to pay tribute to classic soul records on his album Soul, he turned to legendary producer David Foster — and his right-hand man, Jochem van der Saag, who was responsible for mixing and much more.

Sounding Off: 21st Century Culture

David Glasper

What can we do to save ourselves from the misery and bathos of 21st century culture? Simple: hide in the past.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Leader

Editor-In-Chief Paul White likes dreaming up April Fool's blue-sky products, but with the unveiling of MOTU's Volta and Microsoft's Songsmith, fact is indeed becoming stranger than fiction!

Technique

Advanced Mixing In Logic Pro 8: Part 1

Logic Notes & Techniques

A professional producer and mixer passes on his favourite Logic mixing methods, starting this month at the bottom, with tips for bass and drums.

Advanced Vocal Compression

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

We explore some of the advanced parallel compression techniques used by top mix engineer Michael Brauer — and how you can recreate them using Cubase.

Building A Beatbox In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

We show you how to make Live emulate an MPC-style workflow for composing rhythm tracks.

Classic Tracks: Heavy Zebra ‘Karla’

Producer: Heavy Zebra • Engineer: Kevin Byrne

Thumbnail for article: Classic Tracks: Heavy Zebra ‘Karla’Blighted by drug abuse and mental illness, Heavy Zebra never fulfilled their early promise. Nevertheless, the deranged majesty of their 1972 single ‘Karla’ makes it a bona fide classic track.

Cubase: Advanced Vocal Compression — Audio Files

Hear For Yourself

We explore some of the advanced parallel compression techniques used by top mix engineer Michael Brauer — and how you can recreate them using Cubase.

Double-tracking Vocals

Sound Techniques

Whether you want to do it for real or fake it, double tracking can add very effective texture to vocal parts.

Mix Rescue: Timo Carlier

Recording simple ideas quickly

Recording simple ideas quickly often helps you to capture a good, fresh-sounding performance — but it can also leave you with frustrating technical problems in the mix. This month, we tackle just such a recording...

Mix Rescue: Timo Carlier | Audio Files

Hear For Yourself

Links to the MP3 preview and high-resolution WAV files that accompany the SOS APRIL 2009 Mix Rescue article for our newsstand/bookstore readers who do not have eSub-access to the main web article.

Non-Windows Hard Drives

PC Notes

If you’re under the impression that installing your audio apps on a non-Windows drive will lead to better performance, you’re in for a surprise. Recording audio tracks to such a drive, though, is a different matter...

Recording Techniques For Upright Piano

Miking Techniques & Recording Tips

We’ve discussed how to record grand pianos in some depth in past issues, but miking an upright piano can present a very different challenge.

Recording Upright Piano: Audio Files

Hear For Yourself

We've discussed how to record grand pianos in some depth in past issues, but miking an upright piano can present a very different challenge... Here are links to MP3 and WAV files to accompany April's recording workshop.

ReGenesis

Early Genesis for the modern keyboardist

Forming a tribute act can be challenging when it comes to getting the sound as close to the original band as possible, and approaching the keyboard rig for a Genesis tribute certainly proved tricky.

Sonar: Integrating External Hardware With Your DAW

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Is it time to lighten the load on your CPU and put that outboard signal processing hardware to work inside your DAW? We explain how...

Studio SOS: Gerry Daly

Making the most of your studio space

We turn a less-than-ideal square rented room into a workable recording and mixing space.

The SOS Guide To Choosing A Modular Synth

Plug & Play

No longer the preserve of men in laboratories or capes, the modular synth business is thriving, and it’s now easier to go modular than ever before. Read on and we’ll show you how...

Track Comping

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

One of the major new features in Pro Tools 8 is a system for easily assembling 'comp' tracks from multiple takes. We explain how it all works.

Upgrading MacBook Hard Drives

Apple Notes

With the increasing size of audio files and high-quality sample libraries, a Apple MacBook hard drive that seemed capacious just a couple of years ago may now be straining at the seams — but swapping it for a bigger one is easier than you might think.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

Your showreel can say a lot about you. And if it’s going to get you work, what it needs to say is: trust me.

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