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Competition

WIN Lexicon PCM Native Reverb worth 1174 GBP

Deadline: 2010-04-28

Thumbnail for article: WIN Lexicon PCM Native Reverb worth 1174 GBPPraised by Paul White in last month's test review, here's your chance to own this tasty native plug-in. Prize kindly donated by Lexicon's UK distributor Sound Technology +44 (0)1462 480000. www.soundtech.co.uk

Reviews

Apogee One

USB Audio Interface For Mac

Thumbnail for article: Apogee OneIt’s tiny, shiny and everything you’d expect from a quality Apogee interface.

Audiobro LA Scoring Strings

Sample Library

LA Scoring Strings hopes to set itself apart from the competition with clever devices that make it both more realistic and more user-friendly.

Avantone BV1

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Avantone BV1Avantone are best-known for their modern take on the classic Auratone speaker, but they make mics too. Find out how their latest model performs.

BAE 1073 MPF

Dual Solid-state Preamp

There are now several Neve 1073-inspired preamps available — but they’re not always 100 percent faithful to the original design. How close does this new contender from BAE come?

Echo Audiofire Pre 8

Firewire Interface For Mac & PC

Thumbnail for article: Echo Audiofire Pre 8There are plenty of eight-channel Firewire interfaces on the market these days, so what does the Audiofire Pre 8 have that the others don’t?

Electron Smasher

Sample Library

4*

FabFilter Creative Bundle

Effects & Synth Plug-ins [Mac & PC]

FabFilter’s powerful plug-in suite brings us advanced modulation possibilities, filters with multiple personalities, and plenty of overdrive.

Izotope Alloy

Processing Plug-in [ Mac & PC]

If you like Izotope’s Ozone mastering processor so much you want to use it at the mix, their new Alloy is the plug-in for you.

Korg Wavedrum

Drum Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Korg WavedrumThe new Wavedrum costs a fraction of the price of its predecessor and remains a sonic force to be reckoned with.

Liquidsonics Reverberate

Convolution Reverb [Mac & PC]

Liquidsonics’ convolution reverb is not only highly affordable, but incorporates some innovative features too.

Livid Instruments Ohm64

MIDI Control Surface

Thumbnail for article: Livid Instruments Ohm64The Ohm64 is the latest in a recent rash of grid-based control surfaces. Does it stand out from the crowd?

NI Abbey Road 60s Drums

Sample Library

Thumbnail for article: NI Abbey Road 60s DrumsNative Instruments bring you the classic drum sounds of Abbey Road, lovingly sampled at the studio itself.

Presonus Studio One Pro

Digital Audio Workstation Software[Mac & PC]

Thumbnail for article: Presonus Studio One ProMost of us are already committed to a DAW package. But if we were offered an alternative that was affordable, simple to use and ultra-reliable, would we switch? Presonus certainly hope so...

Sontronics Delta

Ribbon Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Sontronics DeltaBuilding on their Sigma design, Sontronics’ Delta is more rugged, and voiced with guitar cabs in mind.

Sontronics Delta Ribbon Mic | Audio

Hear For Yourself

Audio Examples From Sontronics Delta Ribbon Mic April 2010

SPL Frontliner 2800

Recording Channel

Thumbnail for article: SPL Frontliner 2800This mic preamp and processor is about as flexible a device as you could hope for without taking the modular route — and all in the space of a 2U rack.

Unity Audio The Rock

Monitor Speakers

Thumbnail for article: Unity Audio The RockThe time-domain response of monitors is often sacrificed for level, but this sealed-cabinet design tackles that issue head-on...

Yamaha DTX Multi 12

Electronic Percussion Pad

Thumbnail for article: Yamaha DTX Multi 12Yamaha’s DTX Multi 12 squeezes an entire electronic drum kit into a single box.

People + Opinion

Midlake: Recording The Courage Of Others

Tim Smith & Paul Alexander

Thumbnail for article: Midlake: Recording The Courage Of OthersWhat do you get when five American jazz musicians lock themselves in the studio with a collection of Steeleye Span albums? Through a series of reinventions, Midlake have won critical applause for their music and plaudits for their self-production skills.

Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion

Orchestrion Manoeuvres

Thumbnail for article: Pat Metheny’s OrchestrionSome of the latest advances in electronic music technology have been geared towards acoustic music — played by robots. For his latest album, guitarist Pat Metheny assembled an entire automated orchestra to back him.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

Is yours one of this month's tracks to be scrutinised by the editorial team? Click and find out...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Humberto Gatica

Inside Track: Michael Bublé ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’

In a rare interview, legendary engineer and producer Humberto Gatica explains how he and singer Michael Bublé breathed new life into big-band swing music — with stunning results.

Sounding Off

J G Harding

It’s nigh-on impossible to make a profit from music these days, so why do we still do it?

Technique

AIR Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

We conclude our tour of the new PT8 AIR plug-ins with neat tricks for filtered rhythmic gating, creating kick and snare tracks from a stereo drum mix, and widening electric guitars.

Comping Tips in Reason and Record

Reason Notes & Techniques

The ability to quickly create and compare alternative takes is very useful. We look at how it’s done in Reason and Record.

Distortion In The Studio

Dirty Sounds

From subtle warmth to screaming walls of noise, distortion is one of the most versatile effects in the studio engineer’s armoury.

iPad For Musicians?

Apple Notes

The Internet has been all a-Twitter with the launch of the iPad recently. But what can this ‘oversized iPhone’ offer the recording musician?

Logic Pro: Getting The Most Out Of Sculpture

Logic Notes & Techniques

Put your own stamp on synthesized sounds with Logic Pro’s powerful sound-modelling system, Sculpture.

Max For Live

New dimensions for Ableton Live

The introduction of MaxMSP adds an entirely new dimension to Live. We take a look at what’s already been created in the three months since its release.

Miles Davis ‘Round Midnight’ | Classic Tracks

Producer: George Avakian • Engineer: Frank Laico

In 1956, Miles Davis was at Columbia Studios to record an album with the musicians who subsequently became known as his ‘First Great Quintet’. Engineer Frank Laico was at the controls...

Mix Rescue: Phase Relationships

Mixing & Recording Advice

This month, we show how manipulating the phase relationships of some tracks in your mix, plus a little disciplined pruning, can revitalise a flat-sounding track.

Mix Rescue: Phase Relationships | Media

Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS April 2010.

New Tools In Digital Performer 7.1

Digital Performer Notes

DP 7.1 is a small update that adds a couple of big new features, including an easy system for saving effect chains.

Recording Acoustic Guitar

Techniques From The World’s Top Engineers & Producers

Recording a passable acoustic guitar sound is fairly easy, but how do you get a great sound? We tried and tested tips and techniques from the world’s most celebrated producers and engineers to show you how...

Recording Acoustic Guitar | Audio

Hear For Yourself

Audio examples from Acoustic Guitar Recording: April 2010

Solid-state Drives

PC Notes

The silent studio is a real possibility now that solid-state drives are offering unrivalled transfer rates, free from mechanical noise. So why aren’t we all switching over?

Sonar: Up & Drumming

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Put together quick and easy drum tracks with Sonar 8.5’s Session Drummer 3.

Studio SOS: Andy Kingslow

Acoustic solutions

Even with access to the best gear, and commercial experience under your belt, paying attention to your studio’s acoustics can still pay massive dividends...

Upgrading Pickups

Guitar Technology

A look at fitting IronGear Texas Loco stratocaster pickups, plus general tips.

Using Cubase's Chorder Plug-in

Cubase Notes & Techniques

We show you how to coax a more convincing performance from your VST instruments using Cubase’s Chorder plug-in.

Using Cubase's Chorder | Audio

Hear For Yourself

Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques April 2010

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline: Using Sample Libraries

TV Music From The Inside

Sample libraries are the modern media composer’s most important asset — so it’s a shame that using them in real-world projects can land you in legal hot water.

Sound Advice

SOS Podcast 023

20:33 mins

Paul, Hugh and Tyler Massey round up the news, while Sam Inglis reveals what appeals to him about the innovative, though low-cost, Liquidsonics Reverberate convolution reverb plug-in he reviews in SOS April issue. Craig Anderton trails Audio Snap, the feature he'll be discussing in his May edition Sonar Notes column, while Paul and Hugh answer your questions and offer tips on how to improve drum kit recordings in a small room.

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