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This month, SSR are giving away 5 places on their Pro Tools 101 course, worth £300 a place. Throughout the two-day course, the lucky winners will be taught by Jonathan Espinosa, who has worked with such artists as the Pogues, Enya and Joy Williams, and is currently a producer for Ministry Of Sound, Sony Records, and house label Defected. The course will take place at SSR’s brand-new Camden premises in London over 2 days. Enter for your chance to win!
Is there more than an eye-catching new livery to spark interest in Blue's latest mic?
Digital Audio Workstation Software
Can Cakewalk's radical rethink of the DAW user interface tempt users of competing products into the Sonar fold — without alienating existing fans?
Dual-band Bass Compressor Pedal
Swedish bass‑equipment manufacturers EBS’s updated MultiComp pedal is intended to make transparent‑sounding bass compression easy to achieve. Matt Houghton investigates...
With so many mastering processors already on the market, is there room for another compressor, EQ and limiter? Fabfilter certainly think so...
Speaker-modelling Headphone Amp & USB Audio Interface
For those of us who find our headphone mixes don't translate well, Focusrite have created a virtual listening environment that replicates the experience of monitoring on speakers.
Solid-state Mono Compressor
Can you really achieve 24-carat Neve-style compression on a shoestring, or is this a case of fool's gold?
MIDI Control Surface
Livid Instruments' new control surface boasts not only an unusual flexibility — courtesy of its custom editing software — but also some fine handmade wooden end-cheeks...
M-Audio's debut synth may have a pristine white exterior, but it hides a sample-based synthesis engine capable of getting down and dirty...
Convolution Reverb Plug-in
NI's Reflektor is a reverb that combines simplicity of operation with a very musical sound.
Matt Houghton checks out Phill Brown's autobiography.
Active Two-way Studio Monitors
The original VS2108 design was a real success for Quested — so when they said they'd improved it, we thought we'd better test that claim...
USB Audio Interface
RME's interfaces get ever smaller — but this baby packs a powerful punch despite its miniature dimensions.
Digital Audio Workstation
Cubase 6 pushes the boundaries of expressive sequencing, while adding polish and new editing functionality to keep existing users happy. Is it all too good to be true?
Orchestral Brass Instrument
The Austrian sample maestros go multitrack with four new brass ensembles.
PPG's Wave series were sadly beyond the budget of most of us, but, through the miracle of software, the powers of these innovative synths may now be within our grasp...
People + Opinion
Interview | Band
How do you create a hit album that stands with the synthpop greats, yet at the same time sounds thoroughly modern? In Hurts' case, with a great deal of time and effort...
Interview | Remastering
Andrew Rose has built a successful business by restoring and releasing great lost recordings of the 20th Century. He explains how he brings back the original magic...
It's April, so what has Paul been dreaming up this year?
Readers' Music Reviewed
Big Big Train * We Happy Few * Gorman * Trace
Why would you use one? There are plenty of perfectly good recordings made in garden sheds, bedrooms and basements!
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
Through his work with David Guetta, Rihanna and now Katy Perry, Sandy Vee has taken the French house sound to the top of the US charts. He tells us how it's done.
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
Take a razor blade to your vocal tracks and learn the art of comping in Reaper.
When two sounds happen very close together, we hear them as one. This surprising phenomenon is the basis of musical pitch — and there are lots of ways to exploit it in sound design.
These audio files accompany the How We Hear Pitch article that featured in SOS April 2011.
Tips & Techniques
You might be surprised at just how much you can discover about the mix of a hit record if you use a structured approach to listening, learn to interpret your meters, and try a few technical tricks...
Tips & Techniques
Making your own drum triggers for recording is easy and inexpensive.
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Discover how to control your hardware synths using Max For Live.
MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
Knowing the ins and outs of various DP MIDI features can help you work quicker and smarter.
Mixing & Recording Advice
We discover that if you need to cure problems with bass instruments in your mix, you might well have to aim a bit higher...
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS April 2011.
Apple Logic Tips & Techniques
Expand your monitoring options with clever routing in Logic Pro.
Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
Reason's flexible routing makes scintillating sampling simple...
The launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors hasn't gone as smoothly as it might have done — and the saga continues...
Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Once you've created a basic Structure instrument, there are lots of things you can do to improve the way it sounds and plays.
Analysing Commercial Productions
• Matt Cardle 'When We Collide'
• Bruno Mars 'Grenade'
• Ellie Goulding 'Your Song'
'Teenage Kicks' was the punk-pop gem that, with a little help from John Peel, kick-started the Undertones' career.
This month we take a trip down memory lane with VFX Host, and visit App land to round up a few of our favourite tools.
TV Music From The Inside
Title? Composer for the media. Job description? Squaring the circle...
Music & Recording Industry News
** This article was originally printed in the US Edition of Sound On Sound only, but is available online to all subscribers. ** This month, our US correspondent speaks to producers and engineers who have had to broaden their horizons in order to keep up with the ever-changing music industry.
The Gear To Get You Filming Fast
New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three categories will get you started.
iOS Viewfinder App
A viewfinder is great for framing shots without setting up your camera — so having one as an App is even more convenient.
Building on the success of its predecessor, the Videomic Pro is a convenient, lightweight shotgun mic.
An Introduction To Location Sound
Your camera's on-board mic might be OK for home movies, but using a separate mic and audio recorder will yield much better results.