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Enter this month's competition for your chance to win this fabulous special edition of the AT4050 — Urushi — a hand-painted, urushi-lacquered microphone described by Paul White in its original form as a mic with “excellent technical performance” and “first-rate build quality".
For this month's competition, DPA are kindly presenting the winner with a ST2006A stereo mic kit, comprising two DPA 2006A small-diaphragm condenser microphones with omnidirectional polar patterns.
Making Music On The Move
JG Harding takes a look at the Notion Music Progression Tab Editor for iPad, whilst Mike Watkinson examines the Camel Audio Alchemy Synth Mobile for iOS.
Kick Drum Microphone
This ‘two-in-one’ kick-drum mic aims to offer all the benefits of multi-miking techniques, but without the risk of phase problems.
The high-frequency lift on these mics from Audix might not suit everything, but for some styles of music, it could be just the ticket...
These audio files accompany the Audix CX112B & CX212B review that featured in SOS April 2012.
The move from HD to HDX marks a leap into the unknown for high-end Pro Tools users. What exactly does Avid’s new DSP platform offer?
At the heart of most modern studios is a computer running a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW. The choice of DAWs available has increased significantly over the last few years, but if you’re new to the field it’s still hard to know which one will suit you best. Here’s a selection of the most popular packages, to help you decide.
Eventide are among the last of the big-name hardware manufacturers to offer their wares as native plug-ins. Has it been worth the wait?
Virtual Drum Instrument
The streamlined BFD Eco promises top-notch acoustic drum sounds at a budget price.
GForce’s acclaimed OSCar emulator gets a major update — and a deluxe control surface, in the shape of the Touch Digital IMP2C.
Big bangs, shattering impacts, unabated racket, sonic mayhem, deliberate destruction... Pass the earplugs, it’s Heavyocity’s new library!
Analogue Profiling Digital Guitar Amp
This new approach to guitar-amp simulation from the creator of the Access Virus synth promises to let you accurately capture the sound of all your favourite tube amps...
Hybrid Guitar Amplifier
Paul White checks out the Line 6 amp that was designed in collaboration with US amp designer Reinhold Bogner.
Digital Audio Workstation Software
Can its new look and feel, 64-bit code base and killer feature-set help Magix's heavyweight DAW muscle its way to a bigger market share?
Mic veterans Neumann turn their attention to the other end of the signal chain, with a miniature speaker that packs a big punch.
Active Loudspeaker & Subwoofer
QSC’s K-Series speakers look serious enough, but can their sound wow the crowd?
Mastering EQ System For API Lunchbox
Employing a whopping three Lunchbox modules per channel, this EQ system may not come cheap — but it boasts some impressive features.
Hugh Robjohns tests out this redesigned version of the MP73 module from the 1U rack system (reviewed in SOS in September 2008).
Vermona have beefed up their four-voice synth and the result is an analogue monster with the emphasis firmly on performance.
Mixer & PA Amplifier.
Wharfedale’s latest portable mixer-amp offers a compact solution for smaller venues.
Multitrack Recorder, Sampler & Audio Interface
Zoom have created another portable recorder that’s overflowing with features and functionality. Can it be all things to all people?
People + Opinion
Interview | Artist
Tommy Forrest is discovering mainstream success — without compromising the hardcore sample-mangling that has made Akira Kiteshi an underground hit.
Interview | Producer
The Civil Wars chose to avoid the usual studio trickery for their debut album, and have reaped great success as a result.
Paul White's leader.
Readers' Music Reviewed
The Hillmen * Little Black Holes * Primary Slave * Mine * Charlie Birnie * The Tempus * Pearl Handled Revolver
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
Lana Del Rey has topped charts worldwide with her signature retro sound — and it all started with a demo that became a viral hit.
Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques
Dust off that hardware controller and make it your best friend in the studio, with this simple way of using Sonar's Active Controller Technology.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Manage multiple monitor mixes with Cubase’s Control Room.
MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
It's a moment we thought would never happen: DP meets Windows...
Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
Straight and vintage delays, ADT, psychedelia, glitch... Is there anything Reason's Echo device can't do?
Apple Logic Tips & Techniques
Simply saving your project in Logic doesn't mean it's safe from harm. To future-proof your masterpieces, get to know your backup options.
This month we wonder at Apple’s lasting appeal, show you how to regain the Apple Loops utility, and eat our words...
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
Learn some Mid/Sides tricks in Reaper to open up your options at mastering time.
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
These audio files accompany the Reaper Notes article that featured in SOS April 2012.
Mixing & Recording Advice
This month, our mix engineer develops a reader's track and shows that the difference between an average mix and a good one is less about the quality of the gear than about what you do with it!
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS April 2012.
Checking real-world latency just got easier, with a new tool from DAW Bench...
Soft Cell's cover of 'Tainted Love' not only catapulted the duo to stardom in the UK, but also went on to spend a record-breaking 43 weeks on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Setting up an old-fashioned step sequencer in Ableton Live is easy.
Analysing Commercial Productions
• Lana Del Rey 'Videogames'
Can you hear the difference between an MP3 and a WAV file? We explain how lossy audio data compression works, and how to spot the tell-tale signs it leaves behind.
These audio files accompany the Compression article that featured in SOS April 2012.
Modular Live Sound System
Marcus Ryle of Line 6 talks to SOS about a radical new approach to live sound.
TV Music From The Inside
When it comes to telling composers what to do, job titles are no barrier to meddling.
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. **
Inside The World's Pro Studios
In this new regular feature 'Studio File', we open the doors on some of the world's most interesting professional studios with photographer Hannes Bieger. This month's studio is Avatar in New York.