May 2008 In This Issue

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Competition

WIN: Olympus LS10 linear PCM handheld recorders

Deadline: 2008-05-31

Thumbnail for article: WIN: Olympus LS10 linear PCM handheld recordersPrizes kindly donated by Olympus. Tel: +44 (0) 1923 831100. www.olympus.co.uk

Reviews

Acoustic Energy AE22

Active Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Acoustic Energy AE22Like the venerable Yamaha NS10, this nearfield design puts accurate time-domain response at centre stage - but what does that mean for your mixes? ?????

Acoustica Mixcraft 

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Windows

Thumbnail for article: Acoustica Mixcraft Acoustica's inexpensive and easy-to-use sequencer continues to impress with the addition of MIDI tracks and VST Instrument support.

Audient Black Series

Modular Rackmount Processors

If you want quality outboard in a compact frame, modular systems are the way to go. Find out how Audient's offering compares with the rest.

Blue Cat Audio Plug-ins

Analysis, EQ & Dynamics Processors

Ever wanted to analyse every track in a project at once, or record their dynamic variations as MIDI Controller information? Blue Cat Audio's unusual plug-ins implement some original and very clever features.

Charter Oak E700

Multi-pattern FET Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Charter Oak E700Building in China, then disassembling in the US and replacing parts seems a long-winded way to go about building a mic... but there might just be some sense in the approach.

Clavia Nord Wave

Performance Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Clavia Nord WaveClavia are as well known for their instruments' red livery as they are for the quality of their virtual analogue synths. The new Nord Wave has definitely got the colour scheme, but can it live up to the sonic reputation of its forebears?

CME UF80

MIDI Controller Keyboard

The CME UF80 offers a weighted, hammer-action 88-note keyboard at a knockdown price. Is it too good to be true?

Digidesign Eleven

Amp Modelling Plug-in For Pro Tools

Digidesign get into the 'virtual guitar amp' game with a plug-in that emulates a selection of classic amplifiers and cabinets in impressive detail.

Gforce Virtual String Machine

Sample Library [Mac/PC]

Long considered to be terminally un-hip, string machines are on the brink of a revival. Will Gforce's VSM advance their rehabilitation?

Guitar Technology

Reviews

• Peterson Strobotomp strobe guitar tuner
• Perfect Tune Bridge guitar bridge

IK Multimedia SampleMoog

Sample Library [Mac/PC]

With the real thing becoming ever more scarce and expensive, samples are an affordable way to the Moog synth sound. SampleMoog offers exactly this, providing extensive samples of 16 of Dr. Bob's finest.

M-Audio Fast Track Ultra

Audio + MIDI Interface

Thumbnail for article: M-Audio Fast Track UltraThe world is simply teeming with audio interfaces these days, so what does M-Audio's latest offering, the Fast Track Ultra, have that the others don't?

Sample CDs On Test

Sample Library

Sebatron VMP 2000eVU

Valve Mic Preamp

Thumbnail for article: Sebatron VMP 2000eVUAustralian company Sebatron aim to start building their brand in the UK with this 'character' preamp.

SSL Duende Mini

DSP Plug-in Processor

Thumbnail for article: SSL Duende MiniThe sound of an SSL console is now available in an even smaller package - and at a smaller price.

Superlux Sonata ECOH6A

Back-electret Condenser Microphone

Can you really use a £25 mic for serious recording?

Virsyn Matrix

Vocoder Plug-in [Mac/PC]

Virsyn's Matrix Vocoder is one of the first plug-ins to use Steinberg's new VST3 specification. So if you want that classic vocoder sound, should you take the blue pill or the red one?

People + Opinion

Jean-Michel Jarre: Oxygene Live

Stagecraft

Jean Michel Jarre goes back to basics in more ways than one on his most recent tour of the seminal album Oxygene. But as he attempts to do it with all of the original instruments that recorded the work — some 40 pieces of classic gear — reliability issues will surely see the French synth pioneer hoist by his own petard, right? Mais non!

Norman Smith: The Beatles' First Engineer

Obituary

On March 3rd, the world of music lost one of its pivotal figures. Norman 'Hurricane' Smith recorded the Beatles' first six albums, produced the first four Pink Floyd LPs and even enjoyed chart success in his own right.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Producing Belle & Sebastian, The Fratellis & The Kooks

Tony Hoffer

A producer from the US who's doing very nicely in the UK, Tony Hoffer has been responsible for some of the most successful indie-rock albums of recent years.

Roni Size: Creating New Forms 2

Drum & Bass

Roni Size's New Forms revolutionised electronic music. Ten years on, he's returned to his classic album with a fresh perspective.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Carranza

Jack Johnson

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert CarranzaJack Johnson is living proof that you don't need Auto-Tune, Beat Detective or a million overdubs to record a hit album. In fact, as engineer Robert Carranza explains, he didn't even need mains electricity...

Sounding Off

Stephen Bennett

Does playing the Internet end the A&R game?

Warts & All

Leader

If your gear says "professional" on the front panel, our Editor In Chief Paul White contends that it very likely is not!

Technique

Audio Slicing

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

The tools for audio slicing were overhauled in Cubase 4.1. Find out how to get the best from them.

Creating Your Own Shortcuts & Macros

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Pro Tools doesn't officially support macros or assignable keyboard shortcuts, but with a little know-how and a copy of QuicKeys, you can use custom key commands to bring up anything from simple menu items to complex chains of commands.

Customising Sonar To Fit The Way You Work

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Did you know that you can make Sonar fit your working methods like a glove, via its many customisation options? Here's our guide to just a few of the most useful.

Luciano Pavarotti 'Nessun Dorma' | Classic Tracks

Producers: Ray Minshull, Michael Woolcock • Engineers: James Lock, Kenneth Wilkinson

Thumbnail for article: Luciano Pavarotti 'Nessun Dorma' | Classic TracksRecording opera requires a completely different approach, environment and technique to pop or rock music — a fact that has seldom been better demonstrated than in Pavarotti's 1972 recording of 'Nessun Dorma'.

Mix Rescue: Alice Sweet Alice

Technique

We find out how much you can do in the mix when the recordings aren't up to scratch — and how much you can't!

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

Hear For Yourself

Links to Audio files mentioned within MAY 2008's Mix Rescue article.

New Instrument Features In Logic Pro 8

Logic Notes & Techniques

Logic Pro 8 may not have new software instruments, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll discover significant improvements to what was already an impressive collection.

Practical Soundproofing

How To Keep Sound In & Out Of Your Studio

If sound is leaking from your studio or external noise is ruining your recordings, there are practical steps you can take to improve matters.

Revamped MacBooks & MacBook Pros; iPhone SDK

Apple Notes

There's no lack of new Apple products to discuss this month, with a revamp of the company's portable line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the iPhone SDK that will enable developers to create applications for what Apple hope will become the next significant platform.

Solve Latency Problems

PC Notes

The focus this month is on checking and improving the performance of your PC, with a new benchmark test just released and news of a useful tool that could help you pin down the source of latency-related problems.

Studio SOS: Paul Evans

Sound Workshop

SOS's crack studio squad tame unwanted reflections, track down strange noises coming from a Mac, and make some good-sounding drums sound even better!

The SOS Guide To Mix Compression

Hitting Harder

Compressing the stereo bus can give your music coherence, smoothness and, above all, punch — but there are plenty of pitfalls for the unwary. We lead you through the minefield that is mix compression.

Using External Audio In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Live 7 saw the the introduction of some powerful new features for integration with hardware instruments, effects units, and Rewire applications.

Using The Liquid Mix With Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

We offer a clutch of hints and tips for DP users considering adding a Focusrite Liquid Mix DSP plug-in platform to their setup.

Sound Advice

SOS Podcast 003

Frankfurt Musikmesse gear

News from Frankfurt Musikmesse exhibition, as well as the usual Q&A and chat from the Sound On Sound editorial team. Also, contributor Will Haas talks about mix compression, which he writes about in the May issue of SOS.

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