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Dual Microphone Preamplifier
With two channels of mic preamp, a phase-alignment control, digital outputs and clean signal path, the Mico offers you an awful lot of Audient for the money.
Kontakt 2 Player
Control Surface & Audio Interface
Cakewalks V-Studio 700 system offers audio interfacing and very tight integration with the companys own Sonar software, via the impressive V-Studio Console. So is it every Sonar users dream setup?
Virtual Electromechanical Keyboard
You cant please all of the people all of the time, Abraham Lincoln once said — but Clavia aim to prove him wrong with their new Nord Electro 3 keyboard.
Firewire Audio Interface
Focusrites Saffire Pro interfaces already offer excellent value for money, but imagine if you could add two channels of any preamp you wanted...
Active Multimedia Monitors
There are studio monitors, and there are multimedia monitors, but can one speaker perform both tasks? Genelec think it can.
Emerald Pack Plug-ins [Mac / PC]
McDSPs Emerald Pack is one of the most desirable plug-in collections out there. Two new processors extend its capabilities still further...
Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Unashamedly inspired by the Neumann KM84i, Mercenary Audio have tweaked their KM69 to suit their own tastes. Does it deliver the goods?
Amp Modelling & Design Software [Mac/PC]
Peaveys ReValver lets you play through a catalogue of classic guitar amps in virtual form — and if thats not enough, you can design your own from scratch.
Creating a digitally modelled piano is a fantastically difficult thing to do, but that hasnt deterred Roland... Introducing the V-Piano — the worlds first hardware modelling piano.
Active Ribbon Microphone
If you put together a classical musician turned mic manufacturer, and analogue audio legend Mr Rupert Neve, youd expect the outcome to be something rather special — and it is.
Groove-based Software Instrument [Mac/PC]
This major new free update adds innovative loop-matching features to Spectrasonics groove-based instrument.
Transient Designer & EQ Rangers [Mac/PC]
Two of SPLs most effective hardware studio tools are now available in native and HD plug-in formats.
Virtual Drum Instrument
According to Submersible, Kitcore offers “great drum sounds without all the fuss.” We put it to the test.
EZ Drummer Expansion
Plug-in Bundle [Mac/PC]
Renowned mix engineer Jack Joseph Puig employs his massive collection of vintage outboard gear on everything from the Black Crowes to Black Eyed Peas. Now, thanks to Waves, you can get your hands on some of the same goodies.
People + Opinion
Recording electronica live in the studio
Live performance and spontaneity are everything for Animal Collective, so capturing the magic of their unique electronic psychedelia on CD was a huge test for engineer and producer Ben Allen.
Readers Music Reviewed
The editorial team audition another crop of your submitted tracks.
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Sage words from SOS Editor-In-Chief Paul White.
Lily Allen: 'The Fear' — Its Not Me, Its You
Looking for a follow-up to her smash-hit debut album, Lily Allen ditched her many other collaborators to work mostly with LA-based producer and musician Greg Kurstin on Its Not Me, Its You.
Should a problematic dongle be allowed to cause such grief in this day and age?
Logic Notes & Techniques
We offer a second set of tips to enhance your corrective and creative mixing skills.
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
MOTU's Digital Performer 6 hugely simplifies the task of CD burning, while at the same time allowing more complex burning tasks to be undertaken. We talk you through the options.
Producer: Van Morrison • Engineers: Shelly Yakus, Elliot Scheiner
On his second solo album, Van Morrison took the production reins for the first time. Manning the desk was engineer Shelly Yakus, who tells the story of recording Moondance.
Hear For Yourself
Links to audio files that accompany the SOS MAY 2009 Cubase article, for newsstand/bookstore readers who do not have eSub-access to the main web article.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Learn how to avoid frequency clashes in your mix, with our tutorial on advanced ducking techniques in Cubase.
A short practical guide to getting more from the standard five-way pickup selector switch.
Reason Notes & Techniques
Not only can Reasons Thor synth be used as an effects unit for other signals, it can also act as a hub for combining instruments and devices into true modular synth structures.
Our monthly round-up of news and tips for PC musicians takes in faster AMD quad-core processors, assesses Microsofts innovative Songsmith program, and offers a guide to the mysteries of defragging.
Ever wondered why your beats cant compete with commercial mixes? We show you how to nail them... without losing sight of the song.
Hear For Yourself
Links to the MP3 preview and high-resolution WAV files that accompany the SOS MAY 2009 Mix Rescue article, for our newsstand/bookstore readers who do not have eSub-access to the main web article.
After much recent speculation concerning Apples desktop trinity, the company quietly made big news this month by unveiling new Mac Pros, iMacs and Mac Minis.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Tempted to invest in a Pro Tools rig but don't know where to begin? You need our handy guide to choosing a system.
Optimising a garage studio
Even if you have the space and the gear, like reader Kevin Brown, you still need to know how to make the best of it. We paid a visit to help him optimise his new garage-conversion studio.
Songs suffering from superfluous sibilance? Study SOSs super strategies for sorting esses...
TV Music From The Inside
Only in the perverse world of music for the media could composers be asked to rip themselves off for money. Its time to take a stand against the rise of the 'soundalike'.