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To celebrate their 20th year in existence, TL Audio are kindly giving one lucky SOS reader an M1F8 console. An updated version of the original M1, the M1F8 features eight channel strips, each with balanced inserts, a three-band EQ (with swept mid), and two aux sends. TL Audio's generosity doesn't end there: along with the M1F8, they're supplying their optional DOF card, which endows the M1F with Firewire audio-interface functionality. This means that the lucky winner will be able to record all of the desk's channels to his or her DAW individually, along with the stereo mix.
Prize kindly donated by TL Audio Ltd
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Analogue Modelling Synthesizer
This versatile compact synth takes the essence of its close cousin, the Alesis Micron, and adds a twist...
In the film world, orchestral strings reign supreme. Has the latest movie-oriented string library got what it takes to spill your popcorn?
The follow-up to the revolutionary Eigenharp Alpha is designed to make the essence of the Eigenharp experience more accessible and affordable. How well does it succeed?
(CV) Control Voltage-Generating Plug-ins [Mac/PC]
If you dream of controlling your analogue synths from within your DAW software, it may be that your audio interface will let you do just that — with a little help from this plug-in suite.
Max NVS Bridge For Gibson Guitars
Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac OS
Does the pro audio market need another digital audio workstation program? Harrison Consoles and Ardour believe the answer is yes...
USB MIDI-CV Converter
Kentons USB Solo puts your computer directly in touch with your analogue synths.
USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
M-Audios Oxygen 49 offers competitively priced control over your DAW.
With improved Firewire routing and Pro Tools compatibility, this new Onyx design offers much more than a few tweaks...
Guitar Distortion Processors
Guitar Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac & PC]
Native Instruments guitar amp simulation software has sprouted a bunch of new amps and effects, along with more realistic cabinet and miking options, and is easier to use than ever before.
This mic aims to bring us the sound of a vintage Telefunken — which is a brave choice, since Telefunken are reissuing it themselves! How close have Peluso come to getting it right?
We test a trio of cool new Plug-ins
• Angular Momentum KickLab XXL
Firewire Audio Interface
Dont be fooled by its small size: the Firestudio Mobile packs a lot of interface into a diminutive case.
What happens when an orchestra mutates into a cinematic virtual instrument? Our men in white coats investigate.
Two-way Nearfield Active Monitors
India may be a growing force in most industries these days, but few Indian pro-audio companies have made it into Western markets. Can Sonodynes speakers change all that?
Mid-range Passive EQ
If you want a high-quality analogue EQ, youll probably own several preamps already — so why pay for unnecessary gain stages? Find out whether you should make an active decision to acquire this passive EQ...
Kontakt Player 2
People + Opinion
Time Trial: Bringing Multitracks and MIDI into the 21st Century
Dave Stewarts career has spanned several generations of music technology (from National Health band in the 1970s to hits with partner Barbara Gaskin. For his latest project, he faced the challenge of bringing his old multitracks and MIDI sequences into the computer age.
Readers Music Reviewed
Five Decades In The Studio
Legendary songwriter and Kinks frontman Ray Davies got his first taste of recording in 1964, and hes never looked back.
Education, education, education...
From humble beginnings in provincial Norway, the Stargate team have gone on to become one of Americas leading hit factories. Songwriter and producer Mikkel Eriksen explains how their hard work and talent brought success.
Editor-in-Chief Paul White explains why this MAY 2010 edition kicks off our brand new monthly VIDEO MEDIA section of SOS magazine. We've expanded the mag in size and added 16 pages of Video articles, all aimed at the recording musician wanting to delve into video-related work.
Logic Notes & Techniques
Everyone loves an arpeggiator, and building one in Logic is not only easier than you might think, but also helps you hone your Environment skills...
Producer: Bob Johnston
It took a while for Bob Dylan to hit his stride on his seventh studio album, but once he did there was no stopping him. Producer Bob Johnston recalls the difficult birth of Blonde On Blonde.
Ah, the 80s... Fluorescent socks, marble-wash jeans, and naff-sounding synth pads! You might not want to resurrect the first two, but subtle use of pads can improve even the most contemporary-sounding mix.
Audio Examples From Pad Sounds May 2010
Cubase Notes & Techniques
Filter sweeps and rhythmic filter effects are a key element in dance music — and theyre easy to create with Cubase 5s bundled plug-ins...
Audio Examples from Cubase Techniques May 2010
High-capacity drives now not only make it possible to carry entire multitrack audio projects in your back pocket, they also allow installation of some audio applications, theoretically offering a totally portable studio solution.
Last month we discussed what the launch of the much-vaunted iPad means for musicians — but just how hard is it to create your very own iPad and iPhone apps? We look at an interesting approach...
Hardware In The Software Studio
Whats best: hardware or software? Analogue or digital? Most studio tools have their strengths, but how best do you combine hardware and software in a modern project studio?
Mixing & Recording Advice
We mix a track twice in the search for the right feel, apply EQ techniques for clarity and sheen, and complete the picture with stereo width enhancement.
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS May 2010.
Ableton Live Notes & Techniques
MaxMSP neednt be as scary as you might think, as we demonstrate with some basic Max For Live programming.
Reason Notes & Technques
We show you how familiar devices can be manipulated to create stereo effects in Reason and Record.
Inside Track: Contra by Vampire Weekend
In Contra, Vampire Weekend have made one of the more unlikely US hit albums of recent years. Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij and engineer Justin Gerrish explain how they wowed American audiences with African influences.
Sonar Notes & Techniques
AudioSnap always had potential, but never quite fulfilled its promise. However, those of you now taking a second look will like what they see.
Too much hardware?
Having tackled his room acoustics, David Balen found himself plagued by a confusion of excess hardware. Our job was to get him back on track.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
The point of Pro Tools' option to unlink the timeline and edit selections isn't obvious, but there are situations in which it can be a lifesaver.
TV Music From The Inside
Its wonderful to be able to give something back to young people who are eager to learn about life in the studio. If only they were better prepared to receive it.
Video Production: Part 1 (of 2)
The arena of video production can seem daunting, but most audio engineers will find their skills transfer quite easily. In this introductory article, we cover the basic process of making a video from start to finish.
Non-linear Video Editor For Windows
Sonys Vegas Pro is one of the most capable non-linear editors — but the cut-down Vegas Movie Studio offers many of its facilities at a more wallet-friendly price.
Professional Non-linear Editors | Cameras | Entry-level Non-linear Editors
New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three software and hardware categories will get you started in the right direction...
Contents include a discussion on what elements in the recording chain make the most difference to quality, plus a word from Craig Anderton on what is coming up in his June issue Sonar Notes column. Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns and Paul White (Editor-In-Chief) chat about what they've been doing that's audio related over the past few weeks and there's the usual news and Question/Answer sections.