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Fantastic Chance to Win! Big Fish Audio Instruments and Samples worth £2239 in May's Competition.
Digital Multitrack Recorder & Audio Interface
When it comes to recording a live show, most recording rigs are either bulky or expensive — or both. The ICE 16, on the other hand, is neither...
Making Music On The Move
This month: Arturia iMini, Rode iXY, Ultimate Support HyperPad and Drum Loops HD.
Three-way Active Monitors
These compact speakers from venerable UK manufacturers ATC aren’t cheap — but does the quality on offer justify the asking price?
Pedal Valve Amp & Processor
To say that the guitar pedal market is saturated would be a grand understatement: it's hard to fathom how a newcomer could...
Analogue High & Low Pass Filters
500 Series rack format.
This hefty collection of ambient and chilled loops, hits and samples weighs in at just under 6GB, with all the usual formats covered over three DVDs.
Active PA Speakers
Offering built-in mixing facilities and DSP functionality, there’s more to these self-powered speakers than meets the eye.
Clavia’s updated Electro range prove that if you need top-quality staple keyboard sounds, playability and simplicity, Nords still lead.
It’s not the cheapest mixer in its class, but with its built-in effects, graphic EQ and quality engineering, the PowerMate offers real value.
Not a company to do things by half, Elektron have combined their first analogue synth with an incredibly versatile sequencer.
Expansion Library For BFD2 & BFD Eco
Processor Suite For Mac OS & Windows
IK’s flagship suite of plug-in processors continues to grow, with the addition of a channel strip and several handy multi-band modules.
Adding a mixer to an eight-channel preamp may not sound revolutionary, but if it all fits in a 1U rack case it could be very useful indeed!
For the best part of 20 years, musicians have been asking certain Japanese manufacturers for recreations of their classic synths, and finally one of them has been brave enough to do it. How does Korg’s reborn MS20 compare to its illustrious ancestor?
Hybrid Valve/Solid-State Microphone
With the ability to blend between valve and solid-state circuitry, Lewitt’s LCT940 is a genuinely innovative and versatile microphone.
Reader's music reviewed
This month we feature: Vadim Mikhailov, Mr Smith, Jeff Lowe, Rough Twist, Kristy Gallacher, Wilderspin and SuperCool-Guy.
Mic & Preamp Selectors
Radial’s latest pair of problem-solvers let you compare multiple mics using a single preamp, or switch a single mic between several preamps.
How close have this boutique company come to recreating the sound of a vintage AKG C12?
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Virtual Bass Instrument
The ‘Ricky’ bass sound graces many a classic track. Have Scarbee nailed its distinctive qualities?
Multi-touch DAW Controller
Few product launches have attracted as much attention as Slate’s touchscreen controller. Is the Raven the future of DAW control — or an oversized iPad?
Dual-channel Valve Preamplifier
With user-configurable valve stages, the option of transformer-coupling and more besides, Sonic Farm’s preamp provides a broad palette of tonal options.
Vocal Matching Software For Mac OS
The makers of VocAlign have built on its capabilities, creating software that can not only match the timing of vocal parts, but their pitch and level too.
Valve Guitar Amp
Retro-style amp cabinet
Three-way monitors have traditionally lived at the top end of the market, but there’s now a good choice of models on offer in the sub-£2000 $3000 category. Here’s a selection of recent options, with links to the SOS reviews where available.
Hex-pickup Breakout Box
Designed to work with the Roland GK-series pickup.
Orchestral Sample Library
A massive string ensembles library with individual player control is the latest development in VSL’s product line.
Kontakt 5 Player
There are plenty of libraries that are emblazoned with the label 'Cinematic', and they often concentrate on larger-than-life...
People + Opinion
Working For Yourself
How can you build something from nothing when no one tells you anything?
Paul White considers his annual studio clean-up!
The Ribbon Guy
When RCA abandoned ribbon mics, Wes Dooley of AEA believed they still had a place in the modern studio — so he set about making his own.
See everything that's going on.
Discover the advanced features of Mission Control and get your desktop in order.
Cubase Tips & Techniques
Try out some ’80s-style high-frequency enhancement by recreating the famous ‘Dolby A’ trick with Cubase’s bundled plug-ins.
Cubase Tips & Techniques
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Tips & Techniques
The harmonica, or blues harp, appears on tracks in many genres. Despite its apparently simple construction, it’s an amazingly expressive instrument — and there are almost as many ways to record it as there are to play it.
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Producer: Chris Thomas • Engineer: David Nicholas
Pulp’s infectiously catchy commentary on the joys of class tourism helped propel the group to fame after nearly two decades of obscurity. Engineer David Nicholas tells us how ‘Common People’ was recorded.
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Live offers all the tools you need for quick and convenient comping: you just need to know where to look.
Studio One Tips & Techniques
Explore and learn to use Studio One 2’s Audioloop and Musicloop formats.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Get to grips with the marquee tool’s endless possibilities, and you could soon be a Logic power user.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
When Pro Tools loses track of the media files used in a session, you need to turn detective...
Hear For Yourself
Audio files to accompany the Cristina Vane article.
Putting in the effort at the front end of the production process can save countless hours when it comes to mixdown — as this month’s remix demonstrates.
Windows 8 sales are still disappointing, but at least third-party developers are continuing to improve our user experience.
Digital Performer Tips & Techniques
DP still has its full share of virtual guitar amps and pedals, reverb and chorus plug-ins — but version 8 also introduced some quality problem-solvers.
Sonar Tips & Techniques
Optimise your vocal tracks in Sonar X2 before you start mixing.
Using DI Boxes On Stage
DI boxes are essential pieces of stage equipment, but to get the most out of them, it helps to know what they do — and how they do it...
Reason Tips & Techniques
The landmark Reason v7 is about to arrive. What will it do for you?
Samplitude Tips & Techniques
Among Samplitude Pro X’s unique features is spectral editing in the main project window. Here’s how it works.
Video tutorial to accompany this month's article.
Jonathan Ouin, Oli Steadman & George Shilling
Many bands record their own albums these days, but few achieve as much with as little gear as Stornoway.
Inside Track: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
Not only did the Les Misérables crew have to capture live singing on a film set: they then had to figure out how to overdub orchestral arrangements to it!
Commercial Productions Analysed
This month's productions: Angel, Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul, Lawson and classic mix AC/DC's Back In Black from 1980.
TV Music From The Inside
The people who are paying us don’t always notice when we drop the ball — but it’s a matter of pride.
Music & Recording Industry News
Home studios make it easier for musicians and engineers to work on their own — but is that always a good thing?
We step inside one of the longest established residential studios in the UK.
I have a question about recording percussion — in particular, tuned percussion. Why is it that some sound engineers can record without a massive impact when a mallet strikes a bar, and others can't?
The line inputs on my computer interface are all balanced on TRS sockets, but the outputs of my hardware synths are all unbalanced on mono TS sockets...
I've had a home studio for a few years now that I use mainly for my own projects and some commissioned work. I'm occasionally...
When I look at the waveform of a vocal recording, it looks lop-sided, with the waveform going further above the zero-crossing...