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Fantastic chance to Win Universal Audio Apollo Quad & all UAD plug-ins in May's Issue Competition.
The Square Route
Full-range monitoring is all well and good, but many engineers swear by the use of a secondary 'grot box' monitor system. Here's a roundup of some of the contenders.
Making Music On The Move
This month's Apps include: Sonoma Wire works GuitarTone 2.2, IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2 and the Peterson iStrobosoft.
Mic Preamp With Pitch Correction
This combination of preamp and Auto‑Tune processor could be just the thing for adding a radio‑friendly sheen to your live performances.
The ATH M50 has long been a studio favourite. Is this new x-series version a worthwhile improvement?
Although Guitar Sessions is available as a 5.8GB collection of WAV, REX and Apple Loops files, in this review we are looking...
Modelling Percussion Synthesizer
If the original Nord Drum was good, the sequel might just be perfect...
Just what the world needs, right? Another overdrive pedal... Well, in the case of the Electro-Harmonix Soul Food the answer...
Elektron have followed up their Analog Four with a fully fledged analogue keyboard.
Don't be fooled by its diminutive dimensions: this powered monitor from Italian company FBT punches way above its weight.
Genelec's eco-friendly approach to monitor design continues, with the launch of the new flagship M Series speakers.
Software Synthesizer For Mac OS & Windows
Innovation in synthesis is alive and well — and can whip up extraordinary sounds at the touch of a button.
Guitar‑to‑MIDI Software For Mac OS, Windows & iOS
Hardware systems for generating MIDI output from guitars are often expensive, impractical and unreliable. Jam Origin's revolutionary software alternative is none of these things.
Cardioid Capacitor Microphone
Latvian mic specialists JZ aim to bring their distinctive design and quality sound within reach of the masses. Have they succeeded?
Kurzweil instruments are often more complex than they initially appear, and that's certainly the case with the Artis...
Mackie's DLM range of compact PA speakers has gained a subwoofer. We see how it fares as part of a full-range system.
Analogue Processors & Effects Pedals
Although they're intended mainly for guitarists, modular knob twiddlers could also find plenty to like about Moog's new pedals.
Mutec manufacture high‑performance master clocks, and digital-format and sample‑rate converters. Everything is well designed,...
Analogue Saturation Processor
This unassuming processor reminds us how much fun can be had playing with distortion and filters!
Readers' music reviewed
This month we review to music from Gertrude,Tycho, Richard Pinhas, Daniel Trigger, Contemporary Dead Finnish Music Ensemble, Andrew Maxwell Morris, Michael Lee and Rebecca Shearing.
Rhythmic Robot are so committed to preserving the ancient and the crotchety, I'm relying on them opening a nursing home one...
If you need authentic‑sounding robo vocals or a passable imitation of Stephen Hawking, look no further than Roland's VT3.
Sample Logic's Havoc comes with the subtitle 'Tools Of Destruction' and, given that the product description suggests that it...
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Cardioid Capacitor Microphone
SE's first back-electret microphone offers impressive performance at a surprisingly low price.
DAW-controlled Analogue Summing Mixer
An SSL analogue mixer with automation and both DAW and iOS integration — all packed in a 2U rack space. What's not to like?
USB Audio Interface & Monitor Controller
SPL's Crimson combines a high‑quality interface and monitor controller into one conveniently sized box.
Virtual Drum Instrument
Have Toontrack improved their popular EZdrummer software without compromising its fundamental 'easy' approach?
Music Production Software for Mac OS, Windows & Linux
If you find conventional DAWs intimidatingly complex or unaffordable, Tracktion could be the perfect alternative.
Acoustic Guitar is another addition to Ueberschall's impressive collection of sample libraries for their Elastik loop player....
Tape Emulation Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows
U‑he's Satin is one of the most comprehensive tape simulations yet devised.
Mono FET Compressor
This is far from being the first clone of a UREI 1176 FET compressor, but it's probably the cheapest to have hit the production lines. Is any of the classic sound sacrificed in Warm's cost-cutting quest?
There's much more to this mixer than meets the eye, thanks to some cleverly incorporated digital technology.
This desk combines three 4U‑high equipment bays at the back of the desk, with a deep monitor surface above, and a sturdy keyboard shelf below, capable of carrying an 88‑note master keyboard.
People + Opinion
I'm writing this column in February, and here in the UK, half the country seems to be flooded — so terms like 'SOS' and 'Rescue' have taken on a far more serious connotation.
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Leslie Brathwaite
The biggest hit of 2014 is a triumph of minimalism — and a triumph for mix engineer Leslie Brathwaite.
Flood, Ed Buller, Mel Wesson & Dave Bessell: Recording Node 2
Consisting of two big-name producers, a Hollywood composer and an academic — plus masses of modular gear — Node are the ultimate synth supergroup.
Seb Rochford & Leafcutter John: Recording In Each And Every One
Jazz quintet Polar Bear have always been musical adventurers, and their latest album extends their experimental philosophy to studio techniques.
In many ways, there has never been a bigger or better time for dance music.
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Producer & Engineer: Bob Tischler
His role as producer of The Blues Brothers soundtrack left Bob Tischler in charge of recording some of the best musicians of the 20th century, while managing conflicting shooting schedules and coping with the day-to-day effects of John Belushi's prodigious cocaine habit.
Reason Tips and Technique
We round up the pick of Reason's Rack Extension dynamics processors.
Ableton Live Tips and Techniques
We look at Live's unusual Collision instrument and associated Corpus effect.
Cubase Tips and Technique
Got a drum loop with a great groove but a less-than-great kick sound? Let's beef it up...
Sonar Tips and Technique
Get creative with sends and buses in Sonar X3.
Getting Strings To Sit In A Mix
Mixing strings in rock music: our engineer follows up last month's string‑recording session by describing how he integrated those strings into a full‑on rock mix.
Hear For Yourself
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Establishing Project Studio Reference Monitoring Levels
If you're serious about recording and mixing you need to set a consistent reference level to which you can always return. Our seven‑step guide explains how to do it.
Improving Your Compositions
In the final part of this series, we develop a basic chord sequence into something more elaborate.
Digital Performer Tips and Techniques
Understanding DP's projects and sequences can help you develop, archive and protect your hard work!
Studio One Tips and Technique
Studio One's Sound Sets are the perfect vehicle for sharing samples and sounds.
Pro Tools Tips and Technique
Familiarise yourself with some basic concepts, and you'll be up and running with Pro Tools in no time.
Commercial Productions Analysed
This month we discuss tracks from Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Tom Odell and our Classic Mix is Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me' from 1991.
Logic Pro Tips and Technique
Create killer sounds with Logic Pro X's Retro Synth.
TV Music From The Inside
You can't please all of the people all of the time. Even when they are on the same production team.
Music & Recording Industry News
Neil Young's new company Pono Music promises a lot — but can it deliver?
If recording studios were viewed the same way as wine, 1958 would be seen as an exceptional vintage.
Solid-state drives (SSDs) seem expensive, and I've seen some so-called 'hybrid' drives which combine a small solid-...
I have some vintage Tweed mic preamps which have an input impedance of 1kΩ, and I know most mics have an output impedance of...
I'm a long time reader of Sound On Sound, and a studio owner. A colleague of mine recently discovered that the suite of...