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Deadline: 2006-07-31

Arturia's latest addition to their virtual instrument line-up is Brass, a software instrument for the modelling of — you've guessed it — brass. The plug-in is the combination of serious research into brass instruments at IRCAM, France's unique music and acoustics research facility, and Arturia's quest to bring the wonders of brass to the computer-based masses. This month, Arbiter, Arturia's UK distributor, have kindly agreed to give away full copies of Brass, worth £200 each, to five lucky Sound On Sound readers.

Reviews

Apple Core Duo iMac

Computer

Thumbnail for article: Apple Core Duo iMacWhen is an iMac not an iMac, but still an iMac? When it's a new model featuring an Intel processor. We test Apple's first Intel-based Mac and see what the future holds for Mac musicians and audio engineers.

Behringer Xenyx 2442FX

Analogue Mixer

Thumbnail for article: Behringer Xenyx 2442FXThe Xenyx range of analogue mixers offers improved sound quality and USB interfacing with computers, plus the extremely competitive pricing we've come to expect from Behringer.

Digidesign Hybrid & Music Production Toolkit

Analogue-style Synth & Plug-in Bundle For Pro Tools

What could be more tempting than a sweet-sounding virtual analogue synth? How about that same synth bundled with a bunch of high-quality plug-ins targeted at music production?

East West Symphonic Orchestra Pro XP

Orchestral Expansion Library [Mac OS X/Win XP]

Thumbnail for article: East West Symphonic Orchestra Pro XPEast West and Quantum Leap's Symphonic Orchestra was one of the largest orchestral libraries ever released, at 19 DVDs for the full edition. However, it still wasn't enough for some people — so East West have released this 18-disc expander set...

Great River ME1NV

Microphone Preamp

A modern take on the vintage Neve preamp sound.

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

• Can a Power Soak really give you 'loud tone' without volume?
• ESI Pro Jam Mate UG1 USB electric guitar
• Hughes & Kettner Switchblade
• Guitar pedal news... •

Kenton Pro Solo MkII

MIDI-CV Converter

Thumbnail for article: Kenton Pro Solo MkIIIf you're still using pre-MIDI synths, the chances are you'll already be using a Kenton converter to interface them with your more modern MIDI gear. We check out this upgrade to the faithful Pro Solo...

Lynx Aurora 16 & AES16

A-D/D-A Converter & Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

With even the cheapest soundcards now offering 24-bit, 192kHz recording, is it still worth investing in high-end converters? Lynx certainly think so...

M-Audio Axiom 25

Semi-weighted USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Controller keyboards are fitting ever more control facilities into progressively smaller units costing less and less. Is the Axiom 25 M-Audio's best deal yet?

Sample Libraries: On Test

Latest releases

• Sony Sound Series: Trance NRG2
• Big Fish Elements: Traditional Jazz
• Big Fish Raging Guitars

Samson C01U

USB Condenser Microphone

If you want the simplest possible computer recording setup, it doesn't come much more straightforward than this: a mic that plugs straight into your Mac or PC's USB ports.

SE Electronics Mini & 2200A

Condenser Microphones

These two new SE models may come in at an entry-level price, but they are both highly capable capacitor mics, each with a distinctly different sound character.

SE Electronics Reflexion Filter

Stand-mounted Acoustic Absorber

Thumbnail for article: SE Electronics Reflexion FilterSE Electronics' portable screen is designed to turn any room into a vocal booth.

Sequentix P3

Hardware MIDI Sequencer

If you thought the days of hardware sequencing were past, think again — Sequentix's P3 is a tremendously flexible MIDI sequencer whose power is concealed beneath a cool retro exterior. We step to it...

Steinberg Wavelab 6

PC Audio Editing & Mastering Suite

Thumbnail for article: Steinberg Wavelab 6Wavelab's latest tricks include a revolutionary Spectrum Editor, which allows you to identify problem areas in your material visually before applying extremely precise restoration processes.

Waves Y96K & Power Bundle

DSP Card & Plug-in for Yamaha Mixers & Multitrackers

Waves are tempting owners of Yamaha digital hardware with an updated DSP board and a new selection of additional plug-in processors.

Yamaha HS80M

Active Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Yamaha HS80MThese new monitors from Yamaha add some low-end welly to the sound of the legendary NS10.

Yamaha M06

Workstation Synth

Thumbnail for article: Yamaha M06Looking to create a more affordable keyboard version of their Motif range of workstations, Yamaha have pared back the spec of the Motif ES a little — though not much — to create the M06 and M08.

Yellow Tools Independence

Software Sampler

Building on their modular software instruments, Yellow Tools' Independence is a combined software sampler and workstation synth. But it faces a lot of competition. What makes it stand out from the rest?

Live Sound

Behringer FBQ2496

Feedback Destroyer Pro

Thumbnail for article: Behringer FBQ2496Given its more than respectable range of facilities and 24-bit/96kHz operation, the low price of this feedback processor seems far too good to be true. We find out whether it is...

Carlsbro Liberty WP100

Wireless audio system for PA

How many times have you wished you had a magic wireless link from your desk to the stage? At some venues it can be a real problem trying to find a route for speaker cables that does not cross public access areas or look unsightly, but now the Liberty system could provide the answer...

DAS DS108

Passive PA speakers

Thumbnail for article: DAS DS108The extremely portable size and shape of these neat little PA speakers make them suitable for a range of more unusual sound-reinforcement jobs, plus those awkward gigs in tiny venues.

JTS US1000D

UHF wireless microphone system

The radio microphone marketplace is becoming a busy place these days, but it's always interesting to look at a new system that aims to provide good-quality performance while being very straightforward to set up and operate.

LA Audio Can-D

Headphone Delay

A dedicated headphone delay might seem like a bit of a luxury, but it could make life a lot more pleasant for the working engineer.

Mackie CFX16 MkII

16-channel live sound mixer

Thumbnail for article: Mackie CFX16 MkIIThis compact desk benefits from built-in effects, sturdy construction and low noise. Does it measure up to the Mackie name?

Renkus-Heinz CF151

Active PA speakers

Although Renkus-Heinz is a well-known name in high-end PA components, it's not one often seen on the stages of more modest gig venues — but that may be set to change with the arrival of the new CF/CFX series.

Using modelling guitar preamps on stage

Sound Workshop

Guitar preamps that use digital modelling technology have found their way into vast numbers of studios. But do they have a useful place on stage, and what do you need to know if you want to use one live?

What is Class-D amplification?

The benefits explained

If you're under the impression that Class-D amplifiers are just 'three letters worse' than Class-A ones, think again: Class-D technology is making an increasing impact on the live sound world by offering more power with less weight than ever before. We find out how and why...

People + Opinion

Full Circle?

Paul White's Leader

Will the day come when we will see our synths and processors as external rackmount gear?

Joe Boyd

Record Producer

Thumbnail for article: Joe BoydWhen British traditional music got a dose of rock & roll excitement, it was an American who sat in the producer's chair. Oh, and Joe Boyd also discovered a little-known band called the Pink Floyd...

Roger Nichols: Across The Board

The Current State Of Affairs

This month, Roger tackles some questions from his bulging virtual postbag...

Sounding Off

Gordon Reid

This month, we present a sobering tale of two synthesizers...

Technique

Addressing Latency Problems In Pro Tools LE

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

One of the best features of TDM-based Pro Tools systems is the negligible latency, or input-to-output delay, while recording. So what is the best way to deal with this problem if you have only an LE system?

Automation Tips

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

When Cubase VST became Cubase SX, one of the big improvements was a better automation system for audio-based tracks and channels. This month, we show you how to make the most of this newer system.

CLASSIC TRACKS: 'Our House' by Madness

Producers: Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley

Producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley helped to make Madness one of the most successful British bands of the '80s. Find out how they worked their magic on this 1982 classic pop track...

Effective Mixdown With MOTU's Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Your next project might be a four-track demo or a 100-track surround mix for cinema. Either way, at some stage you're going to have to mix it — but with DP on your side, that doesn't need to be a headache.

Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 7

How To Cope With Revisions

What happens when the Director whose work you're scoring isn't satisfied, or demands changes due to events beyond your control? We find out, and also look at writing music for film trailers.

Mix Rescue: Ambient Dance Track

+ Audio Files

An ambient dance track gets the Mix Rescue treatment this time, as SOS reader Mark Edwards finds out that less is definitely more.

Preparing a performance with Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

They say one step in planning saves two in execution — and that certainly applies to doing a performance with Ableton Live sequencer...

Preserve Presets When Upgrading

PC Notes

This action-packed PC Notes gives advice on preserving your lovingly crafted presets when you upgrade audio software, offers ideas on keeping your dongles safe and brings you the usual haul of handy hints and tips.

Programming Drums in Reason

Reason Notes & Techniques

Whether you need electronic beats or realistic acoustic drums, Reason is one of the quickest and easiest tools around for creating varied drum tracks.

Run Windows On Your Mac

Apple Notes

News of Apple allowing Mac users to run Windows on their Macs might sound like an April Fool — but it turned out to be anything but a hoax. This month we investigate the possibilities of running Windows on an Intel-based Mac and discuss why you might want to.

Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs For Music

PC Musician

The Small Form Factor (SFF) PC is a useful halfway house between the flexible but bulky desktop PC and the very portable but expensive and not easily upgradeable laptop. But how well does the SFF PC fit the bill for musicians? We find out.

Studio SOS

Paul 'Spyder' Fitzpatrick

This month the team travel to Wales to mix vocals, acoustic guitars, and a troublesome hurdy-gurdy!

Using Global Markers in Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

Markers have always been available in Logic, but the new Global Tracks feature (introduced in version 7) makes them much easier to use and manipulate than in earlier versions.

Using Off-Line DSP features of Sonar

Sonar Notes & Techniques

If you never venture into Sonar's off-line DSP section, now could be the time to check it out, following Cakewalk's v5 revamp of these useful functions.

Vocal Recording & Production Masterclass

Techniques & Tips

Everyone knows how much a classy vocal sound can add to any recording, but achieving this in the studio can seem something of a black art, so this month we demystify the recording, processing, and mixing techniques required to produce professional results.

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