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PMC (the Professional Monitor Company) have been consistently getting rave reviews in the pages of SOS, ever since we looked at their FB1 monitors, back in 2000. We're understandably excited, then, that this month a pair of PMC DB1S-A II monitors is up for grabs!
This is a synth like no other, eschewing conventional controls, nomenclature and even an ordinary on/off switch. Is it destined to become a cult classic?
Intelligent Equaliser Plug‑in
Frustrated by communication breakdowns in the studio? This clever plug‑in is designed to help non‑technical musicians convey what they’re after to engineers.
Convolution Reverb Plug‑in
EastWest’s intriguing reverb plug‑in aims to breathe new life into convolution technology.
Does this lunchbox EQ module have the same power to thrill as the original Harrison console that inspired it?
Low‑power Tube Amp & Cabinet
Sometimes less is more, and never is this truer than when recording overdriven tube amps at home — something the PicoValve makes easy...
Hugh Robjohns reads up on mixing tips from Mike Senior.
There’s no more revered name in the history of synthesis than Moog, and the Voyager XL aims to cement their reputation for top‑flight instruments. Is this the Rolls Royce of the synthesizer world?
Vocal Synthesis Plug‑in
The Mouth has an insatiable appetite for sound — and turns everything it eats into sweet music!
Multi‑pattern Dual‑output Capacitor Microphone
Mixing the benefits of ribbon smoothness and condenser flexibility, Pearl show us that it really is hip to be, erm... rectangular.
Multi‑pattern Valve Microphone
Is this a versatile mic that shines out as a bargain for the home‑studio recordist — or is it as light on features as it is on the pocket?
Rain are quick off the mark with a model featuring the latest ‘Sandy Bridge’ CPU — and the results are rather impressive...
Hugh Robjohns checks out a mic kit from Rycote designed to accompany the USM (reviewed in SOS in March 2010) and USM-L microphones.
Nearfield Monitors & USB Interface
Before you can call your computer a studio, you need at least two things: a means of getting audio into your computer, and some way of listening back to it. Enter the Samson Studio GT!
Hugh Robjohns investigates the latest offering from well-known engineer-cum-author Douglas Self.
DAW Controller & Audio Interface
As its name suggests, the Nucleus is designed to be the core of your studio. It’s ambitious, but if anyone can pull it off, SSL can...
Choral libraries featuring only children’s choirs are unusual — yet the atmospheres and textures they provide have many uses.
Dual Loudspeaker, Power Amplifier, & Microphone Simulator
Can a product be expensive and still represent great value for money? When it comes to the ultimate in guitar-amp and speaker modelling, the answer would appear to be yes...
Effects and processors don’t get much more simple than Waves’ new OneKnob range. But is this a case of one knob to rule them all, or are these plug‑ins simply nobbled?
People + Opinion
Interview | Producer
Bruno Mars is the year’s hottest pop star, and one‑third of ace production team the Smeezingtons. Fellow Smeezington Ari Levine reveals how they created his hit album in a modest LA studio.
Interview | Band
The Foo Fighters could have gone to any studio on the planet to record their eagerly awaited album Wasting Light. They chose their frontman Dave Grohl’s garage...
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
The Strokes’ comeback single was the product of three years of songwriting, 18 months of recording — and 30 minutes of mixing!
A studio widow speaks out...
Paul White's leader.
Readers’ Music Reviewed
Ukab Maerd * Rebellious Jukebox * Carbon111 * Zhonray * Nuala Delton * Colein * The Fake Lazy Supernovas * The Fire And I * Ashley Reaks
Interview | Producer
Mercury Prize winners the xx were a band whose mimimalism tempted producers to do too much. By remaining faithful to the band’s own sound, Rodaidh McDonald succeeded where others had failed.
Your Studio Problems Solved
It’s amazing how far studio software has come on in the last decade, as this month’s Studio SOS candidate found out when he upgraded his ageing Logic‑based PC system...
Presonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
The first in an occasional series of workshops for Presonus’ Studio One DAW focuses on the powers of its useful Browser.
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
If you’re new to Reaper’s channel‑splitting abilities, here’s a neat exercise to get you started.
Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
These audio files accompany the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS June 2011.
Apple Logic Tips & Tecniques
The different circuit types available in Logic’s Compressor are well worth a closer look — but what are they based on, and what do they actually do?
Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Discover how to use side-chaining effects in Ableton Live in this month's Live Notes column.
Jerry Lee Lewis’s raucous piano playing is the stuff of rock & roll legend, but his discovery and signing to Sun Records was the result of a series of lucky chances. Engineer Jack Clement tells us the story...
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Not everyone uses keyboards to get their MIDI into Cubase, and with other controllers you may need to do a little more work...
Since the new MacBook Pro promises to be such a capable little beast, we thought we’d pit it against its older, desktop‑dwelling brother, the iMac.
Mixing & Recording Advice
If you’re the musician and the engineer, it’s easy to focus too closely on your own instrument, and not enough on the mix...
Mixing & Recording Advice
These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS June 2011.
Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
Wetsuits on, as we dive into Record’s new pitch‑correction device, Neptune. • Read Part 2
The Sandy saga has been taking up column space for several months now — so how long should you wait before crossing that bridge?
Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques
Sonar X1 screensets dynamically adapt to your project as you work. Find out why this matters, and how you can take advantage of it.
Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Backing vocals sound better when they’re perfectly in time — if yours aren’t, Pro Tools can help you fix them.
Analysing Commercial Productions
• Chase & Status 'Blind Faith' • Jessie J 'Price Tag' • David Guetta 'Who's That Chick'
Apple revolutionised music‑making with the Macintosh computer, and now their tablet devices are poised to do the same. We offer the first in‑depth exploration of the potential of iOS devices for music.
TV Music From The Inside
No‑one makes demos any more — it’s just that any music we make is treated like a demo.
Music & Recording Industry News
When is a studio not a studio? When it’s a venue, a nightclub, or a yogic meditation centre... We talk to some recording facility owners who’ve found more diverse ways of using their space.
To achieve success as a self‑producing voice-over artist, you need to be much more than a good recording engineer... • Read Part 2
These audio files accompany the Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home feature that appeared in SOS June 2012.
Stabiliser & Tripod Mount For Apple iPhone
Stability is a problem with most small cameras, especially lightweight mobile phones. With its handles, extra lenses and mic, the Owle Bubo is designed to add some weight to mobile shooting.
Tips & Tricks
Even once you’ve got to grips with your camera and today’s easy‑to‑use software editors, there’s still the small matter of creating an edit that truly fits the song...
I've wanted to try out Pro Tools for years, but I've never been able to get around to it. One of the things that has stopped...
I'd like to bite the bullet and buy a really good stand-alone recorder. I'd like it to be capable of recording eight to 12...
I mix using a combination of headphones and monitors (depending on the time of day!) and I'm concerned about the potential...
Although I have been producing for a while, I still don't know exactly what release setting I should be using, especially on a...
I value SOS's opinion very highly and, when I wanted to add a versatile, quality compressor to my arsenal, I thought about the...