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Reviews

AKG Perception 200

Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: AKG Perception 200Designed in Europe and built in China, AKG's latest studio mic aims to deliver value for money.

Alesis M1 Active 620 & 520

Active Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Alesis M1 Active 620 & 520Stylish new powered monitors that won't break the bank.

AMG One

Software Loop Player [Mac/PC]

Working with musical loops is now a well-established part of the musical mainstream. Could you do with One more tool to get the job done?

AMS Neve 8816

Summing Mixer

Thumbnail for article: AMS Neve 8816With a versatile range of features and exceptional sound quality, AMS Neve's latest piece of outboard technology manages to be more than the sum of its parts.

Boss RT20

Rotary Speaker Effects Pedal

Thumbnail for article: Boss RT20The latest box of tricks from Boss is a pedal-based Leslie speaker simulator with some cool flashing lights.

Cakewalk Rapture

Software Synth [Mac OS X /Win XP]

Cakewalk's latest virtual instrument takes traditional subtractive synthesis as its starting point, but offers a degree of flexibility that is unimaginable in any hardware instrument.

Creamware B4000 ASB

Modelled Tonewheel Organ

Thumbnail for article: Creamware B4000 ASBHaving served up convincing hardware emulations of the legendary Minimoog and Prophet V analogue synths, Creamware turn their attention to the mighty Hammond B3.

Digidesign Icon

Hardware Control Surfaces For Pro Tools

Thumbnail for article: Digidesign IconDigidesign's D-Command and D-Control represent perhaps the most ambitious attempt yet to integrate recording and mixing systems. Do these Icons symbolise the future of digital audio workstations, or are they merely expensive control surfaces for Pro Tools?

DPA 4090 & 4091

Instrument Microphones

Thumbnail for article: DPA 4090 & 4091DPA have used their hi-tech miniature microphone capsules to produce a pair of mics that you can use on just about any sound source.

Emu Emulator X2

Software Sampler [Windows]

Not content with adding a huge raft of improvements to their already comprehensive Emulator X soft sampler, Emu have also removed the need to use it with their own soundcards, so now everyone can get in on the fun.

Garritan Stradivari Solo Violin

Virtual Instrument [Mac/PC]

Gary Garritan's powerfully expressive solo violin instrument features some impressive technical innovations. Will it create a new generation of virtual Paganinis?

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews - Tips - Techniques

Hot new Sample CD/DVDs

Sample Shop

Four hot Sample Collections get the SOS Sample Shop review treatment:
Big Fish Audio Chill
Best Service Chris Hein Horns Volume 1
M-Audio Premium Electric Pianos
Loopmasters Soulful House Sessions

IK Multimedia Classik Studio Reverb

Modelling Reverb Plug-ins [Mac OS X/Windows]

The convolution revolution has left a gap in the market for a high-quality reverb based on more traditional room-modelling techniques. IK's suite of plug-ins looks to fill the void.

SSL Duende

DSP Plug-in Processor

Thumbnail for article: SSL DuendeThis sleek silver box promises to bring all the mixing power of a 32-channel SSL console into your computer recording setup.

Tapco Mix 220FX

Compact Mixer + Effects

Thumbnail for article: Tapco Mix 220FXWe check out this suprisingly versatile member of Mackie's affordable Tapco family.

Wave Arts Power Suite 5

Plug-in Bundle [Windows/Mac OS X]

The latest incarnation of Wave Arts' plug-in suite is a treat for the eyes and the ears.

Way Out Ware TimewARP 2600

Software Synthesizer [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: Way Out Ware TimewARP 2600Can this in-depth software emulation of the ARP 2600 improve on Arturia's existing 2600V?

People + Opinion

Are DJs musicians?

Sounding Off

Harry Webley ponders their place in the universe...

Crosstalk: Your Feedback

Readers' Writes

Some of the more interesting correspondence we receive at SOS towers.

Donald Fagen

Recording Morph The Cat

Thumbnail for article: Donald FagenMorph The Cat, Donald Fagen's third solo album in 24 years, sees Fagen and engineer Elliott Scheiner continue their quest for the best possible sound quality — which, it seems, comes only from analogue recording.

Jim Moray

Folk Music For The 21st Century

The idea of bringing folk music up to date is not a new one, but few people have taken it quite as far as Jim Moray. His material may be traditional, but his approach to music technology is as modern as it gets.

Money Isn't Everything

Paul White's Leader

Editor In Chief Paul White ponders ways to make recordings on a tight budget...

Uwe Schmidt: Recording Yellow Fever!

Yellow Magic Orchestra goes Latino

Yellow Magic Orchestra helped pioneer the use of electronic instruments and sampling. Now Uwe Schmidt, aka Señor Coconut, has used the same techniques to render their greatest hits as Latin dances, with contributions from all three original YMO members.

Technique

Ableton Live: Complete Production

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Ableton Live isn't just a DJ tool, but a very capable audio workstation. This month we begin a look at how to approach Live if you want to use it as a fully fledged audio sequencer.

All About Quantise

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

When sequencers first allowed you to record musical notes in real time, one of the features that became ubiquitous in all systems was quantisation. Here we take a look at how quantise has evolved and is currently utilised in Cubase SX.

Apple & Emagic

Apple Notes

It's been an interesting four years for Mac-based audio engineers and musicians since Apple acquired Emagic, so this month we take the opportunity to acknowledge the anniversary and consider what's changed over this time and what's still to come.

Buss-powering USB & Firewire Peripherals

PC Notes

Buss-powering USB and Firewire peripherals from a laptop seems like a good idea, cutting down on annoying power supplies and keeping everything portable — but it's not quite as straightforward as you might imagine.

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Knack 'My Sharona'

Producer: Mike Chapman • Engineers: David Tickle, Pete Coleman

In 1979, at the end of a 13-way bidding war, The Knack went into the studio to record their debut single — a debut single that would go gold in seven days and sell six million copies worldwide. This is the story of how it came to be...

Logic: Getting Started With Surround Sound

Apple Logic Notes & Techniques

The facilities for surround sound in Logic Pro v7 are often overlooked, so here we take a peek at how to get going.

Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 9 of 9

Roll Credits...

Rather appropriately, we round off this series by looking at what you need to consider when composing music designed to play while the end credits roll...

Mix Rescue

+ Audio Files

This month, Dave Rogers' dance track gets a dose of production 'fairy dust'. Use the SOS Music Player to audition the changes.

Mixing Advice from Roger Nichols

Roger Nichols: Across The Board

Mixing music might seem like a black art, but here's a simple approach to help the newcomer get their tracks together.

Pro Tools Mastering Limiter Shootout, Part 2

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

We follow up our comprehensive round-up of mastering limiter plug-ins for Pro Tools with a look at hot new products from three further manufacturers.

Pure Data: An Introduction

Open Source Software

Pure Data lets you process audio and MIDI within a powerful modular environment, and lets you combine it easily with video, custom hardware controllers, light shows, and even robotics. But, best of all, it's free!

Software Studios: The Next Generation

PC Musician

The totally software studio, with sound quality at least as good as that offered by studio hardware, is now more feasible than ever before. But what are the factors to consider if you're going to go completely 'soft'?

Sonar: Optimum Mixing

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Sonar offers several ways to mix, but is that a benefit or a source of confusion? Learn what the various mix modes do and you can choose the one that's right for your project.

Studio SOS

Simon McEvoy

This month's task for the SOS crew involves stripping down Simon McEvoy's entire studio to improve the acoustics and ergonomics.

The Bundled Synths In Digital Performer 5

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Last month, we passed briefly over the flashier additions to the latest version of DP, in favour of some less obvious but rather useful new features. Now it's time to return for a closer look at those shiny new bundled instruments...

Using Reason's Spider Audio & Spider CV Devices

Reason Notes & Techniques

The grey Spider devices look mild-mannered and unassuming — but they have super-powers that can unlock the hidden reserves of Reason's sound-making devices, as well as solving a host of more mundane problems.

Music Business

Distributing Your Music Online

Today The Bedroom, Tomorrow The World!

Thanks to iTunes, online music distribution is a reality — but can you really use it to make money from your own music?

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