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Reviews

Alesis Control Pad

Percussion Controller

Thumbnail for article: Alesis Control PadIf you enjoy hitting things with sticks but balk at the cost of percussion controllers, this no-nonsense device could be just what you've been waiting for.

Brauner Phanthera

Condenser Microphone

Brauner's latest offering is a solid-state mic that claims to provide the same sonic character as their state-of-the-art valve designs, at a lower price. Is it too good to be true?

Crookwood C2

Monitor Controller

Thumbnail for article: Crookwood C2This new monitor controller compares well with the competition — in terms of both price and quality.

Edirol PCR500

MIDI & USB Controller Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Edirol PCR500Edirol's updated PCR keyboard range offers more controls than ever, and a software editor to make the most of them. Let's check it out...

Guitar Technology

Mini Reviews & Tips

• IK Multimedia Amplitube Jimi Hendrix Amp & Effects Modelling Plug-in
• Boss FDR1 & FBM1 Fender Amp-modelling Pedals

Korg Mono/Poly Legacy Edition

Software Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Korg Mono/Poly Legacy EditionKorg revisit their classic Mono/Poly synth in the Legacy Collection Analogue Edition 2007 — but how does it measure up to the original?

KRK VXT4

Active Nearfield Monitors

More often than not, project studios don't have the luxury of a large room, so it's good to know that compact monitors like these KRKs can produce serious results in smaller spaces.

Magix Plug-ins

VST Effect Bundles [Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Magix Plug-insFed up with Samplitude users crowing about how great its bundled plug-ins are? Now users of other Windows DAWs can get a piece of the action too.

Plug-in Folder

Image Line Toxic III / Homegrown Sounds Astralis

This month we test two soft synths: Image Line’s Toxic III and Astralis from Homegrown Sounds.

Redmatica Keymap

Sample & Instrument Editor For EXS24

Thumbnail for article: Redmatica KeymapThe latest utility from Redmatica is targeted at Logic users wanting to get the most from the program’s built-in soft sampler.

Roland HD1

Electronic Drum Kit

Roland's HD1 system incorporates their V-Drum technology into a drum kit that's more compact, less noisy and much more affordable.

Roll Music RMS755

Super Stereo Compressor

Thumbnail for article: Roll Music RMS755This unusual compressor was specifically designed to process complex material, with dedicated bus-compression applications in mind.

Sample CD Reviews

Sample Library

• Zero-G The Big Reason
•Equipped Music Smokers Relight Deux
•Propellerhead Reggaeton Refill

Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins

Processing Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

Thumbnail for article: Sonnox Oxford Plug-insThere’s a new look and a new home for Sony Oxford’s suite of plug-ins, but the best news of all is that they are now available in VST and Audio Units formats.

Surround Sound From Stereo

Upmixing Plug-ins For Pro Tools

More and more material needs to be delivered in surround formats, but what if you don’t have the time or the budget for a 5.1 remix? We test the current crop of ‘unwrap’ plug-ins that can create a surround master from a stereo mix.

Virsyn Poseidon

Software Synthesizer

If the unstoppable tide of virtual analogue synths is leaving you cold, you could consider diving into Poseidon's refreshingly different 'Ocean of Sound'...

Zoom HD16

Digital Multitracker

Thumbnail for article: Zoom HD16Zoom have overhauled the design of the MRS1608 to create a new-look digital recorder. We find out if the changes are more than skin deep.

People + Opinion

All The Gear And No Idea?

Leader

Owning the gear is the starting point of recording your music... but what use is the gear without ideas?

Mad Professor

Mixing Dub

Thumbnail for article: Mad ProfessorFollowing last month’s workshop on dub mixing, we talk to living legend Mad Professor, a world-class exponent of this music genre.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

Grit your teeth for another bout of "constructive criticism" of more reader recordings.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tom Elmhirst

Amy Winehouse: 'Rehab'

For her second album, Back To Black, Amy Winehouse and producer Mark Ronson crafted a heavily retro sound. Mix engineer Tom Elmhirst describes how he massaged their '60s soul vibe to create a radio-friendly hit in 'Rehab'.

Sounding Off

Oli Freke

In techno, the machine rules...

Sounding Off

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Make trade fair... and bag a bargain!

Tena Clark: Music Branding

DMI Music

Businesses are using music in ever more sophisticated ways to promote their products and reinforce their identities. Tena Clark’s DMI Music leads the field in finding original ways to integrate music into marketing campaigns.

Technique

CLASSIC TRACKS: Fleetwood Mac 'Go Your Own Way'

Producers: Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, Fleetwood Mac

In 1976, in the face of deteriorating personal relationships and massive record company pressure, Fleetwood Mac managed to create a record that would go on to sell 30 million copies.

Guitar Amp Recording

Pro Techniques Put To The Test

In our quest for the ultimate electric guitar sound, SOS tested favourite recording techniques from over 40 top-flight producers and engineers. Hear for yourself the results that amazed us.

Guitar Amp Recording: AUDIO FILES

Pro Techniques Put To The Test

In our quest for the ultimate electric guitar sound, SOS tested favourite recording techniques from over 40 top-flight producers and engineers. Hear for yourself the results that amazed us.

Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

Apple Notes

Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlined many visually interesting features this month for the next major version of OS X. However, it's perhaps the features that lurk beneath Leopard's glossy exterior that will prove the most useful to Mac-based musicians and audio engineers.

Managing Inputs & Outputs

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Ever found yourself struggling to remember what you have connected to Input 7, or which effect is on Bus 3-4? Five minutes' work in the I/O Setup window will end your confusion forever...

MIDI Dynamics

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Controlling your synth's dynamics using MIDI, rather than audio plug-ins, can offer you greater flexibility and good results. Here's how you do it.

MIDI Dynamics | Audio

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Controlling your synth's dynamics using MIDI, rather than audio plug-ins, can offer you greater flexibility and good results. Here's how you do it.

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

For newsstand (non-subscriber) readers

To avoid newsstand buyers of the magazine from having to key in long URLs by hand, here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the AUGUST 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

Mix Rescue: Exhibit-1

Sound Workshop

This month we sort out timing issues for a band called Exhibit-1, replace missing snare beats, as well as improving the rest of the mix.

Preparing Tracks For CD Burning

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

This month, a look at how some of DP's features can be used to co-ordinate multiple finished tracks prior to burning an album or EP.

Rackmounting Your PC

PC Musician

Putting your PC in a rack has a number of advantages. Apart from getting the machine out from under your feet, and making it easier to take on the road in a flightcase, there are security benefits too. Here's how to perform the conversion, and potentially make your PC quieter at the same time.

Reason: Making The Most Of The Mixer

Reason Notes & Techniques

We go back to basics this month, with an in-depth look at how you can get the best out of Reason's Remix mixer.

Recording & Mixing An Acoustic Ensemble Gig

Sound Workshop

Recording a live gig in a real venue will always entail compromises, but surprisingly good results can be obtained with a little care.

Reducing Computer Boot-up Times

PC Notes

This month we examine reliable ways of reducing computer boot-up time, so you don't have to wait ages for your PC to let you get started when you want to make some music.

Sonar: Features To Help With Songwriting

Sonar Notes & Techniques

DAW software is optimised for helping you record your songs and add lots of production polish, but don't forget that programs like Sonar can also help in the songwriting process, offering features that could make it easier to capture inspiration when it strikes.

Studio SOS

Workshop

This month we journey to the Outer Hebrides, where a college teaching Gaelic music has more than a few wires crossed...

Tape Delay In Your DAW

Using A Reel-to-reel Recorder For Echo Effects

Second-hand tape recorders are cheap and can provide uniquely warm, organic delay effects. Best of all, it’s a piece of cake to integrate them into a digital mixing setup. We tell you how...

Using REX Files In Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

You might consider the REX file to be just another format on the list of audio import options, but it can actually be used to achieve some very creative results. We take a look at what's possible.

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