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Competition

WIN 3000 GBP worth of Peluso microphones!

Deadline: 2009-08-31

Thumbnail for article: WIN 3000 GBP worth of Peluso microphones!Four great mics worth £3000 GBP are up for grabs this month. You have until 31 August 2009 to enter. Prize kindly donated by KMR Audio + 44 (0) 20 8445 2446 www.kmraudio.com

Reviews

65 Amps Lil Elvis

Recording Guitar Amplifier

Thumbnail for article: 65 Amps Lil ElvisThere’s no shortage of hand-wired boutique guitar amps on the market, but how about one that includes power scaling, to give you the right tone for recording, but without the volume?

ART Tubefire 8

Firewire Audio Interface

Thumbnail for article: ART Tubefire 8ART aim to prove that it’s better by tube, packing eight valve preamps into a Firewire interface.

Audio Ease Cabinet

Guitar Technology News/Preview

Behringer ‘Vintage’ Series

Guitar Effects Pedals

Best Service Dancehall Vibes Volume 1

Acidized WAV/REX2/NN-XT/SoundFont/Halion

C-Thru Music Axis 49

Harmonic Table MIDI Controller

Thumbnail for article: C-Thru Music Axis 49The piano keyboard is so widespread and familiar that we take it for granted. But, as C-Thru Music’s Axis 49 demonstrates, it’s not the only option out there.

Cockos Reaper 3

Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: Cockos Reaper 3The latest major update to Reaper brings with it a complete overhaul of MIDI functionality, improved automation, and much, much more.

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho

Analogue Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Dave Smith Instruments MophoThe latest synth from Dave Smith owes more than a little to its illustrious ancestor, the Sequential Circuits Pro One, but costs only £299$399.

Event Opal

Studio Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Event OpalEvent’s new owners make some extravagant claims for these new high-end monitors, whose design is said to put quality first. Do they live up to the hype?

EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Play Edition

Sample Library

Thumbnail for article: EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Play EditionA star Hollywood orchestral library gets an extreme make-over.

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

Firewire Audio Interface

Thumbnail for article: Focusrite Saffire Pro 24A cut-down Saffire without compromise on quality or features? Read on...

Neve 2254/R

Mono Limiter/Compressor

Thumbnail for article: Neve 2254/RAll the smoothness and class you’d expect from a vintage Neve compressor — but with the benefit of software recall. What’s not to like?

PreSonus DigiMax D8

Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter

Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.

SE Electronics SE2200T

Valve Condenser Microphone

SE tweak their successful design to create what’s probably the most affordable serious tube mic around.

Soniccouture Gu Zheng

Multi-format

SSL X-Desk

Analogue Mixing Console

Thumbnail for article: SSL X-DeskTechnology from SSL’s high-end mixing consoles has been filtering down to the project studio for some time, in the form of the X-Logic and X-Rack products, but the desks themselves have remained the preserve of commercial studios. Until now...

Synesthesia USB Mandala Drum 2

Percussion Controller

Thumbnail for article: Synesthesia USB Mandala Drum 2The Mandala is a drum pad with a difference: it has a Virtual Brain and its manufacturers claim that it’s “the smartest thing you’ll ever hit with a stick.”

Telefunken ELA M260

Small-diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Telefunken ELA M260Despite sharing a name with a historic Telefunken mic, this is a new design. But it still delivers classy, vintage-sounding results.

Universal Audio UAD 4K Plug-ins

Software Channel Strip & Dynamics Processor

Just in case the line-up of plug-ins available for the UAD cards wasn’t tempting enough already, Universal Audio have now added emulations of classic SSL hardware.

XT Software EnergyXT 2.5 Plus

Portable DAW Software [Mac OS/Windows/ Linux]

The idea of a truly portable DAW application has obvious appeal, especially when that application costs as little as EnergyXT. But can you really carry everything you need to make music on a USB Flash drive?

Zero-G Indian Dance Classics

Acidized WAV/REX2/Apple Loops/ AIFF/Stylus RMX

People + Opinion

Armin Van Buuren

Producing Trance

Thumbnail for article: Armin Van BuurenNot content with being one of the most celebrated DJs in the world, Armin Van Buuren has also had a string of club and chart hits. We asked him to talk us through the production of a top-notch trance anthem.

Classic Tracks | Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’

Producer: Jack Douglas • Engineer: Jay Messina

Thumbnail for article: Classic Tracks | Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’In 1975, Aerosmith stormed into the mainstream with their Toys In The Attic album, and in doing so set the tone for a decade of West Coast heavy metal.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

Recording On Trial

Leader

Does the public actually listen to music any more, or do they simply hear it?

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Mokran

Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter MokranTake one Bollywood soundtrack, add a Pussycat Doll and a heap of new instruments, and you have a recipe for a big mix. Peter Mokran was the engineer who cooked up an international hit with ‘Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)’.

Sounding Off: Is DAB a disaster?

Hugh Robjohns

With the FM radio frequencies under threat from the UK government's planned sell-off, is DAB coverage and quality really good enough to replace it?

Technique

Customising Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Save time and make Digital Performer work just how you like it, with easy custom templates and preferences tweaks.

Developer Conference; Mac Musicians

Apple Notes

We round up the latest from the Apple Developers’ Conference and the implications for Mac musicians.

Drive Backup Solutions

PC Notes

We address a few common PC music questions and introduce the best software solutions for drive backup.

Logic's Master Blasters: Part 2

Logic Notes & Techniques

Part 2: We turn to Logic’s dynamics processing in our quest for a polished master.

Mix Rescue Audio: Al James

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue August 2009

Mix Rescue: Al James

Ways to improve your mix

Why is Al James’ poppy and well-arranged track not reaching its potential in the mix, despite extensive EQ treatment and other processing? We dissect his original Cubase project to find out.

Pitch Perfect With VariAudio

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

In VariAudio, Cubase 5 users have a sophisticated pitch-correction tool.

Sonar: Bigger Beats

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Get a big, ‘produced’ sound from Sonar’s classic analogue drumbox samples.

Studio SOS: Bedroom Control

Twin-roomed bedroom studio

Ever wanted to set up both a control room and live room in two tiny bedrooms? On a budget? With remote-control facilities? Actually, it can be done!

Troubleshooting

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Newcomers and power users alike need to know how to make things right when their Pro Tools Sessions run into trouble.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

Almost everything about being a composer of music for television is a gamble, except getting paid. That’s two gambles.

The Remix Business: Part 3

Getting Technical

As well as having all-round audio engineering ability, a remixer needs to be proficient in remix-specific processes. We explore the essential software and skills.

Sound Advice

SOS Podcast 016

21:41 mins

The SOS editorial team talk about some of the latest recording gear on the market, including the Event Opal and SSL X-Desk, which are both reviewed in the August 2009 issue of Sound On Sound magazine. Also, we answer your studio questions and announce the winner of the Dream Studio competition we launched at the recent LIMS show in London. Plus news of the Red Bull Music Academy event in 2010.

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