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Recording Guitar Amplifier
Theres 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?
Firewire Audio Interface
ART aim to prove that its better by tube, packing eight valve preamps into a Firewire interface.
Guitar Technology News/Preview
Audio Ease, who made their name with excellent convolution‑based software such as Altiverb and Speakerphone, have announced...
Guitar Effects Pedals
Behringer keep coming up with affordable toys, and this time they sent us a selection of their 'Vintage' pedals. The folded-...
Dancehall Vibes Volume 1 provides 30 loop‑based construction kits, plus a small collection of vinyl scratches. I auditioned...
Harmonic Table MIDI Controller
The piano keyboard is so widespread and familiar that we take it for granted. But, as C-Thru Musics Axis 49 demonstrates, its not the only option out there.
Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]
The latest major update to Reaper brings with it a complete overhaul of MIDI functionality, improved automation, and much, much more.
The latest synth from Dave Smith owes more than a little to its illustrious ancestor, the Sequential Circuits Pro One, but costs only £299$399.
Events 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?
A star Hollywood orchestral library gets an extreme make-over.
Firewire Audio Interface
A cut-down Saffire without compromise on quality or features? Read on...
All the smoothness and class youd expect from a vintage Neve compressor — but with the benefit of software recall. Whats not to like?
Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter
Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.
Valve Condenser Microphone
SE tweak their successful design to create whats probably the most affordable serious tube mic around.
The Chinese gu zheng has been kicking around since 200 BC, making it one of the few historical musical artifacts to predate...
Analogue Mixing Console
Technology from SSLs 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...
The Mandala is a drum pad with a difference: it has a Virtual Brain and its manufacturers claim that its “the smartest thing youll ever hit with a stick.”
Small-diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone
Despite sharing a name with a historic Telefunken mic, this is a new design. But it still delivers classy, vintage-sounding results.
Software Channel Strip & Dynamics Processor
Just in case the line-up of plug-ins available for the UAD cards wasnt tempting enough already, Universal Audio have now added emulations of classic SSL hardware.
Vienna Symphonic Library's Solo Strings II adopts the same template as their Appassionata Strings II and Chamber Strings II (...
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?
Acidized WAV/REX2/Apple Loops/ AIFF/Stylus RMX
Is it just me, or are 'Bollywood' sample libraries taking over the world? Hot on the heels of Philtre Labs' Bollywood Elements...
People + Opinion
Not 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.
Readers’ Music Reviewed
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Does the public actually listen to music any more, or do they simply hear it?
Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
Take 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).
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?
Classic Tracks: Producer Jack Douglas; Engineer Jay Messina
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.
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
Save time and make Digital Performer work just how you like it, with easy custom templates and preferences tweaks.
We round up the latest from the Apple Developers Conference and the implications for Mac musicians.
We address a few common PC music questions and introduce the best software solutions for drive backup.
Logic Notes & Techniques
Part 2: We turn to Logics dynamics processing in our quest for a polished master.
Audio Examples From Mix Rescue August 2009
Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue of Al James' song 'Schoolboy Fascination'. You can...
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.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
In VariAudio, Cubase 5 users have a sophisticated pitch-correction tool.
Sonar Notes & Techniques
Get a big, produced sound from Sonars classic analogue drumbox samples.
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!
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.
TV Music From The Inside
Almost everything about being a composer of music for television is a gamble, except getting paid. Thats two gambles.
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.
There's a lot said on discussion fora about the need to use studio monitors instead of hi‑fi speakers, although there are some...
I have noticed that, when matching up my tracks with more professional productions, my songs are lacking a certain clarity....
We don't have the best‑sounding live room, so I try to achieve as clean a sound as possible. To this end, drums are normally...
I currently have an Emu 1820M audio interface and a Line 6 Pod XT Pro modelling guitar preamp, and am about to get a PreSonus...
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.