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Reviews

Akai MPD24

Percussion Controller

Thumbnail for article: Akai MPD24Akai combine MPC-style pads with more traditional sliders and rotary encoders in their cost-effective new desktop USB MIDI controller box. Is it destined to be a hit?

Apogee Symphony

Audio Interface System

Apogee's Symphony system aims to bring professional hardware to users who want to work with native digital audio workstations on a Mac, whether they're in the studio with a Mac Pro or on the road with a Macbook Pro.

Apple Macbook Pro

17-inch Laptop Computer

Thumbnail for article: Apple Macbook ProApple's 17-inch Macbook Pro has both attracted and put off potential purchasers because of its size. But, with a new higher-resolution display and the latest mobile technology, is it now a must for those seeking the best in laptop performance?

DACS Eightch

8-channel Volume Controller

Simple, functional and attractively priced. What more do you need from a monitor controller?

Fender VG Strat

Electric Guitar With Roland VG Modelling

Thumbnail for article: Fender VG StratFender have married Roland's VG technology with the timeless design of the Stratocaster. The result is a cutting-edge classic.

Guitar Technology

Reviews & Techniques

• Line 6 Pocket POD
• Setting up Stratocaster and similar Floating Tremolos

Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

Synthesizer & Vocoder Keyboard

Korg's new synth may be small, but there's much more to it than meets the eye...

Mackie HR824 Mk2 & HR624 Mk2

Active Studio Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Mackie HR824 Mk2 & HR624 Mk2The HR-series monitors have been hugely popular, but Mackie have still managed to find room for improvement.

Maggot Sibliminator

Editing Utility For Pro Tools

Maggot Software's clever utility allows Pro Tools users to select a Region and instantly swap the audio it contains with another take.

Peluso 2247SE

Valve Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Peluso 2247SEPeluso set out to replicate the classic performance and style of Neumann's legendary U47. Could the result be even better than the real thing?

Phonic Helix Board 12 MkII

Firewire Mixer

Thumbnail for article: Phonic Helix Board 12 MkIIPhonic's well-established Helix range has made the jump to Firewire: we look at the 12-channel version, which is capable of sending 10 channels of audio at 24-bit/96kHz to your DAW.

Rode NT55

Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

This flexible little mic gives much better results than its modest price suggests.

Sample CDs on test

Sample Library

• SoniccoutureAbstrakt Breaks
• Zero G Degrees Of Abstract
• Sample Magic Transmission-X
• Propellerhead Abbey Road Keyboards

Sibelius 5

Scorewriting Software [Mac OSX/Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Sibelius 5The latest version of Sibelius Software’s notation package brings instrument plug-ins from the sequencing world into the realm of score-writing.

Sonalksis Essentials

Plug-in Bundle For Mac OS X & Windows

With their EQ and dynamics plug-ins, Sonalksis aim to harness the flexibility of digital to the sound quality of high-end analogue gear.

Tascam DVRA1000HD

High-resolution Stereo Recorder

Thumbnail for article: Tascam DVRA1000HDReal-time recording to CD, DVD or HD — and DSD too? Tascam's newly upgraded DVRA1000 now seems to have it all...

People + Opinion

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Endert

Maroon

Producer and engineer Mark Endert not only mixed the lead single from Maroon 5’s second album: he also co-produced it and programmed many of the parts.

Athlete

Recording Beyond The Neighbourhood

Chart-topping indie-rockers Athlete could have had their pick of the world’s producers and engineers to work on their third album. Instead, they chose to build a studio and do things their own way.

Jerry Boys & Livingston Studios

World Records

Thumbnail for article: Jerry Boys & Livingston StudiosIn an age dominated by software and samples, Jerry Boys has found the perfect niche for his old-school engineering skills: as the first-call specialist in recording world music.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

More of your submissions get the once-over by the SOS editorial staff.

Protection Racket

Leader

Our august Editor-In-Chief Paul White gets on his soapbox about UK government noise control legislation due to become law in 2008...

Sounding Off

Dean Morris

My songwriter hates my producer and hates my engineer...

Technique

Audio Regions & CD Creation in Digital Performer: Part 2

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

DP's native Sound Designer II audio format can carry region information within files. That fact may not sound especially significant — but with the help of our guide you can use it to help you compile and burn CDs quickly and easily.

CLASSIC TRACKS: Madonna 'Like A Virgin'

Producers: Nile Rodgers, Madonna, Stephen Bray • Engineer: Jason Corsaro

In mid-1984 Madonna arrived at New York City's Power Station studios with Nile Rodgers to record the album that would make her an international superstar - using cutting-edge 12-bit technology.

Cueing & Crossfading In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Whether you're looking into performing with Live on stage, or laying down fast arrangements in the studio, the place to start is the mixer's cue-mixing and crossfading features.

Ignition Pack 2

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

If you've time enough to install it all, the extra software bundled with new Pro Tools systems has a lot to offer — particularly if you have the Pro version of Digidesign's Ignition Pack 2.

Mix Rescue

Sound Workshop

This month we deal with thorny phase-cancellation problems, overhaul musical arrangements and get creative with effects, as we rise to the Mix Rescue challenge.

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

Hear for yourself

Here are links to the audio files from September 2007's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs.

Multi-core Processing & Vista Performance

PC Notes

Will you notice a big improvement in software performance if you switch to a multi-core processor? And will performance suffer if you switch to Windows Vista? Find the answers to these and many other questions in this month's PC Notes...

Music-related Widgets

Apple Notes

Widgets are everywhere, from the new iPhone to Macs running OS X Tiger. But while the iPhone is picky about the Widgets it will run, your Mac is open to a world of musically-related Widget curiosities...

PC Freeware Sequencers & Editors

PC Musician

Not only are these applications easier to use than commercial packages that can be confusingly feature heavy, they're also extremely easy on the wallet...

Studio SOS

Sound Workshop

In this episode, the SOS crew sort out monitoring problems and offer some practical mastering tips to another reader.

The Digital Myth

Why Digital Audio Sounds Better Than You Think

It's 70 years since the idea of digital audio sampling was first patented - so it's high time we laid to rest the myths and false perceptions that surround it.

Time-stretching

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase is packed with as much functionality as Doctor Who's TARDIS for bending the laws of time, and while the basics are easy, it pays to explore a little deeper.

Using Multi-channel & Multitimbral Plug-ins

Logic Notes & Techniques

Making the most of your virtual instruments in Logic can involve some complex Environment trickery, but the results are rewarding.

Music Business

Start Your Own Record Label

Marketing your music in a digital world

The world of music retail is changing fast, with digital distribution bringing new opportunities for independent record labels. Our in-depth guide to starting, running and developing your own business will help you get up to speed.

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