September 2009 In This Issue

To open articles, click title links

Competition

WIN Modartt Pianoteq bundles worth 340 GBP

Deadline: 2009-09-30

Thumbnail for article: WIN Modartt Pianoteq bundles worth 340 GBPPrize kindly donated by Modartt www.pianoteq.com

Reviews

2CAudio Aether

Reverb Plug-in [Mac/ PC]

Thumbnail for article: 2CAudio AetherMany pro engineers still turn to expensive hardware for the best algorithmic reverbs. Can 2CAudio’s Aether plug-in tear them away from their racks?

A-Designs Pacifica

Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

Thumbnail for article: A-Designs PacificaStriking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

AAS Strum Electric GS1

Virtual Guitar Instrument

Thumbnail for article: AAS Strum Electric GS1Applied Acoustic Systems put their physical modelling skills to the test once again, with an electric follow-up to Strum Acoustic GS1.

Akai APC40

MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

Thumbnail for article: Akai APC40Akai and Ableton have collaborated on the APC40, to bring tightly integrated, hands-on hardware control to Live.

Arturia Minimoog V2

Software Synthesizer

Minimoog V2 adds features that the original Moog hardware didn’t possess. Have Arturia improved on a classic?

AudioEase Cabinet

Convolution plug-in

We check out the 'lite' version of AudioEase's Speakerphone convolution plug-in.

Cakewalk V-Studio 100

Computer Recording System

Thumbnail for article: Cakewalk V-Studio 100Control surface, audio interface, digital mixer, solid-state recorder: the V-Studio 100 does it all, but is it a jack of all trades and master of none? Let’s find out...

Chameleon Labs TS1

Small-diaphragm Valve Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Chameleon Labs TS1Small mics and tubes aren’t always the best of friends, but this little newcomer proves that they can be.

JoeMeek Floor Q

Compressor Pedal

We check out this traditional JoeMeek compressor in pedal format, for use with guitars, basses and other instruments.

Lauten Horizon

Valve Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Lauten HorizonThis valve mic offers bags of character, and a quality of result comparable with mics that cost much more.

M-Audio Studiophile DSM1

DSP Reference Monitors

Thumbnail for article: M-Audio Studiophile DSM1Built-in DSP extends the flexibility and usefulness of these capable speakers.

Manikin Electronic Memotron

Digital Keyboard

Thumbnail for article: Manikin Electronic MemotronHave you ever longed for the sound and style of a Mellotron without the impracticality, unreliability and team of men required to move it? If so, you need yearn no more — thanks to the Memotron...

Plug-in Folder

Software Reviews

• Image Line Ogun
• Image Line Gross Beat
• VirSyn FDelay

PSP SQuad

Plug-in EQ Bundle [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: PSP SQuadIf your DAW’s built-in EQ doesn’t quite have the analogue flavour you’re after, PSP’s new plug-in collection might be just the ticket.

Toontrack The Metal Foundry

Superior Drummer 2 Expansion

Zoom R16

Digital Multitracker, Audio Interface & Controller

Thumbnail for article: Zoom R16Have computers made digital multitrackers obsolete? Zoom don’t think so.

People + Opinion

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David Hager

Jonas Brothers

Thumbnail for article: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David HagerJohn Fields and Paul David Hager have a very modern working relationship — and with the Jonas Brothers, they’ve delivered a string of old-fashioned hits.

Sounding Off: Tribute Bands

Gordon Reid

The sincerest form of flattery?

Technique

Classic Compressors

Choosing The Right Compressor For The Job

Now that we have digital models and dynamic convolution technology, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to classic compressor flavours. But whether hardware or software, which is right for which job?

Compression Made Easy

Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

Thumbnail for article: Compression Made EasyGetting precisely the results you want from compressors can often be the key to a tight, modern-sounding mix. We explain what the controls are designed to achieve and how they relate to what you hear.

Compression Made Easy | Audio Files

Audio Examples From Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

It can be difficult reading about compression without hearing what it does. Here are a number of audio files to accompany this article, with a detailed explanation of what they demonstrate.

Electric Guitar Effects Chains

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

No guitar effects in Cubase? Actually, there are more options than you can count...

Increase Productivity; DiffMerge

PC Notes

This month, Martin Walker checks out ways to speed up your computer and investigates this curious DiffMerge thingamebob...

Logic: Working With The Transform Window

Logic Notes & Techniques

Complex tasks of all kinds can be done quickly and easily with Logic’s Transform window.

Mac News & Tips

Apple Notes

While music software interfaces still lag behind hardware in the tweakability stakes, there’s a lot we can do to improve that situation with Mac OS’s built-in features.

Missing Files

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

What to do when Pro Tools reports that files have gone missing? Find out in this month's invaluable assortment of tips and tricks.

Mix Rescue

Arrangement advice

This month’s mission proves that to get the best from a song you need to pay as much attention to arrangement as to mix technique.

Mix Rescue 0909 | Audio Files

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue September 2009

Links to the before and after mixes.

Running Reason And Ableton Live Together

Reason Notes / Ableton Live Notes

Reason and Ableton Live work well together — we offer some tips on running the two programs in parallel.

Rupert Flindt: Recording Elbow Live At Abbey Road

Sound Advice

Thumbnail for article: Rupert Flindt: Recording Elbow Live At Abbey RoadRock bands, choirs and symphony orchestras each pose their own challenges to the engineer. Put them all in the same room, and things get really messy...

Sonar: Making A Virtual Drum Room

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Sampled drums lacking realism? Synthesize stereo room mics to add authentic ambience with Sonar’s built-in effects.

The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ | Classic Tracks

Producer & Engineer: Shel Talmy

Thumbnail for article: The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ | Classic TracksThere are very few records whose influence can be so strongly felt after 45 years as the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’. At the controls was Shel Talmy, who tells us the story of a song that changed pop music.

Using Time Formats In Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Digital Performer’s time-display and grid features are the key to several cool techniques, including instant glitch effects.

VST DIY

Creating Your Own Audio Plug-ins

There are lots of reasons why you might want to write your own VST plug-ins. The learning curve can be steep, but there are development environments out there that can help. We take you through the options.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

Will your music become immortal, or simply indigestible? It’s all about context.

Sound Advice

All Issues

2014

January

February

March

April

May

2013

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2012

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2011

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2010

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2009

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2008

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2007

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2006

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2005

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2004

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2003

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2002

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2001

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

2000

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1999

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1998

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1997

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1996

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1995

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1994

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1993

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1992

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1991

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1990

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1989

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1988

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1987

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1986

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1985

November

December

 Issue Selector
WIN Great Prizes in SOS Competitions!
WIN Great Prizes in SOS Competitions!

 

Home | Search | News | Current Issue | Tablet Mag | Articles | Forum | Subscribe | Shop | Readers Ads

Advertise | Information | Digital Editions | Privacy Policy | Support | Login Help

 

Email: Contact SOS

Telephone: +44 (0)1954 789888

Fax: +44 (0)1954 789895

Registered Office: Media House, Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8SQ, United Kingdom.

Sound On Sound Ltd is registered in England and Wales.

Company number: 3015516 VAT number: GB 638 5307 26

         

All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2014. All rights reserved.
The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers.

Web site designed & maintained by PB Associates | SOS | Relative Media