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Reverb Plug-in [Mac/ PC]
Many pro engineers still turn to expensive hardware for the best algorithmic reverbs. Can 2CAudios Aether plug-in tear them away from their racks?
Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier
Striking 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...
Virtual Guitar Instrument
AAS put their physical modelling skills to the test once again, with an electric follow‑up to Strum Acoustic GS1.
MIDI Controller For Ableton Live
Akai and Ableton have collaborated on the APC40, to bring tightly integrated, hands-on hardware control to Live.
Minimoog V2 adds features that the original Moog hardware didnt possess. Have Arturia improved on a classic?
We check out the 'lite' version of AudioEase's Speakerphone convolution plug-in.
The 1.5GB Sampled Landscape library is divided into three folders: Drones, Instruments, and Landscapes. The 15 Drones aren't...
Computer Recording System
Control 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? Lets find out...
Small-diaphragm Valve Microphone
Small mics and tubes arent always the best of friends, but this little newcomer proves that they can be.
We check out this traditional JoeMeek compressor in pedal format, for use with guitars, basses and other instruments.
This valve mic offers bags of character, and a quality of result comparable with mics that cost much more.
DSP Reference Monitors
Built-in DSP extends the flexibility and usefulness of these capable speakers.
Have 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...
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Kontakt 2 Player
Dutch samplists SAM have updated their four popular brass titles (SAM Horns, Trombones, Trumpets and Solo Sessions), and re‑...
Plug-in EQ Bundle [Mac/PC]
If your DAWs built-in EQ doesnt quite have the analogue flavour youre after, PSPs new plug-in collection might be just the ticket.
Superior Drummer 2 Expansion
When I compared Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2 with FXpansion's BDF2, my one quibble was its relatively small number of...
Addictive Drums ADpaks
XLN Audio's very fine Addictive Drums is a virtual drum instrument for Mac and PC that strikes a useful balance between the...
Digital Multitracker, Audio Interface & Controller
Have computers made digital multitrackers obsolete? Zoom dont think so.
People + Opinion
I'm writing this leader column while still recovering from helping to organise the live sound for Malvern's West Fest all‑day...
John Fields and Paul David Hager have a very modern working relationship — and with the Jonas Brothers, theyve delivered a string of old-fashioned hits.
The sincerest form of flattery?
Choosing The Right Compressor For The Job
Now that we have digital models and dynamic convolution technology, were spoilt for choice when it comes to classic compressor flavours. But whether hardware or software, which is right for which job?
Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters
Getting 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.
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.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
No guitar effects in Cubase? Actually, there are more options than you can count...
This month, Martin Walker checks out ways to speed up your computer and investigates this curious DiffMerge thingamebob...
Logic Notes & Techniques
Complex tasks of all kinds can be done quickly and easily with Logics Transform window.
While music software interfaces still lag behind hardware in the tweakability stakes, theres a lot we can do to improve that situation with Mac OSs built-in features.
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.
This months mission proves that to get the best from a song you need to pay as much attention to arrangement as to mix technique.
Audio Examples From Mix Rescue September 2009
Links to the before and after mixes.
Reason Notes / Ableton Live Notes
Reason and Ableton Live work well together — we offer some tips on running the two programs in parallel.
Rock 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 Notes & Techniques
Sampled drums lacking realism? Synthesize stereo room mics to add authentic ambience with Sonars built-in effects.
Producer & Engineer: Shel Talmy
There 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.
Digital Performer Notes & Techniques
Digital Performers time-display and grid features are the key to several cool techniques, including instant glitch effects.
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.
TV Music From The Inside
Will your music become immortal, or simply indigestible? Its all about context.
Just wondering if you could give me some advice on recording acoustic guitars. I'm finding it very difficult to get a clean...
I have several UAD1 DSP cards in my current PC, leaving just one spare PCI slot, and need to connect some extra devices via...
I'm doing a demo for a local act and we've tracked layer upon layer of overdubbed guitars: there are 10 rhythm parts with...
When mixing drums, is it standard practice to try and tighten things up by getting rid of bleed on all but the overheads? I'm...