Modern House Beats is a slightly different take on the usual downloadable sample packs I'm asked to review, as it is as...
Akai could be on to a winner with their cheap and compact sample player.
The market for compact digital desks is hotting up. Has Allen & Heath's latest contribution got what it takes to fend off the competition?
How much of API's legendary large-console technology and sound have they managed to pack into this smaller sibling?
Audient have brought their respected ASP-series preamps to the masses in the form of a new USB audio interface.
As well as improving Sonar itself, Cakewalk have brought in some heavy-hitting third-party content. Does X3 have what it takes to tempt buyers away from other recording software?
Nearly 20 years after the original, Clavia's Nord Lead has become a studio synth staple. Can its latest incarnation keep the flame alive?
Equator prove that real quality needn't cost a fortune, with their new active, coaxial D8s.
Focal have made a strong impression in the studio monitor market. Can they do the same in the competitive world of headphones?
Wooden PA speakers usually sound better than their plastic equivalents, but they've also been more expensive — until now.
HOFA claim that their IQ Reverb combines the realism of convolution with the editability of algorithmic reverbs.
IK Multimedia iLoud Portable Speaker System • OneTrack V4 Backing Track Player app.
With up to 13 different processing tools available, if Nectar 2 can't make your vocal track sound good, nothing can!
Can this small ball of foam really take the room out of the equation when recording vocals?
As any parent with very young children knows, toys can be very noisy things, in a crude, lo-fi kind of a way. Toys In...
Boutique Swedish manufacturers Milab have made possibly the most expensive kick-drum mic ever. But is its quality equal to the price?
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Thinking of turning your iPad into a mobile recording studio? Check out our round-up of multitrack recording apps first!
Novation expand their controller range as they serve up a three-course Launch. We check out what's on the menu.
If you fancy a break from traditional musical interfaces, or merely want a fetching accessory for the dashboard of your spaceship, the AlphaSphere could be just the thing.
Orchid's low-cost approach to DI and reamp box doesn't cut any corners when it comes to quality.
Piezo-pickup equipped instruments have unique requirements when it comes to DI boxes, and this product is designed to get the best out of them.
Can you really obtain a realistic acoustic guitar sound from a pickup? With Schertler's latest offering, it seems that you can...
Clavinets are a bit like Marmite. We love to own them, to play them, and to listen to them, but we hate storing them and...
Preparing audio for online distribution can be tedious and frustrating. Sonnox's affordable utility takes the pain away!
Does Strymon's latest offering finally deliver studio-quality reverb for the guitarist?
Featuring a built-in push-button patchbay, it seems that this channel strip is scaling new heights...
Toontrack seem to be going through a bit of a metal phase at the moment with their latest EZ Drummer expansion kit being...
First the Rock, then the Boulder, now the Avalanche: Unity's monitor range expands, with the launch of this powerful new sub.
Apple have ditched the feline theme and gone Mavericks, but what does that mean for you?
Electronic drum kits are not silent, so what can you do to tame their thumps and rumbles?
Engineer Eric Tomlinson recorded a host of classic soundtracks during his 40-year career, not to mention what's...
Dodge & Fuski's Rob Talbott explains how he creates the band's dubstep drum beats in Cubase.
We asked some of the world's leading engineers how they approach one of the most common yet complex instruments on stage: the drum kit.
We look at crossfading, Live's secret sound-design weapon.
We scrutinise two Rack Extension additive synths and look at how to add harmonic complexity to any source.
MOTU's Digital Performer 8 includes some neat new plug-ins — many with applications beyond the obvious.
They boast faster boot times, total silence and greater durability — but is a solid-state drive right for you?
Producer Phil Ramone was legendary for getting great vocal sounds. Here's how he did it — and how you can do the same.
Our recording engineer tackles the challenge of recording a singing guitarist, and weighs up the merits of several mic techniques.
From de-essing to complex drum processing, side-chain access in Studio One opens up many new possibilities.
Learn to set up M/S matrixing in Pro Tools and you open up a world of creative processing possibilities.
Work smarter not harder with Smart Controls in Logic Pro X.
Is there any practical difference between a conventional capacitor microphone and a back-electret type?
I am looking for a USB audio interface that I can connect all of my instruments to, and I have been considering a Focusrite...
I've noticed that a lot of companies now market a variation on the curved screen theme to go behind a vocal mic, with the...
Tracks that I mix in my home studio tend to sound really bad in my car, but when I correct the mixes so they sound good in the car, they sound awful over my monitors — so what's going wrong?
I'm going to let you into a secret that could put our entire industry out of business — but trust me, that won't happen...
Two massive hit albums in a year was a pretty good return on 20 days' work for Justin Timberlake, producer Timbaland — and engineer Chris Godbey.
Joe Matera, Obsidian Kingdom, The Flickers.
Have cheap delivery formats destroyed music's value?
The Mix Review in Sound On Sound This month we analyse hits from Biffy Clyro, Armin Van Buuren and Duke Dumont, and take a look back at a classic mix, Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, from 1990.
We all want our names to be associated with famous TV programmes, right? Well, it depends what they're famous for...
Vinyl resurgence; surprisingly good classic-rock tribute bands on tour; Live Nation buying and burnishing the old Fillmore live-venue brand; the pining for music's past seems like it's in full swing.
The Magic Shop is not the oldest studio in New York, yet it is one of the few major recording venues left in Manhattan. Over...