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    Witnesses Of Words: by Marco C van der Hoeven

    How 20th Century Microphones Made History

    To some, music technology is simply a means to an end and the music is all that matters. To others, music technology holds some technical importance in its own right.

    Reviews May 2016
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    Sound FX, by Alexander Case

    Book Review

    Although first published in 2007, I only became aware of this interesting book very recently, when I found it on a recommended-reading list for a music technology course at a UK university.

    Reviews May 2016
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    The Prophet From Silicon Valley, by David Abernethy

    The Complete Story Of Sequential Circuits

    As George Harrison once told my friend Martin Smith at Streetly Electronics, “History is bollocks. If you weren’t there, you don’t know.”

    Reviews Apr 2016
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    Ian Boddy Tone Science

    Tone Science

    A new CD release from Ian Boddy

    An album of self-generated music using only analogue modular synths.

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    The Great British Recording Studios

    Book Review

    This fascinating and commendably detailed book by Howard Massey provides a wonderful overview of the significant recording studios in London in the ’60s and ’70s, as well as a few noteworthy facilities elsewhere in the UK. 

    Reviews Mar 2016
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    Music Electronics

    Book Review

    In my experience, many SOS readers are, at least at some level, fairly technically minded and have an interest in how the technology they use works, especially in ‘classic’ instruments and devices. This book is designed to go a long way towards satisfying that ‘inner geek’ in all of us.

    Reviews Feb 2016
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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed.

    This month albums from Kinky Dove, Noah’s Tape, Clarence King & The Regents and the Pete Newman Clarinet Project.

    Reviews Sep 2015
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    Microphone Arrays For Stereo & Multichannel Sound Recording

    Book Review

    The author Michael Williams began his audio career as a BBC technician in the early 1960s, but he is better known today for his teaching and the many papers he has presented to the AES on the science of stereo and multi-channel mic arrays.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    The Synthesizer: Mark Vail

    Book Review

    Comprehensive Guide To Understanding, Playing and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument.

    Reviews Jun 2015
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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    This month we comment on albums by Nick Molyneux, Peter Appleyard and Paul Thomas Butterfield.

    Reviews May 2015
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    Recording Secrets For The Small Studio

    Book Review

    With over 400 pages and 12 chapters, author Mike Senior covers both the technical concepts and practical techniques necessary for capturing musical performances of all kinds.

    Reviews May 2015
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    Alan Parsons: Art & Science of Sound Recording

    Book Review

    Does Alan Parsons’ latest book add anything useful to his video tutorial series?

    Reviews Mar 2015
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    Opus 3 Analogue Master Tapes

    Music Catalogue On Analogue Tape

    Why ‘review’ a record company? Well, I believe that Opus 3 are unique in offering quarter-inch tape copies of their analogue tape masters.

    Reviews Mar 2015
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    Electronics — Concepts, Labs, and Projects

    Book Review

    This book provides a great introduction to audio electronics

    Reviews Feb 2015
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    Small Signal Audio Design 2nd Edition

    Book Review

    Douglas Self’s excellent technical reference book for solid-state audio-gear designers has been updated.

    Reviews Jan 2015
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    Samplecraze Low End

    eBook Review

    This extensive and in-depth eBook explains so much more than how to process your kicks and bass sounds!

    Reviews Jan 2015
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    Learn Digital Audio: Nebula Explained Professional

    Online Training Course

    Acustica Audio’s Nebula software is brimful of potential, and this course should help you realise a bit more of it.

    Reviews Nov 2014
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    The Alternative Workbook — Or How To Pimp Your Practice Room

    eBook Review

    This book offers refreshingly concise advice on how to make great rock & pop recordings on a budget.

    Reviews Sep 2014
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    The Foley Grail: The Art Of Performing Sound For Film, Games & Animation

    Book Review

    Much of the enjoyment and realism (or hyper-realism) of films, TV shows, radio programmes and computer games relies upon the skilful use of Foley.

    Reviews Aug 2014
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    A Composer's Guide To Game Music

    Book Review

    I spent seven years as a freelance game composer back in the '80s and '90s, when we tended to be part musician, part computer...

    Reviews Jul 2014
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    Sound & Recording

    Book Review

    When a technical book is republished in a second or third edition, you know it's become recognised as a reference work, but...

    Reviews Jul 2014

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