On the front cover this month is Softube’s Console 1, an integrated mixing environment and hardware controller. With console emulation based on the SSL 4000 E-Series, and an analogue-style workflow, we ask whether it can free us from the mouse and keyboard once and for all.
We review the Universal Audio’s thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin audio interface with DSP and Unison preamp technology; the Aphex 500 Rack — a combined 500-series rack and USB interface; and the highly-anticipated Bitwig Studio that mixes clip-based operation with linear DAW functionality. We also check out the beat-slicing BreakTweaker percussion instrument from iZotope and BT, the Korg MS20 Kit, Soulsby Synthesizer’s Atmegatron 8-bit monosynth, as well as the Barefoot MM35 Gen 2 three-way active monitors. We also review products from EastWest, Vertigo, TurboSound, Peavey, Dbx, Tannoy, Wes Audio, SonicCharge, UVI, Cakewalk, IK Multomedia, Grace Design, JoeMeek, SE Electronics and DOD.
Our Classic Track this month is the James Brown classic ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’, and we also have an interview with engineer and producer John COngleton whose ecclectic list of credits includes Explosions in the Sky, R Kelly, St Vincent and Modest Mouse.
In addition, we have regulars such as The Mix Review (Bastille, Frozen, London Grammer, Led Zeppelin), DAW workshops, Notes From The Deadline, Studio File and Spotlight, which this month rounds up tablet-based live sound mixers.
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