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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Adorning the front cover this month is Keith Emerson’s gargantuan Moog Modular. It is the stuff of synthesizer legend, and we bring you the full story of an incredible project, undertaken by Moog Music, to perfectly recreate this enormously complicated instrument.
In our Inside Track feature we talk mixing with pioneering rock and metal producer, engineer and mixer, Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Slayer, Jeff Buckley).
We review Fender’s Passport Studio, a collaboration with Focal that brings the portable suitcase-speaker concept to studio monitors; the Base control surface from Livid instruments; Korg’s Taktile range of controller keyboards and the SE Electronics SE5 pencil mics. We also check out SoundToys’ MicroShift, the RME MADIface XT & USB interfaces, Allen & Heath’s MixWizard WZ4 14:4:2, WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm, and more gear and software from Tech 21, Samson, ART, TC Helicon, Presonus, Tube-Tech, Casio, Waves, Grace Design, MakeMusic, Native Instruments and many more.
In the Live Sound section we look at mixing front-of-house sound with a UAD audio interface, meanwhile in our interview we talk to UK band, The Horrors and discuss their experimental approach to studio recording.
On top of all that, we have regulars such as The Mix Review (Pharrell, DJ Snake, John Legend, Dire Straits), DAW workshops, Notes From The Deadline, Studio File and Spotlight, which this month rounds up microphone accessories.
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Sound On Sound is the world's best recording technology magazine, packed full of in-depth, independent product tests, including music software, studio hardware, keyboards and live sound (PA) gear. Every issue also includes SOS's unique step-by-step tutorial and technique columns on all the leading DAW programs, as well as insightful interviews with leading producers, engineers and musicians.