Sound On Sound UK March 2019

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.

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in with the new

Well, another NAMM show over and a whole new raft of products to add to our to-do list. Looking further than just individual products, though, certain trends seemed to emerge over the course of the show, one being the use of digitally controlled analogue circuitry, for those people who still don’t believe that digital plug-ins can do an adequate job. McDSP’s APB-16 analogue processor can host up to 16 analogue processes yet be controlled like a plug-in. Then there was the company who had set up a rack of vintage gear complete with robotic knob adjustment, the idea being that you can send your audio to their studio and adjust the controls remotely from your computer to get the sound you want, then get the treated file back. A novel…

2 min
akai use the force at namm

Rumours of a new Akai MPC all-in-one production device, capable of sequencing, sampling, synthesis and processing without the need for a computer, have been circling for a while — but now it’s arrived, there’s not an MPC logo in sight. Simply called the Force, it debuted at NAMM 2019, and features step sequencing, MIDI editing, sampling and synthesis. All of these features are accessed, edited and manipulated via a seven-inch, touch-sensitive, full-colour display and eight continuously variable, OLED-equipped encoders, the movement of which can be captured and fully recalled, and to which you can map almost any internal parameter for real-time modulation. Cosmetically, the Force’s most obvious feature is its eye-catching 8x8 matrix of backlit, multi-coloured buttons, which can be used for real-time clip launching, sequencing, DJ’ing, on-the-fly real-time remixing, to…

1 min
mcdsp announce all-analogue processor

McDSP launched an excellent array of new plug-ins, the 6060 Collection, at NAMM, promising “the largest collection of processing options of any module-based plug-in”. There are over 30 low-latency processing modules for EQ, compression, saturation, distortion, specialised filtering, dynamic range expansion, gating, and more. Full details on all of the 34 announced modules in the 6060 Collection can be found at, and more are already planned. Just what you’d expect from McDSP. But their other announcement was a complete surprise, given their entirely digital heritage. The APB-16 is a true analogue (not modelled) processor, full of premium 32-bit AKM converters, Burr-Brown op amps, THAT VCAs and so on. Of course, it still fits neatly into a DAW-based recording environment: Thunderbolt-compatible, it will allow 16 channels of digitally controlled, programmable (and…

1 min
limited-edition moog breaks hearts worldwide

Moog’s lovely Sirin synth (subtitled “The Analog Messenger Of Joy”) was announced at NAMM. It resembles the Minitaur, and is based on Moog’s classic Taurus bass pedals, but is the first in the Taurus family to be capable of much higher notes — in this case, up to D8 — allowing you to create some interesting lead sounds as well as Taurine bass tones. Using Sirin is the usual tactile experience, and the basic sounds can be fed through a classic Moog ladder filter and two ADSR envelopes, and/or be modulated by a multi-wave LFO. Still deeper control and editability, including the option to assign six further LFO types, is accessible if you address Sirin via a free PC/Mac editor/librarian. However, there’s a catch. By the time you read this,…

1 min
cranborne go to camden

UK-based processing company Cranborne Audio announced a combined 1U, two-channel rackmount preamp, signal processor and dual headphone mixer at NAMM, the Camden EC2. Based on the company’s existing Camden 500 (reviewed in SOS October 2018), the EC2 contains two of the preamps and the ‘Mojo’ analogue saturation circuit from the earlier product, allowing it to sound like a traditional British transformer-based preamp or like a valve-based preamp depending on the setting of the Mojo circuit. Alternatively, for a clean, natural sound, the Mojo section can be bypassed. The twin headphone amps feature discrete line mixers and independent channel and aux input level controls, allowing all-analogue, zero-latency monitoring of an external source. It’s due before the end of Spring, but pricing isn’t yet confirmed — keep an eye on for…

1 min
the greatest interface ever?

Audio interfaces are usually more about utility than excitement, but not Steinberg’s AXR4 — just 1U in size, it combines expertise from Steinberg, Yamaha and Rupert Neve Designs. It’s a low-latency, 32-bit integer, 28-in, 24-out device capable of handling sample rates to 384kHz, with a colour display plus MIDI and wordclock, two independent headphone outs and twin Thunderbolt 2 ports for computer interfacing. The first four input channels (two of which can accept high-impedance guitar signals) are accessed via front-panel Neutrik XLR/TRS Combi jacks, with 48V phantom power and Yamaha’s high-quality AXR mic preamps. Also assignable to the first four inputs are two types of Rupert Neve Designs’ Silk processing, a digital emulation of the sonic qualities of classic Neve input modules. Inscrutably labelled Red and Blue, the first of these…