Sound On Sound UK May 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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2 min
skating cheaply

In keeping with my South Yorkshire roots, I’d like to return to one of my favourite themes, which might best be described as fiscal restraint — or perhaps audio austerity, if you prefer. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to spend money on something that really makes a difference, but my experience with guitars has rather turned that old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’, on its head. When I first started gigging, I had a very early Gibson SG Junior — which would probably be quite valuable now if I hadn’t stripped off all the crazed cherry varnish and finished it in clear varnish before selling it on — and a ’59 or ’60 Strat that I used to practise my first ever re-fret and then went…

12 min

Austrian Audio launch with eight new products at Musikmesse Everyone loves a story with a happy ending — and what could have been the end of high-quality audio manufacturing in Austria has turned into a tale of renewal and innovation. Following the Harman Group’s decision to close its AKG design and manufacturing facilities in Vienna in 2017, a band of former AKG engineers and executives decided to start again from scratch. In just 22 months, they formed a new company, Austrian Audio, acquired premises, research and development facilities (including one of the prized old AKG anechoic chambers, now integrated into Austrian Audio’s labs), and designed and completed eight new products, all of which were launched in Frankfurt at the start of April. Details are sketchy at the time of writing concerning Aurora,…

9 min
neumann ndh 20 closed-back headphones

In audio circles, the name Neumann will always be associated with microphones. Georg Neumann and the company he founded have done more than anyone else to perfect and to popularise the capacitor microphone, and it would be a brave commercial studio that tried to attract paying clients without having some Neumann classics in its mic locker. After all, it is widely and rightly recognised that the microphone is the most important part of the recording chain. However, if there’s one other part that rivals the microphone in significance, it’s the monitoring system. No self-respecting studio can afford to skimp in this area either, and in 2005, Neumann’s parent company Sennheiser acquired German loudspeaker manufacturers Klein+Hummel. Four years later, the studio monitor arm of K+H was folded into the Neumann stable, and…

1 min
neumann ndh 20 £419

PROS • Very clean, full-range sound make these headphones an excellent tool for analytical listening. • They offer much greater isolation than most closed-back headphones. • Robustly built, with field-replaceable parts and removable, armoured cables. CONS • Not the most comfortable headphones ever. • No carrying case supplied. SUMMARY The Neumann NDH 20s are described as ‘studio headphones’ for a reason. They’re not flattering and they’re not especially comfortable but, as well as offering excellent isolation, they are a highly effective monitoring tool.…

1 min
sonarworks measurements

During the course of this review, our friends at Sonarworks ( measured the NDH 20s using their proprietary system, and were kind enough to share the results. Graph 1 shows the measured frequency response of the NDH 20. No closed-back phones produce a completely flat response without equalisation, and in this case, there is a broad suck-out at around 2kHz, with some peaks further up the frequency range, and a general low-frequency emphasis. The asymmetry between the left and right earcups is likely caused by the presence of a cable-entry point in the latter. Much more impressive is Graph 2, showing the NDH 20’s total harmonic distortion. THD has been kept below 0.6 percent across the board, even at the extreme low end, where driver excursion is at its greatest.…

1 min
roland system 500

PROS • The sound; it’s classic Roland. • The modules are very flexible; there’s a lot going on in each. • They look very smart — again, classic Roland. • They add something different to the crowded Eurorack market. CONS • The controls and sockets are closely positioned, often making it hard to patch and adjust sounds. • There are no multiples, and you’re going to need some. • There’s no bussing for the keyboard CV or gate. • There’s no multi-triggering. SUMMARY While System 500 and vintage 100M modules are similar, the differences between them are significant, with the modern system winning on most counts and the vintage one winning on a few others. The System 500 may not be perfect, but it nails the ‘Roland sound’ from the late ’70s and early ’80s.…