Sound On Sound UK October 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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making mistakes

Acquiring the skill to mix a piece of music takes time and practice, and like playing an instrument, you’re never done as there’s always something new to learn. Along the way we all make mistakes, which is how we learn — as they say, the person who never made a mistake never made anything. One of the first things we learn in mixing is that we need some kind of reliable monitoring system, whether it be loudspeakers in a treated room or suitable headphones, that allows us to hear what we’re doing with some degree of accuracy. Once we can hear what we are actually doing, mixing a song becomes a balance between art and science. The science aspect relates to things like levels, headroom, final loudness and, to an…

13 min

Spitfire take scoring sample libraries to the next generation Spitfire Audio have launched a new, detailed orchestral library which captures the sound of the 89-year-old, internationally renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra (SO) in its entirety. Recorded in the orchestra’s soon-to-be-decommissioned recording and broadcasting home, Maida Vale Studios, where the SO has been based since 1934, the new library is the culmination of over 80 recording sessions, spread over two years. Work on the project is still ongoing, but the aim has been to create a one-stop scoring sample library with Spitfire’s usual attention to detail, accessed via a single stand-alone cross-platform software instrument or plug-in for all major PC and Mac DAWs. The entire SO is covered, from the 60-piece string section to woodwind, brass and percussion, plus a celeste and harp. More…

14 min
novation summit polyphonic synthesizer

There’s a precedent for taking your best synthesizer, sticking two of them in a single box and adding new features to make the bi-timbral whole even greater than the sum of its parts. The most notable instance of this is probably the wonderful dual-manual Sequential Prophet 10, which combined two Prophet 5s and added numerous new functions to make it the monster it was. A more accessible example was the Roland Super JX10, which used a pair of JX8Ps as its sound generators and added a long list of extra facilities that made it a much superior instrument. Today, the concept has resurfaced in the Summit which, to paraphrase myself, takes Novation’s best synthesizer, sticks two of them in a single box, and adds new features that promise to make…

1 min
novation summit £1899

PROS • Everything that the Peak offers, plus much, much more. • The Dual filter architecture is a huge advance. • Despite the wealth of features, it’s simple to navigate and program. • It’s bi-timbral, with independent effects and, if wanted, independent outputs for its two Parts. • Responds to poly-aftertouch. • Looks and feels solid and robust throughout. • Has an integrated universal power supply. CONS • You can’t use MIDI CCs as sources in the mod matrix. SUMMARY The Novation Peak costs around £1100, but two greatly expanded Peaks within a keyboard offering numerous other enhancements will cost just £1899. I have to profess that it’s one of the nicest, most intuitive hybrid synths that I’ve ever reviewed and, while it’s not all-encompassing (nothing is), it looks great, it feels great, it sounds great, and it’s not going to…

1 min
the rear panel

Starting on the far right, the Summit’s USB type-B socket carries MIDI but not audio, as of course do the five-pin DIN MIDI In, Out and Thru sockets alongside it. Next to these, there’s a 3.5mm input for an analogue modulation (CV or audio) signal plus two pedal inputs that can be allocated the usual range of functions. There are six audio connections: two output pairs (Main and Aux) and an input pair that allows you to direct external audio to the filter/amplifier/effects chains or just the effects for processing. At the other end you’ll find the IEC mains input for the internal power supply.…

1 min
thanks for the memories

The Summit adds 512 multi memories to the 512 Patch memories found in the Peak, so storage is unlikely to be a problem. It’s also worth noting that, according to Novation, the Summit will be able to import Peak patches and reproduce them correctly so, if you decide to upgrade, you should be able to bring your existing library with you to play sounds with double the polyphony or to use them within bi-timbral setups. I was unable to test this but have no reason to believe that it won’t work as claimed.…