Sound On Sound UK

Sound On Sound UK April 2021

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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5 min
vox valvenergy amp-emulation pedals

The guitar pedal market is awash with overdrives and there’s no shortage of preamp devices that purport to emulate specific amps either, but for their new range of Valvenergy pedals Vox have tweaked the recipe. This series of compact overdrives emulate the tonal characteristics of specific amplifier types, and have switchable modes to allow them to be used in one of three ways: as drive pedals, as preamps feeding into a power amp/loop return, or as DI solutions complete with speaker emulation. Driving Range The whole signal path is analogue and in bypass mode the pedal output is buffered, to side-step the issue of tone loss in complicated pedalboard layouts or when driving long cables. Battery power is possible but these pedals also have a standard 9V input socket and consume 95mA.…

6 min
powerwerks pw3x6bt & pw110 active pa system

The PW3X6BT has an integrated mixer section, which can accommodate two mic/line sources plus a stereo backing-track feed, via either Bluetooth or mini-jack. Most of us are lamenting the scarcity of gigs at the moment, but the prospect of some smaller-scale outdoor events in pub gardens and the like is inching closer, and that’s a scenario for which the Powerwerks PW3X6BT is well suited. It can be used on its own for a solo performer/duo working with backing tracks; it can be used in pairs for stereo operation; or, where more low end is needed, it can be teamed up with one or two of Powerwerks’ matching 10-inch or 12-inch subwoofers. One interesting thing about the PW3X6BT is its column format, which falls somewhere between a conventional box and a line array.…

2 min
why i love... modern instruments

Sam Inglis’s leader regarding vintage gear (SOS February 2021) got me thinking about similar myths which surround vintage saxophones. As every amateur saxophonist knows, the purchase of a vintage instrument will automatically guarantee you’ll sound like your favourite player. Top of your shopping list will probably be the legendary Selmer Mark VI. Henri Selmer founded his company in 1885, and the Mark VI was manufactured by Selmer Paris from 1954 to 1981. It is widely reputed to be the best saxophone ever manufactured, and this misinformation led one of my adult students to pay leg-wetting amounts of cash for a Mark VI tenor. He’d heard it on YouTube. It sounded amazing. Sadly, when he played it, it didn’t. It sounded like a radiator with a mouthpiece attached. Now, don’t get me wrong,…

1 min
get some in

Any typical sample collection should provide more than enough material for the GR-1 to sink its teeth into. All expected audio formats are supported (eg. .WAV, .AIFF, .FLAC, .OGG) and the input is rendered to 44.1kHz, mono on import. The import process is fairly unsophisticated though, with no means of grabbing a section from a long sample or trimming whatever is imported. For a little more control, you might prefer to sample directly, after first connecting one of the recommended USB audio interfaces. Assuming your device is suitable, sampling is pretty painless, even if it lacks the bells and whistles of a regular sampler. The main stipulation is that you must specify sampling time in advance — up to 112 seconds max. I drafted in my Zoom R24 recorder and fed it…

5 min
sony ecm-100 small-diaphragm capacitor microphones

Sony have an enviable reputation for producing high-end microphones, and their range has recently been augmented by two ‘pencil mic’ models: the ECM-100U unidirectional microphone and its ECM-100N omnidirectional counterpart. Both use electret capacitor capsules, which puts them alongside the likes of DPA and Earthworks. Both models are designed with a view to instrument recording in the studio, as well as having a frequency response intended to make the most of high-sample-rate recording. The ECM-100 microphone capsule is designed with a flat response and covers frequencies from 20Hz up to an astonishing 50kHz. This isn’t the first Sony mic to reach such highs — their previous C100, reviewed in February 2018 (see http://sosm.ag/sony-c100), had a similarly extended frequency response, but was even more unusual in that it took a dual-capsule…

14 min
lockdown mixdown making lockdown projects work

The Covid crisis has prompted lots of musicians to get stuck into home recording. As a result, many mix engineers have been tasked with bringing order to unruly lockdown projects! Every mix bring its own challenges, but current circumstances often introduce particular issues. In this article, I’m going to look at some ways of dealing with these, with the help of well-known Cambridge musician Nick Barraclough. Nick went into lockdown with a brand-new copy of Pro Tools, some great songs and a bulging contact book. In most cases, he began by recording his own parts: electric or acoustic guitar, vocals, and sometimes double bass. He then sent the skeleton tracks to collaborators, before stitching together everyone’s contributions. As Nick describes it: “Contributors’ technical abilities ranged from those far more adept than…