Issue 181 - ON SALE NOW! 2006

We´ve rounded up 26 sets of monitors and put them head to head in a group test - vital reading before you purchase any new monitors. This month also sees the review of Ableton Live 6 and its Sampler. We talk to Bonobo and The Remote to talk technique and show us their studio. The November issue is on sale now from WH Smith and all other good newsagents, and is packed full of quality features to help you make the most of your music. Here´s what else is in store...


All the latest industry and product news, featuring regulars such as Tech Angst, and Lee Scratch Perry is on our radar. This month´s classic album is 808 States´s Newbuild.


We´ve a fantastic array of reviews this month, including the massive monitor roundup where six top producers compare and contrast 26 sets of speakers. We also look at Ableton Live 6 and the Ableton Sampler. The Creamware Prodyssey also gets tested and we go wireless with M-Audio´s MidAir 25 wireless MIDI controller. We also check out the Dave Smith Mono Evolver synth and put it on test.

The Great Monitor Group Test

Ableton Live 6

Ableton Live Sampler

Creamware Prodyssey ASB

Modartt Pianoteq

M-Audio MidAir 25

Dave Smith Mono Evolver

…AND the album reviews!

…AND the mini reviews!


This month we interview Bonobo, where the off-kilter musician explains his studio technique and guides us through his third album. The Remote also takes us through their methods of producing and arranging and both interviews have exclusive DVD footage. We also meet up with Judge Jules and introduce The Pinkertones.


The next instalment in our guide to creating a pro-sounding Rock track develops into vocal recording. Steve Evans explains the vital process of getting your vocals just right. While our Get Better Vocals feature gives you advice on picking right vocalist - to diva, or not to diva?

Studio Essentials shows you how to tweak your Mac or PC to perfection and stop problems before they start.


Got money to burn? Well then you´ve come to the right place! Our Buyer´s Charts tell you the best products to buy in a variety of different categories to ensure that you spend your money wisely. This month, we take a look at the best guitar effects, keyboards, three of the best, microphones and tell you how to stand out from the crowd!



In the studio with Bonobo: He shows us all of his tricks in his great little studio complete with alpine views. We also meet The Remote, who show us some creative secrets in the studio.


Platinum Samples

1,000 Acoustic Samples, from harmoniums to melodicas - all the off the wall acoustic instrument samples you´ll ever need.

Rock Production Masterclass

Steve Evans continues his masterclass. This month he´s explaining how to get killer vocals.


An arcade machine turned into a controller for Ableton Live - we meet the creator, Jnr Savage, who talks us through building the coin-op performance beast.

Plus all the usual Reader Demos and more!