Voting is now open for the Sound on Sound Awards 2017! That time of the year has come around again where the public get an opportunity to take part in one of the biggest audio software and hardware competitions in the world. Last year Time+Space were very proud to take home the Sound on Sound Outstanding Marketing Award.
Just as all other years, voters are immediately entered into a prize draw; this year the prize being an Apollo 8 audio interface and a Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate DSP co-processor, both from the prestigious Universal Audio, worth over £3000 in total!
This year, the competition is as tough as ever, with a huge range of industry leading products being split into 18 different categories and we were very happy to see that 13 of our products have been nominated. We were particularly pleased to see Gothic Instruments DRONAR as a nominee as they are a new brand for 2016, and whose first product, DRONAR Hybrid Module, is Time+Space’s best selling title of 2016 so far, closely followed by the recently released DRONAR Guitarscapes. This innovative soundscapes and atmospheres generator has also received very positive feedback from users and press. Check out DRONAR Hybrid Module and our other nominees below:
Best Instrument Category
A powerful and revolutionary piece of sound creating software that has taken 2016 by storm. The possibilities are endless with this module with the ability to create rich, dramatic, complex and evolving atmospheres with a set of controls designed to invite deep exploration, expression and discovery. The interface and controls have been meticulously designed to make it easy to use, yet at the same time extremely effective – choose from one of the 300 never-before-heard presets or build your own and you’re on your way to making an atmospheric masterpiece.
“DRONAR is difficult to ignore, offering as it does a significant chunk of finely-produced, often luxurious material at a very reasonable price. Whether you´re into dark drones or questing for the ultimate pad, ambience or tripped-out cinematic moodgasm, it comes highly recommended.” – Sound on Sound
A brilliantly produced reverse instrument suite and the first of its kind. Create a whole new world of audio in reverse with the 1000+ presets including synths, real instruments, multilayered organic pads, loops, rises, pulses, swells, stutters and more.
“the Output team have done things their own way, creating high-quality original sounds and sound-editing tools which will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration for sound designers and composers” – Sound on Sound
A huge library of over 10,000 sounds makes this virtual synth one of the best and biggest of its generation. The innovative features such as the wavetable synthesis, polyphonic LFO and granular synthesis all add up to make this a one-of-a-kind synthesizer.
“With new sounds numbering in their thousands and a search facility that delivers the inspirational as a matter of routine, upgrading still seems like a no-brainer to me, whether you care for the technical advances or not. The best software, just got better” – Sound on Sound
A cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard, which features authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands. The flexibilty with this synth is incredible and has a very hands on interface, a leader in the world of virtual modular synthesis.
“Softube Modular is a revolutionary virtual modular synthesizer. I finally have a way to patch and experiment on the go with my laptop. So far its been incredibly fun, and I am looking forward to all the new modules they will add!” – Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)
As one of the world’s most popular and successful drum plug-ins, the practical features and fresh user interface of EZDrummer 2 make your tracks come alive and sound so convincingly realistic that you won’t be able to tell the difference. The groove library is organized in a ballad, halftime, mid-tempo and up-tempo structure and covers swing and/or straight variations in a number of styles and time signatures.
“All in all, for me, this is just about the perfect update to the world´s most popular virtual drummer instrument.” – Dave Lockwood, Sound on Sound Editorial Director
A 109 piece orchestra featuring the finest players in the UK, under your fingertips, used the world over by A-listers wanting a quick, inspiring compositional and sketching tool.
“It achieves it´s mission of giving users all the essential tools used to make modern epic cinematic music very well.” – Sound on Sound
Experience the most dynamic collection of Modern Scoring Tools ever assembled. With over 12GB of production-ready instruments in an inspiring new interface, GRAVITY delivers a stunning sound and visual aesthetic. Get Pulled In and make the Heavyocity sound your own.
“Huge–sounding hits, impacts, trails, whooshes and stings, monster crescendo risers and an atmospheric set of eerie and powerful pads can be combined and blended in an infinite number of ways. Throw in the sophisticated Motion sequencer and some great effects, and you have one of the most flexible and configurable libraries you’re likely to encounter.”- Sound on Sound
High-grade sound quality and incredibly realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments. You receive over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations, four different legato transitions as well as extensive phase-alignment of all samples to guarantee smooth inaudible crossfades of up to eight velocity layers.
“Should you feel the urge, deep editing facilities are available for every parameter under the sun, but I´d personally rather get on with playing this excellent, supremely adaptable instrument.” – Sound on Sound
And in the Best Software Plug-in category…
Renowned and versatile mastering software, with an essential, complex set of tools that allow you to go into depth and make your master sound perfect. With hundreds of professionally designed presets and the all new vintage modules, there are no limits to what you can do with this product!
“Ozone 7 is a worthwhile evolutionary step up from previous versions, notable not only for the sonic capabilities of the various modules, but also for its wealth of excellent display and metering options. Having some new vintage flavours to bring into the picture is very welcome, as is the addition of Codec Preview.” – Sound on Sound
A creative multi-effects plugin that enables you to shape and manipulate your voice to create electronic vocal textures, robot sounds, computerized harmonies, vocoder and talkbox effects, and thick octaves or doubles. The four re-synthesis engines: Vocoder, Talkbox, Polyvox, and Compuvox along with expressive vocal effects and simple, high impact controls, an expansive array of vocal potential awaits.
“A terrific multi-functional voice-synthesizing plug-in that’s a pleasure to use.” – Sound on Sound
A beat detection-based downward and upward compressor/expander and gate. By selectively applying gain to single drum beats, Drum Leveler easily achieves the desired target level for each beat without affecting bleed noise or any beats that are out of the user-defined processing range.
“Drum Leveler is an innovative and user-friendly processor, and is capable of transparently adjusting the level of drum hits in a way that often isn’t possible with conventional compressors.” –Sound on Sound
Unmix Drums is the world’s first audio plugin that allows attenuating or boosting drums in mixed music, in real-time. Whether used on a full mix or on a drum bus, Unmix Drums can be used to shape and enhance the impact of your drums in a unique new way.
“It amazes me that this plug-in is able to achieve so much while doing so little damage to non-drum audio.” – Paul White, Sound on Sound
Best Performance Controllers Category
A brilliantly designed MIDI controller that intergrates fully with Komplete 11, Komplete Select or Komplete Ultimate to give you unprecedented control and take advantage of the revolutionary instruments of Komplete.
“The ultimate keyboard for Maschine or Komplete users.”- Sound on Sound
Good luck to all of our nominees!
Place your votes now on the SOS awards website! Voting closes 30th November 2016.