The nominations for both the Sound on Sound Awards, and the Music Tech Awards for Gear of the Year have now been announced, and we’re delighted to reveal that fourteen of our brands’ products have been nominated for awards!
Every year Sound on Sound gives it’s readers the chance to decide who will get the coveted top slot in each of the dozens of major product-group categories. Voting takes place through to 30th November, with the results being announced in time for the Winter NAMM show in January (USA) where the awards will be presented to the winners.
The Music Tech awards is another annual event aimed at celebrating the remarkable achievements in music technology. This year, everyone who votes for their favourite products is in with a chance of winning an Origin Aston microphone or a brand new Sontronics SOLO dynamic mic.
So without further ado, let’s have a look at the Time+Space brands and products nominated for an award!
SOS Awards 2018 – (Click here to vote)
BEST MIXERS & MIXING CONTROLLERS
The Console 1 MKII is an integrated hardware/software centrepiece which works in tandem with your DAW. It takes the quick and intuitive workflow of a digital mixer and pairs that with the great sound of an analog Solid State Logic SL 4000 E mixer.
“Softube’s Console 1 brings to your DAW not only the sound of a top-class mixer channel strip, but also its ergonomics. It has the potential to make more of a difference to your mixing process than you’d expect!” – Sound on Sound
BEST MUSIC SOFTWARE
RX 6 is the industry standard audio repair tool that’s been used on countless albums, movies, and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition
“Again iZotope move the RX platform forward to a place ahead of any competition. A truly powerful, innovative and intuitive toolset.” – Future Music Magazine
FabFilter Pro-R takes a musical approach to reverb, offering user-friendly, non-technical controls like Brightness, Character, and Distance to achieve the reverb sound you are looking for
“I believe FabFilter Pro-R is truly groundbreaking! You guys have revolutionized audio plugins. I can’t wait to see what’s next!” – Dave Pensado (Grammy Award-winning mix engineer)
Modelled after the company’s custom analog signal chains, Punish gives you control over Compression, Saturation, Transient Design, EQ, and Limiting. At the heart of it all is the global Punish knob. Simply set your ranges, and use the one knob to dial in the devastation.
“PUNISH is brilliant. Accurate and precise, it can add simple punch to your track or mixes or completely destroy them! It already did wonders on my Analog synth tracks for the Deus Ex Mankind Divided soundtrack!” – Sascha Dikiciyan, Mass Effect 3, Tron: Evolution, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Quake Series
Achieve a clear, well-balanced mix with Neutron’s innovative mixing and analysis tools.
A revolutionary new reverberation approach with unique sonic characteristics.
“A stunning alternative to your usual reverb plugins, whatever the application.” – Computer Music
BEST PERFORMANCE CONTROLLER
The modern production and performance system for intuitive sequencing and track building.
“The Jam has got me excited about Maschine as a deeper production environment again, and I can’t wait to see how the possibilities of this new hardware drive development of the platform.” – Sound on Sound
BEST SOFTWARE INSTRUMENTS
Virtual instrument featuring the largest selection of collector keyboards in the world
“I’m essentially a pianist so I’ve got more or less every piano library known to man (and a V Piano…. AND a real Grand)… but there´s something VERY special about Keyscapes… the clarity, pureness, and detail in the samples is extraordinary…. there are definitely some very special sounds in there. – UK composer, Ty Unwin
Cinematic Studio Strings
Studio Strings is a library bursting with character. Featuring Australia’s finest musicians and meticulously recorded in a world-class scoring stage.
“If you only were to own one string library, this could well be the one to have.” – AskAudio.com
These newly created EastWest MIDI Guitar Instruments, from producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, differ from the current EastWest virtual instruments, which are optimized for keyboards. They have been designed to take advantage of the complex and unique waveforms produced by a guitar’s vibrating strings.
Chris Hein – Solo Violin is a bundle of two fantastic-sounding Solo Violin Instruments.
“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
MusicTech Gear Of The Year 2017 awards – (Click here to vote)
BEST SOFTWARE INSTRUMENTS/LIBRARY
Five kits, all capturing the raw, thunderous tone of classic ‘70s hard rock.
“The overarching theme, though, from the massive-sounding C&C to the tighter, snappier Camco, is one of Bonham-esque power and resonance. Miley’s library of attitude imbued beats rounds the package off nicely.” – Computer Music
BEST ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT
Highly playable pads and atmospheres creator to add emotion and drama to your music with ease.
“What’s perhaps most impressive with Dronar is just how far the playback engine can take its original sample source and in how many directions. There are delicate pizzicato sounds if you want them and sounds suitable for light melodic passages but, equally, there are full-on bombastic options, creepy atmospheres, pulsing rhythms and super-scary screeches. In short, lots to keep the media composer happy for many a cue. […] A very cool product and a very competitive price.” – Sound on Sound
Recorded at the famous Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios, NOVO is a world-class, deeply sampled orchestral strings instrument.
“I’m pretty blown away by this. It’s extremely powerful. It sounds fantastic. […] An inspiring and awesome instrument.” – SampleLibraryReview
We hope you join us in wishing the best of luck to all our nominees!