Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Drumagog 5 receives MusicTech Choice Award

Drumagog has always been a product championed by professionals but the new version 5 of the software is now receiving critical acclaim from the press and has won this month's MusicTech magazine's Choice Award.
It's host of new features, improved interface and exceptional sound quality have led MusicTech's reviewer, Mark Cousins, to state: "Drumagog 5 is easily the most accurate and effective drum replacement tool available" - High praise indeed!

Now, while this is no new news to us it's nice to see it in black and white, especially when it's lauded as "an essential tool for anyone working with drum kit recordings". Nice!

Check out the full review in this month's MusicTech or get the lowdown from the Sonic8 Drumagog 5 page - You can also purchase from there or from your local dealer.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

iLok2 Now Available

Sonic8 Limited are proud to announce the release of iLok2 the new version of the iLok.

iLok2 is smaller than the original iLok. It’s shiny, sleek, and black with a bright blue LED band that lights up when it is plugged in to a working USB port. It’s stronger, more durable, and typically holds over 5 times the licenses. If you’re more into form factor, it’s shiny and has a cool blue light!

iLok2 was designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of both users and software publishers and has addressed issues raised by users to create the ultimate in copy protection.

The iLok2 typically holds over 500 licenses but depending on the type of licenses you own, the iLok2 may hold far more. With this increase in capacity, you can carry more licenses with you than ever before.

With iLok2 you can have both original iLoks and iLok2’s in your account (at at the same time. The new version is backward-compatible with the original iLok, the only exception is the discontinued License Card slot. You can download new licenses and move licenses between iLoks of either type registered to your account using's Move Licenses utility. You can also transfer licenses from either type of iLok to a different account using the Transfer Licenses utility, subject to software publisher restrictions.

iLok2 can be protected with Zero Downtime protection just like the original iLok.

iLok2 features:
• Typically 5 times the number of licenses of the original iLok.
• A smaller size (as requested by users), iLoks can now be inserted side by side in adjacent USB ports.
• Even tougher construction.
• Customization. You can add your own custom labelling underneath a protective sleeve. Add stickers, photos etc. It’s your iLok, customize it! You can download templates to make your own custom labels from

iLok2 represents a significant step forward in protection for software licenses and is now even more portable, convenient and durable than ever before.

Sonic8 Limited - Professional Audio Distribution

Friday, 26 November 2010

Sonic8 Limited Distribute Gen16 by Zildjian

Sonic8 Limited are proud to announce that we've recently been appointed distributor of the Gen16 range of products by Zildjian.

Gen16 is the home of the most groundbreaking acoustic-electric percussion products – advanced music and sound technologies that enhance the quality of musicians' life through better performance, recording, and teaching tools.

Zildjian call these products Intelligent Percussion.

Gen16's Intelligent Percussion is a new generation of tools and technologies. Gen16 users include not just drummers and percussionists, but also artists and musicians, producers and engineers, educators, students and hobbyists. Gen16 Intelligent Percussion is equally at home in live performance, recording and project studios, film and TV composition, houses of worship and other multi-media oriented fields.

While electronic drums and drum sampling software are not new, Gen16's Intelligent Percussion takes these genres to an entirely new level. Gen16 products will fundamentally change the ways in which musicians approach and interact with acoustic and electronic percussion. In short, Gen16 Intelligent Percussion will change the way you think about making music.

For more information on the available products check out the Gen16 page at

Raffle Raffle Raffle

Sonic8 Limited provided the prizes for the Raffle at the Music Producers Guild AGM this year.

The winners walked away with Synth Squad and BFD2 with B.O.M.B. from FXpansion. Along with quality products from other manufacturers.

From left to right the raffle winners were...

Andrew Hunt, Tony Platt, Sarah Yule (on behalf of Haydn Bendall), Paul Smith and Phil Da Costa.

We wish all the winners the very best and hope that Tony who won the Synth Squad (and has worked with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley) and Paul who won the BFD's can make good use of them on their next productions.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Antares Mic Mod EFX

Here at Sonic8 we like superb products and we like to think we've got a fair few.. We uses them and abuse them just to see what they can do.

Every now and then a product comes along that makes us stand back and say "WOW!" MicMod EFX is one of those products...

If you've no idea what Mic Mod is then here's the lowdown:

Mic Mod EFX is a Classic Microphone Modeler

In essence if you've ever wished for an extensive collection of exotic mics but shuddered at the cost, then Mic Mod EFX is the plug-in for you as it can make the mics you own can sound like the mics you wish you owned!

Mic Mod EFX uses Anatres' Spectral Shaping Tool technology, they've've created precise digital models of over 120 mics, including a wide variety of desireable classic and exotic microphones. Just tell Mic Mod EFX what microphone you are actually using and what microphone you'd like it to sound like and boom! Instant classic! It's as simple as that.

For more detailed information on what it can do check out the Mic Mod EFX page on our website. Or get over to your local Antares Dealer

If thst wasn't enough to whet your appetite we're offering it for the introductory price of £89.99 (down from £119.99) until 31st of December..

The "Don't Sue Us!" Disclaimer: All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The manufacturer names and model designations are used solely to identify the microphones analyzed in the development of our digital models and do not in any way imply any association with or endorsement by any of the named manufacturers. This product is not guaranteed to produce, and will not necessarily produce, audio results that are consistent with or match audio results that could be achieved using any of the referenced microphone models.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Get Auto-Tune EFX at a great Low Price

Get Auto-Tune EFX for Only $70! 
We've Lowered the MSRP of Auto-Tune EFX for the Month of October. See Your Antares Dealer to Pick Up Your Copy at the Lowest Price Ever.

Auto-Tune EvoFor the month of October, we've temporarily lowered the MSRP of Auto-Tune EFX, making what was already a great value absolutely irresistible. Just head on down to your local Antares dealer and pick up a copy of Auto-Tune EFX for as low as £75 (estimated street price in the UK).  

Auto-Tune EFX is the quickest, easiest, most affordable tool for real-time pitch correction and creating the signature vocal sound of our time, the Auto-Tune Vocal Effect (the T‑Pain/Cher‑style effect).

Powered by the same ground-breaking Evo™ Voice Processing Technology as Antares' industry-standard Auto‑Tune Evo, Auto‑Tune EFX makes genuine Antares pitch processing accessible to anyone engaged in computer-based audio recording.  

You can learn more about Auto-Tune EFX here. Then visit your Antares dealer and get your own copy at a great low price. Remember, this deal is only available for the month of October, so don't procrastinate.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Come and meet Sonic8 at Producer Sessions Live

Sonic8 willl be at the new Producer Sessions Live event held at SAE college in London this weekend. On the 25th and 26th you can come and see us, alongside FXpansion and Rebeat Digital, exhibiting our latest products and giving exclusive demonstrations.

Over the two days at SAE audio engineering school in London, Producer Sessions Live will be hosting intimate production tutorials and lectures from some of the biggest names in Electronic music. They’ll be deconstructing their tracks, taking questions and giving you expert tips.

The current list of confirmed artists are:

James Hockley
Steve Mac
Jon Carter & Alex Blanco
Dave Spoon
Tommy D
Danny Byrd

And others yet to be confirmed








Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Daily Express Auto-Tune video featuring Sonic8

As distributors of Antares Auto-Tune, Sonic8 are often called upon to answer questions regarding this industry standard application but it's unusual to catch us on camera....

In this article and video by the Daily Express we see Director Robert Morgan-Males interviewed at The Limehouse Recording Studio, London while reporter Sophie Donnelly tries her hand at using Auto-Tune with Del Gibbons at the controls.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Auto-Tune Gate!

The scandall that's rocked the TV talent show world has spilled over to the mainstream media, even Jon Snow's having a go at using Auto-Tune himself now.. And he's actually not that bad... Simon Cowell, you might have a new contestant! 

This one doesn't look like it's going away in a hurry. The Xfactor boss was quoted in the Daily Mirror saying that 'the sh** has hit the fan' and was "shocked about the fans' reaction and wanted to do something straight away" so has banned the use of the product on the XFactor...

Will we now get an idea how bad (or good) they really are... Will this mean the end for the X Factor brand now the public have lost confidence? Who knows!

Sonic8 Limited have even been interviewed about the issue this week, acting as a voice of reason our director Robert Morgan-Males stated on the PM show on Radio 4 " about 90% of chart material may have been auto-tuned but it's used so subtley that you'd not notice it". 

Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field
Even Robbie Williams has been quoted saying "Everybody uses Auto-Tune these days. Have you got a spellcheck on your computer? Why, can't you spell?" 

We'll be posting the rest of the fall-out from this as develops....

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Auto Tune X Factor

According to the BBC today X Factor bosses have admitted using vocal enhancement processes on the hit ITV talent show.
Artists such as Gamu Nhengu, G&S and Shirleena Johnson all show signs of "autotune moments" according to Future Music editor Daniel Griffiths.
As the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Iberia and DACH distributors of Auto Tune, Sonic8 Limited are keeping a close eye on this story as it unfolds.
Click here for the full story about the X Factor Auto Tune episode from the BBC

Click here to check Gamu Nhengu's  performance for yourself.  You'll also see a post by a disgruntled viewer saying:

"Cannot believe they autotuned her, listen to the words 'door' and 'telephone' and its very clear. Shes so good aswell, but obviously the producers of xfactor didnt think she was good enough..."

It's going to be interesting to watch the fallout from this and we'll keep you posted on the developments.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Bias Sizzling Summer Specials

BIAS have launched four compelling new promos for the long hot summer (fingers crossed). The promos entail additional free product at no charge when you purchase select BIAS products between July 10 and August 31, 2010. Simply use the online rebate form to request your free product, and it'll be delivered as a download:

Buy Peak Pro 6 - Get Free DDP Export

Customers purchasing new retail editions of Peak Pro 6 — the award-winning audio editing, mastering, and delivery application exclusively for Mac OS X — are eligible to receive a free DDP Export Extension. The Disc Description Protocol (DDP) Export extension allows fully compliant DDP 2 files sets to be exported directly from Peak Pro 6. This valuable addition ensures accurate reproduction of pre-masters designed for commercial replication as well as compatibility with high-end digital audio workstations and CD replication systems used by major labels and production studios worldwide.

Buy Peak LE 6 - Get Free SoundSoap LE

Peak LE 6 offers many core features from the award winning stereo recording, editing, CD mastering, and delivery software exclusive for Mac OS X. Customers purchasing new retail editions of Peak LE 6 will be eligible to receive a special edition of SoundSoap — our popular audio restoration plug-in — at no additional charge for a limited time. SoundSoap LE offers the same audio cleaning power as the standard edition, while its compatibility is simply limited to running within Peak on Mac OS X. The addition of SoundSoap LE makes Peak LE 6 an amazing value for an all in one Mac-based audio restoration and mastering suite. Whether restoring recordings from vinyl LPs and tapes, cleaning up audio from an iLife project, authoring loops, editing dialog, or mastering songs — Peak LE and SoundSoap LE deliver quality results at an unparalleled price.     

Buy SoundSoap Pro 2 - Get Master Perfection Suite Free (or vice-versa)

Customers purchasing SoundSoap Pro 2 or Master Perfection Suite — both powerful audio plug-in suites for AU, RTAS/AS, and VST hosts on Mac and Windows — may receive the complementing product at no additional charge. SoundSoap Pro 2 is the critically acclaimed high-end edition of the company's popular SoundSoap audio restoration software and features additional parameter controls while integrating four comprehensive restoration tools in a single plug-in — including adaptive noise reduction (ANR), a powerful broadband dynamic noise reduction technology added in version 2 and lacking in most competing solutions.
Master Perfection Suite is a powerful collection of six plug-ins designed for mixing, mastering, and sound design including; Reveal (7-tool analysis suite), Sqweez-3 & -5 (linear-phase multi-band dynamics), Repli-Q (linear-phase spectral matching), PitchCraft (pitch correction/transposition), SuperFreq (4,6,8 & 10-band paragraphic EQ), and GateEx (gate with downward expander). The combination of SoundSoap Pro and Master Perfection Suite at effectively 50% off represents an astonishing value for anyone interested in enhancing their audio production workflow.

Buy Any Single MPS Plug-in, Get One Free

All six plug-ins from Master Perfection Suite are also available separately — customers purchasing any one of them may receive an additional single Master Perfection Suite plug-in of equal or lesser value at no additional charge through this special promo for a limited time.

For more information on these deals please contact your local BIAS dealer or go to the BIAS product page at


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Auto-Tune hits the big Time!

We just heard that TIME magazine have selected "Auto-Tune the News" as one of the all-time top 50 YouTube videos. You can reorganize the list, so make sure to check it out!

Auto-Tune The News in Time Magazine

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Elektron Announce Octatrack — Creative & Timeless Sampling

Announced at Music Messe this week is the long anticipated new unit from Elektron:

The Octatrack is designed to revolutionize the concept of sampling. Recording sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. Loops are now completely elastic. Cut up and rearrange them in real time. They will always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. Single sounds can be molded into any shape or form. The static nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.

The Compact Flash card allows for huge amounts of samples to be constantly accessible. The USB port is ideal when transfering sample libraries between your computer and the Octatrack. The optical fader can be assigned to any of the parameters, adding a wealth of live control possibilities.

8 stereo tracks | 4 audio inputs | 4 audio outputs | Separate Headphone Output | USB 2.0 port | Compact Flash Card Reader | Optical Fader | Improved Elektron Sequencer | Realtime pitch shift and time stretch | Real Time Sampling | 2 Effect blocks per track

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sonic8 Take on E-MU distribution.

Sonic8 Limited would like to announce that we have just been appointed UK and Ireland distributors of e-mu systems.

E-MU Systems are renowned worldwide for their samplers and their use of sampling and digital audio technologies. They are a leading developer of digital audio products to serve musicians and audio professionals. They design and manufacture audio/MIDI interfaces, software instruments, USB/MIDI controllers and powered reference monitors, many of which make use of proprietary VLSI/Chip technology and E-MU's advanced software algorithms.

Some folks think E-MU Systems was born in the early eighties in an old Victorian house in, California. In fact, E-MU Systems was started in 1971, in a fifties-era house a few blocks away. The story goes that they decided to try to build their own synthesizer and the electronics suppliers kept asking for a company name, so they decided on E-MU Systems (pronounced 'Ee-myoo'), which of course are the first syllables in 'Electronic Music'.

E-MU's very first prototype was called the Black Mariah and in the summer of 1972, E-MU moved to Santa Clara and officially opened its doors. It was April of 1973 when the first E-MU modular synthesizer was sold. It wasn’t until 1981 when the Emulator I started E-MU down a long and storied road of digital instruments and technologies that continue to be developed to this day. Many of these instruments, like the SP-1200 and Proteus 1, have fundamentally changed the way the world makes music today, and E-MU continues to develop new products and technologies that will inspire great music into the future.

Click here a product history timeline

Sonic8 Limited are proud to be working alongside such an innovative manufacturer who have pushed the boundaries of electronic music and recording for so long.

Monday, 8 March 2010


CME has marked the success of the Bitstream 3X by launching a 'new look'
version in Ivory which will be displayed on CME's booth at Musikmesse.
Bitstream 3X is renowned for its stable operation and CME are offering a 3
year warranty on Bitstream 3X Ivory. Production starts immediately.

"3X" stands for "3 Axis" because the Bitstream 3X features full control over
three different Axes - X, Y and Z. A joystick allows control over two (X and
Y), while a ribbon controller is used for the Z axis.

The Bitstream 3X Ivory is fully programmable and is perfect for controlling
Virtual Instruments, DAW, and other MIDI hardware. This compact desk-top
unit includes 35 knobs, 8 sliders, 16 buttons, a joystick a cross-fader and
infra-red controller.  It includes more than 13,000 presets for popular
samplers, synthesizers, and software including Propellerheads Reason and
Rebirth, Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor,
Traktor, Kontakt, and Absynth, Fruity Loops and more. An 8 track motion
sampler, transport functions, and a large LCD display round out this
versatile unit.

Digital DJ's will love the MIDI Cross fader and the 8 track motion sampler
allows automated recording of the movements of the knobs, joystick, cross
fader and ribbon controller.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

CME Bitstream 3x Super MIDI controller is now compatible with Windows 7

The CME Bitstream 3x Super MIDI controller has now been tested under the Windows 7 Operating System.

CME have confirmed that trials have been successfully carried out.

Bitstream 3x is a totally unique programmable MIDI controller with 35 knobs, eight sliders, 16 buttons, a joystick, a crossfader and a ribbon controller, the Bitstream 3X is the only 3-axis (X, Y, and Z) controller. You'll have total hands-on control of your DAW software and MIDI hardware.

CME Bitstream 3X MIDI Controller Features:
  • Hands-on MIDI controls
  • Unique dual-axis analog joystick, ribbon controller, and crossfader
  • 35 knob, 8 sliders, 16 buttons
  • Transport functions
  • Automated MIDI controls
  • Built-in programmable LFO
  • 8-track motion sampler for recording all controller movements
  • Enhanced arpeggiator
  • Large backlit graphic display
  • 13,000 presets for a huge variety of synths and software
  • USB compatible
  • 100 snapshot scenes

Monday, 25 January 2010


The 2010 NAMM Show saw the fifth anniversary of British microphone brand Sontronics, who released five new products as well as plenty of positive news.

Sontronics are distributed by Sonic8 in Benelux where their popularity is growing and growing.

"It's been a great year for Sontronics," says Sontronics founder, designer and MD Trevor Coley, "and we've seen fantastic growth, The brand is getting more recognition all round the world thanks to great support from our worldwide distributors and from the MI press."

After five years of success, Sontronics continues to grow with the release of 5 new products:

SATURN multi-pattern condenser,
• STC-10
pencil condenser,
• STC-20
large-diaphragm condenser,
STC-2X omni/cardioid condenser
ST-PAD/PHASE inline switch

Like all of Sontronics' microphones, they have been designed and developed in the UK and, unlike many NAMM announcements, they'll all be in the shops within a couple of months.

"SATURN is the big news and it certainly turned plenty of heads at the NAMM Show," says Trevor. "It's inspired by the classic vocal mics of the 1940s and 50s, and while I originally designed it for vocals, it actually gives brilliant results on anything you put it in front of. It's been road-tested over the last year by various artists, producers and educators including Flood and Alan Moulder, and everyone's said it's an incredible all-rounder."

The other new mics are inspired by two Sontronics best-sellers, the STC-1 pencil condenser and STC-2 large-diaphragm condenser. "These continue to be popular," begins Trevor, "but we wanted to create something even more affordable. The STC-10 and STC-20 give users the first-class sound reproduction and top-quality build they associate with Sontronics products combined with a realistic price they can afford.
"At the same time I also wanted to push the potential of STC-2 so we've created the STC-2X featuring cardioid AND omnidirectional polar patterns plus a two-stage pad (-10/-20dB) and a two-stage filter (75/150Hz)." Available in silver or black, the STC-2X comes with a shockmount in an aluminium flightcase.

Sontronics has also released a four-pack of its most popular mic, the STC-80 dynamic. "We found that many users were buying four or five STC-80s to use for vocals and guitar amps on stage and in the studio," explains Trevor, "so to save people carrying four flightcases around, we now do a set of four STC-80s in a single flightcase with an extra saving on the full price."

Finally, Sontronics has launched the ST-PAD/PHASE switch. "We know some people using our ribbon mics have needed an attentuation control when miking very loud sound sources, especially if they don't have the feature on a desk or audio interface. The ST-PAD/PHASE is an inline switch with two -10dB attenuation/pad controls (giving a total of -20dB) plus a 180° phase invert control, useful for dual-miking snare drums.

Five years of success and five new products (with more to come later in the year) all add up to being a fantastic year for the British mic brand that everyone's talking about!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

WaveMachine Labs Announce Drumagog 5

drumagog 5 announced
WaveMachine Labs, the industry leader in drum replacement technology, is excited to announce the next major Drumagog release, Drumagog 5. Available in the first quarter of 2010, Drumagog 5 represents more than two years of design and development. Drumagog 5 is the next evolution in drum replacement technology.  Adding exciting new features to an industry standard, Drumagog 5 leads drum replacement into the next decade.

New Features include:
  • Auto-Align 2.0 - A collaboration between WaveMachine Labs and Fraunhofer (inventors of the MP3 format) has resulted in a revolutionary new alignment algorithm. Drumagog now has the most accurate triggering available.
  • Direct Plugin Hosting - Play any virtual instrument from within Drumagog. Plugins like BFD2, Kontakt, and Superior Drummer are inserted directly into Drumagog to allow a virtually unlimited sample palette. (Platinum version only)
  • Redesigned graphic interface – Streamlined control and easier sample editing.
  • Support for multiple room samples - The Gog format now allows for different room sounds and mics. Simply dial in the amount of room desired.
  • Auto Hi-Hat Tracking - automatically detects the hi-hat pedal position (open/closed)
Wave machine labs have also announced a brand new iPhone app, Voice Band.  This cool app lets you create entire songs with only your voice (guitar, bass, synth, drums and more).  It features innovative pitch and timing extraction algorithms which turn your voice into a musical instrument in real time.  Just sing a melody to create a song!

A built-in recorder lets you create songs one instrument at a time. Voice Band works in real time as you sing, and includes ten instruments: two electric guitars, bass, saxophone, two synthesizers, organ and drums.  Voice Band also allows you to jam along with your favorite tunes in your iPod library.

They've also added a built-in effects processor with reverb, delay and distortion, auto pitch correction with multiple key signatures and scales, and a metronome.

Voice Band is especially powerful as a song writing aid, allowing musicians to sing song ideas directly into the phone and hear those ideas come alive as real instruments.

Great Stuff!

Friday, 15 January 2010

FXpansion Announce BFD Nano at NAMM

Fxpansion have just announced that they'll be releasing BFD Nano in the near future..

Here's the details:

An easy but powerful software instrument for acoustic drums

BFD Nano is a streamlined, fun and affordable software instrument for acoustic drums, based on the award-winning BFD2 engine. Optimized for flexibility and power while being incredibly easy to use, BFD Nano is provided with an extensive built-in library of drum sounds and patterns, and is also compatible with the wide range of FXpansion and 3rd-party add-on expansions.

BFD Nano gives you easy access to the some of the best sounds in the BFD2 library, recorded at London's Air Studios. The included sounds are full of dramatic levels of detail and mojo... Anything but sterile, BFD Nano is imbued with a musical character that sets it apart from the homogenized, flat sounds found elsewhere.

Included are over 40 presets that showcase BFD Nano's powerful, punchy-sounding mixing section. The EQ and dynamics/effect processing allow you to sculpt the raw sounds and lush stereo ambience for any situation. DCAM circuit-modelled compression, filtering and drive provide hardware-style tone and grit, while Overloud's Breverb plate algorithm can be used for artificial reverb effects.

BFD Nano also contains a Groove section containing over 1500 drum patterns to drag into your DAW, or to sequence on the built-in Drum Track. Preview patterns in sync with your project and use the humanization effects to adjust the feel to your needs. You can even export a stereo mixdown from the Groove engine - ideal for loops and breakbeats.

Other advanced features that set BFD Nano apart from the competition are its customizable keymapping, electronic drum support, the ability to combine kit-pieces from different expansion libraries, and an interface perfectly balanced between ease of use and powerful flexibility. BFD Nano also can be upgraded to BFD2 - both are fully preset-compatible to enable a seamless transition.

This looks like it's going to be a great addition to an already strong line-up... Nice one guys, keep up the good work!

More info on this can be found at

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Sonic8 Brands at NAMM

Just in case you're at the NAMM show this week here's where you'll find our brands exhibiting:
You never know you might even meet us as we'll be visiting these stands over the next few days.

For more information on NAMM 2010 visit

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Sonic8 off to NAMM

Representives from Sonic8 UK&I, Benelux and DACH will be at the NAMM show this week... Do say hi if you see us there.