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Reviews

WSADK Z49

Valve Capacitor Microphone

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ADK have tackled Neumann’s M49 before — but in this Custom Shop model, they’ve really pushed the boat out. Is it worth the extra cost?

WSAllen & Heath Qu24

Digital Mixing Console

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Allen & Heath’s Qu series goes from strength to strength, with the latest offering more I/O, more faders and more mix groups.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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I do like a gadget, and at a show in Rome last week something shiny caught my eye.

WSArturia Vox Continental V

Software Instrument

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Arturia have pointed their considerable modelling experience at recreating a ‘60s classic.

WSAudio Interfaces: The HDX Factor

Spotlight

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There are many companies making interfaces for Pro Tools HDX systems these days — but straying from the Avid path carries some risks.

WSAudio Spillage Drum Spillage 2

Drum Synth Software For Mac OS

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Drum Spillage 2 lets you get down and dirty with synthesized drum sounds.

WSCrane Song & Dave Hill Plug-ins

Tape, Vinyl & Distortion Plug-ins For Pro Tools

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When a top hardware expert turns his attention to plug-in design, the results are a bit special.

WSDangerous Music Compressor

Dual-channel Compressor

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The Dangerous world of dynamics processing promises plenty of pleasant surprises.

WSEBS ValveDrive DI

Bass DI & Overdrive Pedal

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Could this thoughtfully designed bass front-end be the answer to every bassist’s stage and studio prayers

Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine

Organ Emulation Effects Pedal

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Is EHX’s latest pedal perfect for guitarists who want to pull out all the stops?

WSGreiner Engineering Tools Sum.mation

Analogue Mixer With DAW Plug-in Control

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If you use outboard gear with your DAW, this could be just what the doctor ordered.

WSHeadway EDM1 & EDB2

Acoustic Instrument Preamps

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Headway’s portable preamps are designed to help you get the best possible sound from your acoustic instrument, whatever it may be.

WSHow Effective Are Portable Vocal Booths?

Screen Tests

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Portable acoustic screens are designed to make it possible to record good–sounding vocals almost anywhere. We put this claim to the test!

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Screen Tests

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WSKorg SDD 3000

Digital Delay Processor

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A modern stompbox take on a classic digital delay unit — what’s not to like?

WSLewitt MTP 840 DM & MTP 940 CM

Hand-held Vocal Microphones

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Lewitt have made some fine impressions in the studio world with their innovative mic designs. Can they do the same for the stage?

WSMeterPlugs Meter

Metering Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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An oft–overlooked advantage of analogue working methods is sensible metering. MeterPlugs’ K–Meter brings the same approach to your DAW.

WSPhoenix Audio Nicerizer Junior

Analogue Summing Mixer

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The Nicerizer Junior aims to offer what analogue still does best — subtle, yet pleasing warmth and distortion.

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Analogue Summing Mixer

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Playback

Reader's music reviewed

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This month we review releases from Dreamlake, Jimmy Brewer and Phillip Sandifer.  

WSRecording Music On Location

Book Review

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Recording on location presents many challenges: this book will help you meet them.

WSRoland System 1

Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

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The System 1 is a fully fledged synthesizer in its own right, but it can also assume the identity of Roland classics using its built–in ‘plug–out’ technology.

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WSScuffham S-Gear 2.4

Amp Simulator For Mac OS & Windows

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Two contrasting new virtual amplifiers and a reverb add to the appeal of Scuffham Amps’ virtual amp simulator.

WSSonic Farm Silkworm

Microphone Preamplifier

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This 500–series preamp boasts huge tonal versatility.

WSSpitfire Audio Mural Symphonic Strings

Sample Library

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Spitfire Audio enter deep symphonic waters with their latest string library.

WSSteinberg UR44

USB Audio Interface

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Could Steinberg’s mid–sized USB audio interface provide the perfect package for the home studio and music on the move?

Ueberschall Brasil Nova Primeiro & Brasil Nova Segundo

Sample Library

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Two reviews for the price of one here; Ueberschall’s Brasil Nova Primeiro and Brasil Nova Segundo.

WSUniversal Audio UAD v7.8 Plug-ins

Thermionic Culture Vulture, Valley People Dyna-mite, Tonelux Tilt & Neve 1073

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Universal Audio’s catalogue of virtual vintage plug–ins continues to grow.

Zero-G Extreme Environments

Kontakt Instrument

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Created for Zero-G by producer and composer Si Begg, Extreme Environments is primarily a Kontakt instrument for soundscapes,...

People + Opinion

WSInside Track: Jack White

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jack White, Vance Powell & Joshua V Smith

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For Jack White, analogue recording is not about looking back to the past, but choosing the ideal medium for his art.

Sounding Off

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Why music is better now than it ever has been. Alex Marten asks the question.

Why Pro Studios Matter

Leader

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It is an unfortunate fact of life that the democratisation of music production, much of which is down to the affordability of...

Technique

WSMix Rescue

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Patrizio Cavaliere: Our engineer sorts out the bottom end of a deep–house track.

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Patrizio Cavaliere

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WSPackage Deal

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The plug-ins that come with Pro Tools are more powerful than you might think.

WSPeak Performance

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Get the visual feedback you need with custom metering in Sonar.

WSPushing The Envelope

Ableton Tips & Techniques

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We delve into the mysteries of envelope following in Ableton Live.

WSSession Notes

Blue Rose Code: Recording A Live Show

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We overcome unfriendly acoustics and troublesome spill to capture a memorable gig.

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Blue Rose Code: Recording A Live Show

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WSSide Effects

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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Enjoy the creative possibilities of taking Digital Performer’s bundled plug–ins out of their comfort zone.

WSStudio SOS

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The SOS team visit a community youth centre to help them make the most of their new studio setup.

WSThe Beat Is On

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Nine more ways to kick off your productions in Logic Pro X.

WSThe Eightest & Greatest

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We look at what’s new in the eighth instalment of Reason.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month brush up on your listening skills with Kiesza, Rita Ora, Duke Dumont, Kaiser Chefs and Mr Probz. Plus our Classic Mix - Santana's Smooth featuring Rob Thomas.

WSUnfolding Events

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One lets you apply effects directly to audio Events, opening up innumerable creative possibilities.

WSVCA OK

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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I’ve long wished Steinberg would implement true VCA–style automation in Cubase — it is, for me, a critical...

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The ZIP file of the Cubase 7.5 project template.

Music Business

WSCan The App Save The Album?

Power Apps

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Smartphones and tablets are giving artists new ways to explore multimedia. Does the ‘album app’ have what it takes to rekindle music sales?

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Credits can be a vital resource to the media composer, but they can also be a ball and chain.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Historic studios might hold emotional value for us, but they are, after all, still only buildings.

WSStudio File

Teldex Studios Berlin

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Only a very few studios in the world are capable of accommodating the largest recording gigs.

Sound Advice

Q Are impedance mismatches causing my vocals to sound harsh and aggressive?

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Q Are impedance mismatches causing my vocals to sound harsh and aggressive?

I work in a facility where AES3 110Ω cables...

Q How do I emulate a real drum sound using EZdrummer?

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I’m currently trying to emulate the drum sound on the recent Lower Than Atlantis song ‘Here We Go’ using...

Q How does knowing the key of a song help when mixing?

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Q How does knowing the key of a song help when mixing?Some audio forums are really keen on pitch/frequency charts as an aid to...

Q Why has Paloma Faith's latest track been recorded 'out of tune'?

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Q Why has Paloma Faith’s latest track been recorded ‘out of tune’?

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