March 2015 In This Issue

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Reviews

WS Fredenstein Preamplifier & Compressor

Artistic Series

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These neat little modules offer far better performance than you’d expect at this price. Is there anything not to like?

WSAkai Rhythm Wolf

Analogue Drum Machine & Synthesizer

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Akai break from tradition with their new all–analogue lupine groove–maker.

AKG K812

Open–backed Headphones

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AKG’s new luxury cans represent a big step up in quality from their previous flagship design.

Alan Parsons: Art & Science of Sound Recording

Book Review

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Does Alan Parsons’ latest book add anything useful to his video tutorial series?

WSAmgard Electronics Studio Tweed 20

Valve Guitar Amplifier

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A Fender Tweed Deluxe with a significantly lower noise floor — what’s not to like?

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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iOS / Mac products: Apogee MiC 96k, Jam 96k and The ONE.

WSAPS Coax

Active Coaxial Monitor

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Can Polish speaker makers APS tempt you with their new point-source Coax monitor?

Crane Song Syren

Valve Microphone Preamplifier

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Can you resist the sound of this Syren’s song?

WSCymatic uTrack 24

Multitrack Recorder & Audio Interface

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Newcomers Cymatic look set to revolutionise the world of live recording and playback with this remarkably affordable new device.

WSFishman Fluence

Noiseless Multi-voice Electric Guitar Pickups

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These active, noise-cancelling pickups employ a radical new construction technique and offer not one, but two classic single-coil tones.

Fishman Fluence | Media

Noiseless Multi-voice Electric Guitar Pickups

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Genelec 8010A

Compact Active Monitor Speakers

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Can speakers of this tiny size deliver anything like the signature Genelec sound?

WSiZotope Iris 2

Software Synthesizer

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iZotope have upgraded and expanded their graphical synthesizer Iris. We see what’s new.

Loopmasters Dubstep Onslaught

Multi-format

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Loopmasters have teamed up with the Dubstep Onslaught label for this self–titled set of bass-heavy dubstep samples.

WSMerging Hapi

Networked Audio Interface

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Networked audio is becoming ever more popular and affordable, as with Merging’s Hapi.

WSMicrotech Gefell MD100 & MD110

Dynamic Microphones

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Gefell have long been respected in the studio, and now they’re hoping to tackle the live-sound market, too.

WSMoog Werkstatt ø1

Analogue Synthesizer Kit

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If you fancy learning more about how synths work — and obtaining a cheap Moog into the bargain — the Werkstatt ø1 could be just the thing.

WSNeve 1073 DPX

Dual Microphone Preamplifier

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Just when you thought you’d seen every possible permutation of the 1073 preamp, Neve offer up something a little different.

Opus 3 Analogue Master Tapes

Music Catalogue On Analogue Tape

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Why ‘review’ a record company? Well, I believe that Opus 3 are unique in offering quarter-inch tape copies of their analogue tape masters.

WSPSP L’otary

Rotary Speaker Emulation Plug-in

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Leslie-style rotary speakers are mechanically simple, but sonically complex — hence the attention to detail in PSP’s plug-in recreation.

WSQSC TouchMix 16

Digital Mixer

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The market for tablet-controlled mixers is heating up. Has QSC’s new range got what it takes to fend off the competition?

Radial Engineering Tossover

Variable Frequency Divider

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The Tossover’s thoughtful approach to routing and filtering should leave your processing options limited only by your imagination.

WSResident Audio T4

Thunderbolt Audio & MIDI Interface

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Resident Audio’s mid-price Thunderbolt interface has some nifty tricks up its sleeve.

Resonance Sound Vintage Movie Vocals

WAV Format

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Something remarkable can sometimes happen when vocal samples are used in a track.

Sample Magic Vintage Breaks Vol 5: Retro Drum Fills

Multi-format

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How many of us have been put off from sampling a fantastic drum break on an old record because of the difficulties and cost.

Sample Shop | Media

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These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the March 2015 issue of SOS

sE Electronics sE X1D

Capacitor Instrument Microphone

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With its titanium-sputtered diaphragm, this mic is supposed to respond better to fast transients. We put that theory to the test.

WSSound Radix Drum Leveler

Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Sound Radix’s novel plug-in provides new ways of controlling the dynamics of drum recordings.

WSSpotlight: Hardware Samplers

Keep It Sample, Stupid!

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The hardware sampler market might be dwindling, but it’s not dead yet! Here’s our pick of the currently available options.

WSSteinberg Cubase Pro 8

Digital Audio Workstation Software

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Cubase 8 combines powerful tools from Nuendo with new features such as VCA faders and the ability to render audio in place.

WSSugar Bytes Egoist

Electronic Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Sugar Bytes’ simple but effective production tool helps you turn your ideas into music — fast!

WSViolet Design Maestro & Atomic

Cardioid Capacitor Microphones

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We check out Latvian mic company Violet’s affordable new capacitor models.

Zero–G Whoosh Designer

Kontakt Instrument

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Zero-G have given us bangs, crashes and wallops in thunderous variety with their recent Impact Designer library for Kontakt but now we get Whoosh!

People + Opinion

WSInside Track: Hozier

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Kirwan

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Producer and engineer Rob Kirwan oversaw Hozier’s commercial breakthrough — by concentrating on the least commercial aspects of his music.

Matt Rad Interview (Video)

Interview

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The transition from rock to pop isn't always easy — unless you're Matt Rad. We talk drum recording, Eric Valentine and how to stay relevant in this exclusive video interview.

WSMy Generation: Fifty Years With The Who

Bob Pridden live sound engineer

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We caught up with the man who’s spent nearly half a century in charge of live sound for one of the biggest bands in the world.

New Tricks

Leader

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Recently, I’ve been adapting my studio to create enough space to make videos, with a view to covering review products and recording techniques.

Sounding Off

Music Production lecturer Kate Ockenden asks...

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Are students too far removed from the nuts and bolts of music-making?

Technique

WSFlex Your Loops!

Create Loops That Work At Any Tempo

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Rolling your own loops can breath life into your compositions — especially if they can stretch and shrink on demand.

WSIn The Beginning

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We offer an introduction - or a refresher - to the mysteries of Live.

Media Content - March 2015

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Mix Rescue | Media

Our Engineers Transform Your Tracks

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WSMix Rescue: Nerve 9

Our Engineers Transform Your Tracks

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Nerve 9: we show you how to add depth and body to a basic mix.

WSPatch Work

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Build complex patches in Logic with MIDI plug-ins and Track Stacks.

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Logic Tips & Techniques

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WSREX Education

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Manipulate REX loops with ease in Sonar.

WSRinse & Repeat

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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There’s plenty you can do in Studio One to stop loop–based music being repetitive and dull.

WSShare & Share Alike

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We take a look at Propellerhead’s new sharing and collaboration initiative and recap your options for playing with others.

WSThe Fall ‘Hit The North’

Classic Tracks

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In their 39–year career the Fall have always embraced chaos, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the studio.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month we examine some recent hits by Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Pink Floyd and Mark Ronson. Plus our Classic Mix, Survivor's Eye Of The Tiger.

WSThe Restoration Of The Mellotron - Half’A’Tron

Back In Black

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This is the story of the fall and rise of a unique Mellotron with an equally unique history.

WSTool Tips

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Many of Pro Tools’ editing tools offer useful alternative modes. Here’s how to get the best from them.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Surrendering control of your music is never easy, but supplying stems creates myriad new opportunities for disaster.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Vocal tuning is a process many of us take for granted, but it hasn’t always been so easy.

SOS Awards 2015

Winners of reader-voted awards announced

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Each year, at the end of January, the NAMM exhibition in California brings together music equipment and pro-audio manufacturers from all over the world to show off their latest and greatest products.

WSStudio File

Discos Fuentes, Colombia

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This month we look at a famous South American studio which has occupied its current premises for an impressive 55 years.

Sound Advice

Q Can I feed my monitors from my audio interface’s headphone output?

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I want to add another set of monitors for A/B referencing, but my interface has only one set of monitor outputs. I don’...

Q How does mastering differ for vinyl and digital releases?

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Obviously a vinyl record is a different thing from a CD or a WAV file, but does it require a separate, dedicated master,...

Q What’s the best way to hook up my hardware to my DAW?

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I’m hoping you can help me use my hardware with my computer! I’ve acquired a few instruments (synths, drum...

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