February 2016 In This Issue

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Competition

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Deadline: 2016-03-04

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Fantastic chance to win Audix SCX25APS Piano Mic Set in February's Competition.

Reviews

WSAkai MIDIMix

MIDI Controller

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Akai’s new controller keeps the design simple and the cost low.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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The Apple iPhone 6s and the Ten Kettles Waay music training app.

WSAudix OM Series

Dynamic Vocal Microphones

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If you’re looking for a new stage mic, it’s worth looking further afield than the usual models — as these classy examples prove!

WSBAE 1073MPL & B15

Mic Preamp & EQ Modules

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These transformer–laden modules breathe new life into classic Neve and Avedis designs...

Big Fish Audio Vintage Rhythm Section

Kontakt Instrument

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BFA are now back with a further dollop of ‘vintage’ and this time it’s the rhythm section that is the target.

WSCelemony Melodyne 4

Pitch & Sound Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Musical pitch has always been putty in the hands of Melodyne. Now, revolutionary features in version 4 promise to make tempo and timbre equally fluid.

Celemony Melodyne 4 | Media

Pitch & Sound Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows

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WSElectro-Voice EKX Series

Active PA Speakers

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EV have a well-earned reputation for building solid, reliable PA speakers, and their latest series doesn’t disappoint.

WSFinhol Auto Stomp Player

Foot-controlled Rhythm Generator

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Need a drum accompaniment at the flick of a switch (and the tap of a foot)? Then look no further than this crafty device!

Finhol Classic Overdrive

Guitar Effects Pedal

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Designed and built in Germany, and paying tribute to the Tube Screamer sound...

WSFluid Audio F8S

Active Subwoofer

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Fluid Audio’s studio monitors have consistently impressed us with their price-to-performance ratio. So how does their new subwoofer fare?

WSFredenstein HD Mic Pre

500-series Microphone Preamplifier

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This preamp boasts huge bandwidth and input impedance. But are those features desirable?

WSGeithain RL944K

Active Nearfield Monitor

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Loudspeakers have been with us for a long time — but there’s still room for innovation, as these exemplary new Geithain models prove!

WSiZotope Ozone 7

Mastering Suite For Mac OS & Windows

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Version 7 of iZotope’s mastering package adds cutting-edge codec monitoring features as well as vintage-themed processors.

WSLaney IRT Pulse

USB Valve Guitar Preamplifier

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Laney’s versatile Ironheart amps are impressive, but can you really get the same sound from a stomp box?

Laney L5 Studio Head

Guitar Amplifier & USB Audio Interface

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Designed primarily for studio home practise or even small gigs, the Laney L5 Studio Head is an extremely elegant amp.

WSLooptrotter Emperor

Dynamics & Saturation Processor

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Looptrotter’s latest plaything combines the precision of digital control with the less predictable joys of analogue saturation.

Looptrotter Satur-8 24

Summing Mixer & Saturation Processor

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Looptrotter’s products to date have appealed to me enormously. They’re all variations on the saturation theme, and it’s a gorgeous-sounding saturation too.

WSMesanovic Model 2

Ribbon Microphone

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An extended high-frequency response isn’t something you generally expect from a ribbon mic — but that’s just what this one offers.

Microphone Parts S12

DIY Capacitor Microphone Kit

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Why buy a mic when you can build your own? Microphone Parts’ DIY alternative can save you money and help you brush up on your soldering skills.

WSMiktek MPA-201

Dual-channel Class-A Microphone Preamplifier

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This Nashville-built preamp offers a new take on a classic British console sound.

WSModor NF-1

Digital Synthesizer

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The Modor NF-1 has a front panel festooned with knobs, but at the same time it’s unashamedly digital.

Modwheel Angklung, Humdrum & The Bends

Kontakt Instruments

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Three more eccentric releases from Modwheel’s Creative Differences series.

WSMOTU Digital Performer 9

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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MOTU’s sequencing software has been around longer than some SOS readers. Do the improvements in the latest version keep it bang up to date?

Music Electronics

Book Review

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In my experience, many SOS readers are, at least at some level, fairly technically minded and have an interest in how the technology they use works, especially in ‘classic’ instruments and devices. This book is designed to go a long way towards satisfying that ‘inner geek’ in all of us.

WSNeat King Bee & Worker Bee

Capacitor Microphones

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To bee or not to bee? Find out how these distinctive-looking mics performed in our tests.

WSRoland Boutique JP08, JX03 & JU06

Synthesizers

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Roland’s Boutique range recreates three of the company’s classic synths at a fraction of the cost of the originals.

WSROLI Seaboard Rise

Keyboard Controller

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ROLI’s new instrument further develops the technology of their revolutionary Seaboard Grand — at a much more affordable price.

Sample Shop | Media

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These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the February 2016 issue.

WSSennheiser IE800

In-ear Headphones

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With Sennheiser’s pedigree in transducer design, it’s no surprise that their premium earbuds offer impressive performance.

WSSKnote Catena

Mastering Router

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This might not be the most intuitive of devices, but the Catena offers a unique and useful blend of functions.

SoundToys 5

Plug-in Effects Suite For Mac OS & Windows

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Where one SoundToys plug-in isn’t enough, you can now create custom chains, with a new emulation of a classic delay on offer too.

Toontrack The Progressive Foundry SDX

Superior Drummer Expansion Library

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Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2 offers five complete drum kits formed from 17 snares, nine kicks, 31 cymbals and five hi-hats.

People + Opinion

WSCymande Performance

John Schroeder, Alan Florence & Isi Clarke: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith

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When cult funk band Cymande returned to the studio, they insisted on hiring the same production team — 41 years after their previous album...

WSInside Track: Rod Stewart - Another Country

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Savigar

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Musically, Rod Stewart’s latest album harks back to ’70s folk-rock, but its writing and production were totally 21st Century.

Nicolas Vernhes: Studio Interview

Video Feature

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This month, producer and engineer Nicolas Vernhes welcomes us into his Brooklyn studio, Rare Book Room.

Soldering On

Leader

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You’ll find  your studio installation starts to look a whole lot tidier if you’re able to make up cables of the correct length.

Sounding Off: Ed Heaton

Why do independent releases get such little play on BBC Radio?

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The BBC should open its playlists to independent artists.

Technique

WSCLASSIC TRACKS: The Zombies ‘Time Of The Season’

Producer: The Zombies • Engineers: Peter Vince, Geoff Emerick

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Now considered one of the classic tracks of the 1960s, the Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ almost disappeared without trace...

WSComping Trip

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We get to grips with Reason’s individual approach to multiple takes and overdubs.

WSDIY Effects

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to make your own flanger and phaser in Live.

WSHot Fuzz!

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase’s unique Quadrafuzz v2 plug-in is useful for so much more than guitar processing...

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Cubase Tips & Tecniques

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WSMaking Commitments

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools’ new Commit Tracks feature is great for saving system resources and sharing sessions.

Media Content - February 2016

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WSMix Rescue: Thunderbird

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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Classic rock: even well-recorded drums can require plenty of work to make them fit the track.

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Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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WSOrgan Cloner

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Explore Alchemy’s oscillators, envelopes, modulation mapping and effects to create a classic house organ patch in Logic Pro X.

WSThe 10 Biggest Recording Mistakes

...And How To Avoid Them

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The same pitfalls present themselves time and again in project-studio recording. Learn to avoid them and your tracking sessions will be transformed!

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WSThe Circle Game

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One’s macro controls can be used to create a convincing 2D panning effect.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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Tracks from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Dr. Dre and our Classic Mix, Lionel Richie 'Hello'

WSTotal Recall

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Explore creative uses for Sonar’s Mix Recall functionality.

Music Business

WSAIR-Edel, London

Studio File

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AIR-Edel originally started out as a joint venture being Sir George Martin and Herman Edel but was built on a much older studio going back to 1937.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The faster the pace of progress, the harder it is to keep up.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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With property prices going up and up, finding studio space is becoming trickier than ever.

Sound Advice

Q. How do I ensure the show goes on when a live backing track fails?

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I’m about to take on the task of running live backing tracks for Hacienda Classical live shows.

Q. Which omni mics are best for small ensemble recordings?

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I’m looking for extremely detailed and natural omnidirectional microphones for two-channel small ensemble recordings on location.

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