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Reviews

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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Sample–based Instrument For iOS. Psicada Earhoof and Synth App Arturia iProphet

Big Fish Audio 13: Horror Loops & Sound Design

WAV Loops Download

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If a title like ‘13’ didn’t give it away, then the subtitle of ‘Horror Loops & Sound Design’...

WSBoss GP–10

Guitar Synth & Effects Pedal

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As iconic and extensive as it is, the Boss range of pedals has never included a proper guitar synth — until now.

WSBrainworx BX_refinement

Harshness Control Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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When mixes are setting your teeth on edge, Brainworx’s mastering tool offers a soothing effect.

WSDynaudio BM Compact MkIII & BM9S II

Active Monitors & Subwoofer

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We check out this compact yet powerful 2.1 speaker system from Danish makers Dynaudio.

WSEar Trumpet Labs Mabel

Multi–pattern Capacitor Microphone

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There’s more to Ear Trumpet Labs’ curious creations than the steampunk look — they sound great, too!

Electronics — Concepts, Labs, and Projects

Book Review

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This book provides a great introduction to audio electronics

WSEWQL Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

Sample Library

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The final instalment of an ambitious orchestral sampling project sees the completion of EastWest’s five-year master plan.

WSFluid Audio FX8

Active Coaxial Monitors

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Fluid Audio may not be a familiar name, but the man behind it has a rich history in speaker design. We check out their affordable new coaxial monitors.

WSFostex TH600

Closed-back Headphones

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Fostex aim to tackle the top of the closed-back cans market, with this premium new design.

Funky Junk Industries Solid Compressor

500-series Stereo Bus Compressor

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Have Funky Junk put their secret cache of original dbx ‘Gold Can’ VCAs to good use?

WSHeadphones In The Studio

Spotlight

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 We take a look at few different models on the market.

WSJZ Microphones JZ Track

Solid-state Channel Strip

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For this classy device, mic makers JZ enlisted the design work of outboard aficionados SPL. Is this a match made in heaven?

WSKorg Volca Sample

Digital Sample Sequencer

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The latest addition to Korg’s cut-price Volca range takes a hands-on approach to sampling.

Little Labs Pepper

Professional Guitar/Effects Router

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It might not be glamorous, but Little Labs’ Pepper could save you a lot of time and unnecessary compromise.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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This month music from Unto Us, Future Funk Squad and Jeremy Govero.

Radial Engineering PreComp

500-series Preamp & Compressor

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This innocent-looking combination of preamp and compressor holds a useful surprise up it’s sleeve...

Sample Logic Xosphere

Kontakt Instrument

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As you might have guessed from its name, Xosphere is specifically designed for creating atmospheric sounds. Unlike products...

Sample Shop | Media

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Samson Resolv RXA6

Active Six-inch Monitor Speakers

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Despite being aimed at the budget-conscious home-studio user, these speakers boast a ribbon tweeter.

SM Pro Q-Pre

Four-channel Mic Preamp

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There can’t be many preamps that offer this many channels for such a low price! But is it any good?

WSTascam DR44WL

Handheld Four–track Recorder

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Tascam’s latest pocket–sized recorder introduces remote control via Wi–Fi and an innovative microphone capsule assembly.

WSTC Electronic Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo

Stereo/Mono Delay Pedal

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Does this take on delay-pedal history merit a place in your pedalboard’s future?

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

Analogue Guitar Processor

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Compact pedalboard? DI preamp? The perfect ‘B–rig’? This ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of guitar processors is all of those, and more.

WSToontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

Virtual Mellotron Instrument

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The Mellotron is not lacking in software emulations, so what does EZkeys Mellotoon have to offer?

Ueberschall Acoustic Guitar 2

Elastik

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I reviewed Ueberschall’s Elatik-based Acoustic Guitar library back in the May 2014 issue of SOS and was suitably...

WSU–he Bazille

Software Synthesizer

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U–he’s Bazille is a complex synth capable of an astonishing variety of sounds.

WSYamaha CP4 Stage

Stage Piano

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The CP4 is Yamaha’s best stage piano yet, and it’s also significantly cheaper than its predecessor.

WSYamaha DBR10

Active PA Speaker

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The new DBR series makes the technology from Yamaha’s established DXR speakers available at an even more wallet–friendly price.

Zero-G Impact Designer

Kontakt Instrument

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Zero-G’s Impact Designer Cinematic Slam Creator is perhaps best described as part sample library and part virtual...

WSZynaptiq Unfilter & Unchirp

Restoration Plug–ins For Mac OS & Windows

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Zynaptiq’s innovative processors are claimed to address previously intractable problems with recorded audio.

People + Opinion

Are Plug-ins Losing Their Potency?

Leader

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Over the past few years, top audio professionals have been warning of a global music-quality crisis caused by the...

WSBattle Cries

Einstürzende Neubauten’s LAMENT

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One of the most powerful of last year’s World War One centenary projects came from an unexpected source: legends of industrial music Einstürzende Neubauten.

WSCharlie Watkins

Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

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Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors.

WSInside Track: All About That Bass

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Kadish

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Channelling their shared love of ’50s kitsch, Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor created 2014’s most talked-about hit single — and turned Trainor into a superstar overnight.

Sounding Off

Howard Carter

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The area between music and sound design is one worth exploring.

The Church Studios with Paul Epworth

Interview

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Watch our exclusive 22 minute video interview with award-winning British producer Paul Epworth talking about his North London studio.

Technique

WSAmpire Attack

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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For maximum effect, combine Studio One’s bundled distortion plug–ins in a parallel signal chain.

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WSMaking Space

The SOS Guide To Control Room Design

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Getting the sound in your mix space right is crucial. But what is ‘right’, and how do you achieve it?

WSMash The System

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Add DJ–style effects to your Cubase projects with LoopMash FX.

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Cubase Tips & Techniques

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WSMaster Works

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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Adding a master fader to Digital Performer’s Mixing Board makes many mixing and mastering tasks easier.

Media Content - February

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WSPushing The Envelope

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Turn audio into automation data in Sonar.

WSRoom For Improvement

Small-room Drum Ambience

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Ambient miking can really make your drum sound — even when you’re not blessed with the greatest of spaces.

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WSSession Notes

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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Rise Singers & Army Of Redressers: Our engineer goes on location to record a full choir and band all in one room...

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The Practical Craft Of Recording

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WSSpace Stations

Logic Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to get the most out of Logic’s oft-forgotten reverb plug-ins.

WSThe Final Act

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Get your mix ready for mastering in Live.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills.

WSTiming Is Everything

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We continue our investigation into Reason’s ReGroove Mixer.

WSWorking Late

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Latency can be a nightmare in digital recording. Here’s how to keep on top of it in Pro Tools.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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You can find most things in the world of music for television, but don’t look for logic. Or dignity.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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The question for the music industry is no longer ‘will it survive?’ but ‘what happens next?’

WSStudio File

Estudio Ion, Buenos Aires

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An ion is an atom or a molecule with a positive or negative charge. Ions abound in flames and lightning, and they are highly...

Sound Advice

Q How long should I spend on a mix?

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I’ve found your Mix Rescue articles really useful, but I was struck by how much detail Mike Senior goes into. I get...

Q Is it a good idea to use a subwoofer in my home studio?

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I have all the acoustic treatment I can fit into my home studio already, and have a decent amp and good–quality (PMC)...

Q Is it a problem using commercial tracks as a reference if audio files are clipped?

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I’ve put together a group of commercial reference mixes. I chose them because I liked the way they sounded, but I...

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