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Reviews

WSAcidlab Drumatix

Analogue Drum Machine

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Acidlab haven’t just recreated the Roland TR606 — they’ve made it better.

WSAllen & Heath Qu–Pac

Digital Mixer

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With their strong live–console pedigree, Allen & Heath are hoping to tackle the burgeoning iPad–controlled mixer market.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we feature the Microsoft Surface 3, MOM Instruments Elastic Drums and  Tin Pan Rhythm app.

Big Fish Audio Smack

Kontakt Instrument

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Fancy a little Smack? Then think again, because Smack is a rather neat virtual instrument sample library .

WSBlue Hummingbird

Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

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This head–turning new mic from Blue helps you reach the places other mics can’t.

EastWest ProDrummer

Virtual Drum Instrument

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Need a professional drummer in your studio? How about auditioning EastWest’s ProDrummer for the job?

WSElectro-Harmonix Super Pulsar

Tremolo Pedal

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Is the Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar the most sophisticated and versatile tremolo pedal money can buy?

Harrison Mixbus 3

Music Production Software For Mac OS X, Windows & Linux

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Harrison’s Mixbus offers large–format console sound at a budget price, and the addition of MIDI and third–party plug–in support broaden its appeal considerably.

WSIGS Audio RB 500 ME

Stereo Equaliser

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With so many different interpretations of the venerable PulTec EQP-1A now available, how does this one stand out from the crowd?

WSKinsman KM12FX

Compact Mixer

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The market for mini mixers may be crowded, but Kinsman’s entry offers an excellent balance between affordability and ruggedness.

WSKorg Electribe Sampler

Music Production Station

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The Electribe Sampler may well be Korg’s best Electribe yet...

Korg Nuvibe

Effects Pedal & Foot Controller

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Is this the most faithful imitation yet of the fabled Uni-Vibe effect?

Marco Scherer It’s Dangerous Drums

Multi-format

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It’s Dangerous Drums is a sample pack released by German EDM DJ/producer Marco Scherer, and based on the sound of acoustic drums “morphed with synthetic drums.

WSMeris Ottobit

500-series Bit-crusher

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The Ottobit offers further proof that the 500-series needn’t be restricted to the niceties of analogue gear.

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500-series Bit-crusher

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Miktek Procast SST

Mic, Audio Interface & Mixer

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As the name suggests, Miktek’s Procast SST is aimed at those using desktop systems to put together podcasts but, it also has wider appeal.

WSMission Engineering Gemini 2

Powered Guitar Cabinet

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Digital amp modelling has come a long way, but some guitarists still miss the ‘feel’ of a real amp on stage. Enter the Gemini 2.

WSMunro Sonic Egg 100

Nearfield Monitors

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Following his success with the Egg 150 monitors, Andy Munro is back with a new, compact design. Can they beat the competition?

WSNeumann KH420

Active Monitors

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Neumann are known for producing outstanding microphones, and their new flagship monitors are no less impressive!

Ogre Tubeholic Overdrive

Guitar Effects Pedal

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Ogre’s Tubeholic pedal overdrive contains neither tubes nor, as far as I can tell, any alcohol. It does, however, feature 440g of barking-mad cast metal as its case.

Philharmonia Orchestra

On-line Resources

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Founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra is world-renowned for its musical achievements, but what you may not know is that it also has an impressive web site which provides many tools that may be of interest to recording musicians.

Playback

Readers' music reviewed.

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This month albums from Kinky Dove, Noah’s Tape, Clarence King & The Regents and the Pete Newman Clarinet Project.

WSPreSonus Studio One 3

Digital Audio Workstation For Mac OS & Windows

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A major update to PreSonus’s cross–platform DAW sees Studio One take some popular feature concepts to new levels.

WSPrism Sound Lyra 2

USB 2 Audio Interface

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Prism Sound’s Lyra brings the quality of their Orpheus and Titan interfaces within reach of lesser mortals.

WSRetro Instruments OP-6

Valve Microphone Preamplifier

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Vintage RCA OP-6s go for silly money — if you can find them. Can this Retro recreation justify a similar price tag?

WSROLI Seaboard Grand

Keyboard Controller & Synthesizer

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With its familiar interface and enormous potential for expressive control, is the ROLI Seaboard the future of the keyboard?

WSRoyer SF2

Active Ribbon Microphone

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Does the sound of Royer’s flagship active mic justify the asking price? We put it to the test.

RTW TM3-Primus

Touch-screen Meter

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The German manufacturer RTW has a long history in the broadcast sector dating back to 1965, mostly in the areas of specialist metering systems and equipment interfaces.

Sample Shop | Media

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Samplephonics Deviant Acoustics

Multi-format

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For this library, sound designer Aneek Thapar has put together a collection of acoustic instrument samples and made them deviate from the norm by using such things as convolution processing, formant shifting and pitch morphing.

WSSennheiser Evolution D1

Digital Wireless Mic & Instrument Systems

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Want to cut loose? We try out Sennheiser’s latest licence–free digital wireless systems.

Spotlight: Live Digital Mixers

The Digital Age

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The digital mixer market shows no sign of slowing down. We round up some of the latest options from the biggest players.

Strezov Sampling Oracle

Kontakt Instrument

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Oracle is billed as a “modern sound design” library of large-scale elements to pump up your TV, film and game scores.

People + Opinion

WS75 Years Of The Shure Unidyne 55

One Direction

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In 1939, Shure revolutionised the music industry with a microphone so successful that it is still in production today!

Disc Assessment

Leader

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Ever since audio recording was invented the recordings themselves have been tied to a physical format that, despite its physical failings, has given us some kind of psychological reassurance in the longevity of those recordings.

WSInside Track: James Taylor's Before This World

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dave O’Donnell

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The art of music production lies in serving the song — and working with James Taylor, Dave O’Donnell felt that modern production trends would hinder his aim of capturing emotive performances.

Jacquire King: Producing James Bay

Video Feature

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We visit the world-famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville to meet Jacquire King, the Grammy-winning producer of James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm.

WSJohn Chowning

Pioneer Of Electronic Music & Digital Synthesis

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A visionary in the field of electronic music, John Chowning invented FM synthesis and set up CCMRA, one of the world’s most influential research centres.

WSRichard King: How To Record Acoustic Ensembles

Recording Yo-Yo Ma

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Engineer Richard King has brought the art of ensemble recording to new heights in both classical and folk/pop spheres.

Sounding Off

Better gear always equals better recordings. Doesn’t it?

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Location sound recordist Robin Bigwood offers an insight.

Technique

WSAs You Like It

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Speed up your work by tailoring Sonar’s look and feel.

WSComplete Control

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Working with MIDI controllers in Ableton Live.

Media Content - September

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Mix Rescue | Media

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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WSMix Rescue: Malenky Slovos

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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Malenky Slovos from Italy: There are times when achieving a satisfying mix requires a lot of creative input — not to mention some extreme effects!

WSNavigational Aids

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to customise and navigate Reason’s user interface.

WSProject Recovery

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Cockos Reaper has some interesting tricks up its sleeve to help you resuscitate seemingly corrupt projects.

WSRe: Locations

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Memory Locations in Pro Tools don’t have to be tied to the timeline — they can also store and recall a host of session parameters.

WSReverb Rating

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase Pro 8 gives you four different reverb plug-ins to choose from, but which one should you be using?

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Cubase Pro 8 gives you four different reverb plug-ins to choose from, but which one should you be using?

WSSession Notes

The Practical Craft Of Recording Brass

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Brass on location: Our engineer tracks a trombone ensemble and solo trumpet for use in a contemporary rock mix.

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The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month's slection includes: Philip George, OMI, Wiz Khalifa, James Bay, Sia and the Classix Mix - Shania Twain ‘You’re Still The One’.

WSTouch & Go

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Learn to map custom touch controllers with an iPad and Duet Display in Logic Pro X.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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This month’s Notes From The Deadline is brought to you by former DJ, apprentice sound engineer and guest columnist Terry Trihard.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Thanks to new legislation, gainful employment now means just that for academies and students.

WSStudio G, New York

Studio File

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Tony Maimone laid the foundations for what has become one of New York’s most interesting recording venues.

Sound Advice

Q Can you coach a vocalist to sound more ‘breathy’?

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I’m working on an acoustic track and would like my vocalist to sing backing vocals in a more ‘breathy’ way. Are you able to offer some vocal coaching tips that I can ask him to try?

Q What will give my electronic tracks real low-end impact?

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I’m an aspiring electronic musician, and am hoping to create some stuff with real shaking low-end impact, but the interaction between kick and bass still puzzles me.

Q What’s the best way to ‘warm up’ a mandolin recording?

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I’ve put a lot of effort into creating and editing a recording of a solo mandolin. Although I like the final result a lot, on reflection the tone seems too trebly and cold.

Q Why do my power supplies spark when first plugged in?

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I have three laptops in the house, all of which produce various sparks and flashes at the mains end when plugged into the wall.

Q Why would I want to bounce out mixes for referencing?

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In the May 2015 Mix Rescue article, Mike Senior talks about how he bounced out a mix any number of times to compare it to his references. I understand the purpose of referencing, but what I don’t understand is why he bounced out the mix.

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