June 2016 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Black Lion Audio Micro Clock MkIII & B173 (UK Only)

Deadline: 2016-07-05

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Fantastic chance to win Black Lion Audio Micro Clock MkIII & B173 Preamp in June's Competition.

Win Dangerous Music D-Box (Americas Only)

Deadline: 2016-06-06

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Fantastic chance to win Dangerous Music D-Box monitor controller and analogue summing-bus system in June's Competition.

Reviews

AJH Synth MiniMod Vintage Transistor Core VCO

Eurorack Synth Module

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There have been numerous recreations of the Minimoog in recent years, and the latest manufacturers to take a stab at this are UK newcomers, AJH Synth.

DACS Test Lab

Cable Tester

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A decent cable tester is an essential tool for every studio and roadie tech, and the clever people at DACS recently launched...

WSEastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Solo Instruments

Orchestral Sample Libraries

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Hollywood Solo Instruments puts world-class violin, cello and harp sounds at your fingertips.

Electro-Harmonix Cock Fight

Guitar Effects Pedal

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Electro Harmonix always manage to come up with a new twist when developing new pedals, and their Cock Fight combines...

WSElectro-Harmonix Super Space Drum & Crash Pad

Analogue Drum Synthesizers

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Electro-Harmonix have reintroduced two of their classic ’70s drum synths.

WSGraham Audio Chartwell LS3/5

Nearfield Monitors

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The BBC’s legendary LS3/5A is arguably the Godfather of nearfield monitors — and now it’s back, thanks to UK company Graham Audio.

WSIK Multimedia iRig Acoustic

Acoustic Guitar Mobile Microphone/Interface

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In a box in the attic, I have a big acoustic-guitar pickup that never gets used. Apart from sounding a bit brittle, it blocks most of the sound hole when installed, thereby compromising the acoustic properties of my guitars. iRig Acoustic does the same job, but takes a very different approach...

WSJoey Sturgis Plug-ins

Drum & Guitar Processing Software

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Many well-known engineers are now lending their names to plug-ins, and now metalcore specialist Joey Sturgis has joined the fray.

WSKorg Volca FM

FM Synthesizer & Sequencer

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When it comes to FM synthesis, Korg’s little Volca is thinking big.

WSLewitt Recorder

Recording App For iOS

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After five years of manufacturing microphones, Lewitt have developed a recording app for iOS devices.

WSLine 6 Helix Rack

Amp & Effects Modelling Processor

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Eighteen years after the launch of their ground-breaking POD, Line 6’s new flagship amp-modeller looks brimful of promise.

WSLiquidsonics Reverberate 2

Convolution Reverb Plug-in

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Algorithmic reverb plug-ins still can’t match high-end hardware, but Liquidsonics are bridging the gap with an innovative new convolution technique.

WSMeris Mercury7

500-series Algorithmic Reverb Processor

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With such brilliant software reverbs now available, does this new hardware unit warrant a place in the space race?

WSOverloud TH3

Guitar Amp Modelling Software [Mac OS/Windows]

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With new amps, effects and a stripped-back GUI, is Overloud’s modelling software ready to play a headline slot?

WSRCF M18

Digital Mixer With Amp Modelling

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With its built-in Overloud guitar and bass processing, could this iPad-controlled mixer do away with the need for backline altogether?

WSRoland El Cajon EC-10

Electronic Percussion Instrument

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Cajons can provide a practical and compact alternative to drum kits — but they usually offer a limited range of sounds. Until now...

WSROLI NoiseSynthesizer App For iOS

Making Music On The Move

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How would you like a Seaboard with a built-in sound engine for free that fits in your pocket?

Sam Spacey Epica Bass

Kontakt Instrument

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Epica Bass presents a large selection of sample-based (mainly) monophonic bass sounds, all derived from some classic analogue hardware synths...

Sample Shop | Media

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WSSoftube Drawmer 1973 & S73 IMP

Multiband Dynamics Plug-ins

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As well as modelling Drawmer’s versatile multiband mastering processor, Softube have boiled down its essentials to create an easy-to-use preset version.

WSSoniccouture Box Of Tricks

Sample Library

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Imogen Heap invited the good people at Soniccouture into her studio, and Box Of Tricks is the result...

WSSpitfire Audio Albion One

Sample Library

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Spitfire build on the Albion legacy with a new orchestral library.

WSTeenage Engineering Pocket Operators

Miniature Synthesizers

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Known for their idiosyncratic approach, Teenage Engineering’s latest product is pocket friendly in every sense.

UVI Falcon

Multi-format

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Falcon features a DAW-style mixer with up to 17 pairs of outputs, and supports UVI sound libraries (of which there are many), so one of its functions is to act as a sample library player.

WSWarm Audio WA-2A

Valve Optical Compressor

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Warm Audio promise us an authentic recreation of the Teletronix LA-2A for a fraction of the price...

Zero-G Legacy

Multi-format

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Legacy is inspired by Blade Runner and other classic 80s sci-fi movies. That world of sound is what Legacy attempts to capture, distil, and then present in a sample library format.

People + Opinion

Astronautica: Beat Deconstruction

Video Feature

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Fusing experimental electronic styles with hip-hop elements, the beat scene is where we find the subject of this month’s video feature...

WSErnst Zacharias & The Hohner Clavinet

Key Man

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Ernst Zacharias invented the Clavinet and has spent a lifetime perfecting electro-mechanical instruments. We talk to him about his life and explore his classic designs.

WSGareth Owen: Theatre Sound Designer

Sound Stages

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The sound designer’s role in a big-budget musical is to create an immersive experience for the audience — and keep the cast and director happy too!

WSInside Track: Lukas Graham ‘7 Years’

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Morten Pilegaard Jespersen & Delbert Bowers

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Truly an international effort, Lukas Graham’s breakthrough hit ‘7 Years’ was masterminded by a Danish film-sound designer and a Californian mix engineer.

Sounding Off: TB or not TB? That really is the question.

Percy

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TB or not TB. That really is the question.

Unsung Heroes

Leader

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The sad death of Sir George Martin earlier this year got me thinking just how important producers are...

Technique

WSCloud Collaboration In Pro Tools 12.5

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools 12.5 lets you collaborate remotely with other users. Here’s how to get started.

WSCubase Workshop: Retrologue 2

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Learn to make the most of Cubase 8.5’s Retrologue 2 synth.

WSExtract Vocals From A Stereo Mix

Tips & Techniques

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Have you ever wondered how to separate a vocal or the instrumental backing from a stereo mix? We find out what’s possible — and what isn’t.

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Have you ever wondered how to separate a vocal or the instrumental backing from a stereo mix? We find out what’s possible — and what isn’t.

Media Content - June 2016

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WSMid-Sides EQ'ing In Sonar

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar’s new LP EQ lets you perform Mid-Sides EQ’ing with ease.

WSMix Rescue: Improving A Decent Mix

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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This month’s band, the Broken Heartbreakers, threw down the gauntlet for our engineer — could he improve what was already a decent mix?

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WSREX & The ReFills

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to create your own ReFills and REX files in Reason.

WSSession Notes: Progressive Metal

The Practical Craft of Recording

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Must modern metal drums rely on triggered samples? Our engineer shows how you can mic up a kit for a modern, heavy sound.

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WSStudio SOS: Synth & DAW Gremlins

Mark North

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A home studio visit sees the SOS team tackle some stubborn synth and DAW gremlins.

WSTape Effects In Reaper

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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How to recreate open-reel tape trickery in Reaper.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month tracks from: D'Angelo, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, Mavis Staples and John Williams' Star Wars theme.

WSTrack Grouping In Studio One

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Understanding the way track grouping works will help keep your Studio One projects under control.

WSUsing Kontakt In Ableton Live

Live Tips & Techniques

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How to drag all your instruments into the same instance of Kontakt and set them up to use separate Kontakt MIDI inputs and audio outputs...

WSUsing Logic Pro X's Step Editor

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Program drums and automate effects faster with Logic’s Step Editor.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Every TV producer knows the value of a good ‘ssssccHHH PRRRgghhh’. How are you going to give them what they want?

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Recording studios are increasingly finding their way onto our TV and cinema screens. And it’s about time...

WSThe Bridge, Los Angeles

Studio File

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Most audio professionals would agree that our industry is in a transitional period at the moment. New digital distribution...

Sound Advice

Q. Does it matter which ‘version’ of a reference track I use?

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I’ve been reading up about reference tracks for mixing and mastering, and I want to increase both the amount and range...

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I watched a video by Steven Slate where he demonstrates a ‘top down’ method of mixing drums. What do you think about this idea?

Q. Should I use an active or passive mic splitter?

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I use an ART S8 eight-channel mic splitter, a passive device, to send mic signals to two separate recording systems...

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