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Reviews

WS Spitfire Audio The Grange

Drum Instrument

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One of rock music’s most celebrated recording venues wasn’t a studio but a house in Hampshire, and no music has been recorded there for almost 40 years — until now...

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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StaffPad, an app which lets you write music with a pen directly on screen.

WSArturia Solina V

Software Synthesizer

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Arturia have revived a classic string synth in software, and the result is the Solina V.

Big Fish Audio Ambient White

Kontakt Instrument

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Ambient White is a Kontakt 5 instrument with a laid-back, meditational essence.

WSBluGuitar Amp 1

Guitar Amplifier

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Don’t be fooled by its size — this diminutive 100W amp packs a serious punch.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

Kontakt Instrument

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Unless you are using pre–recorded loops, there is still the rather significant task of building convincing performances and arrangements. Ensemblia attempts to give the user a helping hand.

WSClavia Nord Lead A1

Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

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The Lead A1 aims to condense the most playable elements of the Nord keyboard range into a single instrument.

Digitech Mosaic

Polyphonic 12-String Effect Pedal

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While we’ve all been sitting waiting for the next big thing in studio recording, there’s been a quiet but very significant revolution going on literally beneath our feet in the world of effect pedals.

Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork

Polyphonic Pitch-shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix have always had a good reputation for their pitch-shift effects. How does their latest one compare?

WSFaderfox SC4

MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

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The Faderfox SC4 combines a capable MIDI controller with a step sequencer in one compact box.

WSiZotope Ozone 6.1 Advanced

Mastering Software For Mac OS & Windows

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A ground–up rethink of Ozone’s user interface is designed to make it less intimidating to home users.

WSKRK Rokit 6 G3

Active Nearfield Monitor

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KRK’s distinctive–looking Rokits have long been popular in home studios. How does the newest generation fare?

WSKush Audio UBK Tweaker

Compressor With Side-chain Processing

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Kush Audio have a knack of making forward-looking products that exude vintage vibe — and this remarkable compressor is no exception.

WSLooking to put a home studio together?

Spotlight

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 It’s probably cheaper than you think, provided you spend your money wisely.

WSMagix Samplitude Pro X2

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

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Magix’s powerful Windows DAW gets another raft of new features in a comprehensive update.

WSMillennia HV-32P & HV-35P

Portable Microphone Preamplifiers

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One of the world’s most highly regarded mic-preamp designs is now available to go.

Modwheel Biscuit Tin Guitar

Kontakt Instrument

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When composer and instrument maker Steve Roche finishes a tin of biscuits, instead of throwing the container into the recycling bin he transforms it into a guitar.

WSPreSonus StudioLive AI PA

Active PA Speakers With Remote DSP Control

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PreSonus’ new StudioLive PA range brings serious onboard processing and remote DSP control to the masses.

WSRode NTR

Active Ribbon Microphone

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Rode take the established ribbon–mic formula and apply some novel design ideas to come up with what could well be a future classic.

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Soundmorph Bloody Nightmare

WAV Format

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Bloody Nightmare, as its name suggests, is a collection of over 550 horror–type noises aimed at sound designers who need to create chills and scares.

WSSteinberg Groove Agent 4

Virtual Drummer Instrument

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Why take three virtual rhythm plug-ins into the studio when you can just take one? Steinberg’s Groove Agent 4 attempts to do it all.

WSString Instruments

Orchestral Strings Sample Libraries: A Buyers Guide

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The quality and variety of orchestral string libraries continues to grow. Which one best suits your needs?

The Synthesizer: Mark Vail

Book Review

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Comprehensive Guide To Understanding, Playing and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument.

WSUnity Audio The Boulder MkII

Active Monitors

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Unity’s original Boulder monitors were impressive to begin with, and now they’ve been given a number of major improvements.

WSWi AudioLink Pro

Digital Wireless System

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This affordable wireless system offers some unusual features, including stereo operation and tablet and computer interfacing.

People + Opinion

Cenzo Townshend: Decoy Studios & The Maccabees

Video Feature

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Mix engineer Cenzo Townshend gives us a tour of his new studio and shows us the techniques behind his mix of ‘Marks To Prove It’.

WSHot Chip

Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard & Mark Ralph: Recording Why Make Sense?

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Down in Hot Chip’s bunker-like basement studio HQ in Hoxton, the five members of the London band are coaxing strange sounds from an array of analogue synths.

WSInside Track: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Derek Ali

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Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most ambitious hip-hop albums of recent years. Derek Ali was Lamar’s right-hand man during its making.

WSShould you go on a live-sound course?

Back To School

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Many gear manufacturers offer courses in using their equipment, but what should you expect to gain from them, and what do they offer the seasoned live-sound veteran?

Snare Conundrum

Leader

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After last month’s Leader column outlining the difference between products we’re asked to buy and products we actually need, I realised I’d missed out the really big one.

Sounding Off: Martin Koszolko

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The tyranny of distance is real, and many musicians want to overcome it.

WSSpacebomb

Matthew E White, Trey Pollard & Natalie Prass: Spacebomb Studios

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Spacebomb Studios’ old-school production values and teamwork have made Richmond, Virginia one of the hottest recording locations in the USA.

Technique

WSA Is For Analog

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We get to grips with Live’s deceptively powerful Analog synth.

WSCause An Effect

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We examine the quirky but powerful ways of working with effects in Reason’s mixer.

WSGo Large

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We help you keep your ever–growing Pro Tools sessions manageable!

WSInversion Therapy

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase 8 can help you experiment with different chords and voicings to fake a good performance.

Media Content - June

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WSMix Rescue: Cats On The Beach

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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 We go back to basics and turn up the heat on an indie-rock production.

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Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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WSPaint Points

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One’s Paint tool has some novel automation applications.

WSSession Notes: Spektakulatius

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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Spektakulatius: Recording 28 songs in five days is no mean feat. So what sort of results can you get, and what compromises are involved?

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WSSmartistic Licence

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Take greater advantage of Drum Machine Designer in Logic Pro X by customising Smart Controls.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Roseanne Cash, Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney, Chick Corea and our Classic Mix - Miles Davis, 'So What'.

WSTop Brass

Arranging For Brass: Part Two

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The second in our four-part series deconstructs funk licks, discusses the implications of using live players and explains how to get more expression and feel into your sampled brass arrangements.

WSVive La Convolution!

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Turn noise into impulse responses for Sonar’s REmatrix convolution processor.

Music Business

WSAIR Lyndhurst, London

Studio File

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The 300–square–metre hexagonal hall is one of the largest recording facilities in the world.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The ability to take criticism is a vital skill for the media composer. The ability to make sense of it is much harder to learn.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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The long tradition of ‘testing’ songs out on the public has found an unlikely new home...

Sound Advice

Q Does changing the phase of drums make a big difference?

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I’ve recently become interested in manipulating phase while mixing recorded drums to see what that would do.

Q How do I use two guitar amps with one speaker cabinet?

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I have a friend who has a problem. He uses two different amps on stage, one a Marshall and the other a Hughes & Kettner, with a 2x12 and 4x12 cab, respectively.

Q What is the ‘Ground Compensated’ output on my mixer?

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