May 2016 In This Issue

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Reviews

WSAccusonus Drumatom

Drum Leakage Suppression Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Accusonus’s innovative program brings advanced DSP to bear on a familiar audio problem.

WSAlto TSL115 & TX15USB

Active PA Speakers

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Alto’s latest PA speakers have a few unexpected tricks up their sleeves...

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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Borderlands Granular Synthesizer App for iOS, Shure MV51 iOS/USB condenser mic, and Native Instruments iMaschine 2 sequencer.

Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube

Single-driver Monitor

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After nearly three decades out of production, Auratone’s classic ‘grotbox’ is back. How does it compare with its modern imitators?

Big Fish Audio Accelerate: Alternative & Indie Rock

Multi-format

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The main Accelerate title might be a bit ambiguous, but the sub-title of this Big Fish Audio sample library —...

Embertone Friedlander Violin & Fischer Viola

Kontakt Instruments

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Embertone are a US sound company founded in 2012 by composers Alex Davis and Jonathan Churchill. The two self-professed ‘sample-library nerds’.

WSESI Unik 05+

Active Monitors

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ESI’s Unik-series monitors have been extensively upgraded, and now offer even better value for money than before.

WSFairchild 660 & 670

Legendary compressor-limiter

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These 1950s compressors are probably the most revered — and imitated — processors in the world. But what is it that makes them so special?

Focusrite Red 4Pre

Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Focusrite say the Red 4Pre is the pinnacle of their audio interface range. We put it to the test.

WSiZotope RX5

Restoration & Post-production Processing Software [Mac OS & Windows]

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The latest version of iZotope’s best-selling restoration software adds powerful new modules, as well as a Post Production Suite bundle aimed at film and TV applications.

WSKoma Elektronik Komplex

Step Sequencer

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The Koma Elektronik Komplex combines four step sequencers in one box, yet still manages to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Lindy HF-40

Closed-back Headphones

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As studio headphones go, the Lindy HF-40s are quite inexpensive, yet they have a very respectable technical specification. Of...

WSMackie Reach

PA Speaker

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With its unusual driver configuration, this active loudspeaker hopes to do away with the need for separate stage monitors.

Moog MF Flange & MF Chorus

Modulation Effects Pedals

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The MF Flange and MF Chorus pedals are the latest in Moog’s Minifooger line, the initial offerings of which we reviewed...

WSNative Instruments Symphony Series String Ensemble

Sample Library

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Created in collaboration with the makers of LA Scoring Strings, NI’s new Symphony Series instrument puts a 60-piece string ensemble at your disposal.

WSNative Instruments Una Corda

Kontakt Instrument

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A normal upright piano has three strings per key in the upper registers, two for the mid octaves and usually one for the lowest octaves.

WSPeluso P-87

Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

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The Neumann U87 is one of the most iconic studio microphones in the world. Does Peluso’s homage do it justice?

WSPPG Phonem

Software Synthesizer

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Phonem sees wavetable synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm turn his attention to the tricky problem of vocal synthesis.

WSRME Babyface Pro

USB Audio Interface

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RME’s successor to their popular Babyface audio and MIDI interface is finally available. Does it live up to the company’s usual high standards?

Sample Shop | Media

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WSSerpent Audio Splice MkII

Dual-mode FET Compressor

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With options including mix-and-match ‘blue stripe’ and ‘blackface’ modes, this is far more than a simple clone of the classic UREI 1176.

WSShure KSM8 Dualdyne

Dynamic Vocal Microphone

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With its unique dual-diaphragm design, is Shure’s latest offering the greatest advance in dynamic mic technology since the Unidyne?

WSSonic Farm Berliner

Dual-channel Hybrid Mic Preamp

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On testing a vintage Telefunken preamp, Sonic Farm were so impressed they decided to recreate it — adding their own twist along the way...

Sonivox Film Score Companion

Sample Library

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A classic orchestral library makes a comeback in a streamlined new format.

Sonnox Oxford Envolution

Transient Shaping Plug-in [Mac OS & Windows]

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Most of us are familiar with transient processors that can shape the attack and release characteristics of percussive sounds — but Oxford Envolution goes much further.

Sound FX, by Alexander Case

Book Review

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Although first published in 2007, I only became aware of this interesting book very recently, when I found it on a recommended-reading list for a music technology course at a UK university.

WSSound Momentum Infinity

Acoustic Diffusers

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Diffusers are usually best deployed in larger rooms, but these new designs could prove useful in the smallest of studios.

WSTC-Helicon Perform-V

Vocal Effects Processor

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This powerful vocal processor puts its controls right where you need them!

WSUJAM Virtual Guitarist Iron

Virtual Guitar Software

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Virtual Guitarist was a landmark product in 2002 and now it’s back, reborn in a new ferric guise.

Witnesses Of Words, by Marco C van der Hoeven

How 20th Century Microphones Made History

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To some, music technology is simply a means to an end and the music is all that matters. To others, music technology holds some technical importance in its own right.

People + Opinion

Hansa Tonstudio Tour

Video Feature

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A tour of the legendary Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, including the room where producer Tony Visconti devised and captured the now-mythic three-gated-mic technique for David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’.

WSInside Track: Justin Bieber, Purpose

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Josh Gudwin & Andrew Wuepper

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In a transition overseen by long-term collaborator Josh Gudwin, teenage prodigy Justin Bieber has become a grown-up pop star.

Mods For Rockers

Leader

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Today’s electronic keyboard players have a lot going for them that guitar players should envy: no tuning problems, no need for pedal effects ...

WSPeaceful Protest: The PAIX Project

Recording The Same Song 31 Times

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A project that was started to help unsigned bands show solidarity with victims of the Paris attacks has grown to unite musicians, artists and film-makers from around the world. And it’s not finished yet...

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A project that was started to help unsigned bands show solidarity with victims of the Paris attacks has grown to unite musicians, artists and film-makers from around the world. And it’s not finished yet...

Sounding Off: The reward of focus

Will Betts

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The human head was not designed to wear two hats at a time.

Technique

WSA Different Drummer

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live offers a number of ways to intelligently remap MIDI drum parts.

WSApple’s iPad Pro Vs Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4

Screen Test

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Both Apple’s and Microsoft’s flagship tablet devices are large, powerful and elegant. But which is best for musicians?

WSFinishing School

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Tie up those loose ends and declare your projects finished!

WSFreeze Frame

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We explore the ins and outs of the new Track Freeze function in Pro Tools 12.4.

WSGetting In Trim

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper’s automation lacks a relative trim mode, but now you can add your own.

Media Content - May

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WSMix Rescue: 'Libre' by French rockers Neopren

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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Our engineer reworks a busy mix, to make the chorus and outro rock like they should.

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WSOn Point

Logic Tips & Techniques

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With integration for Music Memos, new batch processing tools and expanded multithreading support, the Logic Pro 10.2.1 update gives you more power than ever.

WSOn The Buses

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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Samplitude Pro X2’s aux buses, submix buses and VCAs add up to a powerful and flexible routing system.

WSOne Upmanship

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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It may look like a humble point upgrade, but Studio One v3.2 brings with it some significant innovations.

WSRetro Centre

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase 8.5 introduced Retrologue 2, a powerful virtual analogue synth, and its presets are great — but rolling your own patches can be a lot of fun.

WSSession Notes: Microphone Positions

The Practical Craft of Recording

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Zwiepack: Our engineer captured one jazz session using two completely different recording techniques. Which one won the day?

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Zwiepack: Our engineer captured one jazz session using two completely different recording techniques. Which one won the day?

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Mike comments on work by Lalah Hathaway, Little Big Town, Alabama Shakes and Ghost, plus our Classic Mix, Bonnie Tyler's ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’    

WSWork In Progress

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to organise your musical scrapbook in Reason.

Music Business

WSEVE Studios, Stockport

Studio File

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When studio owner Martin King left London to move up North, he was swimming against the tide in many ways. However, after six years in operation, the success of EVE Studios in Stockport has justified his decision.

WSHot Metal

Welcome To 1979 Studios: Direct-To-Disc Recording & Vinyl Plating

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Vinyl is booming, but having it pressed can be slow and unpredictable. Enter a retro-focused Nashville studio with an ambitious business plan...

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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It’s only when you look back that you realise how far you’ve come...

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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What can studios do to protect themselves when high-profile recordings get leaked?

Sound Advice

Q. Can I lift the ground on a MIDI cable?

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Hi there, I’m using some old-style MIDI cables to connect some older synths, however I’m finding that when I plug...

Q. How do I fine-tune my reverbs?

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I’ve been trying to get my reverb settings worked out, but when I settle on what I think sounds right two main...

Q. Should I be worried by port chuffing on my monitor speakers?

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I recently bought myself a pair of Event Opal speakers. I’ve only had them for about 10 days, so I’m still...

Q. What makes power soaks so pricey?

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I’ve sought advice on ways to attenuate the output of a Fender 65 Reverb amp, so that I can record it at home.

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