January 2011 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Schertler A-Dyn Set Worth 1,365 GB Pounds.

Deadline: 2011-02-11

Swiss transducer manufacturers Schertler are well-known for the quality of their acoustic instrument pickups and amplifiers. This month, Schertler are kindly offering an A-Dyn set comprising their top-of-the-range A-Dyn contact mic, the A-Pre preamp, and a range of accessories!

Reviews

Apple MacBook Air

Laptop Computer

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If you were to cross a MacBook with an iPad, would the offspring provide the mobile musician with a powerful convenience or a crippled luxury?

Arturia Analog Experience The Player & The Factory

Synth Keyboards

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Arturia's Analog Experience range pairs tweakable preset soft synths with dedicated controller keyboards. We put the first two to the test...

Avid Pro Tools 9

Digital Audio Workstation Software

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For the first time ever, Avid have made the full Pro Tools feature set available on native systems — and you don't even need one of their interfaces to run it!

Big Fish Audio | Bone Crushing Drums

Sample Library

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836 live drum loops: a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Who.

CAD Equitek E100S

Supercardioid Capacitor Microphone

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CAD's E100 impressed us, but it's been revamped to create a mic with one of the lowest self-noise figures in its class — or any other, for that matter!

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Supercardioid Capacitor Microphone

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Egnater Tweaker

15W Valve Guitar Amplifier

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With its tweakable tones, could this be the ideal studio guitar amp?

Genelec 8260A

Three-way DSP Reference Monitors

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They may have the familiar Genelec appearance and family sound, but these big beasts bring some new ideas to the table.

Original Music | Live Acoustic Drums, Loops & Hits

Sample Library

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Live Acoustic Drums, Loops & Hits is another bargain‑priced drum sample pack from Original Music. For a mere...

OTO Machines Biscuit

8-bit Effects Processor

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The Biscuit is as crunchy an 8-bit processor as anyone could wish for, but there's much more to it than that...

Primacoustic Vox Guard

Microphone Acoustic Shield

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Matt Houghton shouts, clicks and pops... all in the name of product testing!

RME Fireface UFX

USB & Firewire Audio Interface

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RME have established a solid pedigree for their extensive range of digital interfaces. Their latest model offers powerful functionality, and promises an unexpected extra for the future...

SADiE 6

Digital Audio Workstation

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One of the world's best high-end audio editing and mixing packages has undergone a radical overhaul, and now works with any third-party audio hardware. Its name? SADiE...

Sound Skulptor STS

Analogue Tape Simulator

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Available ready-made or in kit form, the STS is more affordable than the competition... but is it any good?

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Analogue Tape Simulator

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SoundOut

Online Evaluation Music Service

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We all want to know what the man on the Clapham Omnibus really thinks of our music. Now we can find out — and have his opinions statistically analysed into the bargain.

Steinberg Halion Sonic

Virtual Sound Module

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Steinberg's new sound module software features a rich sound library, a powerful synth engine and the benefit of parent company Yamaha's workstation wisdom...

Super Vee Blade Runner

Guitar Vibrato System

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Paul White checks out a new addition for your Fender Strat.

Tascam DP008

Portable 8-track Recorder

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Tascam's latest 'Portastudio' boasts more hands-on controls than most such recorders.

Ueberschall | Score Elements

Sample Library

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A couple of Ueberschall's 'Score' titles have been reviewed in the pages of Sound On Sound: both Score FX (SOS...

Wishbone Workshop Wishbone

Mic Hanger For Guitar Amps

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Dave Lockwood sees one alternative to miking amps with a stand, and makes a wish...

Yamaha Motif XF7

Workstation Synthesizer

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Yamaha's long-lived Motif range continues to go from strength to strength. Could the latest model be the best Motif yet?

Zero-G | Nexus Experimental Drum & Bass

Sample Library

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As its title suggests, Nexus is a drum & bass sample library from Zero‑G, produced by the mysteriously aliased Base...

Zoom R24

Recorder, Interface & Controller

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Zoom have launched a sibling for their R16, adding a further eight tracks and some neat loop-sampling and rhythm-track features.

People + Opinion

Edwyn Collins: Recording Losing Sleep

Interview | Artist

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In 2005, a stroke left Edwyn Collins paralysed and unable to remember how to use any of his amazing collection of vintage gear. Together, he and his recording partner Seb Lewsley relearned the studio from scratch.

Future Gazing

Leader

Paul White gazes into his crystal ball to see the future of handheld technology...

Phil Collins | 'Going Back'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Phil Collins began recreating the classic Motown sound as a form of therapy. With the help of engineer Yvan Bing, the results gave Collins his first number one album in 17 years.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Alice Rock * John Spanyol * Sara Mitra * Aldo Cruickshank * Deadly Circus Fire *

Stevan Krakovic: Credit Where Credit's Due...

Sounding Off

Engineer, producer & director of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Stevan Krakovic laments the number of uncredited artists on digital records.

Technique

Elvis Costello & The Attractions 'Oliver's Army'

Classic Tracks

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A song named for Christmas-cancelling regicide Oliver Cromwell may seem like an unlikely hit, but the infectious ebullience of 'Oliver's Army' provided Elvis Costello with his biggest-selling single...

GarageBand & Logic

Apple Notes

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Has the recent update to GarageBand narrowed the gap between the bundled music software and its professional sibling, Logic?

Graphics Cards

PC Notes

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Not every enhancement to your audio PC is worth the money — and top-spec graphics cards are a case in point...

Hiding The Edit

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Make sure your edits go unnoticed with Reaper's audio editing features.

Hiding The Edit | Editing Walkthrough

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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This audio editing walkthrough accompanies the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS January 2011.

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Introducing Dr OctoRex

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Get some 8-way sample action with Reason's new loop player!

Making The Most Of Plug-in Presets

Tips & Techniques

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If you know what you're doing, plug-ins are best set by ear — but if you lack experience and take care to avoid rookie mistakes, dialling in an off-the-peg preset can still prove effective...

Managing Backups, Part 2

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Having looked at routine backups last month, the second of this two-part series explores the more arcane art of archiving.Read Part 1.

Mix Rescue: Johnny Lokke

Mixing & Recording Advice

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This month, we hunt out the devils in the detail of a metal mix!

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Mixing & Recording Advice

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Presets

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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All you need to know about Live's idiosyncratic preset management...

Stereo Width

Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

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Logic's processing tools can be used to manipulate stereo width, adding interest to your mixes.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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Spending thousands on fancy gear won't get you anywhere — at least, not unless you spend some time sorting out and getting to know your listening and recording environments...

Switching To 64-bit?

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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John Walden considers the leap from 32 to 64.

Tempo Maps

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We explain how to create a tempo map in Pro Tools that will follow your musicians wherever they decide to go!

Music Business

TV Music From The Inside

Notes From The Deadline

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Where there's a newly independent republic struggling to establish itself on the world stage, there's an opportunity...

Video Media

Gear To Get You Filming Fast

5 Best Buys

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New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three categories will get you started.

Grass Valley Edius 6

Non-linear Editor For Windows

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Grass Valley's Edius has always been a capable and versatile NLE. Can version 6 bring it the popularity it deserves?

The Price Is Right

Video Software On Budget

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If you want to get into video editing but not spend a fortune, there are plenty of wallet-friendly NLEs and other tools to get you started.

Waves W43

Noise-reduction Plug-in

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Video makers need to reduce noise too — and W43 lets them do it in time-honoured style...

Sound Advice

Q. How can I learn to create drum parts?

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I'm just starting out in learning to record audio but am beginning to expand on what I want to do. Though I'm now fairly...

Q. How can I make my masters louder?

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I'm really new to recording, but I've been getting on well using the Tascam 2488 Neo 24-track digital recorder. However, when...

Q. What are the characteristics of vintage mics?

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I've been browsing a vintage microphone site and it got me thinking: what kind of characteristics are actually offered by...

Q. Which sub-$230 audio interface should I buy?

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I've just bought an iMac and need a simple audio interface that I can connect via a Firewire cable. I want something simple...

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