January 2013 In This Issue

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Competition

WIN - PreSonus ADL 700 Channel Strip

Deadline: 2013-02-11

Enter and you may win this ADL 700 tube channel-strip, which features an ADL preamp, plus a FET compressor and a four-band semi-parametric EQ.

Reviews

AKG K702 Anniversary Limited Edition

Open-backed Studio Headphones

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To celebrate their 65th anniversary, AKG have launched a limited-edition version of their popular K702's.

Alva Nanoface

USB Audio Interface

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Alva’s debut audio interface combines versatile single-control operation with impressive sound quality.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at the new iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface and Borderlands Granular Synth app.

Avid HD Native Thunderbolt

Computer Recording System

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A little package from Avid lets you run a full Pro Tools HD Native system from your laptop, with huge track counts and negligible latency.

Bicci Micco & Ultimo

Vocal Microphone Stands

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Innovative wall- and floor-mounted Mic stands

Big Fish Audio | Acoustic Indie Pop

Sample Library

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Multi-format

Boomerang III

Phrase Sampler

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Looking for a no-fuss looper for live performance? Look no further...

Cadac Live 1

Mixing Console

Cadac’s large-format consoles are legendary in touring theatre circles, but their Live 1 range aims to clean up in the compact-mixer market...

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Technical Performance Graphs

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Additional technical measurement graphs to accompany the review.

Cakewalk Sonar X2

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

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Cakewalk’s programmers seem to be constantly pedalling the upgrade cycle! We find out what’s new and exciting in the latest Sonar X2...

Dave Hill Designs Titan

Compressor-limiter

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An all-analogue signal path with digital control and side-chain processing make the Titan stand out from the crowd.

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Compressor-limiter

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Drumasonic 2

Virtual Drum Instrument

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Drumasonic’s eponymous software instrument offers detailed editing control over its generous library of drum and percussion sounds.

Expert Sleepers Silent Way 2

MIDI-to-CV Hardware & Plug-ins

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Software control over analogue modular synths takes a big step forward, as Expert Sleepers’ growing plug-in suite is joined by custom hardware.

Fabfilter Pro DS

De-esser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Behind Fabfilter’s elegant interface lurks an advanced algorithm that is claimed to offer the most natural de-essing yet.

Focal SM9

Active Monitor

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Two-way or three-way? You decide! This premium nearfield speaker from Focal is unique in offering both full-range and band-limited listening modes.

Fohhn Linea LX150

Compact Line Array

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These sleek column speakers from prestigious PA brand Fohhn kick out more sound than their size might suggest...

Handheld Recorders

Spotlight

Compact stereo recorders are a great way of capturing audio away from the mouse and keyboard. Here’s our selection of current models, with links to the SOS review where available.

JoeMeek TwinQ2

Dual Recording Channel

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JoeMeek gear has always been about adding a nice vintage vibe to your recordings without having to pay through the nose. Does the new Q2 deliver the goods?

Lewitt Audio DTP640 REX

Dual-element Bass Drum Microphone

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The idea of mounting two capsules in one mic body isn’t new, but Lewitt Audio have added their own twist...

Little Labs Redeye 3d Phantom

DI & Re-amp Box

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Little Labs seem consistently to release useful little boxes that perform well and solve all the irritating little problems in...

Looptrotter Satur-8

Distortion Processor & Summing Mixer

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Does anyone need eight channels of distortion when summing analogue signals together? Looptrotter might be able to persuade you that the idea’s not entirely crazy!

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Distortion Processor & Summing Mixer

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Native Instruments Maschine

Groove Workstation

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Maschine’s MkII hardware gets a Technicolour make-over, while its software increments to v1.8...

Native Instruments Premium Tube Series

EQ & Compressor Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

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Native Instruments have teamed up with Softube to model three pieces of highly regarded valve outboard gear.

Palmer Eins Guitar Amp

1W amp based around two dual-triode valves

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Could this be the perfect low-power guitar amp for studio recording?

Playback

Reader's music reviewed.

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This month: Jaffa Road, Admiralty Wireless, Quiet Rebellion, The Draymin, Captain Horizon, Uncle Wally & Uncle Steve and Papadosio

Radial Komit

500-series Compressor

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The secret of Radial's excellent reputation is simple: design excellent products, and build them well.

Samplerbanks | Electrolyzium 2

Sample Library

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Multi-Format

Toontrack EZKeys

Virtual Piano Instrument

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Toontrack’s Superior Drummer has proved a big hit. Does their EZKeys virtual piano reach an equally high note?

Wes Audio Beta76

FET Compressor-limiter

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The Urei 1176 is one of those classic compressor-limiters that many boutique manufacturers are now trying to put their own spin on. What do Wes Audio bring to the party?

XLN Audio Addictive Keys

Virtual Piano Instrument

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First they got you hooked on their drums, and now XLN Audio are pushing pianos...

People + Opinion

Apprehension

Leader

Paul White discusses how the App market is driving software and hardware development away from the pro-end.

Inside Track: Mixing the Led Zeppelin Reunion

Alan Moulder | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

The film of Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert was five years in the making — yet Alan Moulder had only three weeks to mix the entire soundtrack!

Khan Do

Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan: Producing Emeli Sandé

Shahid Khan has gone from pizza delivery man to in-demand producer — with a little help from Noel Edmonds.

Sounding Off

Sam Inglis

Why are manufacturers constantly opening up new fronts in the loudness war?

Technique

Adam & The Ants ‘Stand & Deliver’

Classic Tracks

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To say that producer Chris Hughes was closely involved with Recording Adam & The Ants’ biggest records would be a bit of an understatement — he got so involved he joined the band...

Apple Notes

Using Spotlight

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Better use of your Mac’s Spotlight feature could save you hours of arduous searching...

Crafting Perfect Pop Backing Vocals

Vox Pop

Great backing vocals can be essential if you want to turn a promising track into a superb one — so find out how to get them right every time.

Dan Deacon: Performing Electronica Live

Crowd Control

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Electronic musician Dan Deacon takes audience involvement much further than most artists, often setting up his gear in the middle of the crowd. He speaks to us about his equipment and the philosophy behind his wild live shows.

Future Shock

Pro tools Tips & Techniques

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Find out what the Pro Tools 11 world will hold for your hardware setup.

Kent Calling

Studio SOS

We travel to Kent to identify some problems with a reader’s mixes, improve his electric guitar recordings, and help him create a more trippy vocal sound.

Music Technology & Special Needs: Part 2

Assist & Adapt

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We explore the innovative hardware and software that is helping disabled musicians take their work to the stage.

Nine Lives

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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What can we expect from Ableton Live’s new version 9?

PC Notes

Virtual MIDI cables

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Virtual MIDI cables still have a place in the PC musician’s studio, so what should you be using in this 64-bit world?

Project Yourself

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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A different perspective on Studio One’s Project page could unleash its true potential...

Scott Free

Peter Walsh & Scott Walker: Producing Bish Bosch

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Scott Walker’s career has taken him from pop stardom to high art. In a rare interview, he and producer Peter Walsh lay bare their unique approach to recording.

Session Notes

Selwyn Jazz Part 2: Mixing A Jazz Big Band Recording

Last month, we recounted our experiences of tracking a jazz big band on location. Now we explain what it takes to turn the raw multitracks into a nicely polished production.

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Selwyn Jazz Part 2: Mixing A Jazz Big Band Recording

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The BBC’s Maida Vale Studios

Maid In Britain

Unique, unnavigable and steeped in history, the BBC’s extraordinary Maida Vale studio complex exemplifies everything we love about our national broadcaster!

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Mike considers tracks from Rihanna, Marina and the Diamonds, Conor Maynard and Train.

The Tempo Trap

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to march to a different beat in Cubase, by locking a tempo-varying performance to a fixed beat — and vice-versa.

Untold Glitches

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Glitch techniques are common currency in pop production, and Reason can glitch with the best of them...

We Got The Beat: Part 1

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Recreate Ableton Live’s Beat Repeat with Logic.

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Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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There are times when practical considerations outweigh artistic judgements. Especially when there’s a war on.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

We speak to a Bay Area trade group who hope their sponsorship business model will benefit artists, studios — and themselves — alike.

Sound Advice

Q. Could I blend recordings made by two different mics at the same time?

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I've got a Shure SM57 and a Rode NTK and I'm not sure which I should use on vocals. This got me wondering whether it would be...

Q. Has phantom power damaged this keyboard?

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I did the sound for a new band last night and spent the first set sorting the keyboards out, which failed in the second song....

Q. How do I get the best from guitar-amp simulator software?

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Due to space and other limitations, I am not able to mic up my amp, so I'm going to have to rely on plug-ins for my guitar...

Q. Would you ever compress one channel of a stereo recording?

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I was called in half an hour before a concert to record a violin and piano concert at a school with the violinist Jennifer...

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