October 2011 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Flux IRCAM Tools Worth €1,599 EUR

Deadline: 2011-11-11

Flux are generously giving away a copy of the IRCAM Tools suite to the winner of this month’s SOS competition. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter online.

Win Yamaha DTX700K & MOX6 Worth $4,966

Deadline: 2011-11-11

For this month’s SOS competition, we’ve teamed up with Yamaha to offer the winner two of the company’s latest musical goodies: a DTX700K electronic drum kit, and an MOX6 synthesizer, with a combined value of almost $5000!

Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month JG Harding investigates the Audiofile Engineering FiRe field recorder app for iOS, MicW i436 microphone for iOS and TC Helicon Voice Jam vocal looping app for iOS.

Bitley | Fairlight II+

Sample Library

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On some levels, the idea of this sample collection is a little strange, because what we're dealing with here is,...

Bugera V5

Valve Amplifier

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Paul White looks at this simple valve amp which comes with one 12AXL dual-triode preamp and an EL84 providing the output stage.

Cockos Reaper 4

Digital Audio Workstation Software

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Cockos’ affordable DAW is now more customisable than ever, and there are valuable new features for media management, MIDI editing and surround mixing too.

Elektron Octatrack DPS1

Performance Sampler

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Swedish synthesists Elektron have turned their attention to sampling — and, with characteristic individuality, have created something quite unique.

Generic Audio Preceptor & Compactor

Analogue Dynamics Processors

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From a new and little-known Polish company come two compressors made with a “fanatical attention to detail”. Sounds intriguing...

HK Audio LUCAS Alpha

PA System

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When your live show requires plenty of punch and power, this 2000W system should give you everything you need.

Josephson C716

Large‑diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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In the C716, Josephson Engineering have built upon established technology with some novel ideas of their own.

Mackie MR5 & MR8 Mk2

Active Monitors

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Mackie have updated their MR range of affordable powered speakers, endowing these Mk2 versions with new drivers and re‑voiced amplifiers. We put them to the test...

NI Vintage Compressors

Dynamics Plug‑ins

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NI’s take on the Holy Trinity of compressors adds some neat extra features that make them more versatile.

Rob Papen Punch

Virtual Drum Synthesizer

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Can Rob Papen’s new virtual instrument deliver the knockout blow?

Safe Sound Audio Stereo Toolbox

API 500-series Compressor

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Safe Sound have already impressed us with their Dynamic Toolbox, and now they’ve brought M/S compression to the Lunchbox format.

Sample Logic | Rumble

Sample Library

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Rumble Marching & Cinematic Drums is a collaborative project between Sample Logic and System Blue, capturing a certain...

Shure SRH940

Studio Headphones

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Shure are recent arrivals in the pro headphone market. Do their new flagship cans measure up against more established names in the field?

Slate VCC

Console Emulation Plug‑in

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Can the failings of mixing in software really be solved by buying more software? That’s the claim Slate Digital are making for their Virtual Console Collection.

Slate VCC | Media

Console Emulation Plug‑in

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Sonokinetic | Arpeggio

Sample Library

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Following the modus operandi of offering very focused and specific sample libraries, Sonokinetic have turned their attention...

Spitfire Audio Albion

Orchestral Sample Library

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Spitfire celebrate this sceptred isle with a suitably grand orchestral library.

TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch

Live Vocal Processor & Looper

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Is one voice not enough for you? Have you always dreamed of being your own choir? Read on...

UA Lexicon 224

Reverb Plug‑in For UAD2 System

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Vintage digital reverbs might not be totally realistic, but they have bags of character. Universal Audio’s latest plug‑in brings the venerated Lexicon 224 to your DSP card.

Ueberschall | Nightshift

Sample Library

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Described as 'Natural Chillout Music', Ueberschall's Nightshift features 18 song-construction kits aimed at smooth, laid‑back...

Universal Audio 4710d

Multi-channel Preamplifier, Compressor & A-D Converter

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Matt Houghton takes a look at this multi-purpose device from Universal Audio.

Wharfedale WPM1

Portable Active PA Speaker

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Whether you’re looking for a compact stage monitor or a boost for a small PA, this active speaker could help.

People + Opinion

Carl Cox: USB Album Release

Interview | Artist

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Carl Cox’s latest album is available only to those who purchase a uniquely coded USB pen drive. Is this an idea that will turn the tide against file‑sharing?

David Ricard: Faded Dreams & Hard Drives

Sounding Off

If you thought your cupboards were full of faded dreams, just take a look at your old hard drives...

DAW Keys

Leader

Back in the days when a tape machine, together with a mixer, equalled the best part of a studio, most engineers...

DJ Swivel: Recording Beyoncé's 4

Interview | Producer

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The creation of Beyoncé’s album 4 involved 10 studios and almost 20 producers. The one constant, apart from the singer herself, was recording engineer DJ Swivel.

Phil Ramone & Andy Smith: So Beautiful So What

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Paul Simon’s album So Beautiful Or So What is a dazzling return to form — and a return to working with production legend Phil Ramone.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Verse Metrics * Hot Red Dress * The Chris Finnen Band * The Tennis Players

Trip Khalaf: Behind The Wall — Engineering Roger Waters' World Tour

Interview | Engineer

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Live sound engineer ‘Trip’ Khalaf and his colleagues talk about touring Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 album with band co-founder Roger Waters.

Wayne Moss: Cinderella Sound, Nashville

Interview | Music Producer

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Fifty years ago, Wayne Moss created a studio in his Nashville garage. And while big-money, purpose-built complexes have come and gone, Cinderella Sound still thrives today.

Technique

Elton John: 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

Classic Tracks

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Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has proved to be one of his most popular and enduring works. The man at the controls, David Hentschel, tells us how it came to be.

Hardware Upgrades

PC Notes

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We’re all familiar with the PC upgrade treadmill — but do recent hardware developments mean that we can now step off it?

Lion OS

Apple Notes

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Apple have just released their latest OS upgrade, Lion. So just how wild is the beast?

Live Lessons

Ableton Live Notes

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We show you how to document your projects, sets and custom devices with Live’s Lessons facility.

Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 2

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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We introduce even more ways to spice up your drum loops in Cubase. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 3

Mix Rescue: Young Griffo

Mixing & Recording Advice

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It pays to keep your ears open for phase problems when mixing. Tackling them means you shouldn’t have to resort to radical EQ so often.

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Mixing & Recording Advice

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Musical Tricks To Transform Your Tracks

Music Theory Tips

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Even a basic understanding of chords, melody and harmony can help your dodgy demo become a polished production...

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Music Theory Tips

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Pitch Transposition In Sonar X1

Sonar Notes

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Understand the pitch-changing options in Sonar X1 for better results with your audio.

Pro Tools 9 — What's New?

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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New to Pro Tools 9? Here’s how to get the best from all the features that were HD‑only until now!

Reason 6

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Version 6 is a new dawn for Reason users. This month, we offer some essential techniques for getting up to speed with it.

Space Cadet

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Cure those conflicting frequencies and create some space with Logic’s Match EQ.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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When legendary film composer Hans Zimmer asked us to help improve the acoustics in his temporary London studio, we were only too happy to oblige!

The Mix Review | October 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Alison Krauss & Union Station 'Paper Airplane' • Katy Perry 'Last Friday Night' • Alexandra Stan 'Mr Saxobeat'

Using Software Synths & Samplers

MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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This month, how to use software synths and samplers effectively in your DP projects.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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One thing that never changes in the world of music: the people who make it usually end up getting ripped off.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

The demise of the Compact Disc as the dominant music-distribution format has been slow and inevitable. But what, if anything, will replace it?

Sound Advice

Q. Are there any panning rules for maintaining mono compatibility?

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With regard to stereo image width, is there typically a 'cap' you would place on tracks to maintain a good mono sound? Perhaps...

Q. Can I pair a higher‑wattage speaker with my Marshall cab?

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I have obtained a 1980s Marshall 1931 cabinet with a Fane speaker, which is rated at 75 Watts, open back. Can I put in a ...

Q. How can I connect hardware synths to my setup?

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Currently, I have a MIDI keyboard, a Mackie Spike audio interface, an Apogee Duet interface, a UA Solo 610 preamp and a ...

Q. How much power does my stage system need?

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I'm trying to work out how much power a PA system I work with draws, and I also need to come up with a sensible 'plug‑it‑all‑...

Q. Which of these mics is best for recording my guitar?

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I have a nylon‑strung Ibanez guitar, which I think I paid $200 for. The electronics in the guitar are not cutting the mustard...

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