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Reviews

AKG C1000S

Capacitor Microphone

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Mic technology has come a long way since AKG launched the original C1000S. Does the latest version offer enough improvements to keep up with the competition?

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Apps for your Tablet: Waldorf Nave, Pocket Audio Tools and Grain Science's granular synth.

Aurora Audio Sidecar

Analogue Mixing Console

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By stripping this mixer down to the bare bones of preamp, EQ and stereo summing, Geoff Tanner shows us that less really can be more when it comes to quality vintage-style consoles.

Avid Fast Track Duo

USB Audio Interface

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With its bundled Pro Tools Express software, Avid's new interface could be just the thing for anyone getting started with music production.

Beat Construction: The Definitive Guide

eBook Review

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In his latest eBook, Samplecraze's Eddie Bazil explores the concept of 'Beat Construction' — which he is at pains to point out means drum beats, rather than full productions.

Benchmark DAC2 HGC

Reference Stereo D-A Converter & Preamp

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When it comes to D-A conversion, this company is called Benchmark for a reason. How have they raised the standard this time?

Big Fish Audio | Ambient Skyline 3

WAV/REX/Apple Loops, or Kontakt

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Available as a downloadable product, in WAV, Apple Loop and Kontakt versions.

Celmo Sardine Can & Pimento

Stompbox Processors

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Celmo are the French company behind many of the software plug-ins for the Creamware DSP platform, now they've branched out into analogue guitar pedals and produced something quite different!

Fohhn LX601 & XS30

Compact Line Array

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To really put this system through its paces, we set it up as the main system at an outdoor festival playing to thousands of people.

Hybrid Recording Interfaces

Spotlight

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A hybrid recording interface can give you the practical benefits of a stand-alone recorder with the flexibility of a computer and audio interface. Here's our round-up of current options.

IK Multimedia ARC 2

Room Correction System For Mac OS & Windows

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It's not always practical to solve room problems with acoustic treatment. Enter IK's updated monitor correction system...

Korg Volca Beats, Bass & Keys

Analogue Grooveboxes

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Korg's single-handed analogue revival continues unabated with the release of the Volca range of super-affordable grooveboxes.

Lindell Audio 500 Series

Modular Analogue Outboard System

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Tobias Lindell's latest range aims to deliver pro-quality outboard processing at a price that's within reach of the home studio masses.

Mark L Custom: Vanilla Sky Overdrive, Jazzy Boost & Jazzy Drive

Stompbox Processors

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Considering that these are boutique, hand-built pedals from Poland, the cost is very reasonable.

Millennia HV37

Two-channel Mic & Instrument Preamp

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The HV37 makes Millennia's highly regarded solid-state preamp design available in a more affordable format. Does it cut any corners?

Moog Analog Delay

500-series Analogue Mono Delay

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Moog are best known for their synths, but could all their analogue expertise also make for a delicious delay?

Native Instruments | Abbey Road 50s Drummer

Another decade in this classic series

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The Native Instruments Abbey Road Drummer series must be close to completion. Previously we have had Vintage, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Modern Drummer, and now NI have slipped 50s Drummer into the decade-sized gap.

Neumann KH310A

Active Monitors

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What do you get when you cross Klein + Hummel's pedigree in speaker design with Neumann's decades of industry experience? A very good monitor indeed...

Novation Launchkey

Controller Keyboard

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Novation's new controller keyboard has bright lights, friendly buttons and a newt-like orange underbelly. Splendid.

Playback

Readers music reviewed

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This month we comment on music from, Noatak, The Villeins, inFictions, AiO, Spiritual Wardrobe, Ollo, The Chaps, Freddy Frogs and Jens Steinmeyer

Presonus Eris E5 & E8

Active Monitors

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Have Presonus got what it takes to break into the already crowded market for affordable monitors?

Recording Drums: The Complete Guide

Book Review

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With over 370 pages, author Mike Major's book is crammed with advice, practical tips and useful pictures and diagrams.

RME OctaMic XTC

Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

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The latest addition to RME's OctaMic range of multi-channel preamps is designed to interface with digital recording systems of all stripes.

Sample Magic Magic AB

Audio Comparison Plug-in

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Sample Magic's ingenious plug-in makes A/Bing fast, fair and simple.

Sonokinetic | Mallets

Melodic percussion samples

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Sonokinetic's classical range of virtual instruments includes everything from symphonic orchestras to individual instruments like the electro mechanical piano.

Soundcraft Si Expression

Digital Mixing Console

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The new Si Expression range aims to combine the flexibility of digital mixing with 'analogue' ease of use. Is it time you made the switch?

SSL Live

Digital Mixing Console

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The biggest name in studio consoles have announced their first mixer designed exclusively for the stage. We took a trip to SSL's factory in Oxford to see what the fuss was about...

Ueberschall | Bass Saxophone

Elastik

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Ueberschall's Elastik-based library series now runs to dozens of titles and Bass Saxophone is one of the latest additions and features 140 samples.

Universal Audio Apollo 16

Audio Interface & DSP Platform For Mac & PC

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The Apollo 16 is an audio interface designed to bring UA's Powered Plug-in processing into the heart of a larger studio setup.

Waves RS56

Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Another slice of Abbey Road history is now available in your plug-in folder, thanks to Waves.

Yamaha MX49

Synthesizer

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Fruit continues to fall from Yamaha's Motif tree and the latest and cheapest example is the MX range...

People + Opinion

Ólafur Arnalds

Composer & Producer

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Many classically trained musicians have ended up playing rock. Ólafur Arnalds' career has gone in the opposite direction...

Sounding Off

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What's in a name? A lot, according to some groundbreaking new research...

The Next Big Thing

Leader

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Paul White discusses the importance of visionary engineering teams coming up with the next big thing.

Tony Maserati

Inside Track: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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A simple song and an outrageous video turned Robin Thicke from a star to a superstar — with the aid of master mixer Tony Maserati.

Technique

Apple Notes

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A new program makes it possible to use your favourite 32-bit plug-ins in any 64-bit DAW.

Beat Generation

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Make modern electronic beats with Logic's Drummer.

Change Of PACE

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Freed from the limitations of working within a web browser, the new iLok License Manager also offers a much improved user interface.

Designer Sounds

Sound Design For Visual Media & Radio

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The sound designer may use many of the same basic skills and tools as the recording musician, but the role requires you to think rather differently...

Group Therapy

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Track grouping is one of Live's most powerful tools for managing your tracks in both Session and Arrangement view.

Master The Art

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Use Sonar X2's bundled tools to master your mix.

PC Notes

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Shut Down, Sleep or Hibernate — which is the most efficient for the PC musician?

Sonic Safari

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Join us as we explore the unexpected creative possibilities of Reason 7's effects.

Step Up!

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase's StepDesigner offers a surprising amount of creative potential.

The Clash 'White Riot' Classic Tracks

Classic Tracks

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When the Clash entered the studio for the first time they were determined not to sacrifice their punk principles, and the fates — not to mention a sympathetic engineer and a negligent record company — were on their side...

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Kansas City Choral and the Classic Mix - Motorhead's Ace Of Spades.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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We all like adding new technology to our studios, but progress comes at a cost.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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What can the airline and supermarket industries teach studios about setting their prices?

The BOP Studios Story

Out Of Africa

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The most lavish recording facility ever built is not in London, New York or LA, but a remote part of South Africa. We trace the extraordinary story of BOP Studios.

Sound Advice

Q How best can I capture room tone with home-recorded drums?

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I'm trying to get a nice spacious rock drum sound. But while my live room — or 'dining room' as my wife calls it! —...

Q How is impedance balancing audio different from normal balancing?

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Would impedance balanced and electronic balanced audio provide exactly the same noise reduction as regular symmetrical...

Q How much latency is acceptable for virtual piano?

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I'm a classically trained pianist who, on occasion, plays keyboard on stage. Though I am told that the latency in a...

Q Why are some DI boxes expensive?

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Why are some DI boxes so damned expensive? Aren't they all just pretty much a transformer in a box? And what if any...

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