November 2011 In This Issue

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Reviews

Alesis DM10 Studio

Electronic Drum Kit

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You might be surprised by just how much you get for your money with Alesis’s DM10 Studio kit...

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Mike Watkinson checks out Apogee Jam Interface for iOS & OS X whilst JG Harding puts the Alesis iO Dock recording interface for iPad through its paces.

Ardán Audio EVP M1

Speaker Stands

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Ardán Audio have filed no fewer than 28 patent claims on the design of their unique and highly engineered EVP M1 monitor stands. We find out whether the appliance of science has paid off...

Bees Neez Sally

Large-diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

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This valve mic from Australian company Bees Neez aims to offer a character reminiscent of some of the vintage classics. Can a mic from down under come out on top?

Best Service | Epic World

Sample Library

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Epic World is certainly an ambitious library of Cinematic Landscapes, and its glossy presentation is further enhanced by the...

Big Fish Audio | Coffee House

Sample Library

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If, like me, you prefer tea to coffee and view Starbucks with the same contempt as you do McDonalds, don't let the name '...

Clavia Nord Stage 2 HA88

Performance Keyboard

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Synth, organ, piano: the Nord Stage 2 does it all, and now even lets you load and play your own samples. Is this the best Stage yet?

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter

Audio Examples

Audio files to accompany the article.

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifters

In-line Microphone Preamplifiers

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Do these in-line mic preamplifiers mean you can use a passive ribbon mic with any preamp?

Creative Effects: The Definitive Guide For Producers

eBook Review

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Hugh Robjohns picks up a copy of this latest addition to the Production Suite series of eBooks from Samplecraze's Eddie Bazil.

Eventide Space

Reverb Effect Pedal

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Come with us on a journey through time and space, as we explore the mysteries of Eventide’s remarkable new effects pedal...

EWQL Hollywood Brass

Sample Library

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EastWest continue their Hollywood orchestral series with a large-scale brass library. Is it another Tinseltown classic?

Fostex PM0.5n

Active Nearfield Monitors

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Can such attractively priced studio monitors really do the job of presenting your mixes accurately?

HK Audio Soundcaddy One

Portable PA System

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If you’ve found PA systems fiddly and time-consuming to set up, perhaps the HK Soundcaddy One is right for you.

Little Labs VOG

Bass Resonance Processor

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Matt Houghton gets his hands on this impressive little processor.

Little Labs VOG | Audio

Bass Resonance Processor

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Olympus LS20M

Portable Audio & Video Recorder

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Recording a gig and sharing the video online is a great way to get your name out there, and Olympus have created a pocket-sized way to do just that.

Propellerhead Reason 6

Music Creation Software

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By merging their flagship application with its sibling, Record, Propellerhead have created something users have demanded for years: Reason with built-in audio recording.

Recording Architecture: The Book

Book

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The beautifully produced story of Recording Architecture demonstrates that the same book can be both a work of art and an invaluable resource for the studio builder.

Roland GR55

Guitar Synthesizer

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Roland have put elements of their two very different approaches to guitar synthesis in a single box. Could this be the best guitar synth ever?

Slate Pro Audio Fox

Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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With two channels and four ‘flavours’ on offer, Slate’s mic preamp promises plenty of flexibility. Does it also deliver on quality?

Slate Pro Audio Fox | Media

Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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Sonuus G2M V2 & i2M Musicport

Audio-to-MIDI Converters

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Sonuus’ nifty gadgets make real-time audio-to-MIDI conversion easy and affordable — as long as you only play one note at a time!

Studiomaster VMS

Live Vocal Processor

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Can Studiomaster’s Vocal Management System deliver everything you need for studio-like vocals in a single unit?

Thermionic Culture Freebird

Three-channel Equaliser

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‘Threebird’ might have been a more appropriate appellation for this distinctive-looking EQ but, as we found out in our test flight, there’s far more to it than the novel format...

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Three-channel Equaliser

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Test plots to accompany the article.

Ueberschall Elastik 2

Software Sampler

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The Elastik engine is at the heart of Ueberschall’s many sample libraries — and now they’ve stretched it a bit further with the release of V2...

Ueberschall | Urban

Sample Library

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Ueberschall's Urban sample pack targets the mainstream end of the genre, and is ideal for those wanting an, er, urban edge to...

XLNaudio | Metal ADpak & Diabolic MIDIPak

Sample Library

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The Metal ADpak is XLNaudio's latest add-on for their drum-sample instrument, Addictive Drums. The ADpak features detailed...

Zplane PPMulator XL

Metering Plug-in

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The metering in most DAWs does little more than tell you if you’re in danger of clipping. Zplane’s plug-in suite provides vital alternative ways of understanding audio levels.

People + Opinion

John Forbes: Ne-Yo Live

Interview | Producer

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John Forbes talks to SOS about how he became musical director for Ne-Yo, creating live arrangements for one of the world’s top R&B artists using recorded parts.

John Wood: From Pink Floyd To The McGarrigles

Interview | Engineer & Producer

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Twenty-five years ago, studio legend John Wood retired from the music industry. In a rare interview, he explains why he’s making a comeback, and lays bare the techniques behind some of his greatest recordings.

Live & Dangerous

Leader

Making a live recording of a band is something many of us want to do from time to time, which is why we're covering...

Matthew Herbert: Sampling Pig Noises

Interview | Artist

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Not many artists would make an entire album from field recordings of the life of a pig. But not many artists are like Matthew Herbert...

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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The Weir * Lucy Wise & The B'Gollies * Book Of Birds * Me And The Mountain Elf * Flintology * Elysium Theory * Matti Roots * Bob McCarroll

Simon Woods: Shy Musicians

Sounding Off

Live performance is all well and good for the young and fearless, but not all hobbyists are made that way...

Tom Syrowski: Recording Incubus' 'Adolescents'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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A new Incubus album is always an event, especially when produced by the legendary Brendan O’Brien...

Technique

Apps For Controlling Ableton Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We round up the best iPad apps for controlling Live.

Direction Mixer

Logic Tips & Techniques

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The Direction Mixer in Logic Pro not only helps reposition stereo audio, but can also decode M/S recordings.

Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 3

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Mangling your old drum loops is easy with Cubase 6’s LoopMash 2 plug-in. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2

Mac OS Finder

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For those with a large collection of audio files to manage, we look at two applications that bridge the gap between Pro Tools and the Mac’s Finder.

Mac Vs PC

PC Notes

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These days, the inside of a PC could be very similar to the inside of a Mac, yet both platforms still come with their own pros and cons...

Mix Rescue: Arise

Mixing & Recording Advice

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We go off-beat this month, pitting our mixing skills against a reggae track.

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Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article.

Quantise Drums With AudioSnap Pool

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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If you’d like to make your quantised drums a little more human, dive into Sonar’s AudioSnap pool.

Recording A Live Show

How To Get A Great-sounding Gig Recording

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Recording gigs can be challenging, particularly given the constraints imposed by typical small and medium venues. But capturing a great performance, complete with all the atmosphere of the night, can be a hugely rewarding experience.

Snap Function

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Venture beyond Reaper’s default Snap settings to discover a world of techniques to speed up your workflow.

Steve Jobs' Resignation & The Future Of Apple

Apple Notes

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Steve Jobs’ tenure was a period of unprecedented innovation. So, in a world already wowed by Apple, how will Tim Cook fill his shoes?

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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This month, we optimise speaker placement, tame some early reflections, and get our hands dirty with a problematic mix.

The Mix Review | November 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Ed Sheeran 'The A Team' • The Wanted 'Glad You Came' • Jason Aldean 'Dirt Road Anthem' • Caro Emerald 'A Night Like This'

The Specials 'Ghost Town'

Classic Tracks

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The haunting dub of ‘Ghost Town’ perfectly captured the mood of its time, and spent three weeks at the top of the British charts during the turbulent summer of 1981.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Recent disturbances in the space-time continuum gifted our columnist an unsettling vision of Oxford Street, circa 2014.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

The Audio Engineering Society’s place in recording history is indisputable, but recent events have put its future under the spotlight...

Sound Advice

Q. Can you help me find the right amp-distortion freeware VST?

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I'm looking for any VST freeware that can really do for amp distortion what convolution reverbs can do for sound reflection...

Q. Is it worth spending money on new headphone cables?

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Everyone keeps going on about how great the Cardas cables make headphones sound. Is there any truth about cables ever making...

Q. Should I mix an album as I’m writing it, or all at once?

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I'm in the long process of trying to write enough material to put a cohesive, album-length bunch of stuff together. I have a ...

Q. What are the advantages of passive radiator design?

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I don't hear a lot said about passive radiator speaker technology. What are pros and cons of that design? Technically, it's...

Q. Which amp should I buy to use with some Mixcubes?

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A mate is moving abroad and selling lots of his studio, which is good for me as I'm about to buy his pair of Avantone Mixcubes...

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