November 2013 In This Issue

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Competition

Win! Neumann KH310A & KH810 monitors

Deadline: 2013-12-09

Thumbnail for article: Win! Neumann KH310A & KH810 monitorsFantastic chance to Win Neumann KH310A & KH810 monitors in November's Issue Competition.

Reviews

Adam Hall Cabinet Clamp

Microphone Mount

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The Adam Hall Cabinet Clamp is designed to save you space on stage by eliminating the need for a mic stand when miking up a ...

AKG K612 & K712

Open-backed Headphones

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AKG's form for making quality cans for mixing is well known. How do these new models compare with their previous flagship design?

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at a two iOS Apps - Pulse Code Modular and Stage Traxx.

Behringer X32 Compact

Digital Mixing Console

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The X32 Compact takes the heart of Behringer's flagship console and crams it into a cheaper, smaller package. We put it to the test.

Big Fish Audio - Acoustic Soundscapes

Sample Library

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The main body of the library is made up of 945 files, available in both Acidized WAV and Apple Loops formats.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

Polyphonic Synthesizer

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A new Prophet is always an exciting prospect, but the name certainly carries a weight of expectation. Can the latest model live up to its illustrious ancestry?

Focusrite Red 1 500

Microphone Preamplifier

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Focusrite make their first foray into the 500-series format with a preamp — but is it worthy of the revered 'Red' name?

FXpansion Bloom, Maul & Etch

Modulation-based Effects Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

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A powerful modulation system means there's more to FXpansion's delay, filter and distortion effects than meets the eye.

GForce - The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

Sample Library

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The Streetly Tapes series of expansion packs for Gforce's M-Tron Pro aim to get as close as possible to an authentic Mellotron experience.

High-End DAW Controllers

Spotlight

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What does the current crop of premium control surfaces have to offer? Read our round-up to find out.

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5

DI Box & Cabinet Simulator

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While the latest version of Hughes & Kettner's Red Box guitar amp DI adds some new tone-shaping options, the basic equation behind the Red Box remains unchanged.

IGS Audio Panzer 500

Modular Outboard System

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Never have there been so many ways to get into the 500-series format. Does this system have anything different to offer?

Log Jam Prolog

Percussion Pedal

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Everyone must have seen those wooden pedals that guitar players stomp on to create a pseudo kick...

MFB Tanzbär

Analogue Drum Machine

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It's clear where its inspiration lies, but is MFB's 'Analoger Drumcomputer' equal to fabled Roland machines of yore?

MOTU Digital Performer 8

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Nearly 30 years into its history, Mark Of The Unicorn's flagship recording package makes its first appearance as a Windows application. How worried should MOTU's competitors be?

Playback

Readers Music Reviewed

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This month we review work from David Youngs, Autocue, Daylight Fireworks, hanna*h*, Bernie, Peter Fitzpatrick and Rubyrough.

PSI A25M

Three-way Active Monitors

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Swiss company PSI combine traditional and modern design practices to deliver a monitor that is both powerful and extremely revealing.

Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3

Percussion Sample Library

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The third instalment in Quantum Leap's Stormdrum series explores the private percussion collection of a legendary American drummer.

RME BOB32 Universal Breakout Box

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Virtually every professional audio device that has multi-channel analogue or digital...

Roger Mayer Super 57, M59 & Bass Electric Guitar & Bass Preamplifiers

Preamp

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I'd normally be very sceptical if somebody said they'd come up with an all-analogue pedal-sized preamp that could emulate not only the tonal coloration but also the power stage harmonic characteristics of a particular valve amplifier

Sample Library Reviews | Media

Big Fish, Vienna Symphonic, Ueberschall and GForce

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Standard Audio Level Or 500-series

Dynamics Processor

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The Level Or is a modern take on the Shure Level Loc, which was a small — and rather trashy — PA limiter designed in the '50s.

Telefunken M82

Dynamic Microphone

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The latest mic from the Telefunken stable has no fewer than four different voicing options. Is this the last kick-drum mic you'll ever need?

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Dynamic Microphone

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Ueberschall - Rock Classics

Sample Library

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Rock Classics is a further release in Ueberschall's Elastik-based loop library series.

Vienna Symphonic Library

Vienna Instruments Player

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The recorder is an odd instrument: most of us have played it, yet it rarely appears in sample libraries. VSL have set out to remedy that by sampling four instruments of the recorder family.

Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast

Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

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Warm Audio's latest preamp offers surprisingly high quality in an affordable package.

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Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

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Zoom H6

Six-track Digital Recorder

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With its impressive track count and interchangeable input modules, Zoom's H6 is one of the most flexible handheld recorders available.

People + Opinion

A Day In The Life

Kevin Lemoine: FOH Engineer For Green Day

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Backstage at a major festival in France, we caught up with the man who has been mixing one of the biggest names in punk for the last 14 years.

California Dreaming

Jonathan Wilson: Reviving The West Coast Sound

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For Jonathan Wilson, the quality of recorded music peaked in late-'70s LA. His own production career has been a quest to scale the same heights.

EASTWEST: The Man Behind The Brand

Doug Rogers of Eastwest celebrates 25 years at the top

Thumbnail for article: EASTWEST: The Man Behind The BrandFounded in 1988, Doug Rogers’ EASTWEST company pioneered the creation of realistic, playable sample-based instruments — 25 years on they remain the undisputed market leader.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Leader

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Is it just me or have today's software GUI designers been turned by the dark side?

Goldfrapp

Will Gregory:Recording Tales Of Us

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Will Gregory took the unconventional decision to base Goldfrapp's latest album around a single instrument — which he couldn't play!

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mikey Donaldson

Inside Track

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Love And War was not only a remarkable comeback for singer Tamar Braxton, but a breakthrough opportunity for engineer and mixer Mikey Donaldson.

Sounding Off

Is it about time we got rid of lossy audio formats for music delivery?

Technique

Apple Notes

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We root out a little-known hard-disk hog and tell you why musicians shouldn't rush to upgrade to iOS 7.

Comp Together

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Craft the perfect take using Sonar X3's new Track Lanes.

Designer Sounds

Sound Design For Visual Media & Radio

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In the second part of this exploration of the craft of sound design for visual media, we reveal the skills needed to make good music edits.

Groove Mechanics

Ableton Live tips & Techniques

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Trouble finding your groove? Come with us as we dive into Live's Groove Pool...

Just Browsing

Reason tips & Techniques

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Understanding Reason's Patch Browser can help you to work faster and more efficiently.

Keyboard Fraud

Cubase Tips & Techiques

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With the Chord Track, even the most keyboard-phobic and ham-fisted of composers can play in their piano parts!

Mix Rescue

Hetoreyn

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A reader's carefully crafted symphonic synth epic gets the SOS mix makeover treatment.

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Hetoreyn

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Pain-free PT

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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If you rely on Pro Tools, it's worth taking steps to avoid RSI.

PC Notes

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If you're keen to squeeze the last drop of performance from your Windows PC, read on...

Plug-in And Play

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Discover untold creative possibilities with Logic's powerful new MIDI plug-ins.

Point Six Power

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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A free upgrade to Studio One offers several welcome new features.

Session Notes

James Varda: Recording Harp On Location

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Recording an instrument for the first time in an unfamiliar room can be a rewarding experience — if you set about it in the right way!

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James Varda: Recording Harp On Location

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Studio SOS

Amsterdam Install

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This month, we travel all the way to Amsterdam to help last year's SOS Awards prize winner set up his brand-new, £14,000$20,000 studio!

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Draft Punk, Steep Canyon Rangers, Justin Timberlake and Classic Mix album - Chris De Burgh's Lady In Red.

The Velvet Underground 'Heroin'

Classic Tracks

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Its status as one of pop's most influential albums is clear, but the circumstances surrounding the creation of The Velvet Underground & Nico have always been clouded. We asked Andy Warhol's co-producer to set the record straight.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Making a good living from music isn't as hard as they say. Getting people to believe that you make a good living from music can be impossible.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Audio networking looks set to be the next big thing — but will it make your music better?

Studio File

Village Recorders, Los Angeles

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These days, many top studios cater to a major-label clientele, and offer a rather streamlined approach. Happily, there is...

Sound Advice

Q How best do I make use of diffusers when recording?

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If I have a live room with diffusion on one wall what is the best way to...

Q Should I buy a hardware sampler?

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Prices for former top-of-the-line hardware samplers are ridiculously cheap these days. Emu...

Q What makes different models of mic sound different?

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As far as I can see, if the noise and distortion figures are adequately low, the only obvious difference between microphones must be in the frequency response.

Q What's the best way to record a psaltery?

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Can you offer any suggestions for which type of microphone to use to record a ...

Q Why are analogue tape emulation plug-ins so expensive?

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The effects of recording to tape seem to be very subtle, with the so-called 'warmth' appearing to be largely due to the soft-saturation characteristics of the tape itself and other non-linear components in the signal chain.

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