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Competition

Win Celemony 10+10 Melodyne Birthday Box

Deadline: 2011-01-11

Bavarian software developers Celemony celebrate their 10th birthday this year and, to mark the occasion, they've teamed up with SOS to offer a fantastic competition prize!

Reviews

Audio-Technica AT4047 MP

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica have added multiple polar patterns to one of their already successful designs, bringing increased versatility in the studio.

Audio-Technica AT4047 MP | Media

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

Audio files to accompany the article.

AVI Neutron Five

2.1 Monitor System

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This interesting monitor system uses the natural roll-off of the satellite speakers to provide the crossover with the subwoofer.

Best Service | Cinematique Instruments

Sample Library

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The duo behind Cinematique Instruments have been composing music for films and documentaries for 10 years and have more recently extended their talents to the sampling of rare and strange instruments. 

Big Fish Audio | Kontrol Freaks 2

Sample Library

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This set of 40 hip‑hop backing‑track construction kits is the work of producer Soul‑G and includes Apple Loops, Acidised WAV and REX formats.

Black Lion AM/CHA1

Dual-channel Equaliser

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Does a 'boutique' approach to building outboard have to mean inflated prices? Not according to this manufacturer...

Black Lion AM/CHA1

Dual-channel Equaliser: Test Plots

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Test plots to accompany the article.

Black Lion PM8

Passive Summing Mixer

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Hugh Robjohns checks out another offering from Black Lion: the new passive summing mixer, PM8.

Drawmer A2D2

A/D Converter

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With its independently configurable outputs, this A/D converter is a little different from most of its competitors...

Electro Harmonix Freeze

Sound Retainer Effects Pedal

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Paul White investigates a new effects pedal from Electro Harmonix... everybody Freeze!

Focusrite Control 2802

Analogue Console & DAW Controller

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Offering hands-on DAW control and a 32-input analogue console with bus compressor, Audient's latest mixer is very impressive indeed — and it's not as expensive as you might expect...

Mackie Onyx Blackjack

USB Audio Interface

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Mackie's Blackjack is the smallest interface yet to feature their acclaimed Onyx mic preamps.

Mode Machines KRP1 Krautrock Phaser

Analogue Phaser

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The KRP1 Krautrock Phaser is a modern recreation of a German classic.

Neve Manufacturing Australia Custom Series 75

Analogue Mixing Console

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Thought you'd seen the death of the large-format console? Think again, as you read our exclusive preview of this modern take on classic Neve designs.

Original Music | Dance Drum Samples

Sample Library

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Dance Drum Samples is a bargain‑priced sample pack available to download from Original Music. It's a healthy 658MB in size and contains 116 WAV loops, of which 103 are presented in REX 2 format with accompanying MIDI files.

Plug-in Folder

Software Plug-ins

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• Toontrack EZ Mix • 2C Audio Aether 1.5 • Universal Audio EP34 • Native Instruments Traktor 12 • Overloud SpringAge

Project SAM Symphobia 2

Sample Library

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Symphobia's sequel probes deeper into the psyche of the sampled orchestra.

Prominy SR5 Rock Bass

Virtual Bass Guitar Instrument

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Virtual bassists are not short of options for looking after their low end. How does this new one fare?

Roland RD700NX

Digital Piano

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Roland are hardly new to the digital piano game, and with years of experience to draw on, their new stage piano should be something rather special. Let's find out...

Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury

Hum-cancelling Guitar Pickups

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Stacked humbucker pickups designed to replace standard single-coil pickups are nothing new, but most simply strive to deliver a single-coil tone while offering the noise-suppression ability of a humbucker.

Steinberg Wavelab 7

Audio Editing & Mastering Suite

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Steinberg's Wavelab has spread its wings to become the only truly cross-platform stereo editing package — and in the process, it's undergone a comprehensive makeover.

Sugar Bytes Guitarist

Virtual Guitar Software

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Electric guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to recreate in sample-based form. Sugar Bytes are the latest developers to brave the challenge.

T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon

Guitar Pedal Power Supply

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Dave Lockwood delights in changing colours as he tests out this multi-port adaptable power supply from T-Rex.

Tascam DR2D

Digital Recorder

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Tascam's mid-range pocket-sized digital recorder, the DR2D, supersedes the earlier DR1 — but does it have enough tricks to compete in an ever-evolving market?

Tonehammer Requiem

Choral Sample Library

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Sanctify your soundtracks with Tonehammer's new choral library.

Waves Kramer HLS & PIE

EQ & Dynamics Plug-ins

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Eddie Kramer is a producer and engineer who knows a thing or two about rock 'n' roll, so when he gives his name to plug-ins modelled after his favourite hardware, we expect great things...

Zero-G | Tonio: Male Classical Vocal

Sample Library

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I first saw Vocaloid demonstrated by Yamaha at the 2003 Frankfurt Musikmesse, and even though the chap presenting the demo spoke few words of English, the product's impressive capabilities were obvious.

People + Opinion

Alex Marten: Is Music Meaningless In Isolation?

Sounding Off

Is music meaningless in isolation?

Art Of The Matter

Leader

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Paul White muses on the art of sound and recording.

Mike Vernon: Producing British Blues

Interview | Producer

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Mike Vernon produced some of the greatest blues records of all time. A full decade after retiring, he's back in the studio with some of the British blues scene's brightest lights.

Nashville Guitars: Recording Today's Country Guitar Sounds

Interview | Engineers

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With country guitars, what you hear on the record is what was played in the studio. We asked Nashville's leading engineers how they capture those tones.

Peter Neubäcker: Melodyne & Celemony, The Next Decade

Interview | Manufacturer

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It's 10 years since the groundbreaking Melodyne audio-processing software was launched. To celebrate, its inventor Peter Neubäcker invited us into his research lab to talk about possible future developments.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Tolis Zavaliaris * Tie Your Shoes To Your Knees & Pretend You're Small Like Us * Tony Alderman * Dr Slaggleberry * Silent Strike Lucian Ban & Alex Harding * Clockwork * TnVVNuM * Burn The Negative * Beyond Reason

Robert Plant 'Angel Dance'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Thirty years after Led Zeppelin ended, Robert Plant has reached a second career high. His latest hit album was tracked and mixed by Mike Poole, using a mouth-watering selection of vintage equipment.

Technique

Apple Logic: Back To Basics

Logic Notes

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Whether you're an experienced or a novice Logic user, going back to the beginning might show you a thing or two.

Beat Repeat Plug-in

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you the most modest of feats: a wonderful way of repeating your beats.

Block

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Make light work of song arranging with Reason's new Blocks feature.

Digital Performer 7.2

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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DP's latest version brings the ability to change the look and feel of the program. We find out how, and explore other additions in DP 7.2.

Laptop Vs Desktop; Front-panel USB 3; AudioMulch

PC Notes

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If your laptop's giving you ground-loop problems, maybe it's time to go back to battery power... Martin Walker discusses this, and rounds up the latest PC news.

Managing Backups, Part 1

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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In the first of this two-part series, we look at the best ways to manage your day-to-day backups in Sonar.Read Part 2.

Master EQ Plug-in

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Discover the power of Reaper's EQ plug-in and become an EQ master in the process.

MIDI Controllers

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Even a handful of knobs and sliders on a MIDI master keyboard are enough to give you hands-on control of your Cubase mix.

Mix Rescue: Superfox

Mixing & Recording Advice

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We spend a lot of time rescuing sub-standard recordings and arrangements in Mix Rescue, but this month it really was all about mixing and mastering.

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Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS December 2010.

Pet Shop Boys 'It's A Sin'

Classic Tracks

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Protests against Catholicism have taken many forms, Martin Luther nailing his objections to the cathedral door, but the Pet Shop Boys chose to make theirs in disco...• Producer: Julian Mendelsohn • Engineers: Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague

Studio SOS: Common Studio Problems

Your Studio Problems Solved

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With over 50 Studio SOS visits under our belt, we thought it was time to discuss some of the most common studio problems we've tackled.

Super Conductors

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools' rulers not only show the passage of time, they allow you to control it!

Transferring Projects Between Different DAWs

Tips & Techniques

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Exporting a project from one DAW to another can be frustrating — but there are ways and means...

Water Damage

Apple Notes

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Don't panic if your iDevice has recently gone to a watery grave; your music may still be salvageable.

Music Business

TV Music From The Inside

Notes From The Deadline

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The only way to make money as a media composer is from publishing — but greedy production companies are targeting our back end with a vengeance.

Video Media

Flip Ultra HD

Pocket Video Recorder

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The Flip Ultra HD promises high-definition video recording in the palm of your hand — but does it live up to the claim?

Gear To Get You Filming Fast

5 Best Buys

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New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three categories will get you started.

iPhone 4: Shooting & Editing Music Videos

Tips & Techniques

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Apple's iMovie may be designed for making slideshows of snapshots and holiday videos, but what's to stop you thinking outside the box?

Sony Vegas Pro 10

Non-linear Editor

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The latest version of Vegas offers plenty of professional features at a competitive price. So can you expect compromises in performance, or is Vegas Pro a spectacular deal?

Sound Advice

Q. Does freezing really improve the quality of valves?

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I've heard that some companies routinely freeze valves and certain electrical components to improve their performance. Would...

Q. How can I improve the sound of my DJ set when mastering?

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I'm a drum & bass DJ and I work exclusively with vinyl, which is all mastered for a club sound system.

Q. What's the best order for recording a band?

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I'm going to be recording my band's new album and it's my first big project, so I'd like a bit of advice. It's a rhythm...

Q. What's the best way to back up my data?

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I have a PC running Windows XP, and currently back up my data regularly using copy and paste onto an external hard drive. The...

Q. Why does using a high-pass filter make things seem louder?

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Why does applying a high‑pass filter to a sound sometimes result in the output being noticeably higher than it was before?...

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