December 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

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Reviews

AAS Chromaphone

Virtual Percussion Synthesizer

Tired of standard percussion sounds? Chromaphone lets you create your own.

ACS T1

In-ear Monitors

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You can’t buy these in-ear monitors in shops, as each pair is custom-made — but if you need outstanding comfort and noise rejection, the extra time and money might just be worth it!

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Yonac Magellan synth, Apogee MiC and the PPG WaveGenerator Synth App.

Arturia Wurlitzer V

Virtual Electric Piano

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The Wurlitzer electric piano has proved a tough nut to crack in software. Can Arturia rise to the challenge?

Audio-Technica AT5040

Large-capsule Capacitor Microphone

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Rather than rely on established designs, Audio-Technica have used some genuinely innovative thinking to come up with this unusual, multi-diaphragm vocal mic. How does it perform?

Audix VX5 & VX10

Handheld Capacitor Microphones

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Looking to improve the sound of your live vocals? One of these premium mics from US company Audix might be just the ticket.

Big Fish Audio | Rock Cinema

Sample Library

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Multi-format

Bryant Unlimited T-piece

Universal XLR Connector

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The Bryant boffins have come up with a totally unique XLR connector which could be a huge time saver in the studio or live.

Chandler Little Devil Preamp

500-series Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

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Rack module.

Column PA Systems

Spotlight

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Thinking of investing in a compact PA? Then you might want to consider a mini line-array system! Here’s a selection of current options, with links to SOS reviews where available.

Crookwood M1

Mastering Console

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Designed to meet very specialised needs, mastering consoles can be scarily expensive. Crookwood’s modular system offers faultless sound quality at a surprisingly affordable price.

Equator Audio D5

Active Nearfield Monitors

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In the D5, Equator have employed the same innovative technology they use in their premium models — but at a remarkably low price.

Flatkeys P!NG & S!NG

Testers & Signal Generators

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Useful affordable testers built into an XLR plug.

Izotope Alloy 2

Processing Plug-in For Mac & PC

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Izotope have improved the formula of their ‘do everything’ mixing plug-in. Is this new Alloy platinum sterling, or pinchbeck?

Kush Audio Gain Train

Monitor Control System

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A good monitor controller is invaluable — but ‘good’ doesn’t have to mean complicated...

LD Systems Mon 101A

Active Stage Monitor

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This compact ‘wedge’ speaker uses a coaxial driver to deliver broad stage coverage and a sound that cuts through.

Lindos Minisonic Mic Kit

Stereo Mic & Preamp Set

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Lindos, known for their test and measurement equipment, have started making products for musicians and engineers. We put their versatile new stereo mic/preamplifier kit to the test.

Logic Pro for Recording Engineers & Producers Book & DVD

Book review

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Logic Pro For Recording Engineers & Producers is written for the benefit of those who may not yet be familiar with program.

Lynx LT-HD

Pro Tools Interface Card For Lynx Aurora

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The latest firmware update for Lynx's LT-HD card enables their highly regarded Aurora 16 and Aurora 8 A-D/D-A converters to emulate Avid's HD I/O converters

MakeMusic Finale 2012

Score Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows

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MakeMusic’s Finale score-writing software has been helping composers and publishers for a quarter of a century. What does its 2012 incarnation bring?

MOTU Track 16

USB & Firewire Interface For Mac & PC

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MOTU have brought their expertise to bear on a new desktop audio interface, the Track 16.

Playback

Reader's music reviewed.

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This month's artitsts: Gish, Michael Egan, Rough Citizen, Give Her The Gun, Crumbs For Comfort, Laetoli Steps, Zeni Danussi and Mike King.

Plug-in Folder

December selection

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Rhythmic Robot, Loopscape, Universal Audio, MXR Flanger/Doubler, Waves NS1

Preamp post-mortem

SOS/Realpiano Preamp Comparison: Results & Analysis

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When we compared eight mic preamps with very different designs and price tags, we found it hard to tell them apart. Could SOS readers do better?

Radial Workhorse Cube

500-series Rack

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Having reinvented the 500-series rack with their Workhorse, Radial are now offering a smaller, more portable version...

Roland TD30K

Electronic Drum Kit

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Roland have updated their celebrated electronic drum kits with an improved brain and their patent Supernatural Sound technology.

Samson Graphite 49

USB Controller Keyboard

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The Graphite is Samson’s first foray into the world of keyboards — and it’s an impressive debut.

The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

Book Review

Recording Secrets and is edited by Kylee Swenson Gordon, a well-known US music journalist.

Thermionic Culture Solo Vulture

Valve Distortion Processor

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When it comes to valve distortion, few want it more than guitarists— and few know more about it than Thermionic Culture...

Ueberschall | Twang

Sample Library

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Elastik-based library

USB MIDI Controller

Keith McMillen QuNeo

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Keith McMillen’s idiosyncratic controllers go from strength to strength — and in this case do so with a spectacular blaze of colour...

Zero-G | Glenn Morrison: Late Nights, Early Beginnings

Sample Library

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Multi-format 'mood'-themed collection

People + Opinion

David Kosten

Producing Bat For Lashes & Everything Everything

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David Kosten is one of the UK’s most sonically adventurous producers, but insists that the song is king — no matter how twisted the recording.

Peter Cobbin & Kirsty Whalley

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers:

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Underpinning the biggest spectacle of 2012 London Olympic Games was probably the largest multitrack recording ever made. Just how do you mix a thousand-track project?

Royal Appointment

Mike Stevens: Musical Director For The Queen’s Jubilee Concert

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Mike Stevens has worked with some of the world’s biggest pop acts at countless high-profile live events, including the Queen’s recent Diamond Jubilee concert.

Sounding Off

David Glasper debates the point.

The computer is no more than a passing fad.

Spot The Difference

Leader

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Paul White's thoughts on what the difference is these days between project studio and professional studios.

Technique

Apple Notes

Audio editor roundup.

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This month we take a stroll throught the Mac audio editor market and pick up a few bargains along the way.

Coming Out

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Get to grips with Logic’s handling of external MIDI synths.

Comp Together

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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Samplitude Pro X has several powerful tools for compiling the perfect performance from multiple takes.

Comp Together | Media

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

Video tutorials to accompany the article.

Deconstructivism

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to disassemble tracks for creative reworking in Live.

Frank Sinatra ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’

Classic Tracks

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In 1956, Frank Sinatra revived his flagging career with an album that would define the swing sound and go on to become one of the most highly regarded in history. John Palladino, now in his 92nd year, was at the controls...

Gracious Saving

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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You can back up a Pro Tools session like any other file, but will it still be readable in 10 years’ time? Here’s how to make sure.

Group Therapy

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Discover Sonar X2’s Quick Groups and Auto-Zoom updates — and become more efficient.

Lock Tight Super Groove

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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If you want to overdub programmed parts to a performance that varies in tempo, Cubase has all the tools you need.

Master Class

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Reason is becoming a much more rounded DAW, and one of the main areas to benefit is mastering.

Mix Rescue

Children Of No-One

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This month, our engineer remixes a Pink Floyd-inspired track, and in the process shows that there’s still a place for old-school rock production techniques!

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Audio files

Audio files to accompany the article.

Music Technology & Special Needs: Part 1

Assist & Adapt

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Pioneering work in assistive technology is transforming the lives of people who are unable to play conventional musical instruments.

PC Notes

Windows 8

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With the Windows 8 release date fast approaching, we look at real-world performance results from beta users.

Pitch Craft

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Want to fake a 12-string guitar in Studio One, or create the perfect octave-divider effect? Keep reading…

Pitch Doctor

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper’s pitch tools can be creative — or corrective.

Session Notes

Selwyn Jazz Part 1: Tracking A Big Band On Location

This month, we record a jazz big band on location, tracing the project from the planning stages through to delivering edited multitracks to the mix engineer.

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Selwyn Jazz: Tracking A Big Band On Location

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The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month: Newton Faulkner, Paloma Faith, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay and Rita Ora.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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A modern media composer’s repertoire needs to encompass everything from fugues to farmyard noises.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

With the future of AM radio in the US hanging in the balance, we take a look at what effect it has had on the music industry over the decades.

Studio File

Sear Sound, New York

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The recording studio where the likes of David Bowie, Lou Red and Steely Dan made their albums.

Sound Advice

Q. How can I record my band with limited space and equipment?

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SOS contributor Mike Senior offers some advice.

Q. How do I re-image my new Mac from a backup drive?

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SOS contributor Mike Watkinson replies.

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