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Reviews

Advanced Audio CM12 & CM47

Valve Microphones

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Advanced Audio mics aim to provide vintage German tone but at a fraction of the price of the classics. Have they succeeded?

Aphex Project Channel

Mono Channel Strip

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Could this offer all you need to get polished sounds from your mic to your computer?

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at Arturia iSEM, IK Multimedia iRig Pro and the Warmplace Virtual ANS

Auralex ProPad

Speaker Platform

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There's no arguing against the fact that in situations where speakers must be mounted on a shelf or table, a well-designed...

Boss TE2 Tera Echo

Guitar Effects Processor

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Another pedal featuring Boss's Multi-dimensional Processing technology, and the 100th pedal to be added to their range.

Cloudlifter CL-Z

Mic Signal Booster

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You may recall how impressed we were with the original Cloudlifter CL1, which was essentially a block of clean DC-coupled gain, driven by phantom power.

Drumasonic Luxury

Virtual Drum Instrument

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Drumasonic's reasonably priced drum instrument proves that luxury does sometimes come cheap.

FabFilter Pro-MB

Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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FabFilter are on a mission to rethink familiar effects and processors. What does their take on the multi-band compressor have to offer?

iZ RADAR 6 & ADA II

Multitrack Recorder & A-D/D-A Converter

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How have the RADAR's makers iZ kept their flagship multitrack digital system relevant in today's world of software recording?

Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra

Sample Library

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Over the last few years, Kong Audio have built up an impressive collection of sampled traditional Chinese instruments, which covers strings, woodwind, drums and percussion.

Korg Wavedrum Global Edition

Drum Synthesizer

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Korg's classic drum synth goes global with a makeover and a major update.

LD Systems WS1G8 HHD

Wireless Microphone System

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Wireless systems are often expensive, tricky to use, or both — but this new set from LD Systems is neither! We put it to the test.

Looptrotter Saturamp

Mic Preamp & Saturation Processor

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With digital control, discrete electronics and a saturation processor, Looptrotter's latest device is no run-of-the-mill preamp.

Lush Projects Lush One

Analogue Synth Kit

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Lush Projects' kit could be the cheapest way into modular synthesis for anyone handy with a soldering iron.

Native Instruments Drumlab

Sample Library

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Anyone who has used one of Native Instruments' Abbey Road drum instruments will be aware that they are a mixture of old and...

Numark Orbit

Wireless MIDI Controller

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Numark's Orbit is aimed at DJs, but it also has plenty of potential as an unusual controller for the studio.

Playback

Readers' music reviewed

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This month our selection includes albums from Junkfoxx, Retrodog, Marcus Reeves, My Youth, Pete Thomas & The Horns A Plenty, The Wicked Whispers, Into The East and Adamrake.

Powered Mixers

Spotlight

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Sick of taking a heavy amp rack to your gig? Why not go for a mixer that has its own amps built in? Here's our selection of currently available options.

Rockruepel Comp Two

Vari-mu Compressor

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This all-valve dynamics processor offers amazing versatility, with uses ranging from sublime transient control to brutal compression.

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Vari-mu Compressor

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Soniccouture Geosonics

Sample Library

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Taking the idea of 'found sounds' to another level, Soniccouture's Geosonics plunders the natural world for its most unnatural sounds.

Soniccouture Vibraphone

Sample Library

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For some listeners the cool, drifty, slightly detached sound of the vibraphone will forever be associated with great jazz...

Sonokinetic Minimal

Orchestral Sample Library

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Sonokinetic's latest orchestral venture features a flexible collection of tempo-sync'ed section phrases.

Sony Audio Master Suite

Waveform & Spectral Editors For Mac OS & Windows

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New versions of Sony's Sound Forge and, especially, the innovative SpectraLayers make possible new ways of editing recorded audio.

Studiomaster Horizon 2012

Powered Mixer

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PA veterans Studiomaster bring the established powered-mixer format up to date, with USB interfacing and built-in DSP effects.

Sugar Bytes Turnado & Thesys

Multi-effects & Step Sequencer Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

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In the hands of Sugar Bytes, familiar effects take on a wholly new identity!

Toontrack EZmix 2

Processing & Effects Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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With the latest version of EZmix, Toontrack are offering ready-made guitar sounds and master bus processing as well as a huge range of mixing presets.

Vox StompLab IIG & Lil' Looper Guitar Pedals

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The Vox StompLab IIG offers a selection of modelled guitar multi-effects, based on 104 model types (44 of which are amp...

XILS Lab V+

Software Synthesizer

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The clever chaps at XILS Lab have given Roland's classic VP330 a new lease of life as a soft synth.

Yamaha HS7 & HS8S

Active Monitors & Subwoofer

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Yamaha's latest monitors may look like the classic NS10s, but looks can be deceiving...

Zero-G Vocal Lix

Sample Library

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Vocal Lix's samples are designed to be used in dance tracks and lean towards R&B in style.

People + Opinion

An Orchestra of Pianos

Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm's Les Amants Parallèles

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Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered...

Biophilia!

Matt Robertson: Björk's Musical Director

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Björk's stage show is bizarre and beautiful, and it takes a team of dedicated musicians, technicians, programmers and designers to make it happen.

DAW Of A New Age

Leader

Back in the era of analogue tape and non-automated analogue mixers, you could walk into any studio and — other than perhaps trying to figure out the patchbay — start recording and mixing.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Crossey

Inside Track

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The 1975's chart-topping album is just one of a string of hit debuts engineered, mixed and produced by Mike Crossey.

Sounding off

Do Bakelite knobs have a place in the virtual world?

Sparks

Ron & Russell Mael: 45 Years In Showbiz

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From elaborate band arrangements to their pioneering collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Sparks' music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.

Technique

Aping Tape

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to mimic a classic analogue tape delay with Live's Looper device.

Apple Notes

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The introduction of 'inter-app audio' in iOS 7 provides a new level of integration between music apps.

Arp Nouveau

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Get acquainted with Logic Pro X's slick new Arpeggiator.

Cut & Sample

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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After introducing the Dynamic Split function in August's Reaper column we revisit it for this tutorial to cut up a recording into a series of short samples.

Eleventh Heaven

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Now that Pro Tools 11 has been available for a while, is it living up to its promise?

Get Your Kicks

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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When your recorded kick drum sound is lacking, Studio One offers numerous ways to beef it up.

Make The Upgrade

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Migrating Your Plug-ins & Settings To Sonar X3.

On Your Marks

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Get more done in less time, with these workflow tips for Cubase 7.

PC Notes

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If your hard drive becomes cluttered, your PC's performance will suffer. So how do you free up space without it becoming a chore?

Pre-emptive Strike

Reason Tips & Techniques

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A little preparation in Reason should see you ready for anything.

Session Notes

Tom Misner: Recording In Abbey Road

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This month, Session Notes goes upmarket, giving readers a chance to get their mitts on a professional multitrack session from the world's most famous studio.

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The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month we analyse Bing Crosby's 1947 Christmas classic "White Christmas” as well as a number of contemporary commercial hit record productions.

The Premix

Ten Steps To A Better Mix — Before You Mix

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Pro mixers do great work because they're not distracted by problem-solving. With the right preparation, you can do the same.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Life as a jobbing musician has always been tough, but at least the risk of drowning isn't quite as high these days.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Whatever your political views, 'Obamacare' can only be a good thing for musicians and engineers.

Studio File

Westlake Studios, Los Angeles

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Spread across two locations, the LA-based recording empire named Westlake Studios has played an important role in the making of some of the best-selling albums in the history of recorded music.

Sound Advice

Q Can 'Green Glue' help me improve my garage-studio?

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As I've been researching how to convert my garage into a studio, I keep seeing mentions of something called Green Glue, which...

Q Can I use carpet as acoustic treatment?

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Can ordinary carpet be useful as a form of acoustic treatment in either my recording space or my control room. If so, is any...

Q How do shotgun mics work?

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How do shotgun mics achieve such a tight polar pattern compared with other designs?

Q Should I use balanced or unbalanced connections with my live console?

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As I use several sound sources at club gigs and festivals, I usually prefer, to sub-mix myself.

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