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Reviews

Big Fish Audio Studio Guitars

Multi-format

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The subtitle of this library — The Michael Ripoll Project — calls to mind progressive rock outfit the Alan Parsons Project,...

Blue Sky Sat 8 & Sub 212

2.1 Monitoring System

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If you demand brutal and revealing precision from your monitors, read on...

Clavia Nord C2

Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ

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The Nord C2 takes the Hammond, Farfisa and Vox emulations of its C1 predecessor and plunges headlong into the Baroque with a very impressive pipe organ.

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

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Empirical Labs, purveyors of some of the most versatile compressors around, apply their dynamics expertise to a mic preamp.

Evol Audio Fucifier

Mic Preamp & Distortion Processor

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Hell-bent on achieving truly demonic distortion, we put Evol Audios oddball processor through its paces.

Ian Boddy Airwaves

WAV & Kontakt 2/3

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This new download library from celebrated electronic sound designer Ian Boddy is one of his new Waveforms series, and features...

Intelligent Devices Effects Plug-ins

For Mac OS & Windows

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The inventive spirit of one of the industrys true individuals, Stephen St. Croix, lives on in Intelligent Devices unique effects plug-ins.

MakeMusic Finale 2010

Notation Software [Mac OS/Windows]

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MakeMusics popular notation package strides forward into a new decade, adding a host of useful features.

Max For Live

Real-time Programming Toolkit For Ableton Live

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Ableton Lives devices offer powerful tools for mangling sounds in live performance. But what if you could mangle the devices themselves?

Modartt Pianoteq 3.5

Modelled Virtual Piano

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Pianoteq tackles the virtual piano problem in megabytes rather than gigabytes, and offers flexibility that its multisampling competitors cant match.

Native Instruments Kontakt 4

Software Sampler

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Its got a bigger sample library and some whizzy new features, but what Kontakt 4 really wants to do is make your life easier...

Plug-in Folder

3 vital plug-ins

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• Elysia Mpressor • GSI VB3 • PSP Old Timer

SE Electronics X1 Bundle

Microphone & Acoustic Shield

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SE aim to deliver a complete vocal recording package for the project studio on a budget — do they deliver?

Soniccouture Glass Works

Kontakt Player

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As you'll have gathered from the name, the instruments in Soniccouture's latest offering derive their sound from the resonant...

Sony Sound Forge Pro 10

Audio Editing Software For Windows

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Sonys heavyweight audio production package celebrates reaching double figures with the addition of DAW-style event editing and CD compilation.

Submersible Music Drumcore 3

Virtual Drum Instrument

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Drumcores come a long way, and version 3 makes it easier than ever to use pro drummer performances on your tracks.

Ueberschall Elastik Minimal Electro Vibes

Elastik Loop Library

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Ueberschall seem to be on a bit of a streak when it comes to Electro libraries: hot on the heels of the Elastik‑based Club...

VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro

Software Instrument Host

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Ensemble Pro opens up VSLs hosting technology to third-party instruments and allows 32-bit and 64-bit Mac and Windows systems to communicate over a network, spreading the software instrument load.

People + Opinion

Josh Homme

Producing Arctic Monkeys

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As frontman with Queens Of The Stone Age, Josh Homme is arguably the biggest name in rock music. So how would he tackle a move into the producers chair with British indie superstars Arctic Monkeys?

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Lost In Sound

Atila Neves

Atila Neves has a PhD in particle physics, and would thus seem...

Small Miracles

Leader

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Editor-in-Chief Paul White ponders where 2010's new tools will lead us...

Sounding Off

Adrian Keefe

Music technology forums: the case against.

Technique

Analogue Warmth

The Sound Of Tubes, Tape & Transformers

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Analogue warmth seems to be the Holy Grail in these digital days. But what is it, why does it hold such appeal, and how can you use it to enhance your recordings?

Automation

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Automation in Pro Tools goes way beyond the usual volume, pan and mute controls. We look at what else you can automate, and what's changed in Pro Tools 8.

Building Your Own Multi-articulation Instrument

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Last month, we introduced Cubases VST Expression facility. Now its time to build your own multi-articulation instrument.

Cubase: Multi-articulation | Audio

Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques February 2010

This accompanies the Cubase Technique VST Expression workshop for SOS February 2010 (...

Digital Performer 7: Guitar Heroes

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

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DP7s new guitar plug-ins offer a fresh set of tones, and a contrasting approach to third-party alternatives.

Exporting Logic Multitrack Files

Logic Notes & Techniques

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There are sure to be times when you need to export multitrack Logic files to other platforms. We explain the options.

Finding Synth Presets; Music From Images

PC Notes

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Find that elusive synth preset when you cant remember its name, generate music from your own images, and catch up with the latest PC news bites.

Guitar Technology

Technique: Bass Guitars In The Mix

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10 concise tips to achieving a better bass sound in your mixes.

iPhone Music Apps

Apple Notes

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Some of the musical iPhone apps now available are much more useful than their tiny prices suggest...

Joan Jett ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ | Classic Tracks

Producers: Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna, Glen Kolotkin • Engineer: Glen Kolotkin

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Joan Jetts heartfelt reworking of the Arrows I Love Rock & Roll became an international hit in 1982 and turned her career around. Glen Kolotkin tells us how it happened.

Mix Rescue: Preslin Davis

Mixing & Recording Advice

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We go hip-hop this month, as we aim for a Dr Dre-style sound with Preslin Davis' track 'Side Effects', and highlight the importance of artist-engineer dialogue.

Mix Rescue: Preslin Davis | Media

Mixing & Recording Advice

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

Reason: Delaying Tactics

Reason Notes & Techniques

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Build sophisticated multi-tap and modulated delay treatments using Reasons flexible devices.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Inside Track: Muse 'The Resistance'

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Britains biggest name in mixing, Mark Spike Stent has achieved international success in almost every genre. With Muses latest album, The Resistance, he was dealing with rock at its most epic.

Sonar: Recording a Solo Performer

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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Recording a solo performer requires a different approach from recording a band, and different ways of using Sonar.

Studio SOS: Dominik Johnson

EQ, Compression & Reverb

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This month, we tame a strange space, record a sitar and dispense a little wisdom on EQ, compression and reverb, as we sort out Dominik Johnsons home studio.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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It doesnt do to get too precious about audio quality. In fact, sometimes a bit of lossy compression might be just what your music needs.

Sound Advice

Q. How can I create the sound of a crowd?

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I'm working on a song and have all the parts nailed, but I think the outro chorus is lacking something, so I've decided to try...

Q. Is phasing affecting the sound of my double-tracked vocals?

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I've been reading about how you have to be quite precise in matching the distance from source to mic when multi‑miking guitar...

Q. What exactly is ‘headroom’ and why is it important?

I'm a synth guy getting more and more into recording and mixing my own tunes. One thing that stumps me is the issue of '...

Q. What’s the best way to organise samples and effects?

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If I buy a sample library, I usually drop its contents into the 'Sample Library' folder on my hard drive, but that's ended up...

SOS Podcast 021

22:56 mins

The team gaze into their crystal ball for our first podcast of the new decade and highlight some personal favourites from new gear released at winter NAMM 2010. Paul and Hugh offer sound advice on analogue warmth, choosing microphones, reverb usage and preamp quality, while Sam Inglis rounds things off with a teaser demo of the Intelligent Devices plug-ins.

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